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Often times, because of our human need to be liked, we begin to conform in order to fit in, not realizing that we were born to stand out! So what, if others are intimidated!! Who cares what they think about you!! All that matters is that you are staying true to yourself and living the best life that you can possibly live! When you dumb down your greatness in order for others to feel comfortable, you are in a way apologizing for being blessed with your abilities!! -Ash’Cash (@IamAshCash)
The Heisman Trophy finalists would make one heck of an offense.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and record-breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are set to make the trip to New York for the Heisman presentation after the finalists were announced Monday.
Mariota is considered the clear front-runner to win the 80th Heisman on Saturday night in New York. He would become the first Oregon player to earn college football’s most famous player of the year trophy.
Mariota and the second-seeded Ducks will face Florida State and last year’s Heisman winner, Jameis Winston, in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual in the College Football Playoff semifinals Jan. 1.
Cooper helped Alabama earn the top seed in the playoff. The Crimson Tide play Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
Winston becomes the seventh player since 2003 to take a shot at a Heisman repeat and come up short. Ohio State’s Archie Griffin is the only player to win two Heismans.
Finalists are determined by percentage of votes received from 929 media members and former winners.
Mariota didn’t even break the top 10 in the Heisman voting last season but entered 2014 as one of the preseason favorites.
He delivered a spectacular season in his third year as the Ducks’ starter. He is the nation’s top-rated passer (186.3) and has thrown for 3,783 yards and 38 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He also has run for 669 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Pac-12 champions.
He is Oregon’s third finalist, joining quarterback Joey Harrington (2001) and running back LaMichael James (2010).
Gordon leads the nation with 2,336 yards rushing and 179.7 yards per game. Gordon broke the single-game Football Bowl Subdivision rushing record with 408 yards against Nebraska, a record that stood for only a week. He needs another huge game in the Outback Bowl against Auburn to break Barry Sanders’ single-season record of 2,628, set in his Heisman-winning season of 1988 with Oklahoma State.
He is the fourth Wisconsin running back to be a finalist. The Badgers have had two Heisman winners: Alan Ameche (1954) and Ron Dayne (1999).
Cooper set a Southeastern Conference record with 115 catches for 1,656 yards and 14 touchdowns for the top-ranked Crimson Tide.
Cooper is the fourth Alabama finalist since Mark Ingram became the Tide’s first winner in 2009.
“This will be my first trip to New York City, and I can’t put into words how much it means to me and my family,” Cooper said in a statement. “I am privileged to have the opportunity to represent our team at the Heisman ceremony. None of this would be possible without my coaches and teammates.”
Heisman voters submit a ballot with their top three selections. Mariota, Gordon and Cooper emerged as such strong candidates late in the season that the rest of the field drifted away.
The last time voters picked only three Heisman finalists was 2012, when Johnny Manziel won in a landslide vote against Kansas State’s Collin Klein and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o.
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott made a strong push in October but tailed off in November as the Bulldogs lost twice.
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett was making a late-season surge before he was injured in the regular-season finale against Michigan and had to miss the Big Ten championship game.
TCU’s Trevone Boykin, another dual-threat quarterback, had numbers that rivaled Mariota’s in some areas: 3,714 yards and 30 touchdowns in 12 games.
Indiana’s Tevin Coleman also surpassed 2,000 yards rushing, and his average per carry was just a tick below Gordon’s (7.54 to 7.56).
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It’s Monday. The day when you might be feeling grumpy about your lover, your kids, your boss or the fact that your trousers and your stomach have become incompatible.
Please let me tell you then, that there is only one thing wrong with your life: you just weren’t clever enough to adopt a miserable-looking cat.
You see, there’s something about miserable-looking cats that makes people feel uncontrolled emotions. So much so that the most famous Grumpy Cat of all was alleged this morning to have earned in the region of $100 million. Of course that’s not true, but stay with me for a while. Its owner isn’t poor.
The Express reported the figure. Grumpy’s owner, 28-year-old Tabatha Bundesen of Morristown, Ariz., was quoted as saying she’s overjoyed about Grumpy’s success.
The Express also quoted her as saying: “I was able to quit my job as a waitress within days of her first appearance on social media and the phone simply hasn’t stopped ringing since.” She described Grumpy ascent to stardom as “unstoppable.” And Grumpy’s still less than 3 years old. So the future is unlikely to be catastrophic.
It’s unclear, though, which part of Grumpy’s vast performance portfolio — the pictures, the personal appearances, the sponsorships and, well, the pictures — has earned her the most money.
Bundesen has told The Huffington Post that the $100 million figure is “wildly inaccurate.” The miserable-looking little thing is, though, something of a money-spinner.
Grumpy’s real name is Tardar Sauce. She looks the way she does because she has feline dwarfism, as well as an underbite.
She has more than 7 million likes on Facebook. Justin Bieber, however, has more than 72 million. She has more than 256,000 followers on Twitter. Bieber has more than 57 million. Forbes estimates that Bieber made around $80 million last year.
So the $100 million might just have been exaggerated, say, 10 times over. I contacted Grumpy’s people to ask what the correct figure might be and will update, should I hear.
On social media, Grumpy’s pronouncements aren’t especially grumpy. In fact, there’s no real evidence that Grumpy is grumpy at all. She’s an actor who, like so many in Hollywood, doesn’t need to act. And she has a long career ahead of her, as she’ll likely never need Botox.
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Why do people love her? Because she’s ugly-but-cute? Or because she reflects a certain existential angst that so many people feel deep inside? I suspect the latter.
Her success is now so profound and widespread that she’s starring in a new Lifetime movie: “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.” Will this make her, say, $100 million? I have severe doubts.
After all, who ever made $100 million out of being grumpy? A short-selling economist, perhaps?