View post tag: UFC View post tag: USS Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today UFC Fighters Visit USS Abraham Lincoln April 20, 2012 View post tag: Fighters View post tag: Abraham View post tag: Lincoln View post tag: Visit UFC Fighters Visit USS Abraham Lincoln View post tag: News by topic Three Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), April 17. Rich “Ace” Franklin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine and Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar toured the ship, visited with Sailors, signed autographs for fans and gave a grappling demonstration in the ship’s hangar bay.“It was awesome,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Recruit Chris Spires. “I’ve watched these guys since I was little, and they inspired me to start training in mixed martial arts (MMA). My buddies would never believe I actually got to meet these guys.”Shortly after flying aboard, the fighters met with Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. After a quick briefing, the fighters visited crew members throughout the ship.“We were more than happy to visit Lincoln, especially because the UFC has always had strong support from service members,” said Franklin.“It’s great coming out here to the ships because everybody has been serving and working hard for so long,” added Franklin. “If coming out here helps boost the morale, then it’s the least I can do.”Though the fighters were only on board for a few hours, they managed to make a lasting impression on a few Lincoln Sailors. Airman Richard Gunther said he was excited to have the opportunity to meet some of his heroes.“The sport is so cool,” said Gunther. “Everyone back home will be very excited when they see the pictures. This is one of the coolest experiences of my time in the Navy.”Franklin is a former middleweight champion and is the co-creator of the Keep It in the Ring Foundation, a group that advocates nonviolence and character building for American youth. Jardine is a light heavyweight known for victories over Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell. Bonnar, also a light heavyweight, works as a personal trainer.Lincoln is the flagship for CSG 9, which also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Sterett (DDG 104). CSG 9 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked aboard Lincoln, are deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support exercises in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 20, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: Naval
DT: What is one of the toughest parts of being an actor that gets hidden by the glamour?Ladin: It’s a very uncertain lifestyle. You hope to be busy and working on great projects, but it can be a very unstable lifestyle and that’s not always the case. Usually once the momentum gets going though, you can ride that and continue to do great work, and great projects continue to come along. DT: What was it like working on such an immersive miniseries as Generation Kill?Ladin: It was an incredible experience, and one that will probably never be matched in my career. I spent seven months in Africa with 30 guys, all of whom I’ve become very good friends with. We really did start to get the sense of being away — not that we could ever think that we were really in the military, but it was a little bit of life imitating art in the sense that we had left our loved ones at home for seven months and spent all day in a Humvee. Once we started rolling, we had no choice but to start talking and acting like soldiers. DT: Did you always feel like you wanted to be an actor?Ladin: It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and then I finally started embracing theatre when I was in junior high and really started focusing on it in high school. Then I decided to go to USC, and I made that decision not only because of the theatre program but also because it was in L.A. and I wanted to have that opportunity to possibly start working while I was still in school. DT: How did your education at USC help you in your career?Ladin: The teachers at USC provided a great service and an amazing classroom experience. I was able to hone my craft and trim the fat off my work, so to speak, so that once I started to get into the real world I was a lot more prepared than I would have been had I started trying to work professionally right out of high school. Los Angeles is home to countless aspiring actors with dreams of making it big. For USC alumnus Eric Ladin, who graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre, his dream is starting to look like reality. Ladin co-stars in a new AMC original series, The Killing, set to debut April 3. He has also had roles in HBO’s Generation Kill and Big Love, AMC’s Mad Men and several other shows. The Daily Trojan spoke with Ladin in a phone interview.Experienced · Eric Ladin will star in a new AMC original series. – Courtesy of Joan Allen Photography Daily Trojan: When did you feel like you had first broken out as an actor?Eric Ladin: The first role that I felt like I started establishing my foothold was Generation Kill, because I had been kind of bouncing around and doing a lot of guest star work before that. After Generation Kill, more high-caliber work started to come consistently, and I haven’t really slowed down since. DT: What are some of your best memories of college?Ladin: In terms of acting it was getting to do Grease, the musical, mainly because of the people that were in it. Kelly Ward directed it, and he had been in the movie, so he knew it well, and we had a ball doing it. On the non-acting side of it, one of my best experiences at USC — and I probably can’t get arrested for this now — was when we took a go-kart from a science fair one day, drove it around campus and hid it in a parking garage. Traddies probably contributed to that. DT: What is one piece of advice you want to pass on to current students?Ladin: The piece of advice that I got that meant the most to me was to really enjoy all four years and love every moment of it. As an actor, you play so many different roles throughout your career, and the only way to tap into those roles is through the experiences you’ve lived, and so many of those come from my four years at USC. Do as many shows as you can, go to as many parties as you can, meet as many people as you can and steal as many go-karts as you can.
Most weeks we see two solid, higher-priced RBs and at least a couple random WRs in the DraftKings perfect lineup, but Week 14 was a little different. There’s still a rando WR sighting (Hey, Kenny Stills…remember him?), but there’s a rando RB, too. Couple that with the rare two-TE set and a QB-RB-WR onslaught stack, and you have the type of week that makes those in DraftKings contests just shrug. That doesn’t mean you should abandon traditional daily fantasy football strategy with your Week 15 lineup picks, but it should serve as a reminder that football is an imperfect game, and achieving NFL DFS perfection is a near impossible task.But still…we try. And there are certainly things we can learn from last week’s perfect lineup that will carry over to the final weeks of the 2018 season. Lesson No. 1: Amari Cooper is still far too underpriced. Lesson No. 2: The Eagles defense just isn’t that scary anymore. WEEK 15 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup builderWe’ll get into more lessons below, but first we have to remind you that the results and graphic referenced in this article are from RotoQL, the best DFS research site on the internet. Whether you play NFL, NBA, MLB, or PGA DFS contests, if you’re serious about winning, RotoQL’s tools and features can give you the ultimate advantage. With expert projections and the ultimate lineup building tool, the RotoQL DFS Optimizer, you’ll be ready to win big.Week 15 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerNFL DFS: DraftKings Perfect Lineup for Week 14Dak Prescott, QB, CowboysPrescott certainly hasn’t been the type of QB you’d want in GPPs this year. With only one game with more than two TDs and no games of 300 passing yards, his relatively affordable price only meant so much. But everything came together last week, as Prescott took advantage of a weakened Eagles secondary and an overtime period to air it out 54 times, completing 42 passes for 455 yards and three TDs. He also turned it over three times, but that’s fine. The odds he does this again seem slim, but we know his rushing ability (which wasn’t on display last week) can give him a higher floor. For now, this looks like more of a one-week anomaly, but with Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott really stepping up in the passing game, Prescott has a lot more upside than he did earlier in the season.Ezekiel Elliott, RB, CowboysThe Eagles pass defense has been struggling for a while, but it’s run defense still had decent overall numbers. A closer look would have revealed at least a 98-yard rusher in each of the past four games (Elliott, Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara, Adrian Peterson), as well as eight total RB touchdowns in that span (five rushing, three receiving). So, it’s not a huge surprise that Zeke’s second game against them was almost as good as his first. To be fair, he needed a whopping 40 touches to rack up his 192 total yards, but his 12 receptions really set him apart in DraftKings full PPR format. Elliott is now fifth among all RBs in targets and receptions, trailing only Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, James White, and Kamara, and his 502 receiving yards is seventh among backs. And, oh yeah, he leads the league in rushing. His nine TDs are a bit of a disappointment compared to other elite RBs, but he’s still the type of player who can’t be priced high enough.Damien Williams, RB, ChiefsWe knew when Kareem Hunt got released that the Chiefs backfield would be different, and while Spencer Ware was expected to be the workhorse, it was clear in Week 13 than Williams would have a role, too. That said, we didn’t expect him to be vulturing a one-yard TD run and racking up four receptions, including a five-yard TD. Williams only had 30 total yards against the Ravens, but when you score twice and have a decent number of catches at a bargain-basement price, it goes a long way. You shouldn’t necessarily be on the lookout for the “next Williams” on other teams, but it’s worth noting he has some upside going forward.WEEK 15 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsKenny Stills, WR, DolphinsStills bubbled back up on the radar in Week 13 when he caught four balls for 37 yards and a score, but he was a one-man wrecking crew in Week 14, catching eight passes for 135 yards and a TD. He was the only Dolphin with more than one reception. It’s tempting to say he’s re-establishing himself as Miami’s No. 1 target, but we’ve seen this before from Stills and it rarely lasts. More important, he finishes the year with tough matchups against the Vikings and Jaguars, so he’s not exactly someone who should stay on your radar. About the only thing we can take from this is that the Patriots continue to have trouble with No. 1 WRs. Amari Cooper, WR, CowboysIt’s puzzling how cheap Cooper remains on many DFS sites. Since joining the Cowboys in Week 9, he’s averaged 6.7 catches, 8.8 targets, 107 yards, and one TD per game. Obviously, a couple monster performances have inflated those totals, but the bottom line is Cooper is a true WR1. He showed that in Week 14 with his 10-catch, 217-yard, three-TD showing against a decimated Eagles’ pass defense. At this current prices across the industry, Cooper is a must-own in cash formats and a great GPP option, as well.JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, SteelersSmith-Schuster has a strange game last week, scoring on two one-yard TD receptions but still managing to post 130 yards on eight catches (a last-minute hook-and-lateral got him over the 100-yard mark). With over 100 yards in three of his past four games, Smith-Schuster is an optimal “cheaper” alternative to some of the higher-priced WR1s, including his teammate, Antonio Brown. He’s also scored in three of his past five games, so there’s really no reason to fade Smith-Schuster at this point, especially against horrible defenses like the Raiders.WEEK 15 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsRob Gronkowski, TE, PatriotsApparently, the rumors of Gronk’s demise were greatly exaggerated. Sure, he can’t tackle, but that’s not of any concern to DFS owners. Gronk turned in his first 100-yard performance since Week 1, catching eight passes for 107 yards and a score against the Dolphins, a team that entered the game allowing the ninth-most fantasy points per game to TEs. Gronk has scored in two of the past three outings, but sandwiched in between was a 26-yard dud against Minnesota. Gronk still isn’t the old Gronk, but he still has slate-topping upside in GPPs, especially in favorable matchups.George Kittle, FLEX, 49ers Kittle was our top TE last week, but even we didn’t expect seven catches, 210 yards, and a score. Denver has struggled against TEs most of the season, so it wasn’t a surprise to see Kittle have success, but it’s rare any TE has this kind of monster game. Kittle is on the short list with Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and Eric Ebron as TEs who can work in the FLEX slot, Lions D/STIt feels like Ziggy Ansah and Darius Slay are never fully healthy for Detroit at the same time, and sure enough, Ansah left last week’s early because of a shoulder injury, but Detroit still showed up and took advantage of a favorable matchup. Slay had a pick-six, Detroit’s only takeaway, and helped contribute to Arizona scoring only three points. It’s tough to expect any defense to hold an offense under 14 points, but if they manage to keep it under a touchdown, it goes a long way in fantasy.