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Basketball in Croatia

Posted by Blake Murphy on May 5, 2021

This article has been submitted by Alex Jackson.

(Photo of the walled city of Dubrovnik)

I’ve been away from the internet for almost a week, and boy, did that time away feel good! I was down in Croatia, enjoying beautiful weather and a marvelous country. As I was riding into Dubrovnik from the airport, something quickly jumped out at me; no, not the unique Dalmatian landscape or the picturesque view of the Adriatic. What really struck me was the number of basketball courts I saw; for some reason I was expecting makeshift soccer pitches ala Brazil. On my second day in Dubrovnik, I wandered down to the main street of the old city and had coffee with a local. The woman was very nice; she was retired and in her free time she was an interpreter and guide. She was fluent in Croatian, English and French and incredibly knowledgeable.
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Unfinished Blog Ideas

Posted by Blake Murphy on April 29, 2021

This article has been submitted by Alex Jackson.

There’s a lot more to blogging than just mad bling, off-the-hook parties, 18-inch rims and doing lines off of strippers. No, blogging is a hard-knock-life; despite what Blake might have told you, blogging is not glamorous. Honestly, it’s hard. Not everyone is cut out to do it.
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What an Email…

Posted by Blake Murphy on April 29, 2021

This article has been submitted by Alex Jackson.

I will keep this nice and short. The other day I got an email from an organization affiliated with the Phoenix Suns, Downtown Live. As a “favored member,” this organization alerts me about Suns ticket deals, wishes me happy birthday, gives me access to playoff presales and other perks that I would be all over if, A) I lived in Phoenix and B) I had a job. I’ve been a member for about 10 years now, as I like keeping my pulse on what’s happening in Maricopa County.

The other day, an email from Downtown Live appeared in my inbox. The subject line? “Hey Alex, Wanna Win a Championship Ring?”

With the NBA playoffs on the horizon, I assumed it was a rallying cry for Suns fans, something to get us pumped up. Yes! I want the Suns to win the ‘ship! Damn straight!

I open it up, what do I see?


Yes, the Phoenix Mercury are giving away a WNBA Championship Ring at their home opener. I’m not a great evaluator of “success,” but too me, this seems like an act of desperation. Just thought I’d share…

This article has been submitted by Alex Jackson.

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Derek Jeter’s Other Game - A Photo Essay

Posted by Blake Murphy on April 21, 2021

This article has been submitted by Alex Jackson.

I had two ideas about starting this piece. I couldn’t decide which would be better, so I’m trying to incorporate both. The first, just below, involves Jack MacBrayer from 30 Rock and a music video. The second involves “words.”

I’m not afraid to say it- I enjoy celebrity gossip. Sure, I might be slightly ashamed to say I used to watch a variety of entertain gossip shows; but the benefits of knowing every, and I mean every, detail of the lives of Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse are numerous. For example, if you’re a celebrity, and you’re caught smoking crack, you might get some public outcry. Or causing a three-car crash also isn’t good for you reputation, which you’re already trying to rebuild.

These are life lessons that only celebrities can teach.
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NBA Playoff Preview

Posted by Blake Murphy on April 18, 2021

Instead of doing the playoff preview myself, I decided to contract it out to several members of the team. Even though the internet is scattered with predictions right now, ours are just as valuable…actually, probably way more value. I’m not sure if you knew this, but I’m a billionaire from NBA gambling alone (actually, I did make a lot of money gambling on the league’s scoring/assists/rebounding leaders in the pre-season). Regardless, what follows are the predictions and series breakdowns from four of our best and brightest.

Just because, my predictions for the whole playoffs are:
Bos d. Atl in 4
Det d. Phi in 4
Orl d. Tor in 6
Cle d. Was in 6
LA d. Den in 5
NO d. Dal in 6
SA d. Phx in 7
Uta d. Hou in 7

Bos d. Cle in 5
Det d. Orl in 6
Uta d. LA in 7
NO d. SA in 6

Uta d. NO in 7 (Deron v. CP3 are you kidding)
Bos d. Det in 5

Finals: Bos d. Uta in 6 (Yes, I changed it back…10:21am on Saturday, so, we’re OK.
On with the breakdowns…
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Movies, Bizarreness, and Wrestling: The Greatness that is Dennis Rodman

Posted by Blake Murphy on April 17, 2021

This article has been submitted by Alex Jackson.

“Chemistry is a class you take in high school or college, where you figure out two plus two is 10, or something.” – Dennis Rodman

So a quick backstory. I’m supposed to be working very hard right now; I have a research deadline coming up for my big (read: thesis) paper “International Financing Models of Long-Term Care.” I’m light years behind where I should be. Maybe the problem is I’m trying to find out how 2+2=10…

I am also in Austria, a German speaking country. I speak no German. Despite this handicap, I still enjoy watching poorly dubbed, bad movies. So when I was procrastinating and saw that Double Team was on, I just couldn’t say no. This was an award winning film! Rodman was even honored at the Golden Raspberry Awards, walking away with three; Worst New Star, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Couple (shared with Van Damme). How can you beat Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman, bits and pieces of partial nudity, and as the icing on the cake, it’s all in German? That’s a winning combo right there. That cast could challenge the 95-96 Bulls, the 07-08 Patriots, the 85 Bears, the 05-06 USC Trojans and the Mega Powers for the title of Greatest Team of All Time.

And it got me thinking, isn’t Dennis Rodman great? Truly, truly great!
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Interview with Cody Kennedy

Posted by Blake Murphy on April 15, 2021

This article has been submitted by Queen’s Grad Alex Jackson.

The question is, can we tailgate Cody’s future CFL games?
-Yafa Sakkejha, October 22, 2021

-Alex Jackson, February 20, 2021

Cody Kennedy, a product of Glenelg, Nova Scotia, is a fifth year mining engineering and economics double major at Queen’s University. For many soon to be graduates, the spring can be a nerve-racking time; questions swirl, what does the future hold? What career path will I go down? Cody is pursuing a career path that I dare say is not taken by many economics and engineering degree holders: professional football.

Kennedy, the 6’7, 325 lbs. offensive tackle, was a First-Team All OUA selection and a Second-Team CIS All-Canadian in 2007. After a standout five year career at Queen’s, Kennedy won the Orrin Carson Memorial Trophy as the team’s Offensive Lineman of the Year, and recently signed a free agent contract with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL. I was lucky enough to steal Cody away from his studying and workouts to ask him a couple of questions about the road he’s going down.
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Who’s Who?

Posted by Blake Murphy on April 14, 2021

This article has been submitted by Alex “No Twin” Jackson.

So I was watching Perfect Strangers, obviously dubbed in German, the other day, and I couldn’t help but notice the distinct similarities between Balki Bartokomous, played by Bronson Pinchot, and Spurs guard Manu Ginobilli. After this epiphany, I’ve decided to try and gather some of my favorite basketball look-a-likes.

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EuroSport Experiences

Posted by Blake Murphy on April 7, 2021

This article has been submitted by world traveler Alex Jackson.

While most of you were savoring the Elite Eight match-ups recently, I was sleeping. It’s not that I dislike college hoops, it’s more I just can’t justify staying up late enough to watch them on an unreliable internet connection. So when 17:15 GMT Saturday evening rolled around, I turned on the old Tele (that’s British speak to you) and decided to see what EuroSport had to offer.

To my surprise, there was quite the spectacle. Yes, it was the Boat Race. The Boat Race. The 154th annual rowing competition between Oxford and Cambridge. Crews from the two schools compete over a 6,779 meter course through London on the Thames. The course is an S-shape and goes from Putney to Mortlake, passing through both Hammersmith and Barnes.
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The Sad Downfall of Lil’ Penny

Posted by Blake Murphy on April 4, 2021

PhotobucketThis article has been submitted by Alex Jackson.

“You know what your problem is? You’re too modest. Hey, I give good quotes. You can print that on the front page.” – Little Penny

When we last saw Little Penny in 1997, he was begging Anfernee Hardaway to say “what up” to his high school chum Kevin Garnett, pushing for his own Spike Lee joint, and chasing Tyra Banks. Little Penny was Turtle from Entourage long before Jerry Ferrera ever met Mark Wahlberg or Adrian Grenier. He was always playing an angle; whether talking himself up or singing the praises of Hardaway, Lil’ Penny was, as Robert Goldman and Stephen Papson wrote in “Nike Culture: The Sign of the Swoosh,” a transparent hustler.

Little Penny and Hardaway were a brilliant combination. Hardaway brought a fierce, all around game, between 1994 and 1998, he was a four time All-Star and two-time All-NBA First Teamer; unfortunately he was a gentle soul off the court. Enter the brash Lil’ Penny, a man that oozed street cred; he could say what people thought without dealing with being called disingenuous or cocky and avoiding criticism for not being humble. It was a match made in heaven.
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