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Cribbs’ Notes

The Raiders’ new wideout on chivalry, why modern medicine should be ashamed, and doing the Moonwalk

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Robert Klemko
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By Josh Cribbs

1. I think airlines need to stop telling people to turn off their phones when they know it doesn’t affect the aircraft at all. Just tell us the real reason—we can handle it.

2. I think everyone should have to do mandatory community service hours or be taxed higher.

3. I think LeBron James should go back to Cleveland and all will be forgiven in the universe.

4. I think the NFL needs to be more aggressive in helping players find jobs after football.

5. I think chivalry is still alive. But if more people used it, there might be a lot fewer single people. It’s how I met my wife!

6. I think smiling is contagious and by smiling you can positively affect someone’s mood for the day.

7. I think medical science should be ashamed. We haven’t cured cancer or AIDS, but we have found a way to prolong erections.

8. I think I would be way more afraid of Jason than Freddy Krueger.

9. I think every person born in the early ’80s, or earlier, has tried to do Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk at least once.

10. I think I might be in love with Khaleesi from Game of Thrones, Olivia Pope from Scandal and Olivia Benson from Law & Order SVU, but I can’t tell my wife.

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26 comments
bbgjtenn
bbgjtenn

#7 Last I checked, there are a lot of people who are successfully treated for cancer.

tundey
tundey

@bbgjtenn But there's no surefire cure yet. Ever cancer patient is in "remission" i.e. it's gone but we don't know if/when it'll be back. I say that not to disparage the survivors or even to shame medical science, I just think cancer is probably the worst and scariest medical illness of our time. Almost everything else can be cured or confidently managed but with cancer, the best medical science can offer a patient is a hope and prayer that the f**king thing doesn't come back.

bbgjtenn
bbgjtenn like.author.displayName 1 Like

#4 After getting paid an obscene amount of money to play a kid's game, maybe players should find their own jobs

tundey
tundey

@bbgjtenn As much money as the players make, the owners and the league make infinitely way more money. So what's wrong in them spending some to ensure their players have a better retirement. Perhaps maybe something like social security...

moth25
moth25

@bbgjtenn Agreed.  Having worked both in a union and as "management" there is no way that either side can just give anything away.  With all the money players pay to the union to take care of these things maybe the PA needs to be more aggressive is ensuring players are able to survive life after football, whether this means bargaining for the NFL to do more or doing more themselves.

TheDingo
TheDingo

A few things I think I think:

#2: Maybe after this year I will do some charity work in my offseason...oh wait, I don't get an offseason.  What a ridiculous statement.

#7: You should be ashamed.  To actually put ED on the same level as cancers and AIDS is ignorant.  Increasing the blood flow to a man's junk is mere child's play compared to treating/combating the complex, degradative processes that occur in cancers and AIDS.  On top of that, to insinuate that scientific researchers aren't spending as much time on cancer and AIDS research as they are on ED research is preposterous.  The first company to find a cure for any cancer and/or AIDS would rake in BILLIONS of dollars.  That fact alone keeps researchers on the hunt for a cure.

#11: I overthought his thoughts.

tundey
tundey

@TheDingo I think you definitely overthought the one about cancer. 

dbum
dbum

i think josh cribbs is pretty funny. being too serious will make you delirious. 

mdhhoya
mdhhoya like.author.displayName 1 Like

Medical science IS fixing Cancer and AIDS.  Survival from BOTH diseases are at all-time highs and we have a VACCINE for cervical cancer now...PHARMACEUTICAL science, driven by greed and our ridiculous celebrity-infatuated mentality is why we have viagra and cialis...though, to be sure, if your chivalrous self suffered from ED, you'd be buying too...

Mike26
Mike26 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@mdhhoya Wrong.  Scientists solved erection issues first because they were harder to deal with than cancer - and scientists always want to do the hard stuff first.

mdhhoya
mdhhoya

@Mike26 I love it when the entire reply is gratuitous.  Please explain to me how you decided on your position?  I work in science, and have on many levels for many years (biopharma, PhD, Cancer and Developmental biology) and I'd wager Cancer is the most difficult disease spectrum to combat.  Diabetes is tough, even though we essentially know the root causes, and there are neurological problems too...but cancer is particularly brutal because the therapy, many times, is as bad or worse than the disease...and CAUSES more cancer in the future in many cases.  

raja.govindarajan
raja.govindarajan

@mdhhoya Viagra was an accidental discovery as a side effect for a different drug. It is not as if folks at Pfizer were actively commissioning a project to prolong erection, as far as I know.

mdhhoya
mdhhoya

@raja.govindarajan sure, but explain cialis and the others...and it didn't stop Pfizer from running with the intel.  I'm not trying to deprecate biopharma...I used to work there.  I'm saying Cribbs is off his rocker a bit if he thinks, as his comment implies, that there is some underwhelming effort or rationale for slow cancer/AIDS therapies.  We've mad ENORMOUS strides in the last 20 years.

Alex(Eugene,OR)
Alex(Eugene,OR)

Regarding 

"I think everyone should have to do mandatory community service hours or be taxed higher"

Really? Really? Really?

Tell that to the person making near minimum wage with a kid or and working two or three jobs just to make ends meet. And now they are supposed to also find time to do community service also? What are they spending too much time with their kids?


Raise the minimum wage so those people can afford to take care of a family on ONE JOB at minimum wage, then maybe we can discuss forcing them to do community service under the threat of higher taxes.

vanonymous
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@Alex(Eugene,OR) 

Literal much?

I know he said "everyone", but jumping down his throat, when I doubt he meant people you refer to, is a bit much.

I heartily endorse his sentiment.  As a family, I had my kids do "mandatory" community service (serving dinner at a homeless shelter, donating part of their "Christmas presents" to Angel Trees, etc.), and think it is a worthwhile use of time.

Alex(Eugene,OR)
Alex(Eugene,OR)

@vanonymous@Alex(Eugene,OR)

I would heartily agree that community service is a very worthwhile use of time. The fact is most people already participate in one form of community service or another already. So how is it going to help to add another layer to the bureaucracy to track who does and does not community service so you make it a part of the tax system? It's just a lousy idea all around. The sentiment, that as many people as possible should be performing community service, is wonderful. Coercing people into doing it via a penalty is the worst way of making it happen. 

ladridi
ladridi

@tundey @Alex(Eugene,OR) @vanonymous I'm fairly confident your statement (tundey) is wrong.  You are allowed to deduct charitable donations and you may be able to deduct expenses you incur such as mileage or materials purchased for community service (wood for housing, food for shelters, etc.), but you cannot deduct your time at all.  So his idea isn't the law whatsoever.

tundey
tundey

@Alex(Eugene,OR) @vanonymous If you think about it, his idea is already the law. How? If you do community service, you are allowed to deduct that time, expense and money from your taxes. Hence, you already are paying less taxes when you do community service. Conversely, if you don't do community service (or don't take the deduction), you are paying more taxes.

Mike N
Mike N

Josh?  Good luck to you in the Black Hole!

Shame the new Browns mgmt. didn't appreciate your talent to keep you with the team you love!

Trep66
Trep66

@Mike N Love Josh, but he is neither a viable receiving option nor a kick-off threat anymore.  He has an awesome personality and connection with the fans, which tends to skew our ability to judge on the field talent.  I hope he can prove me wrong, but in any case, he will have a great career after football.

tundey
tundey

@Trep66 @Mike N I think you are being shortsighted if you only think of him in those terms. Kick returners make things happen when you get the ball in their hands. The easiest and least imaginative way to do it is via kick returns. But guess what? You can find creative ways to get them the ball in space and have them do their thing. Why do you think the Rams traded up to draft Tavon Austin, a guy that's shorter than the average PG in the NBA? Find ways to get players like Cribbs the ball and they'll make things happen.

tundey
tundey

@Trep66 @tundey @Mike N I haven't watched every game he's played but I have seen highlights. And if you weren't simply looking to throw out insults, you'll see that I didn't compare him to Tavon Austin. Just comparing how a good coach can find other creative uses for kick return guys.

BTW, a comparison to Tavon Austin will be favorable to Cribbs at this point in both their NFL careers since Austin has yet to play a down in the NFL.

Trep66
Trep66

@tundey @Trep66 @Mike N I've seen every game he has played.  He lacks the discipline to be an every down receiver in the NFL.  Comparing Austin to Cribbs is asinine.  Your argument lacks substance.

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

Great top 10 - good mix of thoughtful and humorous. 

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