Elon Musk is a fascinating figure, acting as the CEO and lead designer at SpaceX in addition to heading a number of other companies including Tesla, Neuralink, and others. Today, SpaceX will launch of their unmanned rocket, Falcon Heavy, into Earth’s atmosphere for the first time. As told by CNN, if the launch is successful, Falcon Heavy “will become the world’s most powerful operational rocket. … With its 27 engines, the rocket will give off a thrust equal to 18 Boeing 747 jetliners … [and] will be capable of sending humans to the moon or Mars.” The launch is planned for 1:30 p.m. EST.According to The Verge, if the multi-stage launch is successful, the Falcon Heavy’s final booster will split in half and release its payload–a Tesla Roadster–into space on a hyperbolic route toward Mars (and beyond) at around seven miles per second. As Musk claimed in a tweet back in December, the Tesla “will be in deep space for a billion years or so if it doesn’t blow up on ascent.Elon Musk also said in the tweet that the Roadster’s stereo would play David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity” as it makes its way toward a Mars orbit. Yesterday, ahead of the launch of the Falcon Heavy, SpaceX released an animation of the anticipated launch backed by Bowie’s “Life On Mars?” You can watch the animated video below:[Video: SpaceX]While no sounds can be heard in the vacuum of outer space regardless, there’s something satisfying about knowing that SpaceX’s Mars-bound car will be blasting David Bowie as it flies through the solar system. The Starman would be proud…[H/T Pitchfork]
This week’s six-team actually isn’t overly harsh on quarterbacks, as three usual starters (Tom Brady, Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson) are idle, same as last week (Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Jared Goff). Still, that’s three studs most fantasy football teams rely on, meaning we have to dig deep for replacements. Given the matchups, that makes for some odd-looking Week 10 fantasy QB rankings. For some owners, this week might come down to a decision like this: Would you rather play a mediocre QB, such as Sam Darnold (vs. Giants), in a good matchup or a good QB, such as Matthew Stafford (@ Bears), in a bad one? You can play this game with Daniel Jones (@ Jets) and Jared Goff (@ Steelers) or Ryan Tannehill (vs. Chiefs) and Dak Prescott (vs. Vikings), too. WEEK 10 NON-PPR RANKINGSRunning back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerMost fantasy owners are likely going to stick with the better QBs. We’re getting to the point in the season where it’s more difficult to leave your playoff fate in the hands of a boom-or-bust quarterback. Sure, any of the aforementioned guys — or Brian Hoyer (vs. Dolphins) if he starts in place of Jacoby Brissett or Mitchell Trubisky (vs. Lions), etc. — could have solid games, but Stafford feels like a safer bet for a high floor. Goff is probably the one exception given his up-and-down season and road struggles, but even he feels safer given his weapons.WEEK 10 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endSpeaking of “safe”, Jameis Winston (vs. Cardinals) and Kyler Murray (@ Buccaneers) rarely are, but they’re both in our top 10 this week because of the matchups. Murray has yet to throw a touchdown in four road starts, accounting for just one overall, so he’s very much a risk at Tampa, but given the matchup, we think he’s due for some of that positive regression we always hear about. MORE WEEK 10:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Snap counts | Trade values | Fantasy playoff SOSNote: These rankings will be updated throughout the week, so check back for player movement and individual analysis. WEEK 10 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPWeek 10 Fantasy QB RankingsMORE WEEK 10 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderThese rankings are for standard leagues with 4-point passing TDs.RankPlayer1Lamar Jackson, BAL @ CIN2Patrick Mahomes II, KC @ TEN3Drew Brees, NO vs. ATL4Matt Ryan, ATL @ NO5Russell Wilson, SEA @ SF6Jameis Winston, TB vs. ARZ. Winston put up 335 yards and two scores without throwing an INT in Seattle last week, so we’re not particularly worried about him finally back at home against an Arizona defense allowing the most fantasy points per game (FPPG) to QBs.7Philip Rivers, LAC @ OAK8Josh Allen, BUF @ CLE9Kyler Murray, ARZ @ TB. Murray hasn’t thrown a touchdown in four road games, so it’s tough to feel safe with him, but given Tampa’s tough run defense (No. 1) and porous pass defense (No. 31), Arizona should be airing it out early and often. It’s also nice that Murray can pad his stats in the run game, too.10Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. CAR. The Rodgers hype train crashed and burned last week, and this week he gets a slightly better (but still below-average) matchup against Carolina. This game is at home, though, so it’s reasonable to assume he’ll be a little sharper. With Davante Adams back and both RBs active in the receiving game, Rodgers still has enough upside to merit a start in a tough week like this.11Derek Carr, OAK vs. LAC. The Chargers allow the sixth-fewest FPPG to QBs, so this is a tough spot for Carr, but he’s really turned it on as of late, throwing for at least 285 yards and two TDs in each of his past three games. This feels like a potential shootout, so don’t be surprised if Carr puts up numbers somewhere along the lines of what Matthew Stafford (245 yards, two TDs), Deshaun Watson (351 yards, three TDs) and Ryan Tannehill (312 yards, two TDs) put up against L.A.12Dak Prescott, DAL vs. MIN. Prescott has been all over the board this season, tearing up bad teams and turning in generally mediocre performances against good teams. Minnesota is slightly above average in terms of limiting fantasy points to QBs, allowing just 15.4 FPPG. Prescott has a slightly higher floor than most pocket passers because of his running ability, and he could have a game similar to Carson Wentz’s (306 yards, two TDs, 23 rushing yards) against Minnesota. Either way, he’s on the start-sit bubble, but in a week with less options, he’ll likely be started in most leagues.13Jared Goff, LAR @ PIT. Goff is once again struggling on the road (82.8 QB rating compared to 91.2 at home), and even with the Steelers allowing a fair amount of touchdown passes lately (two each to Philip Rivers and Ryan Fitzpatrick, three to Brian Hoyer), we still worry about Goff putting up big stats. Pittsburgh is allowing just 228 passing yards per game, and with Brandin Cooks (concussion) out, Goff will have slightly less big-play potential. 14Jimmy Garoppolo, SF vs. SEA. The Seahawks have allowed some headscratching games to QBs this year, including 418 yards and two TDs to Andy Dalton, 460 yards and a score to Matt Schaub, and 112 yards and two TDs in just over a half to Mason Rudolph. They also allowed 335 yards and two TDs (with no INTs) to Jameis Winston in Seattle last week. Garoppolo is coming of his best game of the year (317 yards, four TDs), and clearly has some some upside. However, his average of 225.8 yards and 1.6 TDs per game is more indicative of what he’s likely to do. 15Daniel Jones, NYG @ NYJ. Jones is a walking turnover, but the Jets are in the top half of the league in FPPG allowed to QBs. Given his rushing upside (54 yards last week), Jones isn’t a bad bye-week fill-in here.16Ryan Tannehill, TEN vs. KC. Patrick Mahomes (knee) is expected back, so there should be a decent amount of points in this one. The Titans will try to establish the run early, but Tannehill, who’s thrown more in every start, will still get his opportunities against a mediocre defense.17Sam Darnold, NYJ vs. NYG. The Giants allow the ninth-most FPPG to QBs, so even with all of Darnold’s struggles, he should at least be on your radar this week. 18Brian Hoyer, IND vs. MIA. Hoyer impressed with three TDs last week, and the Miami defense is far from intimidating (sixth-most FPPG allowed to QBs), but we saw last week when Darnold flopped against them that QB production isn’t a sure thing, so Hoyer is merely a mediocre bye-week fill-in. 19Mitchell Trubisky, CHI vs. DET. Detroit allows the seventh-most FPPG to QBs, so, on paper, this isn’t a bad matchup. But if you’ve watched Trubisky play this year, you probably feel worse about him than every QB not named Baker Mayfield. Play him at your own risk.20Kirk Cousins, MIN @ DAL. The trend is to play Cousins against bad defenses and sit him against good ones. Dallas qualifies as a good, allowing just 12.1 FPPG to QBs.21Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA @ IND22Baker Mayfield, CLE vs. BUF23Kyle Allen, CAR @ GB24Mason Rudolph, PIT vs. LAR25Jeff Driskel, DET @ CHI26Ryan Finley, CIN vs. BAL
Facebook38Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe 10th annual Olympia Dance Festival features over a dozen dance groups from the area performing ballet, jazz, modern, tap, ballroom, hip-hop, Irish, Chinese, belly dance and more! This years’ festival features two special guest artists. Julia Erickson, former Principal Dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Sam Picart, the hip-hop dancer who won Ellen DeGeneres’ Dance Off. Each guest artist will perform a solo as well as a duet of classical ballet and street dance ~ live musical accompaniment from Joe and Naoko Sokolik who have played with the Olympia Symphony.“The duet of the guest artists drawing on such different movement styles with live music is a real treat. The diversity of the festival is really great for both seasoned dance audiences and people totally new to dance. All of the pieces are fairly short, and encompass a wide range of styles. We even have a short dance film this year! There’s definitely something for everyone.”Ken Johnson Co-Director, Ballet NorthwestSATURDAY, MARCH 2 7:30 p.m.TICKETS: $15The Washington Center for the Performing Arts Main StageTickets available through the Box Office (360)753.8586 or participating dance groupshttps://www.washingtoncenter.org/event/the-olympia-dance-festival/Participating Dance Groups:Amirat Dance CompanyBallet NorthwestDebbi’s Dance Etc.Fang Fei Chinese DanceHarbor DanceInspired to Move Dance AcademyJohansen Olympia Dance CenterMas Uda DancersOlympic Ballroom DanceSlieveloughane Irish DancersSouth Sound DanceSouthwest Washington Dance EnsembleStudio West Dance TheatreFor more information about upcoming events please visit The Washington Center for the Performing Arts website or call the Box Office at 360-753-8586.