All That and a Bag of Mail

Mar 19, 2017; Sacramento, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Lonzo Ball (2) look on in game against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Kelley L Cox

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for everyone’s favorite distraction — the Friday mailbag. 

Send your questions — the ones on Friday aren’t anonymous — to claytravis@gmail.com and then sit around and wait to see if you make the cut. 

Here we go:

Kyle writes:

“So I am getting married in September of this year in Mexico. We are paying for our own wedding, so a destination wedding made much more sense to us financially. Spend a couple thousand each for wedding & honeymoon all in one trip. I have invited all my family to come, even though that is a lot to ask.

Both of my brothers cannot attend. One of my brothers is a college football coach and wedding falls over a weekend when he has a game. My other brother cannot attend because he is a firefighter and has limited time off work. I figured my parents would make it no matter what, but come to find out, they told me this week they won’t be able to attend. This was their reasoning: It’s a comfort level. They said we chose a venue which makes it hard for all the family to attend. They said they would feel guilty if they went to celebrate our wedding and no other family was there. I was also told that my mom might have a new job at that time and may not have time off from the new position. They may also have responsibilities taking care of my grandmother if her health declines in the next 6 months and said they can’t commit to booking the trip.

With that being said, I even offered to pay for their portion of the trip because them being there means everything to me. I was very upset when they told me they wouldn’t be there. My fiance’s family & friends are making big sacrifices to be there for her/us. None of my family will be there. When I have kids some day, I would like to think I wouldn’t miss my kids wedding for the world.

I need your thoughts on how to react. Should I be furious? Or do I need to just accept it and let it be?”

Your parents are total assholes. 

I have three boys. There is nowhere on earth that one of my boys could get married that I wouldn’t be there. I can’t even imagine what would happen if I suggested to my wife that we not go because it was inconvenient. She might divorce me. Deservedly so.    

That’s especially the case WHEN YOU’RE PAYING FOR IT ALL AND YOU OFFERED TO FLY YOUR PARENTS THERE. 

Plus, you’re getting married in Mexico, it’s not like it’s a remote Polynesian island. It’s easy to get to Mexico from pretty much anywhere in the United States.  

I honestly feel like your parents should have to call in to the Outkick radio show and explain their decision not to attend. We’re 877-996-6369, make it happen.  

As for your brothers, you basically decided you didn’t want the one brother to come when you decided to get married in September. (No college coach can travel then and I’m on the record as saying no one should get married in the fall, that’s what the other nine months of the year are for.) But your other brother’s excuse is bullshit. He’s a firefighter and he can’t get time off? Is he the only firefighter in town? This is his brother’s wedding, I’d think this might be worthy of taking a few days off. So I’m not giving your parents or the firefighter brother a pass here.  

I’m genuinely curious whether something more might be at play here. Does everyone in your family hate your fiancee and are they just not telling you?

Because as is this story just doesn’t make sense. 

J.R. writes:

“Something I thought of last night with basketball games starting so late: Does the USA still need four time zones? The railroad industry proposed four back in the 19th century. Could our country function on just two? Just something to throw out there.”

I fell asleep last night during the Xavier-Arizona halftime because I wake up every morning at 4 am and I just couldn’t stay up any later. The damn game didn’t start until 9:43 central time. Just inexcusable. 

If you lived on the east coast the game didn’t tip until 10:43 et. 

10:43 et!

There are so many basketball fans in America today reading the mailbag with bleary eyes this morning. 

It would be one thing if this happened on a Friday or Saturday night, but on a Thursday night this is simply inexcusable. 

But your question is a good one: I think we should have just two time zones and no time change for daylight savings time or fall back either.

There should be an east and a west coast time and they should be the central and mountain time zones. The dividing line should be right where the central time zone turns into the mountain time zone now.

Bang, everything is much simpler.

Imagine how much easier American commerce would be if the east coast and the west coast were only an hour apart all day long. I’ve spent time working on both the east coast and the west coast. If you’re on the west coast you feel like you’re constantly chasing the day — wake up at 6 am and it’s already nine in the morning on the east coast — and if you’re on the east coast you’re getting killed on late night sports. 

I think about this now even more than usual because I’m doing a radio show that airs at probably the time period that has the greatest difference all day in the country. When our radio show starts at six in the morning on the east coast tons of people are waking up for work. But it’s just three in the morning on the west coast, which is basically the middle of the night. Hell, lots of people are just going to bed. When our radio show starts we have people going home from the bars while other people are starting their day. 

We’re on in markets all over the country so I try to avoid even saying what time it is since people are listening in four different time zones.

But I’ve done the research, did you realize how slanted the time zones are right now?

The eastern time zone has 47.0% of the population and the central time zone has 32.9%. This means that nearly 80% of the American population is on eastern or central time. Just 5.4% is on mountain time and 14.1% is on the pacific time zone. (The rest are on Alaskan or Hawaiian times.) 

Instead of having four different time zones how much better would it be if our entire nation was within one hour of each other?

The biggest issue I can see is that it would get sunny earlier in the day on the east coast, but doesn’t that help you get up? And it would be darker later on the west coast, but you’d only be an hour behind the east coast so you could sleep in a bit later and keep up easier. 

I just think two time zones makes so much more sense for the country. 

Joe writes:

“You’ve mentioned it for a while and it looks like Twitter may be adding a paid subscription business. What do you see the price point as and do you think it’ll help their stock?

I have to give credit to Darren Rovell from ESPN for being on this for a couple of years now.

Adopting a freemium model makes total sense. Most pay nothing, but some do pay, the ones who like the product the most. It’s a no brainer.  

I’ve always thought that Twitter should take advantage of the fact that it is the destination for “elite” media and famous people all over the country and world. Yes, Facebook has everyone, but the “elite” audience spends more time on Twitter than it does on Facebook. 

Instead of just charging premium users why wouldn’t Twitter, for instance, offer someone like me the ability to sell my Twitter background to an advertiser? Right now my Tweets have no backdrop at all. What would it be worth for an advertiser, say a beer, liquor or condom company or even a TV show that I love, for instance, to appear as a backdrop to all my Tweets? According to Twitter analytics, my Tweets get millions of impressions a day. Why shouldn’t Twitter be able to monetize that audience for people like me with large audiences? 

I could sign up to pay $20 — or more — a month for premium Twitter and as part of that decision that could allow me to opt into Twitter also having the right to monetize my account. 

Even more interesting, what if you bought digital currency through Twitter and if you really liked an article or a Tweet you could “reward” the person with that digital currency instead of retweeting or favoriting? (Twitter would take a small share of every transaction). Or what if you could offer someone money to respond to your Tweet? I respond to a fraction of the Tweets I receive now, but what if there was a financial incentive to encourage me to respond to your Tweet? I’d spend more time responding to your Tweet for sure. Now I’m small potatoes in the larger Twitter market, but if someone offered $5 or $10 to respond and I saw that pop up on my feed, would I do it? For sure.

You could even make it somewhat cooler if you allowed me to upload a ten second video wishing someone a happy birthday or calling one of your friends a pussy because he wasn’t coming out that night. Wouldn’t that be worth $25 or $30 to quite a few of you? And if people would pay that from me, what would they pay for much more famous people? Since Twitter makes the distribution cost of content virtually zero, why not take more advantage of that?  

As a large Twitter shareholder — “large” for my individual stock portfolio anyway, I have 20k shares — I think it’s clear the company has to unlock value on the site that isn’t going to exist just from advertising. 

So I applaud the decision and hope it leads to more creative ideas for how to monetize the site. 

Daniel writes:

“You may have seen that Arkansas recently passed a new law that expands concealed carry rights. One of the biggest focal points of the media is that fans will be able to carry at sporting events.

Full disclosure, I’m pro-gun rights. I’ve enjoyed hunting growing up. I don’t have a problem with someone keeping guns at home for protection. Also don’t mind concealed carry in most situations bc police can’t be everywhere. I get a little less firm when it gets to the assault rifle type guns. Don’t see a need, but that’s an argument for another day.

But good God, in what world is allowing concealed carry inside sporting venues a good idea??? Am I wrong on this? Am I betraying the DBAP motto?

First of all, I’d guess >60% of the able attendees at games are at least somewhat intoxicated. Second, we’re not the brightest fan base when we’re SOBER. Third, passions run high, especially when we get our ass kicked. Finally, and I think most importantly, there are hundreds of (sober) police all over the stadium. So, on the off chance something did happen where a concealed carrier would need to be the hero, there are likely already police very close and able to respond.

Can you weigh in on this and let me know what the radical moderate position is?”

I think Arkansas got this one right after they passed the law because the state added an amendment saying you can’t take guns to Razorback sporting events. The amendment they added, of course, will get much less attention than the initial law, but your logic won the day.

Even hard core gun guys have to think that mixing guns, alcohol, and SEC football is a really bad idea. You know somebody would open fire on Bret Bielema after his team inevitably loses a game everyone expects them to win. And you know Razorback fans would also fire off guns in celebration after they won a game they weren’t supposed to as well. 

Honestly, I think Arkansas fans probably have more reason to drink than any SEC football fans, which is saying something. The Razorbacks are never just kind of mediocre, they swing from one extreme to the other all season long. Find me another team that can go from losing 56-3 to Auburn to beating Florida 31-10 in its next game. Yet this swing was so predictable that I nailed this game’s outcome in advance and told all of you to go big on Arkansas that week.

It’s just uncanny.

The last thing you need to do is add guns to this equation.  

Tyler writes:

“I recently got engaged. I’m 33 with no kids, she is 39 (looks 29) with two children from a previous marriage. Because time is of the essence, we are going to get pregnant immediately after our wedding this fall.

Due to her age, this is (likely) the only shot I get at having a kid. I always wanted to have 2, but it’s her body, and I totally get it, and I love her so I’m on board with just having one. Here is my question: am I an asshole if I ask for exclusive naming rights? Realistically, I only even care if it’s a boy….if it’s a girl, she can name it any non-stripper name she wants.

But if it’s a boy, I’d like to get a crack at the name (so long as she approves of my selection). I think because she already had a hand in naming her 2 previous children and I only get one shot at fatherhood, I’d like the call if it’s a boy.

Am I being unfair? Or should I just float the “you name a girl, I name a boy” proposition?”

You should definitely get to name the boy. 

In our household I came up with the our oldest boy’s name — he’s named after his two grandfathers — but my wife picked the names for our second and third sons. 

And she did a great job of it.

Your wife should be fine with this.  

Nick writes:

“I’m a casual NBA fan that usually watches everything from the Conference Finals on. I was happy for the Cavs and Cleveland after the incredible 3-1 comeback last season, but I’m not buying in this season if it’s Cavs and Warriors again.

On the Cavs side, you have a perpetually triggered LeBron and a point guard that thinks the Earth is flat and “The Man” had Bob Marley killed. Sorry Ky, but your Rastafarian idol let malignant melanoma in his toe go untreated due to his beliefs, it spread and unfortunately killed him. I hate cancer so hard, probably harder than you.

On the Warriors side, Draymond Green treats crotches as if they’re pinatas, Steph Curry became an annoying diva, Iguodala compares his coach to a slave driver and doubles down on it, Durant’s in a commercial lecturing us about equality…only what makes you special and a multi-millionaire is your unequal talent. Only in America can you make as much money and have as much influence as you do. The commercial would have only made sense in the ’40s and ’50s when blacks were actively kept out of pro sports or the ’60s Civil Rights Era. Protest envy much?

Pop and Kerr sharing their thoughts about how horrible Trump being elected was another turn off. Virtue signal much?

What say you? Admittedly I give the NFL for example a much longer leash for this kind of immaturity, but I am having a hard time supporting a league where the frontline stars are such spoiled, ignorant men-children and the coaches are enabling pussies.”

I think it’s well said. 

The NBA stars are all turning into huge pussies.

You didn’t even mention the fact that the stars aren’t willing to play in regular season games either.

So you’ve got perpetually triggered players virtue signaling far left politics — even if their political opinions lack much depth — and they aren’t willing to play every regular season game.

Sounds awesome.

Have great weekends, I’ll be on Outkick live tonight reacting to the outcome of Sweet 16 games.

Yep, it’s Outkick primetime!

See y’all tonight.  

Written by Clay Travis

OutKick founder, host and author. He's presently banned from appearing on both CNN and ESPN because he’s too honest for both.

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