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Royal Rumble preview 2018: Elias, Roman Reigns and more

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Is there anyone who truly wants to walk with Elias?
Judging by the reaction of the fans in Brooklyn at the 25th Anniversary of RAW on Monday night, a mixture of applause with boos might indicate his stock is on the rise.
Will this translate to a win in the 2018 Royal Rumble for Elias? Can anyone stop The Miz? Who will win the first royal rumble match for women? And will fans in Philadelphia nearly revolt, like they did in 2015, if Roman Reigns wins the Rumble again?
All questions we'll get to. But first, Elias.
Watching "The Drifter" over the past six months or so -- especially last Monday -- reminded me of another wrestler and I got to thinking: Is Elias being groomed to be the next Rock?
Currently Elias shows up, sings a song, makes fun of the crowd/city, and then generally does something dastardly en route to receiving more boos from the crowd. 
A few things changed on Monday night. Maybe it was just the Brooklyn crowd, but it seems like creative is setting him up fo…

Forgotten literary favorites of my youth

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A routine flipping through the channels on a windy Friday night yielded some surprising results. And a trip down memory lane.
Passing the regular channels, I skyrocketed towards the movie channels. It's Law and Order night on the Sundance channel. Nope.
Fury was on IFC. It's a great Brad Pitt movie but I had already watched it earlier in the day. Maybe TCM has something...wait. What's this?
My Side of the Mountain.
I began watching and memories of my youth flooded in. My Side of the Mountain was my favorite book in my formative elementary school years. By rough estimation, I read this book 15 times. Did I own a copy? If my memory serves, I did. Traveling to the far reaches of my brain space, I not only wondered if a copy of the book was still at my parents house somewhere, but I also began to piece together the story.
Watching the movie -- based on the book -- I recalled also wanting to be like the boy in the book. I wanted to live off the land; to live in a hollowed out tr…

Saturday night is all right for writing

"Keep it real."
Were these the last words she was ever going to speak to me?
A three-day fight, played out over text messages, emails, phone calls, and a six-hour standoff in my apartment had finally come to a head. This was it. The numbing silence hanging over us and drowning in the room ended by me asking, "Will you stay the night?"
Her response was simple and terse. "Keep it real."
Three years of dating, flirting, loving, brunches, fights, movies, day long sex-ins, quickies in the shower, long talks of moving in together and steps towards marriage ended with three simple words.
No more dates. No more cuddles. No more snide comments about every little single thing I do, no matter how hard I try to keep you happy. How can co-existing be this difficult?
Double-fault doesn't mean a redo nor does it lead to compromise. It leads to stasis. The trick is to move past it, to power through and find the answers. Romantic comedies tell you to never give up. F…

The challenge for inducting players into the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Steroids, designated hitters, defensive wizards, crowded ballots, and protest ballots are all coloring the decision for the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame class.
The inductees to this year's class will be officially announced on January 24. A handful of sportswriters have made public their ballots, though, and the debate on who is to be elected is afoot.
Whatever happened to the days of just voting for the best (former) players?
Steroid usage -- proven or otherwise -- is something weighing heavily on minds of writers and fans alike. Those firmly against will say these players tarnished the game, they cheated to get ahead, they have no integrity.
On the other side of the coin, it's easy to argue that players such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were already on the trajectory for hall of fame careers. Players such as Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa might have had a more difficult time in one day being voted in. 
Placing ten players on the ballot is the limit. You want to put only Omar…

I sleep, the computer sleeps

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The lack of focus is a fine way to start off the year.
I stare at the blinking cursor. Enough time passes that the screen goes from active to asleep. My brain is in a little bit of a fog on the Sunday in January.
Topics are there, but nothing is forming behind them.
We look at the Buffalo Bills/Jacksonville Jaguars game from earlier today. Was each team's defense just THAT good or was the offense of each just THAT inept? For more on this, tune into to every other person's take on Twitter.

Okay. See. This was an idea that didn't have much traction behind it. Both teams had little business being in the playoffs, though I will say the Jaguars earned it more than the Bills did. Buffalo was trading away top defensive players and starting a quarterback who had no business starting halfway through the season.

And yet here they were, getting to the playoffs for what seems like the first time since Buffalo 66 came out. (It wasn't, but close enough). The San Diego Los Angeles Ch…