Milo Hall and Trey Woods expected to lead Wyoming football’s running attack

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Handing the ball to Milo Hall and handing the ball to Trey Woods are two different tasks. Hall is a 5-foot-8 scatback, while Woods is a 6-foot-3 downhill runner.

“I mean, you kind of have to make sure you know who you have back there,” said Wyoming backup quarterback Nick Smith, who handed the ball to Woods on each of his three snaps Saturday. “Especially for me and (starting quarterback Josh Allen). We’re tall guys. We have to get down a little bit and make sure we have a clean exchange with (Milo).

“We practice it so much where, OK, I kind of know almost by muscle memory where I need to be with Milo, and with Trey, it’s the same deal. You just have to make sure you know who’s back there.”

That distinction will be important going forward. Head coach Craig Bohl said Monday that Hall — who graduated from Cherry Creek High School — and Woods are expected to get the majority of the carries in Wyoming’s rushing attack.

“I think what we’re really looking at is probably getting into where you’ve got two guys that are going to get most of the carries,” Bohl said. “Certainly Kellen (Overstreet) is going to do some things, and our next running back Nico (Evans) is going to be in there as well, but we’re going to really try to have (a) predetermined running attack for Milo and Trey.”

Wyoming entered the season planning to use a committee of Hall, Overstreet and Evans at running back. The run game has stagnated early, however, and Woods has moved his way up the depth chart.

After spending all of fall camp at linebacker, the true freshman made his debut against Gardner-Webb, was listed as the third-string back against Oregon and is now up to second …read more

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How Gossip Girl became TV’s coldest teen soap

Ten years ago this week, one of the coldest and most nihilistic teen soap operas ever made premiered on The CW.

But you wouldn’t have known that’s what Gossip Girl was going to be from the first episode, or even from the first 13 episodes. It was a series about a group of wealthy private school teenagers living on the Upper East Side, designed to be slick, trashy fun in the vein of its predecessor The OC. It was not meant to be a chilly ode to power and how it makes wealth and sex and love synonymous. But over the course of its six seasons, that’s exactly what it became.

Gossip Girl may have begun as a show full of beautiful, wealthy 20-somethings with perfect hair pretending to be high schoolers in designer uniforms, getting into sexy shenanigans and then crying and group-hugging as they remembered the power of friendship. But by its final seasons, it was about how extreme wealth makes all relationships transactional, and how all romantic relationships are based in exploitation. And the show didn’t so much condemn this nihilism as luxuriate in it: Subliminally, at least, it was as much a part of the Gossip Girl ethos as the lingering close-ups on Blake Lively’s shiny hair and Leighton Meester’s giant tear-filled eyes.

Gossip Girl’s slow transition into nihilism is in large part a result of its decision to embrace its breakout character, Chuck Bass, originally designed as a one-note villain. Chuck gradually became the show’s central character, and his chilly cynicism became its animating perspective. Watching his takeover is a case study in the dangers of letting a single character consume a narrative — and in the deep, subliminal attractions that white male wealth and power can exert over a narrative.

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Under Cassidy-Graham, health-care spending would drop in all but 16 states. Fifteen voted for Trump.

Even without independent analysis from the Congressional Budget Office, one of the effects of the current plan to overhaul Obamacare is clear. The bill – known as Cassidy-Graham after Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who sponsored it – will cut government spending on health care. It has to: If it doesn’t reduce the federal budget, it isn’t eligible for the reconciliation rules in the Senate that would let it pass without facing a filibuster. And that means that coverage will be reduced.

There’s been a lot of attention paid to the fact that it’s mostly blue states that will will see the sharpest cuts in funding over the short term. That’s not a random occurrence, as The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel reported on Wednesday. Because many red states chose not to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, the new bill’s overhaul of how Medicaid spending is allocated would disproportionately affect blue ones.

Graham was explicit in pitching this idea to the Republican base in an interview with Breitbart. “No longer will four blue states get 40 percent of the money. A state like Mississippi, they get a 900 percent increase. South Carolina gets 300 percent,” he said.

At least over the short term.

Analysis released on Wednesday by the health-care consulting firm Avalere estimates that the $215 billion in federal spending that the bill would eliminate by 2026 will balloon to nearly $500 billion the year after and $4.2 trillion by 2036. That’s because, as critics of the bill have pointed out, funding for the system ends in 2026, meaning it would need to be reappropriated by the government. If that doesn’t happen, funding will fall further.

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