For our purposes, “general archival” included bits such as Simpson’s outtakes with Marcus Allen. “News archival” is news footage from the time period, like that of the Eula Love shooting in L.A. and footage of the trial. “Archival Interviews” include all interviews that weren’t filmed expressly for the documentary, like one with a young O.J. Simpson about his retirement from football to pursue acting. “Football highlights” are self-explanatory and “original Interviews” were filmed for the documentary.You can guess how much of the breakdown goes. Episode 1, for instance, spends 41 minutes on Simpson’s football career — no other episode lingers here for more than three minutes — because Simpson’s fame began on the field. At the same time, the episode focuses on the civil rights movement, particularly in Los Angeles, and Simpson’s separatist lifestyle as a superstar on USC’s campus, away from the movement. To capture moments such as this, we also broke the series down into thematic elements, including personal life, context, trial and football.Here, “personal life” included bits like Simpson’s friend, Joe Bell talking about his childhood. “Trial” consists of archival news footage and interviews from the Nicole Brown Simpson murder trial. Football consists of his highlights from USC and the NFL or interviews specific to his football career. There are nearly 34 minutes of contextual footage in Episode 1, such as race riots in Los Angeles or Simpson signing autographs on USC’s campus, to display the two contrasting worlds during the late ’60s.Episode 2 gives 44 minutes of cultural context, as Simpson’s superstar status blossoms while the relationship between blacks and the LAPD continue to deteriorate. You see his iconic Hertz and Chevy commercials against a contrasting image of the Rodney King beating. Simpson’s personal life also gets around 45 minutes of footage, displaying the rich and powerful friends he sought while he pursued a post-NFL career in Hollywood, and his violent, abusive and controlling relationship with Nicole Brown Simpson is introduced.Episode 3 begins with the murder scene of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. There are nearly 40 minutes of archival news footage and 20 minutes of general archival footage from the double murder and the ensuing trial. The Bronco chase is covered in this episode, as well as Simpson’s own friends saying he was guilty of the crime. This is the O.J. Simpson we are more used to witnessing.An hour and 21 minutes of Episode 4 is dedicated to the trial, the most footage of any kind of any episode from OJMIA. It had 45 minutes of news archival footage and 26 minutes of original interviews about the trial. There is no footage on Simpson’s personal or football life in this episode. Episode 5 gives us the least amount of cultural context — by now, the stage hasn’t just been set, it’s being cleared — with 30 minutes dedicated to his personal life and 45 minutes for Simpson’s civil trial and his robbery case in 2007.We’re used to seeing the post-murder trial O.J. Simpson — a broken-down, has-been felon the world presumes committed a pair of murders for which he was acquitted. A lot of things went into the story that took Simpson from stardom to prison, and OJMIA arranges those disparate pieces of the timeline in a way that, somehow, makes sense of them. By now you’ve heard about “O.J.: Made in America,” ESPN’s five-part documentary about O.J. Simpson’s life and alleged crimes, which wrangles a complex story set against a complex cultural backdrop. Part of what makes the documentary work is how widely each chapter varies from the previous one — the series tracks Simpson’s early life, his football stardom, the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, the trial that followed and its eventual aftermath. Each of these is its own sort of story, told its own sort of way using a mix of original interviews and archival footage. Episode to episode, that mix varies a great deal.We took a shot list provided by our colleagues at ESPN Films (we’re in the same division of the company) and broke it down into general archival, news archival, archival interviews, original interviews and football. VIDEO: An interview with director Ezra Edelman
Even after Eli Manning’s 200 consecutive regular-season NFL starts, quantifying his career is difficult.Manning is in his 14th season, and nearly every one has felt like a crossroads. Which quarterback would show up for the Giants: the one capable of winning two Super Bowl MVPs — or the one capable of leading the NFL in interceptions for three seasons?The answer was probably somewhere in between. Manning has been reliably, and historically, mediocre.Only 10 quarterbacks in NFL history have started at least 200 games, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com, and the list is a who’s who of all-time legends: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Fran Tarkenton, Dan Marino, Brett Favre, Warren Moon and John Elway. And Eli Manning. And, OK, Vinny Testaverde — but still.Save Eli Manning and Testaverde, all have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame or are virtually certain to be.What to expect from the Lions vs. Giants But this is why advanced statistics exist: to help isolate a player’s performance from that of his teammates’ (hello, defensive lines and David Tyree) and to compare his performances against those of his peers. That analysts at major outlets were still citing rings and wins to claim that Eli is better than Peyton as late as 2013 is proof that we still need to look deeper.A handful of high-leverage highlights can’t outweigh hundreds of games’ worth of mediocre play, not when we’re trying to pick the best of the best. But then, Eli Manning has never been one of the best.No, the most prolifically mediocre quarterback in NFL history is in a class all by himself.Check out our latest NFL predictions. All newsletters Among that group, Eli Manning ranks either last, or ahead of only Testaverde,1In Testaverde’s defense, he spent nearly a decade toiling away on some bad Buccaneers and Browns teams. in nearly every season-indexed rate stat: completion rate, yards per attempt, interception rate, passer rating, adjusted yards per attempt, net yards per attempt and adjusted net yards per attempt.But Manning is not just terrible at being great — he regularly tests the lower boundaries of even being good. He has finished among the top 10 in ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating just four times out of the 11 seasons for which QBR has been calculated; his average rank is a middling 16th. He has finished among the top 10 in passer rating just once in 12 starting campaigns, finishing an average of 18th. From 2004, when Manning entered the league, through Week 1 of 2017, he was in the bottom half of both season-indexed passer rating and season-indexed adjusted net yards per attempt2PFR’s Advanced Passing table contextualizes passing rate stats by indexing them to the league average over three seasons with the given season in the middle. 100 is average, higher is better. See the PFR Glossary for details. (among quarterbacks with at least 50 starts): We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆 Join the squad. Subscribe The truth is, the NFL’s eighth all-time leading passer has produced like a below-average starter across his entire career. That average contains some really low points, like his miserable 27-interception 2013 season, when he finished 35th in passer rating in a league with just 32 teams.But that is as close as Manning has come to truly poor play. That reliability — that no matter how much he teases us with flashes of greatness, he at least definitely won’t be bad — has prompted the Giants to lean on him for more than a decade. What’s more, he’s rewarded that trust: Tonight, Manning will make his 212th consecutive start, the longest active Ironman streak in the NFL — and third-longest in the history of the league.Above all, that may be Manning’s greatest skill: just being there. Since he took the starting quarterback job away from Kurt Warner in November 2004, the Giants have not had to worry about the position, allowing the team to devote resources and draft picks to other areas. By comparison, the Giants’ roommates, the Jets, have started 15 quarterbacks in this span. The Cleveland Browns have started 23.But considering that Eli will turn 37 in January, how much longer can the Giants expect this to last? Quarterbacks seldom hang on to starting jobs beyond age 35. Then again, elite quarterbacks have blown past this expiration date — especially in recent years. Brady and Brees combine for 78 years of life, and together, they threw for more than 800 passing yards when they faced off on Sunday. Favre, Moon and Eli’s brother Peyton all played some of their most efficient football very near the end of their starting career. So maybe Eli Manning will soon reach a never-before-seen level of performance?But even his best passing performance, in 2011, still couldn’t match up with the best of his peers’. He threw for 501 more yards than he ever had before or ever has since, but 543 fewer than Brees that season. Manning gained an impressive average of 8.4 yards per attempt, but Aaron Rodgers gained an average of 9.2. Manning’s passer rating in 2011, 92.9, was worlds away from the NFL-record 122.5 that Rodgers posted that season.Even if Manning finds another level sometime soon, he’ll still be several levels shy of Brady, Brees and Rodgers’ best.In some ways, Manning is a throwback: A high-risk, high-reward passer who is rarely efficient but sometimes makes big plays in big moments. A Joe Namath in an era when offensive innovations have made the average NFL quarterback better than Roger Staubach.3Hall of Famer Roger Staubach’s career average completion rate (57 percent), TD/INT ratio (1.4:1) and passer rating (83.4) were all below 2016 NFL team passing averages (63.0 percent, 1.9:1, 87.6).
Ohio State then-junior catcher, now shortstop, Jalen Washington bats against Northwestern on March 26, 2016 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterComing off a weekend where runs were hard to come by, the Ohio State baseball team found their offense in North Carolina, winning the weekend series against the Campbell Camels (5-5) 2-1.The Buckeyes dropped the series opener, but their offense combined for 14 runs over the next two games and the bullpen proved reliable over the weekend as the team improved their record to 5-6. Junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt proved to be the most consistent bat for the Buckeyes, finishing the series 4 for 10 with four walks, a run scored and three runs batted in. The bullpen proved to be reliable for the Buckeyes as they combined for 10 innings pitched, allowing only four runs (three earned) on 10 hits, five walks while striking out 10.Game 1The Camels jumped on the Buckeyes early and held onto their lead late to secure the 7-2 victory in Game 1. The scoring began for the Camels in the first inning. With one out, Campbell strung together back-to-back hits to put runners on second and third for sophomore first baseman Jimmy Monaghan. Monaghan, then, lifted a sacrifice fly to the center fielder to give his club the early lead.The second inning was scoreless, but the Camels got their offense going again in the third inning. After a hit-by-pitch and double put runners on second and third with one out, junior right fielder Jeff Hahs singled up the middle to plate the second and third Camel runs of the evening. They scored again in the fourth inning, ending the evening for redshirt junior starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer.But the Buckeyes would not be kept off the scoreboard for long. After sophomore third baseman Brady Cherry walked to lead off the top of the fifth inning, junior left fielder Tyler Cowles launched the 1-0 fastball over the left field fence, bringing the score to 4-2. The score stayed that way until the flood gates opened up in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Camels had the bases loaded with only one away when redshirt senior designated hitter Cole Hallum came up to the plate. He was hit by pitch, bringing in a run. Monaghan followed Hallum with his second sacrifice fly of the day, scoring the second run of the inning. Then Hahs rolled a ground ball to third base that was mishandled by Cherry, allowing the third run of the inning to score and bring the Camel lead to 7-2.This was another game of missed opportunities for the Buckeyes. Though they were walked a whopping 10 times and hit by a pitch in this game, they mustered only two hits in the game and left a total of 10 batters on base. OSU was 0-8 with runners in scoring position and 1-14 with runners on base. Game 2Coming off a disappointing offensive effort in Game 1, the Buckeyes were able to get the bats going early thanks to an early display of power, and ran away with a 7-1 victory. The game could not have started much better for OSU. After the leadoff hitter reached base via a four-pitch walk, senior shortstop Jalen Washington roped his first home run of the season to left field, putting the Buckeyes on top early, 2-0.Following a walk issued to the next batter, redshirt senior designated hitter Zach Ratcliff crushed the first pitch he saw for a home run to deep left field, putting the Buckeyes ahead 4-0. Back-to-back base hits followed the two home runs and chased Campbell redshirt junior starting pitcher Andrew Witczak from the game before he retired a single batter. The Buckeyes scored once more in the inning.The only score for the Camels came in the second inning when redshirt freshman left fielder Matthew Barefoot doubled down the left field line, bringing home the runner from first base.The Buckeyes scored in the top of the fourth inning on a bases-loaded walk and scored again in the top of the sixth inning on Ratcliff’s second home run of the game. Though Ratcliff’s bat undoubtedly helped propel OSU to the victory, redshirt senior starting pitcher Jake Post had his best start of the season and was a major factor in the Buckeyes 7-1 victory. He allowed only one run on five hits and one walk in six innings of work. He also struck out a career-high eight batters in the game.Game 3OSU benefitted from a wild second inning and managed to stave off a late comeback attempt from the Camels to secure the series victory in a 7-6 win on Sunday.The Buckeyes got things started in the top of the second inning thanks to some erratic pitching from Campbell freshman starting pitcher Ryan Kirk. A pair of walks and a hit-by-pitch loaded up the bases with two outs for OSU sophomore catcher Jacob Barnwell. The first pitch was mishandled by the catcher, allowing Ratcliff to score from third. A wild pitch after that scored the second run of the inning. Barnwell then reached on an infield single that scored another run for OSU. A single from junior center and the third walk of the inning loaded the bases again. Then the second passed ball of the inning allowed Barnwell to cross the plate, bringing the OSU lead up to 4-0.The Camels scored once in the bottom of the second and again in the bottom of the third to draw within two, but the Buckeyes scored in the top of the fourth to bring the score to 5-2.The Camels came back in a big way in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, junior second baseman Christian Jones roped a double down the right field line to knot the game up at five.With the game now tied and not having scored in the past three innings, the Buckeyes needed a spark to regain the lead. Cowles led off the inning with a single and redshirt senior Shea Murray came in to pinch run. A sacrifice bunt with a throwing error and a single loaded up the bases with no outs for Gantt. Gantt flew out to right field, scoring Murray from third. Washington followed the sacrifice fly with a single that tacked one more on to bring the score to 7-5.The Camels mounted a comeback in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run from Barefoot to get the inning started off. Two more runners would reach base, but junior relief pitcher Seth Kinker stranded them both to escape the eighth with the lead. OSU heads back down to Florida for a three-game series against Florida Gulf Coast beginning this Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
KUSI Newsroom Updated: 9:36 PM ENCINITAS (KUSI) – A lawsuit alleges that four women were sexually assaulted by therapists at four separate Massage Envy locations, including Encinitas, the plaintiffs’ attorneys announced today.The suit, filed in San Mateo County Superior Court, accuses Massage Envy of negligently hiring and supervising five therapists accused by the plaintiffs, and ignoring the “known risk of assault they posed to customers” by allowing them to remain employed or transferring them to another franchiselocation.The plaintiffs also allege that Massage Envy has a policy of concealing sexual assault reports, does not require that sexual assaults be reported to law enforcement or state massage therapy boards, and did nothing more than internally investigate each reported incident.Massage Envy declined to comment on the lawsuit, but said the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company adheres to established safety and best practice policies regarding sexual assault.“We cannot comment on pending litigation, but we believe we have established best-in-class practices to address the types of issues alleged in this lawsuit, with the help of the Massage Envy Safety Advisory Council — made up of leading experts — and our work with RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the U.S,” the statement reads. “These and other concrete actions underscore our commitment to promoting a safe environment for members, guests and service providers at each of our nearly 1,200 franchise locations, and we will never stop working to have industry-leading safetypolicies.”The lawsuit alleges the sexual assaults occurred at Massage Envy locations in Encinitas, as well as Corona in Riverside County, Daly City, near San Francisco, and Cotati, a community in Sonoma County.In the Encinitas case, a therapist allegedly ejaculated onto the victim as she lay undressed on a massage table, according to the complaint. The suit alleges that the customer contacted the manager, who apologized to her and offered her a free massage.“Employees who went to management were told not to complain, which sent a message to those speaking up that such conduct was acceptable,”plaintiffs’ attorney Elizabeth Graham alleged. “In at least one instance, male therapists shamed women clients, claiming they obviously wanted sex by seeking a massage, even though massage treatments are standard at virtually every spa and nail salon in the country. The misconduct itself is disturbing enough at franchise locations, but compounded by the parent company’s lack of reporting and rooting out of the abusers — not unlike the wider sex abuse scandals we’ve seen at the U.S. Gymnastics Association or even the Catholic Church.“It’s unconscionable that such brazen client abuse would take place in just one Massage Envy franchise — let alone multiple locations across California,” Graham said. “This is a by-product of a toxic work culture, where abuse persisted and was tolerated even after the problem was well recognized within the company, and yet customer complaints went smothered and unreported.”The lawsuit was announced the same day that Orange County prosecutors filed criminal charges against a massage therapist charged with sexually assaulting two women during massage treatments at a Massage Envy location in Mission Viejo. Russell Bernardino, who is also a licensed home health care provider, was additionally charged with raping a 77-year-old woman while serving as her caregiver at her home in an Orange County retirement community. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Lawsuit alleges sexual assault at the Massage Envy in Encinitas and three of its other locations July 18, 2019 Posted: July 18, 2019
Register Now » August 20, 2013 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Maybe major car makers like Ford and Toyota could learn a thing or two from tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. His electric car company, Tesla, is racking up recognition in the auto industry for the level of quality of its vehicles. The latest: Tesla’s Model S was awarded the highest safety rating of any car ever tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).Not only did the Model S receive a 5-star rating overall but also in every subcategory. While the NHTSA doesn’t award more than 5 stars overall, it does in the overall Vehicle Safety, where Tesla says the Model S achieved a combined record of 5.4 stars. The score takes into account the probability of injury from front, side, rear and rollover accidents, Tesla says.In May, Consumer Reports also gave the Model S a glowing assessment, calling it the best car it has tested. The Model S was also named car of the year by Motor Trend and Automobile magazines.Related: Inside the ‘Insane’ Life of Entrepreneur Elon MuskTesla released the Model S electric sedan in June 2012 after three years in development. For those who are unfamiliar with the car, it has two battery options: an 85-kilowatt-hour version and a 60-kilowatt-hour version. The larger battery gets 300 miles of range at an average of 55 mph, Tesla says. It estimates that total annual fuel cost for a Model S is about $930 compared to almost $5,200 for other premium sedans, for drivers who average about 30,000 miles per year.When it comes to safety, Tesla says some of the key features of the Model S include: a longer “crumple zone” in the front created by the absence of a large gasoline engine block (the motor is only about a foot in diameter and is mounted near the rear axle), multiple aluminum extrusions in the side rail of the car that help absorb crash impact and a double rear bumper if a third row children’s seat is ordered.Related: Super Cars, Sailboats and Subways: How Tech Founders and CEOs Get Around”After verifying through internal testing that the Model S would achieve a NHTSA 5-star rating, Tesla then analyzed the Model S to determine the weakest points in the car and retested at those locations until the car achieved 5 stars no matter how the test equipment was configured,” the company said in a release.Keep in mind, however, that safety and environmentally-friendly innovation don’t come cheap. A Model S with an 85-kilowatt-hour battery starts at more than $78,000. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
– Recommended Links WARNING: Major Bloodbath About to Take Place in America Here’s what you need to do to get ready: 1. Go to this short video to learn about another big currency war bearing down on the U.S. 2. Get more information about a simple system that could have let you profit by as much as an extraordinary 1,000% or more from currency wars based on our back test. Don’t wait. There is still a chance to protect yourself AND possibly make great sums of money. Go here now. Doug Casey: “Meet my friend and mentor of 30 years…” At a private meeting on Maryland’s eastern shore, Doug’s long-time friend and mentor Bill Bonner revealed his latest project. In short: after 40 years of watching and commenting on our collapsing financial system, Bill has decided things are finally bad enough to “do” something about it. And he’d like to invite Casey readers to participate in his plans. Just click here for details. — Editor’s note: Today, in place of our usual market commentary, we’re sharing an important essay with you. In it, Dispatch editor Justin Spittler explains a powerful but overlooked investing strategy. Used properly, this simple strategy will allow you to make money in stocks during both bear markets and bull markets… It’s never been more important to “crash proof” your portfolio… If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know we face many serious issues today. After the 2007–2009 financial crisis, the U.S. government launched all sorts of extreme measures. It borrowed trillions of dollars…created trillions more out of thin air…and cut rates to effectively zero. These policies were supposed to stimulate the economy…but instead they’ve set the stage for a major financial disaster. Here are just some of the signs: ➢ U.S. stocks are likely topping out. The S&P 500 hasn’t set a new high in more than a year. ➢ Companies are struggling to make money. Corporate profits have fallen four straight quarters. ➢ Jobs have become scarce. U.S. companies are hiring at the slowest pace in six years. And as ugly as things are right now, Casey Research founder Doug Casey says they’re only going to get worse: Right now, we are exiting the eye of the giant financial hurricane that we entered in 2007, and we’re going into its trailing edge. It’s going to be much more severe, different, and longer lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009… This will lead us to an economic disaster that will in many ways dwarf the Great Depression of 1929–1946. Paper currencies will fall apart, as they have many times throughout history. • E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, is worried about the economy and stock market too… He’s been bearish on the stock market for almost a year. You may remember that he titled the September issue of The Casey Report “R.I.P. 2009-2015 Bull Market.” With a call like that, you might think E.B. is avoiding stocks completely. But he actually has several stocks marked as “buys” in The Casey Report portfolio right now. However, at the same time, E.B. is also shorting (betting against) two of America’s most fragile companies. In other words, E.B. is taking a “market neutral” approach. Today, you’ll see why this approach will help you profit no matter if stocks are going up, down, or sideways. It’s an incredibly simple strategy. Anyone can use it to boost returns and shield their portfolio from losses. • A market neutral portfolio doesn’t depend on stocks rising or falling… It’s unbiased toward high or lower prices. You may be thinking, “My portfolio is already diversified. Why would I need a market neutral portfolio?” The truth is that many people’s “diversified” portfolios don’t actually protect them from losses. Let’s say your portfolio includes major retailers, oil companies, and big banks. Your money is spread across different sectors. Many financial advisors will tell you that this is a safe way to own stocks. But in reality, this “long only” portfolio would rack up big losses if stocks crash like they did in 2000 or 2008. • A market neutral portfolio is a better way to reduce risk… That’s because it has both “long” and “short” stocks. A long position simply means you own a stock, so you make money when the stock rises. A short position makes money when a stock falls. If your long positions are the same size as your short positions, your portfolio is “market neutral.” This means movement in the stock market won’t make or lose you money. If the stock market goes up, your long position makes money while your short position loses money. If the stock market goes down, your short position makes money while your long position loses money. Our favorite way to build a market neutral portfolio is to buy stocks in strong industries and short stocks in weak industries. Let’s look at an example. Say you buy $10,000 worth of Lockheed Martin (LMT)—a bet on more foreign wars and adventures—and sell short $10,000 worth of Bank of America (BAC)—a bet on financial chaos. If Lockheed Martin climbs 10% and Bank of America falls 10%, you make $2,000. (That’s 10%, or $1,000, on each $10,000 position.) If Lockheed Martin climbs 10% and Bank of America also climbs 5%, you make $500. (That’s a $1,000 gain on Lockheed Martin and a $500 loss on the Bank of America short position.) And, if Lockheed Martin drops 10%, but Bank of America also drops 15%, you also make $500. (That’s a $1,000 loss on Lockheed Martin and a $1,500 gain on Bank of America.) The only way you lose on this market neutral trade (often called a “pairs trade”) is if Bank of America outperforms Lockheed Martin. • The key is to pick the right longs and shorts… We look to buy stocks that are cheap, overlooked, and on the rise. On the other hand, we look to short expensive stocks and companies that could have trouble making money in an economic downturn. • E.B.’s shorting one of America’s most vulnerable companies… He placed a bet against a major U.S. airline. Airline stocks have been booming for the past seven years. In fact, the stock E.B.’s shorting has soared an incredible 1,600% since March 2009. It’s beaten the S&P 500 eight-to-one. But E.B. says the “good times are ending” for the industry. In short, he thinks the slowing economy will hammer major U.S. airlines. Remember, people travel less when the economy slows. E.B.’s airline short has returned 12% since February. But he says it could plunge 50% or more before it bottoms out. Finding the right companies to short is only half the battle. E.B.’s also been profiting on companies that make money no matter what’s happening with the economy… • E.B. is long on companies that “feed the masses”… During a financial crisis, folks take fewer vacations. They spend less money at the mall. They buy fewer new cars. But they don’t stop eating. That’s why E.B.’s investing in companies that put food on the table. One of E.B.’s “feed the masses” companies is Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM). It produces everything from processed wheat to cornmeal used in tortillas. In other words, it makes food the average American eats every day. That allows the company to make money in any environment. This stock has jumped 41% since E.B. recommended it in January. E.B. also recommended a world-class agricultural product company this year. The company sells potash and magnesium, ingredients in fertilizers that help farmers feed the masses. It also sells one of America’s most iconic food products. There’s a good chance this product is sitting in your pantry right now. It’s up 18% since E.B. recommended it in January. • Those are just a few of the big gains Casey Report readers have enjoyed this year… Another one of E.B.’s stocks is up 48% since March. One is up 46% since April. A third has jumped 40% since April. E.B. also closed out another short this year for 13% gain in March. For comparison, the S&P 500 is up less than 4% this year. • And E.B.’s made these gains during a rollercoaster ride of a year… According to The Wall Street Journal, last quarter was the most volatile start to a year for the stock market since 2009. Back then, the U.S. was in its worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. If we’re headed into a financial crisis like we expect, stocks will only become more erratic. That’s why it’s so important to “crash proof” your portfolio today… A market neutral portfolio is just one way to protect yourself from this crisis. That’s because the coming crisis will be almost impossible to escape. It won’t matter if your money is in stocks, a pension, or a 401(k). For other ways to “crisis proof” your wealth, we encourage you to watch this short presentation. In it, E.B. explains why the coming crisis could cause stocks to plunge 50%…trigger a collapse of the banking system…and even provoke the government to ban cash outright. By watching the video, you’ll also have a chance to take advantage of a trial subscription to The Casey Report, which includes two special reports designed specifically to help you survive and prosper during the coming crisis. This could easily be one of the most important messages we ever deliver. To watch this video—for free—click here.