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Dystopian Diary: Whose Truth is it Anyway

Skewed reporting in times of war is, of course, nothing new. The higher-ups who managed war correspondents have usually found innovative ways to either keep them quiet or make sure they’re singing the right tune. This can happen through the editing process (which it did for a long time) or through restricting/channeling access, such as ’embedding’. But Twitter and social […]

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Return of the King, Quickie Edition

I might revisit the Lebron situation in greater detail at some point, but it’s really just a set of perfect circumstances for him. It was going to be quite difficult to improve the existing Heat roster without the major pay cuts that he and Bosh were unwilling to take – they’d have to get Wade to take some kind of […]

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USA 1 Belgium 2: Quick Reactions

What an epic game from Tim Howard. He basically kept us in the game and, soccer being a sport where you can get badly outplayed for the duration of the game but still come away victorious, Chris Wondolowski had a golden opportunity to beat Belgium late in full-time. All American soccer fans have gotta be hoping that Howard remains healthy […]

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Dystopian Diary: The Onion Article That Wrote Itself

I’ll just leave this here. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/06/25/coulter-growing-interest-soccer-sign-nations-moral-decay/11372137/ I ended up liking this article more and more as I read it – I can’t remember the last time I read something that elicited such a strange combination of shock, amusement, pity, admiration, disgust, and wonder. I was entertained. This is one of the best trolljobs I’ve ever seen.

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Why Is Lebron Hated?

As the Heat continue to battle what looks like a much tougher Spurs team than last year, I can’t help but notice the vitriol from some of my friends and social media on – surprise surprise – Lebron James. I’m trying to figure out why. I understand that The Decision was an easy reason to hate Lebron for people who […]

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Game of Thrones: The Tipping Point

It’s an hour after the third season episode of Game of Thrones I’ll only call “Trial by Combat”, and I’m still kinda trying to repress what I just saw. Even the books didn’t really prepare me for this, like it did for a wedding a season ago. I think a new benchmark in brutality has been reached for Thrones…and I […]

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Anchorman 2 Review: Disgusting

Lately my friends and I have been exhibiting some signs of age. Joints are getting creakier and motors don’t start or move as fast. People suffer from balding and more serious ailments. Other people get married and have kids. Seemingly obvious things are forgotten. Tastes are…refined? There’s less tolerance for garbage, and the extraneous. Of course, at the tender age […]

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Woodson Gone

Hey, maybe Phil Jackson doesn’t need front office experience to make good moves. Today the Knicks announced the firing of Mike Woodson and his entire staff. I don’t think I’ve seen a team that was actually trying to win games and contend play as poorly on defense as this year’s Knicks. And while I don’t know who was ultimately pushing […]

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Friday Night Lights!

TV has had it pretty good these last few years…but I wanted another series to get into this winter to fill the void before Thrones and Mad Men returned. I’m usually late in acting on recommendations for movies and TV series, but  I acted on an old suggestion to watch Friday Night Lights, the TV series. Even as someone who’s […]

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Re Northwestern Ruling

Here’s a nice article from Grantland summarizing the Northwestern decision: http://grantland.com/features/northwestern-ncaa-college-athletics-union/ I like that this big step has been taken towards eventually reforming the NCAA system. Even if there really existed some hazy version of amateurism once upon a time in major American college athletics (this article argues that amateurism was ALWAYS exploitative and grew from tainted roots), it’s long […]

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