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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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Jeremy Lin Perspectives

HOWARD MEGDAL: It never occurred to me that I might root for a player as vociferously as Patrick Ewing. But Jeremy Lin might just get there for me.

ROBERT SHATZKIN: I’m scared to fully embrace the Linsanity. 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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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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What the FIBA World Championships Meant

MIKE CUMMINGS: About 10-odd days ago, Team USA won its first FIBA World Championship in 16 years, defeating Turkey 81-64 in the final at — wait, you hadn’t heard? Well, for real, it seriously did happen, and it was actually kind of a big deal to basketball fans, apparently. But unless I was missing out on something, mainstream American sports fans didn’t seem to care. At all. While this raises the possibility of some bad forest-related jokes — ‘If Team USA won a championship and no one heard about it, did it really happen?’ — it also raises some interesting questions. Chiefly among them: What the heck happened to international basketball?


HOWARD MEGDAL:
To me, the strange part of the recently-completed FIBA World Championships isn’t the lack of interest here in the United States. The Redeem Team simply reinforced for all but the most-observant fans that the USA reigns supreme, unless we send our B-team. And perhaps that is so.

But the difference in passion seen among the other countries this summer is what struck me. And there are several possible reasons. Continue reading

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