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first_img Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories D.J. was good, depending on who you askOne of the bigger story lines this camp is the progression of second-year pro D.J. Humphries, last season’s first-round pick who was inactive for every game but is penciled in to be the starting right tackle this year.Friday was his first significant game action since last preseason, and while he appeared to get beat on some plays, it did not appear as though anything he did poorly was catastrophic.Arians said he thought Humphries “played extremely well” from what he was able to see, adding that they ran the ball pretty well when heading in the right tackle’s direction.QB Carson Palmer agreed with his coach’s assessment, saying Humphries “looked really good.”“Khalil (Mack) is probably the second best pass rusher in the league already and to go out against him in your first time at home when you’re jacked up, I think it took him a little bit to settle down,” he said. “He said he was really amped up and I thought he really did a good job.”Humphries admitted his personality is such that he gets excited, which can work against him at times. He said there are some bad plays from Friday that will stick in his mind. Add in the fact that the final score matters so very little, and you have a rather difficult night to try and assess.That said, the Cardinals did share some thoughts following their 31-10 loss to the Oakland Raiders, and below are some of the notes worth highlighting.Good players played wellCoach Bruce Arians seemed pleased with his first teams, both offense and defense.“I liked the way we started,” he said. “I thought our good players played well. We got them out quickly, they were successful. Showed up ready to play.”To that end, QB Carson Palmer was 3-of-5 for 38 yards, David Johnson gained 31 yards on three carries, Chris Johnson totaled nine yards on three runs and Michael Floyd gained 30 yards on his one reception.Defensively, the starters surrendered a first down, but not much else.From there it was no doubt a mixed bag. Arians said he thought there were some good individual performances from some of the younger players, but noted the collective result wasn’t particularly great.Asked about the idea that the team’s good players were the ones that played well, defensive lineman Calais Campbell laughed.“For the starters, we were out pretty quick,” he said. “On defense, I mean, it wasn’t a three-and-out but they made a first-down completion real quick, and then we shut them down, made them punt. Then we were done.” Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) runs in the open field as he gets past Oakland Raiders’ Ben Heeney (50) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Arians seemed especially miffed at the formation problems, noting that it’s a thing that should be learned in high school.“You can read a wristband, it ain’t real hard,” he said.Barkley was in the locker room after the game, but had no time to stop and chat because his wife was going into labor.For Campbell, it’s no fantasyMixed into Campbell’s answer about the team’s good players playing well was his thoughts on Carson Palmer, who he said looked good, and David Johnson, who he said was “definitely going to be my first pick in fantasy football this year because he looked amazing.”Campbell said he could not remember who he took first overall last year, but remembered earning some ridicule for nabbing Johnson in the fourth or fifth round.“And then he turned out to be a crucial piece to my championship run,” he said. “I did win a championship — insider information, I don’t know. My team was full of Cardinal players.”And yes, that includes the defense for which he plays.“Oh yeah,” he said. “I usually take the defense pretty high, too. Some people — I’ve been doing it with my family a lot of years — they try to take them early just because they know I really want them so they try to trade me later, but I’m strategic about my game plan.” “I know I’ve got to come out and not over-set on guys that have great inside moves,” he said. “Just come out and I watched enough film, I knew what I was going to get. I got so excited, I just kind of got out there and was like ‘I want to put my hands on this guy’ and it doesn’t work out like that; you can’t play like that. You’ve got to play sound to your technique and let the game come to you.”Still just 22 years old, Humphries said he began to get more comfortable as the night wore on, and he is confident that he’ll be “pumping on all cylinders like I’m supposed to” by the end of the preseason.Matt Barkley’s performanceFor Cardinals fans, Friday was the first opportunity to see QB Matt Barkley running the team’s offense in a game. To say his night was a rough one would not necessarily be inaccurate, though, at the same time, there are factors beyond the QB’s control that could have led to some poor statistics.In all, Barkley completed 8-of-24 passes for 121 yards with one interception.“Good and bad and ugly,” Arians said of his performance. “He had some really nice throws; forgot to send a motion on three plays in the formations for his receivers, so we didn’t have a play. But other than that, he did make some nice — he can make every throw, it’s just some of those little things he’s got to clean up.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact GLENDALE, Ariz — There are certain things one should look for in a preseason game, but the truth is, the only people who can really judge most performances are the coaches.They know where players are supposed to be; they know if someone played well or not.That’s not to say one cannot tell certain things, like if a receiver drops a pass or a defensive player misses a tackle, but really, there is plenty we really, truly cannot understand or make declarations from. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Vox Populist Surge Led to a Surge of Formerly Inactive Progressives

first_imgShare15Tweet2ShareEmail17 Shares“Clocks 2” by KengoMay 22, 2017; VoxThis fall, when Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election, many people felt it as more than a political loss. They despaired or felt unsafe, as though they and their communities were being attacked and their fellow citizens only watched silently. It has been frustrating to watch as years of progress on a number of issues—women’s rights, climate protection, education, criminal justice reform—are stymied or reversed. To many progressives, it feels as the past has intruded upon the present and hidden holders of unpopular opinions have come out of the woodwork in greater numbers than were ever anticipated.But is that what’s really happening? Vox recently collected polls on major issues from numerous sources, and found some surprising results. Nearly two-thirds of Americans agree that immigration helps the United States more than it hurts and oppose the much-touted wall on the Mexican border; more than half of Americans say they want a government that does more to solve problems and meet people’s needs rather than leaving it to businesses; nearly three-quarters of Americans see foreign trade as an economic opportunity, not a threat.We are not at war with our fellow citizens; we agree on more than we think. This isn’t to say there aren’t people with extreme views or that issues like climate change, civil rights, and economic justice championed by liberals and progressives don’t still need constant attention. But if these numbers are anything to go by, advocacy works. Lots of these progressive-conservative ratios have flipped within the last 10 years. But what are we doing with that consensus? Given those figures, Democrats should have triumphed, but instead they were beaten in the great majority of races, resulting in a net gain of almost 1,000 federal and state offices for the GOP since 2008. If most Americans support foreign trade, how did we get a president who threatens to pull out of NATO and NAFTA?This is not the place (if there ever is one) to analyze the election, but to ask where the work of nonprofits is needed or supported and what shape it should take. If most Americans’ opinions on climate change and immigration align with the values of progressive civic society, how can we connect that to policies and policymakers who hold those views as well? Do we have a wider base of funding and support than we thought?As Vox points out, part of the disparity between the views shown in the chart and those represented in government is due to gerrymandering; in several states, progressive candidates got more than half of the popular votes but less than half of the Congressional seats. Racially biased voting districts have been challenged in North Carolina and other places, but voting rights are not yet universal and districts reflect that bias.Part of it has to do with the story we tell about our society and how people feel they fit into it. People understand themselves and their history through stories; white Americans are used to being the protagonists of America’s story, and that may be more important to voters than gun control or tax policy. In fact, as NPQ reported, racial identity played a major role in the results. Yuval Noah Harari wondered in The New Yorker if liberalism was at an end, saying, “As people lose faith in the system’s ability to fulfill their expectations, they become disillusioned even amid unprecedented peace and prosperity.” As pure liberalism proves itself inadequate to deal with huge problems like climate change or cybersecurity, as alternative histories brought to light by civil rights campaigns threaten the story white Americans grew up hearing about themselves, reactionary voting can result in representation that doesn’t align with (some) policy values. But perhaps there’s an opportunity here to bridge a divide.The opportunity for nonprofits is to capitalize on and expand the areas of consensus. Most Americans support public intervention to help solve big problems—a decidedly illiberal view in economic terms, but one that is great news for the public sector. The story of nonprofit advocacy and civic values did not stop or swerve with the November election; there is reason to believe that the good work being done is having an effect. Now, as Vox’s Ruy Teixeira said, you may return to your regularly scheduled panic.—Erin RubinShare15Tweet2ShareEmail17 Shareslast_img read more