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Thoughts on The Finals After 2 Games

Author’s Note: This story was originally written on June 8, 2015. It was reposted on this blog November 9, 2015

So far the NBA finals have lived up to the hype everyone expected, having watched Cleveland and Golden State dominate most of the regular season. After two thrilling games in the Oracle, the series is tied up. Both teams feel they could and should be up 2-0, but either could easily be down 0-2. For the sake of a longer and better Finals, neutral observers have to be pleased with the split. As the series shifts to Cleveland, I keep coming back to two remarkable storylines lying tacit in the background. Continue reading “Thoughts on The Finals After 2 Games”

Gerty Farish: Edith Wharton’s Stunning Portrait of Friendship

Edith Wharton’s 1905 novel, The House of Mirth, is a tragic tale that depicts the last two years of New York socialite Lily Bart’s life and her fall from the upper class. After Lily and Lawrence Selden, whose romance is a primary focus in the novel, Miss Gerty Farish is arguably the novel’s most intriguing character. As Selden’s cousin and Lily’s close friend, Gerty is intimately involved with some of the story’s highest drama. Wharton describes Miss Farish extensively and in numerous ways, but Gerty remains a stable force in a plot filled with indecisive characters. Wharton provides several perspectives of Gerty—most notably those of Lily, Selden, and society as a whole—but above all else, she is shown to be a faithful friend. In a novel that vividly details the social consequences of an unforgiving society, Gerty Farish is a constant breath of fresh air for Wharton’s fatigued readers and a picture of true friendship to a protagonist that so desperately needs it.

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2014 NFL Preview – AFC

Author’s Note: This story was originally written on August 21, 2014. It was reposted on this blog November 9, 2015.

AFC East

New England: The Patriots are just about a lock to win the division every year, having claimed the top spot 10 of the last 11 seasons. The lone exception in that remarkable run came when Tom Brady suffered a season ending knee injury in week one (2008). So as long as Brady is healthy, don’t expect anything different in 2014. Continue reading “2014 NFL Preview – AFC”

LeBron Goes Home, What a Story

Author’s Note: This story was originally written on July 15, 2014. It was reposted on this blog November 9, 2015.

Though it was quite different from the 2010 buildup, LeBron’s free agency this past month had everyone talking. It seemed like no one thought he would go to Cleveland until about a week or two before he announced. Continue reading “LeBron Goes Home, What a Story”

A Complete Guide to Franchise Quarterbacks: Who They Are, Who They Aren’t, and Why

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

Those familiar with the NFL know the most important position on any team is the quarterback. There is an undefined term that is universally understood within league circles, fans, and media pundits. It is what every team’s front office seeks to find and build their team around: a franchise quarterback. So who are these franchise quarterbacks? And what sets them apart from other “good” quarterbacks? Who are the other “good” quarterbacks? Continue reading “A Complete Guide to Franchise Quarterbacks: Who They Are, Who They Aren’t, and Why”