Badgers fans on Twitter riding high after Wisconsin opens NCAA tournament by cruising past Tar Heels
Here’s what fans were saying after the Badgers advanced to a matchup with the top-seeded Baylor Bears on Sunday:
Cheeseheads prevail! Experience does pay off for UW. Davison delivers his ‘A’ game when it was needed the most, Trice was terrific running the show and the UW bigs did what they had to do. Nice to finally get out of the Big 10. Survive and advance!
— Dennis Semrau (@DennisSemrau) March 20, 2021
As good as it gets
West Lafayette ain’t Disneyland where Bucky played Baylor last time stakes were this high, but the fact Brad Davison & Co. stepped on Roy Williams to get there?!?! It doesn’t get any better than THAT!
— Rob Hernandez (@RobHernandezGLF) March 20, 2021
They always find a way
Careful what you ask for. The result of this game could be interpreted as an indication that the Badgers underperformed all year and with a more consistent season they would not be facing a one seed in the second round. Just saying.
— Aben Glibb (@AbenGlibb) March 20, 2021
Rolling at the right time
Don’t stop now
Very much hoping this is the same team that shows up Sunday and every game hereafter. Love the performance by Davison. Give it all you’ve got gents – the only thing stopping you is you.
— BethAnn Meier (@BAMeier) March 20, 2021
Putting the pieces together
Best game they played this year. Best coached game this year. They were ready. They had a great game plan. They played tough defense all night. They BOXED OUT. They made shoots. Kept mental mistakes to a minimum. THEY HAD NO SCORING DROUGHTS! Completely outplayed a good team.
— Tony (@TStrobe78) March 20, 2021
Most complete effort of the season on both ends of the floor. Davison and Trice carried the O, Reuvers, Ford and Potter with strong efforts on D. Just stayed aggressive all game and it paid off. Really happy for the Seniors and the coaches after a tough Big 10 season..
— Paul Bergum (@paul_bergum) March 20, 2021
Anything can happen
Tournament system at its best. No room for error. A team gets hot and they’re extremely dangerous. If they play like this, they can beat Baylor.
— Mike Wendlandt 🐶 (@MikeWendlandt) March 20, 2021
The attitude and effort they displayed in the first half to clamp down on D and the glass set the tone. Reuvers played an awesome game even without scoring, hats off to him.
— Andrew Zimdars (@andrew_zimdars) March 20, 2021
Playing the waiting game
This season being this season, I couldn’t help but worry.
“When’s the drought?”
“When’s the cold spell?”
“When’s the Yoderesque, victory-killing offensive lapse?”
And it never came.
It’s a lot to ask the #Badgers to do it again Sunday, but at least they’ve shown they can.
— Kyle Cooper (@SportsCoop66) March 20, 2021
Free to let it fly
Badgers were awesome on both ends. Defense was stifling. But I have to say that UNC could be the worst defensive team we have played all year. Lots of open looks all night
— Joe Kuester (@JCKuest) March 20, 2021
A lot to like
Expected the stat showing “xx:xx since last Wisconsin field goal” and it never came. That says it all. Finally saw the game we’ve been waiting for. Love that they saved it for UNC. Beating a Blue Blood will never get old. Also glad these seniors didnt go out w 0 NCAA tourney wins
— Chris Mulhern (@therealcmully) March 20, 2021
History in the making
Hard not to enjoy watching UNC and Coach Roy lose in the first round.
— Kent (@madisonseattle) March 20, 2021
Wouldn’t it be nice?
Refs let both teams play physical, no cheap fouls. Would have loved to see more of that during the big ten season.
— SMcNamara (@SmcinMN) March 20, 2021
Working from the inside out
I think out of the first 10 shot attempts 8 were 2 pointers – much better way to settle in and start an offense than other recent games. Davidson got hot by starting with a layup. Badgers win the rebound game against the best rebounding team in the nation
— David Koller (@DavidBKoller) March 20, 2021
Delivering in the clutch
This is what we were hoping for this year. Senior laden team.Ended 2020 on such a hot streak; hoped that it would have continued. Added a few young players, and this team has a lot of talent.They played a 40 min game and destroyed UNC.If they play like this on Sun, they could win
— DRich (@drich318318) March 20, 2021
Those are the rules
Outstanding analysis. Win, Gard coached well. Lose, FIRE GARD!
— Team Slinky (@Buckmaster_FP) March 20, 2021
Toughened up in the Big Ten
Saw the ceiling for this team tonight after a season of inconsistency. Too many times shooting let them down, but tonight the backcourt carried them.
— Mark Multer (@MMulter) March 20, 2021
Totally agree anything from here on out is frosting
— Mark Massey (@mfmass) March 20, 2021
Held to a high standard
I knew they would come thru. We all rip and get frustrated, but let’s be real, Bo Ryan/Greg Guard or anyone associated with southwest Wisconsin knows basketball. Especially at tournament time. Way to be prepared boys.
— Nelson Ennis (@nelsonradmad) March 20, 2021
On cloud nine
Elon Musk Says He’ll Pay $11 Billion in Taxes in 2021 But Twitter Wants ‘Proof’
Elon Musk took to Twitter to clarify once and for all that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes this year.
If the number of times Elon Musk could count when someone has asked him to pay the full taxes, he would be a very rich..wait, never mind. The Tesla boss is rich beyond any private individual has been in history, reports said.
Musk has increasingly been facing criticism from many politicians and many others who insist he has not been paying taxes as compared to the profits his companies have been making. On Sunday, the SpaceX CEO took to Twitter to share that he will be paying a whopping $11 billion as taxes.
For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 20, 2021
But some of the questions did not stop. One person tweeted how they needed to see Musk’s tax returns while yet another asked how much percentage was that of his total income.
A few were, however scathing of the government who thought they will add that amount to their pockets rather than using it for some proper development.
Wow that’s enough to give each person in the world almost $2 million but instead the government will just stick it in their pockets— greg (@greg16676935420) December 20, 2021
Why not $200 billion? Asking for a Senator— litquidity (@litcapital) December 20, 2021
Earlier this week, Democratic US Senator Elizabeth Warren has tweeted to say that Musk should pay taxes and stop “freeloading off everyone else” after Time magazine named him its “person of the year”.
In response, Musk shot four tweets in which he said that the senator reminded him of a friend’s angry mom who yelled at everybody. He tweeted, ““And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year.” “Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already.”
He added further, “You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason.”
Musk responded by saying that he “will pay more taxes than any American in history this year”. This Twitter exchange left netizens divided as even though many supported Warren and agreed that Musk should pay more taxes, others felt that he was already doing enough.
Musk’s Tesla is worth about $1 trillion. Over the last few weeks, he has sold nearly $14 billion worth of Tesla shares.
The Tesla boss has been pushing for his colonize Mars agenda for years now, and has made it very clear in some occasions that he would rather spend the money on putting humanity on the red planet, than pay his taxes. “My plan,” the SpaceX founder tweeted about his fortune, “is to use the money to get humanity to Mars and preserve the light of consciousness.”
Twitter Admits Policy ‘Errors’ After Far-Right Abuse Its New Rules of Posting Pictures
Twitter’s new picture permission policy was aimed at combating online abuse, but US activists and researchers said Friday that far-right backers have employed it to protect themselves from scrutiny and to harass opponents.
Even the social network admitted the rollout of the rules, which say anyone can ask Twitter to take down images of themselves posted without their consent, was marred by malicious reports and its teams’ own errors.
It was just the kind of trouble anti-racism advocates worried was coming after the policy was announced this week.
“Anyone with a Twitter account should be reporting doxxing posts from the following accounts,” the message said, with a list of dozens of Twitter handles.
Gwen Snyder, an organizer and researcher in Philadelphia, said her account was blocked this week after a report to Twitter about a series of 2019 photos she said showed a local political candidate at a march organized by extreme-right group Proud Boys.
Rather than go through an appeal with Twitter she opted to delete the images and alert others to what was happening.
“Twitter moving to eliminate (my) work from their platform is incredibly dangerous and is going to enable and embolden fascists,” she told AFP.
But the rules don’t apply to “public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweets are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.”
By Friday, Twitter noted the roll out had been rough: “We became aware of a significant amount of coordinated and malicious reports, and unfortunately, our enforcement teams made several errors.”
“We’ve corrected those errors and are undergoing an internal review to make certain that this policy is used as intended,” the firm added.
Jack Dorsey Post Twitter Is Chasing His Crypto, Fintech Dream
At a packed Miami conference in June, Jack Dorsey, mused in front of thousands of attendees about where his real passion lay: “If I weren’t at Square or Twitter, I’d be working on Bitcoin.”
On Monday, Dorsey made good on one part of that, announcing he would leave Twitter for the second time, handing the CEO position to a 10-year veteran at the firm. The 45-year-old entrepreneur, who is often described as an enigma with varied interests from meditation to yoga to fashion design, plans to pursue his passion which include focusing on running Square and doing more philanthropic work, according to a source familiar with his plan.
Well before the surprise news, Dorsey had laid the groundwork for his next chapter, seeding both companies with cryptocurrency-related projects.
Underlying Dorsey’s broader vision is the principle of “decentralisation,” or the idea that technology and finance should not be concentrated among a handful of gatekeepers, as it is now, but should, instead, be steered by the hands of the many, either people or entities.
The concept has played out at Square, which has built a division devoted to working on projects and awarding grants with the aim of growing Bitcoin’s popularity globally. Bitcoin price in India stood at Rs. 44.52 lakh as of 12:50pm IST on December 1.
Dorsey has been a longtime proponent of Bitcoin, and the appeal is that the cryptocurrency will allow for private and secure transactions with the value of Bitcoin unrelated to any government.
The idea has also underpinned new projects at Twitter, where Dorsey tapped a top lieutenant – and now the company’s new CEO Parag Agrawal – to oversee a team that is attempting to construct a decentralised social media protocol, which will allow different social platforms to connect with one another, similar to the way email providers operate.
The project called Bluesky will aim to allow users control over the types of content they see online, removing the “burden” on companies like Twitter to enforce a global policy to fight abuse or misleading information, Dorsey said in 2019 when he announced Bluesky.
Bitcoin has also figured prominently at both of his companies. Square became one of the first public companies to own Bitcoin assets on its balance sheet, having invested $220 million (roughly Rs. 1,650 crore) in the cryptocurrency.
In August, Square created a new business unit called TBD to focus on Bitcoin. The company is also planning to build a hardware wallet for Bitcoin, a Bitcoin mining system, as well as a decentralised Bitcoin exchange.
Twitter allows users to tip their favourite content creators with Bitcoin and has been testing integrations with non-fungible tokens (NFTs), a type of digital asset that allows people to collect unique digital art.
Analysts see the transition as a positive signal for Square, the fintech platform he co-founded in 2009. Square’s core Cash App, after a bull run in its share in 2020, has experienced slower growth in the most recent quarter. It is also trying to digest the $29 billion (roughly Rs. 2,17,240 crore) acquisition of Buy Now Pay Later provider Afterpay, its largest acquisition ever.
But these ambitions will not pay off until years from now, analysts cautioned.
“The blockchain platform they’re trying to develop is great but also fraught with technical challenges and difficult to scale for consumers. I think he’ll focus more on Square and crypto will be part of that,” said Christopher Brendler, an analyst at DA Davidson.
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