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J.J. Watt read his old draft scouting reports - and let's just say he proved them wrong.
J.J. Watt read his old draft scouting reports - and let's just say he proved them wrong. (Photo: Houston Texans Facebook)

Watch J.J. Watt read his less than glowing pre-draft scouting reports

Wisconsin's very own J.J. Watt may well be the best professional football player in the entire National Football League.

The Pewaukee High School and University of Wisconsin graduate is a defensive end for the Houston Texans having been drafted four years ago.

Watt was a guest on Dan Patrick's show this week, and as part of his visit, Patrick and his crew of sidekicks had Watt read the actual scouting reports compiled on him before the draft. The result is an absolute riot.

A New Yorker piece used Milwaukee to look at poverty and eviction.
A New Yorker piece used Milwaukee to look at poverty and eviction. (Photo: Brendan O'Brien)

Harvard researcher uses Milwaukee as lab for work on poverty and eviction

Matthew Desmond works in one of those "professor-like" offices at Harvard, but he’s really at home in Milwaukee and Madison.

Desmond got his doctorate at UW-Madison and has used Milwaukee as a laboratory for his groundbreaking work on poverty and the relationship to eviction from homes for poor people.

He has written extensively on the subject and has now written an article for The New Yorker magazine entitled, "Forced Out."

"For many poor Americans, eviction never ends," the subhead reads, as the article focuses on Milwaukee and paints a vivid and human picture of another troubling challenge faced by poor people in Milwaukee. Later in the piece, Desmond talks about what led to his research in Milwaukee.

"Between 2009 and 2011, more than one in eight Milwaukee renters were displaced involuntarily," Desmond writes, "whether by formal or informal eviction, landlord foreclosure, or building condemnation."

You can read the rest of Desmond’s New Yorker article here.

 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become a thoughtful commentator on social issues.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become a thoughtful commentator on social issues. (Photo: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Facebook)

Abdul-Jabbar writes thoughtful article to Trump supporters

When he was with the Milwaukee Bucks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar lived in an apartment right across the street from where my wife and I and our baby daughter lived.

On occasion, he would sit with my wife, looking out at Lake Michigan, and every now and then he might even walk with them a bit while she pushed the buggy or stroller. I don't pretend to have known him well (he was remarkably reticent), but the little I did, I always suspected there was a depth to the man that people didn’t realize.

Now that he’s done playing basketball and has moved into elder, wise-man status, he constantly shows the incredible development of his mind, his instincts, his sophistication and his dedication to making the world a better place.

He writes books, novels, screenplays and very thoughtful articles for major websites, newspapers and magazines across the country.

It is fitting, then, that the day after the first primary in the race for president, Abdul-Jabbar penned a letter for The Washington Post.

It’s a letter to the supporters of Donald Trump, and you can read it here.

United Airlines charged a huge fee just to change a flight date by one day.
United Airlines charged a huge fee just to change a flight date by one day. (Photo: United Facebook)

The Donald and the rest are all wrong. This is what's wrong with America!

In the heat of this political season, we get lots of candidates talking about what’s wrong with America.

Rich people too rich, poor people too poor, too many immigrants, not enough immigrants, money, money in the wrong places. You name it, someone thinks it’s the cause of all that is bad in our country.

They are all wrong

THIS IS WHAT’S WRONG WITH AMERICA!

My wife is flying to Charlotte, N.C., from Milwaukee on Tuesday Feb. 2. She had a mid-morning flight on United Airlines. I bought two one-way tickets, there and back, for $97 each.

But the weather guys say a heavy snowstorm may come our way on Tuesday. Being a dutiful husband, I called United to try and change the flight to Monday. Same flight. Same time. Same everything, except going Monday instead of Tuesday.

After about 15 minutes of waiting and explaining to my very nice Filipino customer service agent named Joshua came back online (I know he was Filipino because I used to live in the Philippines and I asked him where he was).

"I have it for you, Mr. David," he said. "We can change your flight. Seats are available."

"Is there a change fee," I asked.

"Yes," Joshua said.

"How much," I asked.

"Six hundred and eleven dollars," he said. 

NOW THIS IS WHAT’S WRONG WITH AMERICA!

Ed. Note: Passenger will hope for no snowfall until after she leaves.