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NFL 2012 WEEK 17 PICKS: Final Week of Season Has Everyone Depending on Others to Win or Lose

The NFL season finally comes to and end this Sunday. It’s been a great season, but cue Lauryn Hill’s “Nothing Even Matters” please. Eleven of the sixteen games played this Sunday will mean absolutely nothing. When there’s nothing on the line, players normally don’t play hard and have already mailed it in. Don’t trip though, because VIBE’s Week 17 NFL Picks this week all have something on the line, let’s check them out.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants

The Giants need a miracle to get into the playoffs. You know like, Jay-Z and Dame Dash being friends again kind of a miracle. Hell, kind of like a God and Satan being cool again kind of miracle. The Giants need to beat the Eagles, they need the Lions to beat the Bears, they need the Packers to beat the Vikings, and they need the Redskins to beat the Cowboys just to get in the playoffs. The chances of all these happening are 6%. So, the Giants are essentially playing for nothing.

The Eagles’ season has been over since Week 5. This game is going to be Andy Reid’s swan song and Michael Vick’s audition for next season. With Vick being everything but good this season and the Eagles owing him $15 million next season, this is Vick’s last game with the team because the Eagles will cut him after the season.

To the unclothed eye, you’d say this game is all about pride, but it’s really all about maturity. The Giants know their playoff chances are slim, but they’d mash for their dreams and give it their all even if there was zero shot of them getting in the playoffs. All you have to do is just look at the Eagles few games and you can tell they won’t be present for their last game on Sunday. The Giants are one of the leagues more mature teams and the Eagles are definitely the league’s most immature team. Giants win, 27 – 14.

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings

For the Minnesota Vikings this weekend, it’s pretty damn simple: Win and you’re in the playoffs, worry about the record later.

Records will be falling like Manny Pacquiao in the final weekend of the 2012 NFL season. The record everyone will be checking for is the single season NFL rushing record of 2,105 yards held by Eric Dickerson since 1984. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is 208 yards away from breaking the record. Just a few weeks ago, he faced the Packers and ruptured the Packers defense for 210 yards. Even if All Day Peterson doesn’t get the record, he’s likely to become the 7th player to rush for over 2,000 yards only being 102 yard shy of the mark.

The Packers are playing for the golden cheesehead – a first round playoff bye, so they are going to do their best to stop Peterson. The key to beating the Viking is loading eight, nine, maybe the whole damn team up in the box and making second year quarterback Christian Ponder beat you. The Packers did that last time, and won the game — but yeah, A.D. got off like a porn star.

The record will be broken and the Vikings will be heartbroken. Packers win, 24 – 20.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins

This game is for all the NFC East marbles. Cowboys win, and they win the division and take America’s team into the playoffs. If the Redskins win, they’ll win the division and go go dance into the playoffs. The latter ain’t happening though, bruh.

The Cowboys have played with more heart than any other NFL team in recent weeks. Robert Griffin III has got a bad wheel. He played okay against the Eagles last week, but dawg, that’s the Eagles. It was like playing a scrimmage against a Big Ten school. RGIII’s bad wheel will be his Achilles' heel. The Cowboys are going to blitz him all game long and make him run. The only reason the Cowboys lost to the Skins on Thanksgiving was because they couldn’t stop Griffin when he was scrambling.

It’s not rocket science people. If RGIII can’t move the Skins can’t win. Cowboys win, 31 – 27.

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French Authorities Reportedly Investigating Rape Claim Against Chris Brown

French authorities are reportedly investigating Chris Brown after a woman allegedly accused the R&B singer of rape. According to the French tabloid, Closer, a 24-year-old woman claims that Brown raped her in his hotel room.

The unidentified woman alleges that she met Brown at a Parisian night club in rue de Ponthieu, near the Champs-Elysées, on the night of Jan. 15 into Jan. 16, before heading back to his room at the La Mandarin Oriental. The woman also accused Brown’s bodyguard of abuse, Closer reports.

Brown was recently spotted taking in the festivities of Paris Fashion Week, and smooching rumored flame, Ammika Harris. The “Undecided” singer shared video from dance rehearsal in the French city over the weekend. He has not commented on the reported rape allegation.

Brown is currently embroiled in a separate civil lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted by Brown's friend, Lowell Grissom, during a party at the Grammy winner's home last year. Brown requested that the lawsuit be dismissed.

“For the last 10 years anybody who comes at him should know they're going to meet the full force of my firm,” the Virginia native's lawyer, Mark Geragos, warned in an interview last year.

The woman has since filed court documents on Jan. 7, asking a judge to block Brown’s request that she give up phone and text records citing privacy concerns. According to The Blast, the woman asserts that she already turned over hundreds of documents, including text messages, emails and medical records.

 

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Spotify Testing Feature That Allows Users To Mute Certain Artists

Spotify users will be able to mute certain artists, for their listening pleasure. The streaming company introduced a “don’t play this artist feature” as apart of a new IOS app update, according to Thurrott, which got its hands on an early version of the feature.

The block button allows listeners to banish specific artists from their personal music libraries, and stops them from popping up in automatically curated playlists, and other pages on the music streaming app. In order to utilize the mute feature, users clicks on the menu above an artists’s page and selects the “don’t play” option. The feature doesn’t work for songs that the artist may be featured on, the Verge reports.

The update could be a middle ground for Spotify as it faces increased pressure in wake of the #MuteRKelly movement, and Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly  documentary. A Change.org petition calling for Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube to remove R. Kelly’s music from its services is close to garnering 150,000 signatures.

Last year, Spotify briefly removed Kelly, XXXTentacion and T-Kay (a Texas rapper convicted of murder) from featured playlists due to the company's hateful conduct policy. “We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions -- what we choose to program -- to reflect our values,” the company explained in statement to Billboard last May. “When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator."

Spotify abandoned the plan after pushback from fans of the artists singled out, and industry heavyweights like Top Dawg Entertainment founder Anthony Tiffith, whose label imprint is home to Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolBoy Q and more.

Tiffith reached out to Troy Carter, Spotify’s global head of creator services, and threatened to remove his artists’ music from the streaming service. “I don't think it's right for artists to be censored, especially in our culture,” Tiffith told Billboard. “How did they just pick those [artists] out? How come they didn't pick out any others from any other genres or any other different cultures? There [are] so many other artists that have different things going on, and they could've picked anybody. But it seems to me that they're constantly picking on hip-hop culture."

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The Internet Reacts To Carmelo Anthony Being Traded To The Chicago Bulls

According to a tweet sent out by ESPN's Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony and cash considerations to the Chicago Bulls. However, he will likely not play any games.

"Anthony won't play a game for the Bulls, league source tells ESPN. He will be released and become a free agent if he clears waivers," tweeted Wojnarowski. "...it is possible that franchise holds off on waiving him until the trade deadline, league sources tell ESPN. Bulls could include him in a one-for-one trade, but can't aggregate his contract in another deal."

Since today is a national holiday (Jan. 21), the official word will reportedly be held off until tomorrow. Wojnarowski reports that his "best bet" would be to wait it out until the trade deadline (Feb. 7) to find another opportunity with another team.

The Houston Rockets have agreed to trade Carmelo Anthony and cash to the Chicago Bulls, league sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 21, 2019

The NBA office will not execute the trade today because it's a holiday, league sources tell ESPN. To clear the way for Kenneth Faried to sign and play tonight in Philadelphia, Rockets had to waive to James Nunnally. Trade call on 'Melo will likely be Tuesday. https://t.co/Oo2IA0nsJP

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 21, 2019

Anthony won't play a game for the Bulls, league source tells ESPN. He will be released and become a free agent if he clears waivers. https://t.co/Oo2IA0nsJP

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 21, 2019

Social media caught wind of the news, and reacted with shock and of course with laughs via some hot takes.

"Melo is revolutionizing the 'farewell season' by signing a contract with each NBA team before he retires, truly ahead of his time," one tweet read, while another said "Melo is being held hostage by teams. Hopefully this means Liam Neeson will have a movie saving him come out around the trade deadline."

Check out some tweets below.

Melo is being held hostage by teams. Hopefully this means Liam Neeson will have a movie saving him come out around the trade deadline.

— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) January 21, 2019

Melo stans: THE BUUUUUUULLS? pic.twitter.com/Y9nYBgNFuX

— #RingerNBA (@ringernba) January 21, 2019

[email protected] fans looking at GM Lebron when Melo becomes free agent. pic.twitter.com/wJy3ujSAIH

— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) January 21, 2019

Carmelo Anthony will not play a game for the Bulls, but it is possible that franchise holds off on waiving him until the trade deadline, league sources tell ESPN. Bulls could include him in a one-for-one trade, but can't aggregate his contract in another deal.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 21, 2019

For Anthony, his best bet is waiting until the Feb. 7 trade deadline to find his next team. He can wait for roster spots to open, trades to happen, etc, that'll create the best opportunity for him. Anthony wants to find a place to contribute. https://t.co/cRgbMalvTl

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 21, 2019

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