A Useless, Belated Preview Of An Utterly Pointless NBA Regular Season

If your view of the pro basketball boils down to, “We know who’s going to win, so what does it matter?”, then I have no compelling rebuttal. On the one hand, the NBA is chaos. Every day, every year, something previously unimaginable materializes (the above photo, for example). Yes, all the commotion eventually gives way to the certainty of the finale. But the spectacle is still worth observing, particularly the seven random things I chose to write about below.

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On 'Manifest', The Only Thing That Makes Sense Is The Missing Plane

In the series premiere of NBC’s Manifest, a commercial airplane takes off from Jamaica in April 2013, hits some turbulence, and lands in New York City in November 2018. It’s an alluring hook, reminiscent, of course, of the landmark LOST. What happened to the plane? How will the world react? How will the passengers get on with their lives? Thirty seconds into the trailer I was ready to burn hours sleuthing supernatural theories on Reddit.

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So This Is What The New Milennium Brings Us: Old Broadcasters Lamenting Extravagant Ring Walks

One of my earliest memories of boxing on HBO was Naseem Hamed’s much-hyped United States debut against Kevin Kelley in 1997. It’s unlikely I would remember this match if not for Prince Naseem’s absurd five-minute shadow dance behind a curtain, causing both my dad and curmudgeonly commentator Larry Merchant to grouse about the arrogance of athletes these days. Rewatching Hamed’s entrance reminded me of some of the other wildly entertaining ring walks complemented by the equally entertaining comments of old grumps.

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Tiger Woods Won, Wasn't Sure To Do With His Hands

Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship (apparently stylized as TOUR Championship even though it’s not an acronym) yesterday, his first victory since August 2013. During that gap, injuries and surgeries and scandals transformed his career into a depressing sideshow, a fading phenom left muttering to himself on the side of the road like an out-of-work Ron Burgundy. For more than four years, he was irrelevant and, to hear him tell it, nearly crippled.

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It Would Behoove Opposing Teams To Tackle Patrick Mahomes Immediately Upon The Snap Of The Ball

The Los Angeles Chargers made several critical errors in their contest against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday: Receivers dropped would-be touchdown passes, returners muffed kicks, and punters willingly sent balls in the direction of a player nicknamed “Cheetah”. But the most grievous blunder was made by the Chargers’ defensive players, who failed to tackle Patrick Mahomes immediately upon the snap of the ball.

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In ‘Blank Check’, A Series Of Easily Preventable Calamities Leads To A Baffling Moment Of Romance

Most decisions made by the adult characters in 1994’s Blank Check are illogical at best and often utterly incomprehensible. Which is fine! “Preteen boy lives out wildest fantasy while suffering almost no consequences for his actions” was practically an entire movie genre in the 90’s. We can’t have mature adults smothering all the fun with their coherence and rational thinking.

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"Paternity Leave" | Rim and AB

Hello! We're back. AB had another child! Much has happened in the interim: LeBron James signed with the Lakers, Tiger Woods played some good golf out there on the links, MoviePass flew too close to the sun, and father of two Alex Bradford was sucked into Fornite like every other video gamer on Earth. Also: Some in-depth TV show reviews and brief discussion about the recent Old Tweet Reckoning.

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