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Another brick in the wall

Elections and fundraising Before starting graduate school, I used to do fundraising on political campaigns. A major part of political fundraising is “call time,” which is when candidates spend hours calling through a giant list of potential donors to ask for a campaign contribution. Most

Another brick in the wall

Faith in Democracy According to an Axios poll released shortly before the 2018 midterm elections, only half of Americans report that they have faith in U.S. democracy. It’s possible that some Americans mostly feel disillusioned with the U.S. political system because of the election of

THE ROBLES RANT

A Morsel of Hope Every morning, I listen to The Dan Le Batard Show podcast on my daily commute. Among their reoccurring bits is analyzing the inevitability of “football” happening on a weekly basis, the reoccurring theme in the NFL for inexplicable upsets.  It’s so

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Embracing Ineptitude Jon Gruden is a genius. Yes, the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, the biggest dumpster fire in professional sports, is a genius.    No, I haven’t lost my mind—maybe I have, but bear with me.  Gruden has committed himself to the absolute

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Another Lost Season Bad teams find ways to lose games.  The Broncos have kept it close against three division leaders, only losing by an av erage of four points in games against the Rams, Chiefs, and Texans. But make no mistake about it: The Broncos

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Spineless Let’s take a break from sports for a moment following a horrific week for the nation, perpetuated by the very worst of American politics.  Every presidential administration has a few moments where the president has an opportunity to bring the nation together in times

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A brief reprieve The Broncos ended their losing ways on Thursday Night by steamrolling the Cardinals by 35 points; unfortunately, it doesn’t change much.   Even though it felt relieving to see Von Miller and the defense absolutely humiliate the Cards and their overwhelmed rookie quarterback,

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The Western Throne Sports are better when L.A. teams are competitive, and right now, it seems just about every L.A. team is perched at the top.  The Rams ran all over my sorry Broncos to a 6-0 record. The Chargers crushed the spirit of a

The Robles Rant

Patriots’ Playground Beware the allure of the prospective NFL dynasty; outside of New England, there have been none in the millennium.  This isn’t the NBA, where simply acquiring the best players, á la the Golden State route, equals multiple shots at the championship. This league

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The Golden Age It’s only fitting that on the week Earl Thomas—the Seahawks all-pro safety who anchored one of the best defenses of the recent past—fractured his leg, 12 teams allowed at least 30 points and three teams allowed over 40. Thomas’ reinjury of the