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James Lee
• Tuesday, 17 November, 2020
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It’s every professional athlete’s dream in Billie to enter the hall of fame to be remembered forever in their respective sport. You have to be among the best of the best, which means practicing your character’s skills nearly every chance you get and ensuring they remain in top shape to perform the best.

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To earn a hall of fame nomination, you can expect to spend plenty of years as a professional athlete. There are numerous sports available for you to join, and you want your character to start working on becoming an esteemed athlete as soon as they enter middle school.

You can do this by having them routinely work out, apply to play in the chosen sports club as an extracurricular activity, and then enter it again in high school. Your character has to remain in the sport for at least three years before receiving a professional team offer.

Other events during the week of festivities will include the rescheduled Hall of Fame Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys on Aug. 5, the Gold Jacket Dinner on Aug. 6 and the Centennial Class of 2020 Enshrinement on Aug. 7. The Hall of Fame Game kicks off our annual Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.

Congratulations to the 15 men selected as modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2021. Which makes the task of selecting five modern-era candidates for enshrinement seemingly impossible.

Before we dissect my picks for the Hall of Fame's Class of 2021, I'd like to note that this isn't a prediction piece. THE MORTAL EST OF MORTAL LOCKS: Peyton Manning (QB, Colts 1998-2011; Broncos 2012-15) and Charles Woodson (CB/S, Raiders, 1998-2005, 2013-15; Packers, 2006-2012) are both getting in.

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Manning is considered by some to be the greatest quarterback in NFL history, and he retired with numerous passing records after winning Super Bowl championships with two different franchises. Same goes for Woodson, who will add a gold jacket to a personal checklist that already includes a college national championship, a Heisman Trophy and a Super Bowl title.

The only man on this planet who can even try to top that collection of accolades is Roger Staubach, who has a Super Bowl MVP over Woodson but whose Navy team lost to Texas in the national championship. GUYS WHO SHOULD BE LOCKS: I slotted Calvin Johnson (Or, Lions, 2007-2015) over Charles Woodson when I was ranking the Hall of Fame semifinalists in November, but while I still am confident in Woodson's chances as a great player who went into television (which never hurts), I'm starting to wonder about Megaton's standing in the eyes of voters who get weird about shorter careers.

Johnson played nine seasons, choosing to retire on top rather than sticking around longer to pad his stats. Jared Allen (DE, Chiefs, 2004-07; Vikings, 2008-2013; Bears, 2014-15; Panthers, 2015) should be a lock, too.

But again, we have to account for the weirdness of those voters who seem to love to make these guys earn it. I mean, unless you really don't like mullets, it's tough to think of a real reason to deny him a spot in Canton.

The Steelers had enough great running backs over the years to merit rewarding the guys up front. All people need to stop talking about winning all three phases of the game, or Tasked needs to get into the Hall of Fame.

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Otherwise, let's honor a dude who was in the Pro Bowl seemingly every year he played. I'M NOT GOING TO BE MAD IF THEY GET IN: Zach Thomas (LB, Dolphins, 1996-2007; Cowboys, 2008) was a five-time All-Pro during his time in the NFL.

He kind of gets overlooked, considering his contemporaries are Derrick Brooks, Ray Lewis and Brian Preacher. It's kind of like being the Jim Earhart of middle linebackers when guys like Bret and Owen Hart were getting more attention.

I would love to see the late Sam Mills (LB, Saints, 1986-1994; Panthers, 1995-97) get in at some point, too. He went from drafted free agent to the USF to the Dome Patrol of the New Orleans Saints.

Hell, Hall of Fame president David Baker was the commissioner of the Arena Football League at one point. But at some point, we need to start getting in more representatives from the greatest dynasty in NFL history.

I'm kind of surprised he didn't make it a year ago, when the 49ers made their run to the Super Bowl. They all should be added to their team's rings of honor or maybe get a halftime ceremony with a commemorative towel giveaway to the first 20,000 fans in the stands.

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Rode Barber (CB/S, Buccaneers, 1997-2012), Tony Bocelli (T, Jaguars, 1995-2001; Texans 2002), Leroy Butler (S, Packers, 1990-2001), Sorry Holt (Or, Rams, 1999-2008; Jaguars, 2009) and Clay Matthews (LB, Browns, 1978-1993; Falcons, 1994-96) were all great players, and the only shame is that they can't all get into Canton at the same time. The Modern-Era Player Finalists are determined by a vote of the Hall's Selection Committee from a list of 130 nominees named in September that was reduced to 25 semifinalists in November.

Close Covered Broncos for nine years for Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News Previously covered Steelers, Bills and Titans Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors since 1999 The Class of 2020 is scheduled to be enshrined at a separate ceremony that week, as well, because August's event was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Those four players, with a combined 33 Pro Bowl appearances in their careers, join corner back Rode Barber, tackle Tony Bocelli, safety Leroy Butler, guard Alan Fancy, wide receiver Sorry Holt, safety John Lynch, linebacker Clay Matthews Jr., linebacker Sam Mills, defensive lineman Richard Seymour, linebacker Zach Thomas and wide receiver Reggie Wayne as finalists. Champ Bailey, Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed were enshrined in 2019, and Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Preacher were in the Class of 2018.

He was behind center for the Denver Broncos when they won Super Bowl 50 to finish his final season (2015) in the league. After 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, Manning signed with the Broncos in 2012 -- making him one of the most accomplished players to change teams in the free-agency era.

Woodson was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and finished his 18-year career tied for fifth in interceptions -- with Ken Riley -- with 65. He led the league in interceptions with nine for the Green Bay Packers in 2009, and he earned a Super Bowl ring with the Pack the following season.

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The cornerback-turned-safety also forced 33 fumbles in his career, tallied 20 sacks and had three 90-tackle seasons, including 113 tackles with the Oakland Raiders at age 38. Indianapolis Colts legends Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne are one step closer to history as both players were named finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021.

Of the 15 Modern-Era finalists, Manning is a guarantee to get in given his illustrious career putting up some best numbers the game has ever season. Even as difficult as it is for wide receivers to get in quickly, Wayne’s resume is hard to beat.

The final deliberations will begin soon, as the 17 finalists, led by names like Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, and Calvin Johnson, have officially been announced. Manning, who retired as the all-time leader in touchdown passes after winning five MVP awards, and Woodson, who could be considered the greatest defensive back of the last two decades given his stats and longevity, are all but shoe-ins to be inducted on the first ballot.

While players like Johnson and Butler didn’t have long careers, they might’ve been dominant enough in their primes to warrant consideration. In addition, dominant 80s linebackers like Matthews and the late Mills are also going to potentially earn football ’s highest honor.

Combined Company Will Begin Trading on NASDAQ Under the Ticker Symbols “Hoff” and “How” Of Village, LLC (“Of Village”), the owner of the multi-use sports, entertainment and media destination centered around the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, today announced the completion of its previously announced business combination with Gordon Point Acquisition Corp. (“GPA” or “Gordon Point”) (NASDAQ: GPA, GPA, GPA), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company.

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The transaction creates a premier sports, entertainment and media enterprise surrounding the Pro Football Hall of Fame that is poised to capitalize on its unique partnership with the most dominant professional sports brand in the country and its direct access to the Pro Football Hall of Fame ’s library of never-before-seen footage and memorabilia. The combined public company will continue to develop an immersive, multi-use destination resort in Canton, Ohio named the Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, and a media program that unifies live entertainment and experiences, fantasy sports and gaming with partners and content from some of the most powerful and storied brands in football, including the NFL Alumni Association and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

James J. Dylan, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of GPA, commented, “Mike Crawford and his team possess a unique ability to develop this destination resort and entertainment enterprise. “The Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company is poised to produce substantial growth by combining an experiential, sports-themed destination resort with our direct access to one of the world’s largest collections of football memorabilia, which presents tremendous opportunities to engage football fans around the world,” said Mr. Crawford.

“As a public company, we will have greater flexibility to execute on our integrated business model and produce exclusive football -focused programming, distribute original content across the media landscape, and expand into fantasy sports and gaming, among other high-growth opportunities. The Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village is within five hours of over 32 million people and only an eight-hour drive from 15 NFL franchise markets, positioning it to leverage the popularity of professional football and address a shortage of themed attractions in the Midwest region.

The Company has formed mutually beneficial sponsorships and partnership agreements with leading brands like Johnson Controls, with whom it has a naming rights agreement, and Constellation, the exclusive energy supplier of Hoff and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and has recently: The formation of the Company was completed in a business combination whereby GPA merged with Of Village, LLC.

Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company will be led by Of Village, LLC’s team of highly accomplished executives, including President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Crawford, Chief Financial Officer Jason From, President of Operations Michael Levy, and Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Anne Traffic, who will continue to serve in their respective roles. In addition, Michael Crawford will serve as Chairman of the Board of the combined company and will be joined on the board by James J. Dylan, formerly Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of GPA, who will serve as Vice Chairman; Stuart Lighter, President and Chairman of Industrial Realty Group; Michael Klein, Partner of M. Klein and Company; Anthony Buzzer, CPA, formerly Audit Partner and Advisory Partner at Deloitte & Touché; David Dennis, CPA, formerly Advisory Sector Leader for KPMG LLP’s State and Local Government Advisory Practice; Karl Hold, a former senior executive at The Walt Disney Company; Curtis Martin, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and founder of the Curtis Martin Job Foundation; Mary Owen, Founder and President of MMO Capital LLC; Edward Roth, President and CEO of Altman Health Foundation and Vice Chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame ; and Kimberly Schaefer, President of Two Bit Circus, Inc.

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Huston Andrews Kurt LLP served as Of Village, LLC’s legal advisor. Gordon Point Acquisition Corp. began trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange in January 2018 and, prior to its combination with Of Village, LLC in June 2020, its Class A ordinary shares, units and warrants traded under the ticker symbols GPA, GPA, and GPA, respectively.

These forward-looking statements reflect the current analysis of existing information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The following risks and uncertainties, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements: the impact of the Coronavirus on GPA and Hoff; the outcome of any legal proceedings that have been, or will be, instituted against GPA or other parties to the Merger Agreement following announcement of the Merger Agreement and transactions contemplated therein; the ability of Holdings to meet NASDAQ listing standards following the merger and in connection with the consummation thereof; the failure to obtain the financing arrangements necessary to complete the development of the project; the failure to achieve the assumptions underlying certain of the financial projections included within the investor presentation including, among others, securing the timely financing for, and achieving construction of, the second phase of the project within assumed timeframes and financial budget, and achieving expected attendance and occupancy rates; risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations and the potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the announcement of the Merger Agreement and consummation of the transaction described therein; costs related to the proposed merger and the impact of the substantial indebtedness to be incurred to finance the consummation of the merger; changes in applicable laws or regulations; the ability of the combined company to meet its financial and strategic goals, due to, among other things, competition, the ability of the combined company to grow and manage growth profitability, maintain relationships with customers and retain its key employees; the possibility that the combined company may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors; and other risks and uncertainties described herein, as well as those risks and uncertainties discussed from time to time in other reports and other public filings with the SEC by GPA and Holdings.

Not only did the former Bond King spend the last weeks of the year in an Orange County, Calif., courthouse defending his right to blare the Gilligan’s Island theme song from his Laguna Beach mansion, he also managed to ponder what he calls the “Lubricious stock market.” On Sept. 14, Gross warned that “there is little money to be made almost anywhere in the world” and urged investors to favor “shunned” areas such as tobacco, banks, and foreign companies listed on foreign exchanges. Finally, he got to the good stuff and re-examined the drivers of the run-up in the market, namely “intense speculation” as well as “fiscally pumped, central bank-primed corporate earnings” as the Federal Reserve moved real interest rates to near zero.

That will be a 25% increase for the index. A general market environment like that is bound to produce plenty of stock winners, and Wall Street’s analysts are busy pointing them out. The company’s development pipeline features drug candidates under investigation as treatments for short bowel syndrome (SBS) and celiac disease (CED), two conditions that are both dangerous and difficult to treat. Drilling down to pipeline details, 9 Meters’ flagship product, Larazotide, is in Phase 3 development for the treatment of CED.

Top-line data from the study is expected in the second half of 2021. Furthermore, this past December, the company announced that it had entered an agreement with Debris, the European Biomedical Research Institute of Salerno, to investigate Larazotide as a potential treatment for respiratory complications due to COVID-19. The other major drug in the company’s pipeline is NM-002, for SBS. The company has recently announced positive Phase 1b/2a results, with a measurable impact on disease symptoms from a compound that was well-tolerated by patients.MTR’s strong pipeline and $0.89 share price have scored it substantial praise from the pros on Wall Street. One of these MTR bulls is Trust’s SIRPA Devarakonda.

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(To watch Devarakonda’s track record, click here)Turning now to the rest of the Street, other analysts are on the same page. Among these candidates, Likely (OTL-200) stands out. Libmeldy is in commercialization stages as a treatment for MLD (met achromatic leukodystrophy), a rare, mutation-based genetic disorder of the nervous system.

Likely, which is designed to treat children suffering from the infantile for juvenile forms of MLD by replacing the defective Area gene, received its approval for medical use in the EU in December 2020. Wedbush analyst David Nierengarten notes the European approval of Likely, and its implication for Orchard’s progress. Last month ORT received IND clearance from the FDA for the program paving the way for discussions with the US regulators to decide a suitable path forward toward a BLA filing.”” Net-net, with possibly two gene therapies approved in the next 12-18 months and a pivotal study beginning in a third (MPS-I), we think ORT shares are undervalued at these levels,” the analyst concluded.

In line with his bullish comments, Nierengarten rates ORT as Outperform (i.e. Buy), and his $15 price target indicates a potential for 241% growth in the year ahead. China has cracked down on Alibaba and its affiliate Ant Financial after Ma made critical comments about Chinese government regulators back in October. Ma hasn't made a public appearance in months, leading some to speculate that the Chinese Communist Party had Ma imprisoned or worse following his comments.

While Alibaba is far from out of the woods when it comes to the regulatory crackdown, CNBC reported Ma has simply been lying low and avoiding the public eye since his controversial comments. BABA Chart by TradingView new TradingView.widget({ “width”: 680, “height”: 423, “symbol”: “NYSE:BABA”, “interval”: “D”, “timezone”: “Etc/UTC”, “theme”: “light”, “style”: “1”, “locale”: “en”, “toolbar_BG”: “f1f3f6”, “enable_publishing”: false, “allow_symbol_change”: true, “container_id”: “trading view_b1d06”} ); Bending's Take: The biggest Alibaba option trade of the morning was bullish, but the trading was generally mixed, with many traders taking the other side of the trade. The $2-million call purchase has a break-even price of $320.49, suggesting 33.5% upside for the stock over the next year. See more from Bending * Click here for options trades from Bending * 2 Top Home builder Stocks For 2021, According To BFA * Why The Biden Administration Could Be Very Bullish For Ford, GM© 2021 Benzinga.com.

The rebranding comes as Pfizer (ticker: PFE) completes a slimming-down that has seen it shed a range of businesses, to focus almost entirely on inventing and buying new drugs. Buying low and selling high may be a bit hackneyed, but it’s true, and truth has staying power. But the markets are up.

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The company’s main product, bempedoic acid, is now available in tablet form under the brand names Extol and Realized. In February 2020, both Extol and Realized were approved as oral treatments to lower LDL-C. Bempedoic acid remains in clinical trials of its efficacy in risk reduction for cardiovascular disease. The trial, called CLEAR Outcomes, is a large-scale, long-term study, tracking more than 14,000 patients with top-line data expected in the second half of 2022.

The study covers 1,400 locations in 32 countries around the world. Esperion shares peaked last February, after the FDA approvals, but since then, the stock has declined. Since the Q3 report, Hyperion announced pricing on a $250 million offer of senior subordinated notes, at 4%, due in 2025.

(See ESPN stock analysis on Pranks)Intercept Pharma (ICT)Liver disease is a serious health threat, and Intercept Pharma is focused on developing treatments for some of the more dangerous chronic liver conditions, including nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). Treating liver disease through the For biology has direct applications for PBC, and is showing promise treating complications from NASH.ICT shares dropped sharply last summer, when the FDA rejected the company’s application to approve Oct for treatment of NASH-related liver fibrosis.

She sees the leadership transition as part of these efforts, and writes, “ believe that Dr. Pulaski's dedication to transform the liver space is still strong, and that he will continue to guide ICT's progress as an advisor and Board member. Additionally, we have had the pleasure of working closely with Jerry Durst and believe that he will transform the company and lead ICT's success in growing the PBC market and the path to potential approval and commercial launch of Oct in NASH.” Rahimi takes a long-term bullish stance on ICT, giving the stock an Overweight (i.e. Buy) rating and an $82 price target.

(To watch Rahim’s track record, click here)Wall Street is somewhat more divided on the drugmaker. The company has been working, in conjunction with Galápagos (LPG), on development of filgotinib as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.

While the drug received EU and Japanese approval in September 2020, the FDA has withheld approval and Gilead announced in December that it was suspending US development efforts on the drug. Even so, Gilead retains a diverse and active research pipeline, with over 70 research candidates at varying stages of the development and approval process for a wide range of diseases and conditions, including HIV/AIDS, inflammatory & respiratory diseases, cardiovascular disease, and hematology/oncology. On a positive note, Gilead posted Q3 earnings above estimates, with the top line revenue, of $6.58 billion, beating the forecast by 6% and growing 17% year-over-year. The company updated its full-year 2020 guidance on product sales from $23 billion to $23.5 billion. Among the bulls is Oppenheimer analyst Hart Singh, who gives GILD shares an Outperform (i.e. Buy) rating and $100 price target.

(To watch Singh’s track record, click here)Backing his stance, Singh writes, “We continue to believe in our thesis of (1) a dependable remdesivir/other medicines business against SARS-CoV flares, (2) a base business (HIV/oncology/CV) growing low-single digits over the next couple of years, (3) operating leverage providing greater earnings growth, and (4) a 3-4% dividend yield.” What does the rest of the Street think? Shares hit new split-adjusted highs of $740.84 earlier in the session. The stock was up 2.17% to $751 in after-hours trading.The Latest Ratings for SLA DateFirmActionFromTo Jan 2021Exane BNP ParibasDowngradesNeutralUnderperform Jan 2021JP MorganMaintainsUnderweight Dec 2020CFRADowngradesStrong Boyhood View More Analyst Ratings for SLA View the Latest Analyst Ratings more from Bending * Click here for options trades from Bending * Tesla, Volkswagen, Renault See Strong Share In Europe: Over 1 Million EVs Sold In 11 Months * 2021 Predictions From Coup Ventures: Apple First Among FAANG, A Tesla Robot, New Peloton Equipment© 2021 Benzinga.com.

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