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Community vs. 30 Rock

AKIE BERMISS: I was an early adopter of Community. It debuted when I still had cable and I still watched television live. But it was one of the last shows I did that with. Increasingly, as a man pushing thirty, I’ve found new television shows have very little to offer me. I don’t get excited by reality shows — the pseudo-drama just doesn’t do it for me — and, being a professional singer and vocal teacher, I can’t stand shows like American Idol or The Voice. So I was finding myself marginalized more and more by primetime television. Call me old fashioned but I miss the days of primetime half-hour sitcoms followed by hour-long dramas at 10pm. To me, those were the days. I guess I was young and things seemed simpler then. But also, I rather think if I am going to sit down and waste an hour, I’d rather it be scripted material performed by professionals and shot by experienced techies.

CHRIS PUMMER: I think Akie’s comparison of 30 Rock to the dynastic Bulls of Michael Jordan is apt. Because while Community is brilliant, 30 Rock has been at least that brilliant for much longer now. Continue reading

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Phil Jackson: Career in Review

MIKE SILVA: Last week, NBA analyst Steve Kerr told Chris Russo of “Mad Dog Radio” that Phil Jackson’s strength was more motivational than “X’s” and “O’s.” Throughout his coaching tenure he would find ways to get into his players, opponents,…

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A 90s Culture Time Capsule

STEPHON JOHNSON: Like Stevie Wonder once said, I’ve been living in a pastime paradise and I’ve tried to erase my current funk with some thoughts of yesteryear to cheer me up. Continue reading

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More Deserving Fanbase: Cubs or Indians?

BRAD GOLDBACH: In terms of fan bases in suffering, not many can compete with the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, but when looking at an all-sports landscape, those fan bases aren’t even in the same league of pain.

Cleveland seems to be in permanent sports purgatory, while Chicago, Cubs aside, has done pretty well for itself over the years.

SHANNON MCCARTHY: The Cubs drought is an integral part of the fabric of baseball. Who would we at once mock and empathize with, what curse would we invoke if they were to go and do the unthinkable? The Curse of the Really Crappy Sports City doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. (Sorry, Cleveland, it’s all I can come up with.) Continue reading

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NBA Preview

JASON CLINKSCALES: As it has been for the entire existence of the NBA, only a handful of teams matter when it comes to winning the championship. Yet, we keep watching because maybe, just maybe, we’ll be surprised by a fearless team that makes a ridiculous run later. We watch because games still have to be played. We keep watching because for all of the continued over-examination of the league, we will see something, for the lack of a better word, amazing.

ALEX PREWITT: As I flipped on the television to catch the end of the Celtics-Heat game before turning it over to my computer for Blazers-Suns and then Lakers-Rockets, I thought to myself about how I’ve never been this excited for an NBA season. For me in the past, it was all-NCAA, all-time. Whether it’s because of how desperately I want to see LeBron James fail in Miami (last night’s 88-80 loss at the Garden was a nice start) or because of how desperately I want my Memphis Grizzlies to succeed (success being a very relative term in Memphis), this season promises more, at least for me, than ever before. Continue reading

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The Joakim Noah Contract

DANIEL SPERO: It was only four years ago that the Bulls (with basically the same front office people) used their cap space for a 4 year, $60 million dollar contract for a rapidly aging Ben Wallace, so it isn’t surprising that they ponied up this type of cash for Noah. Other deals for similar players include last year, when the Cavaliers handed out a 6-year, $50 million dollar contract to Anderson Varejao, and this summer when David Lee got $80 million over 6 years. But is Noah worth $60 million over 5 years? Maybe, at least in the current economic climate of NBA teams still holding stockpiled cap space from the 2010 summer free agent bonanza that turned into the LeBron/South Beach debacle. But what about the uncertainty of the upcoming CBA with the threat of a hard cap at a figure lower than teams can currently spend before having to pay the luxury tax? In the post-CBA world the Bulls might end up paying a lot more than they bargained for in the upcoming seasons for this deal. And is Noah really worth passing over Carmelo Anthony for?

BRAD GOLDBACH: The Noah contract may be a little much in some people’s eyes and he’s certainly no Carmelo Anthony, but it was the right move for the Bulls to make because he is just one of those guys who makes your team better.

JASON CLINKSCALES: The real reason I’m all for this contract: a few extra dollars can help out his wardrobe.
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