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Guys I like/dislike

I always like to get this on record so I can argue that I am a draft visionary, while totally disregarding any player I had the wrong opinion about.  My favorite list included berating my friends for thinking Taylor Mays was going to be even a marginal player.  I WAS RIGHT!  Of course, the next guy I listed as a potential bust was Jason Pierre-Paul, so yeah, I’m an idiot.  So here is your official guys I like/dislike list.  Guys I like should be construed as players I would love the Eagles to draft (at the right slot).  There may be other players who I would have no problem with drafting, but if I don’t really, really like them, they’re not on this list.  These are MY guys.  They have arm-talent, eye-discipline, incredible bubbles, and sweat excessively.  The others are players who I think will absolutely wash out of the league or horribly underachieve.  I will root against them because I would rather be right than see them achieve their hopes and dreams.  I am probably going to hell sometime soon.  Without further ado:

Guys I like:

Eddie Lacy, Quinton Patton, Markus Wheaton, Aaron Dobson, Marquis Goodwin, Stedman Bailey, Chris Harper, Tavarres King, Chance Warmack, Larry Warford, Jesse Williams, Kawann Short, Everett Dawkins, Arthur Brown, Alec Ogletree, Zaviar Gooden, Robert Alford, Dwayne Gratz, Sanders Commings, Eric Reid, D.J. Swearinger, Shamarko Thomas, Brian Schwenke, and David Quessenberry.

Guys who are destined to fail miserably:

Ziggy Ansah, Lane Johnson (unless the Eagles draft him and then I will jump on board like a zombie), Sheldon Richardson, Khaseem Green, Manti Te’o (surprise!), Margus Hunt, Travis Kelce (sorry Jason), Mike Glennon, and Matt Scott.

At least I like more guys than I hate, that should count for something right?

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Jim Washburn: Coach. Dadaist. Libertine.

A Timesyours.com feature written by Tracer Bullet

The most striking element of Jim Washburn’s home is his lush and expansive garden.

The foliage is breathtaking throughout his spacious four-story apartment on Rittenhouse Square, Washburn installed several skylights so the entire upper floor is flooded with natural light, but the riot of colors from the purple orchids, white gardenias and blood-red hyacinth is so explosive that it sometimes seems as if one is walking through a cloud of colored light.

“I’ve dabbled in horticulture for years,” Washburn said. “But this is my crowning achievement.”

Jim Washburn is not the man you think he is. His fiery demeanor, craggy appearance and predilection for profane outbursts hide a gentle man given to intellectual pursuits. His collection of art is expansive, he prefers abstract midcentury works, and his knowledge of Dadaist poetry rivals that of any professor. He has been a member of Code Pink! and remains active on LGBT issues.

“Gay rights are human rights,” he said.

Indeed, Washburn’s views on sex and sexuality may be the most surprising aspect of this complicated man. He has spent his whole life in an environment that celebrates alpha males and attacks any signs of homosexuality or femininity, yet he maintains an extensive collection of wigs and costumes, and wears women’s clothes almost exclusively when at home. (When he’s wearing clothes, that is. Washburn has been an avid nudist since 1973. “I just feel more comfortable nude,” he said with a shrug.)

“Men who are exclusively male are bores,” he said. “Women who are exclusively female are weaklings.”

Washburn describes himself as an out and proud bisexual. “I’m a definite 3 on the Kinsey scale,” he said, adjusting his silk robe. He lay back against a stack of velvet pillows and took a drag from a hookah he picked up in Bangladesh decades ago before continuing.

“Why should I refuse pleasure wherever I find it?” he asked. “Sometimes I enjoy the company of women, sometimes I enjoy the company of men, especially young, Southern black men. Sometimes I enjoy all at once. In the end, we’re all just people.”

After a beat, he adds, “Well, maybe not quarterbacks.”

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