Showing posts from April, 2019

Saying good-bye to Game of Thrones, 4 weeks early

After a lot of consideration and long hours of lost sleep, I've decided to call it night in regards to Game of Thrones.

Four episodes remain in this epic series, but I'm out. No more Sunday night sword fights, barbs from Cersei (Lena Headey), or hearing Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) announcing Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and her list of -- rough estimate -- 82 titles.

Now, it's not because I've been discouraged by the first two episodes of the season. I have, in fact, quite enjoyed the first two episodes. With such a limited run in its final season, many have been clamoring for more action, but with this week's episode Battle of Winterfell we'll like get 82 minutes of battle.
Last week's episode "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" was well-constructed. We had touching moments between friends and strange bedfellows, a song, heart-warming gestures, and of course, the knighting of the now Ser Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). The episode gave us a s…

The Game of Thrones ultimate quote tournament

"Winter is coming."

Three iconic words known to Game of Thrones fans -- and likely non-fans -- that have no doubt been uttered hundreds of times since the television show premiered in 2011. The words were said in the very first episode of season 1, helping set us up for using the phrase for years to come.

Eight seasons of Game of Thrones have given fans plenty of quotable phrases, from characters like to Tyron Lannister (Peter Dinklage) to Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) to Melisandre (Carice van Houten). These lines of dialogue might have only been said once, only to leave a lasting impact. Others, such as "winter is coming" have leaped out of the show into our daily lexicon. It's become standard to state this when the first snowflakes appear every year or even simply to announce something bad is about to happen.
Five episodes remain in this powerhouse of a series. Top-ten lists, debates, and votes have exploded on the internet, on topics involving favorite episode…

James Harden joins NBA legends with 2018-19 scoring title

Scoring is up in today's NBA so it's only fitting that James Harden of the Houston Rockets cracked the top-ten for all-time single season scoring average. James Harden, aka "The Beard", hop, skipped, and jumped his way to a record-setting season in his seventh season with the Houston Rockets.
Harden, who has a knack for getting to the free throw line and being master of the step-back step-back, shot his way to a league-leading 36.1 points per game in 2018-19. His average now stands as the seventh-best single season average of all-time.

Harden's scoring ability has drawn comparisons -- in some circles -- to that of Michael Jordan, especially in Jordan's early years. While it's true Harden drops points in boatloads (19 games of 40-49, 7 of 50-59, and two 61-points performances), how each player got their points took some different routes.
That is going to be expected, given the evolution of basketball and the rise -- and eventual love -- of the three-point…

NCAA men's tournament: 2019 Final 4 preview

The 2019 Final Four in the NCAA men's tournament consists of four programs from all types of basketball pedigrees.
A blue blood of the group is the Michigan State Spartans. Head coach Tom Izzo has been a legend around these parts -- college basketball -- for ages. Izzo has been the head coach of the Spartans since 1995 and this will be the 8th time Michigan State has reached the Final Four under his helm.
They last appeared in 2015, last reaching the title game in 2009, where they lost to North Carolina. The Spartans have only won the entire thing once under Izzo, back in the year 2000 (cue Conan O'Brien music) when they defeated the Florida Gators.
The three other teams in this year's Final Four? Well, they are in uncharted waters, with two of three never making it this far before.
Michigan State's opponent is the third-seed from the West, the Texas Tech Raiders. This will be Texas Tech's first appearance in the Final Four. In fact, until last season when they re…

Elite Eight earns back the madness, down to Final Four

If the first 60 games of the NCAA tournament were a mediocre television series with a few worthwhile moments, then the Elite Eight was a daunting limited series in which every moment was spellbinding.
Leaving us with the question: Will the Final Four prove to be the fantastic ending to the intriguing cliffhanger this weekend's game's provided?
Given the four schools that remain, the answer should be a resounding yes.
A lackluster first three rounds -- as compared to previous dances -- provided very little suspense. Of the top 16 seeds in the tournament, 14 advanced, and some signs pointed to all four no. 1 seeds reaching the Final Four.
Oh what a difference the weekend can make. The #FinalFour is set!

See you in Minneapolis! 🌲 — NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019The no. 1 seeds started to fall on Friday night, when fifth-seed in the Midwest region Auburn took down the top-seed North Carolina Tar Heels. Strong guard play …