My family binged the Marvel films as a unit, introducing my mother to the world(s) I’ve worshipped for over a decade. Continue reading Streaming Diaries, Vol. 2: Reflecting on the Beauty of Marvel Through the Lens of Mom’s Binge
“Lost in Translation” is the greatest movie ever made about identifying with strangers. It’s interesting to watch now as we miss that experience ourselves. Continue reading Streaming Diaries, Vol. 1: Envying the Beauty of Strangers in “Lost in Translation”
Sifting through the results of a “Joel Embiid Rookie of the Year” Google search feels analogous to digging up a time capsule you buried with your childhood friends. And while I’m convinced that this only really happens in movies — did you ever experience this? I certainly didn’t. I never believed in the idea of friendship bracelets; I feel like they appear inside these (predominantly) … Continue reading A Two-Man Game: The Rookie of the Year Race Is Suddenly Quite Close
NBA players get fed up when they get overworked. “This isn’t high school or college ball,” they say. “We’re pros,” they also say. “I don’t need this,” they might also say and still clock 34 minutes against the Timberwolves on a Wednesday night because they are, in fact, NBA players, unless they just played a back to back, which is its own can of worms. … Continue reading The Cleveland Cavaliers Are a Trainwreck Stuck in a Time Warp
The “To All the Boys” sequel is Netflix’s latest venture into glittery, cotton candy-esque romance. This one, unlike many others, works. Continue reading “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” Review: P.P.S. Perhaps Even More Than Before
I sat down with Lily Caffrey-Levine and Connor Kurpat to discuss last night’s Oscars ceremony, “Parasite” and its big night, and the best and worst from the show. Then, we put a bow on 2019 in film by unveiling our belated top fives. Continue reading The 50/50 Podcast: “Parasite” Wins Best Picture and 2019 in Film with Lily Caffrey-Levine and Connor Kurpat
The contents of the recently revealed anonymous Oscar ballots — and the general discussion surrounding the Oscars of late — have me thinking a lot about Reynolds Woodcock. For those who are unfamiliar, he’s a man straight from the mind of Paul Thomas Anderson, brought to life in the body and affect of Daniel Day-Lewis in the auteur’s 2017 film, Phantom Thread (an Oscar nominee … Continue reading “It is What It Is” – Predicting the 2020 Oscars
I chatted with my Center Field teammates Dave Connelly and Sam DiGiovanni to unpack the typical madness of the NBA trade deadline. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t dull: it was just right. Listen below. Continue reading The 50/50 Podcast: NBA Trade Deadline Reactions with Dave Connelly and Sam DiGiovanni
The following is a list of things that led towards the Kansas City Chiefs’ first Super Bowl victory, and the team’s first championship since 1969 (although that counted as an AFL title). Andy Reid’s unprecedented — er, uncharacteristic time management, a la not using timeouts. Kyle Shanahan’s unprecedented — er, uncharacteristic lack of time management and conservative playcalling, a la not using timeouts when perhaps … Continue reading Is the “They Didn’t Win The Game, The Other Team Lost” Idea a Myth?
Against my better judgment as a fan of the Boston Celtics, I own two Kobe Bryant t-shirts. One, a black one with a yellow decal of the Lakers legend, commemorated his final game. His hand is raised in the air as he waves goodbye to the Staples Center for the last time as a player; the only thing the decal doesn’t capture is his smile. … Continue reading Kobe Bryant and the Lasting Legacy of Our Legend
As an athlete, it’s impossible not to make calculated decisions on every play. Who’s open, and if no one is open, can I gain a few garbage yards on a scramble without getting decked? How late in the clock should I let this fly? How far can I stretch this lead before I get dangerously close to getting picked off? There’s a lot to the … Continue reading Dustin Pedroia Has Hit Yet Another Snag in a Long Line of Setbacks. What Happens Now?
The college football season is endlessly defined by the futures of the top players. The college baseball season kind of is, too. College hockey is, too, but mainly because the players are drafted before they play a single period. Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence might get a break from the chatter on Monday when they play for the college football marbles simply because the game’s … Continue reading Can We Ever Actually Separate the NBA and NCAA as Individual Entities?