Young Pope szn is upon us all

With every new year there comes a crop of new shows premiering but with so much content out there its hard to keep track of what , where and when these new shows come on. There have been a few shows I have seen in the past year that were very well done and enjoyable but I couldn’t tell what some of them were right now , maybe because they weren’t that memorable ( I’m looking right at you Night Manager). But the Young Pope separates itself from the pack entirely, at first I thought what a silly name the Young Pope is and surely the show would reflect that but then I saw this promo shot

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If you having girl problems I feel bad for you my son, I got ninety nine problems and the Pope is young

After seeing this I KNEW this show would be epically bad but entertaning at least. With the myriad of highly unlikely scenarios a young pope would find himself in, then hitting his wardrobe and putting on one of his many ill units like this one.

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I’m a bitch, I’m a lover, I’m the Pope, only younger

When the trailer dropped a few weeks after the above pics my expectations grew ten fold and I eagerly anticipated for when I could watch it. So when my good friends over at Home Box Office (HBO for you nubs) sent me over some screeners I was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to see the engaging Jude Law. The show centers around Law who goes by Lenny in the show. He’s an orphan that was given up at a young age and raised in the Catholic Church by Sister Mary  who is being played by the pleasant, wicked jump shot having Diane Keaton, who has a number of memorable moments akin to this one

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Nun humor, gotta love it. The nuns in the show get a lot of the jokes and a majority of them really like sports surprisingly and there is an exquisitely shot scene where the nuns are playing a game of footy with some deft moves and cracking finishes set to some operatic music and it was pretty funny to see those nuns go all FIFA on each other.

Jude Law has been great in many supporting roles from The Talented Mr. Ripley to Sherlock Holmes and one of my personal favorites Gattaca but he has rarely been the lead with such a juicy part. Thats why this will be a career defining performance for him where he can show off as the newly elected Pius XIII: chain-smoking,right-wing, deeply cynical and ultra-political. Machiavelli living in the 21st century.

The Young Pope might disguise as a high-budget soap, but it tells us some uneasy truths about the hypocrisy at the top of the Catholic Church. This show feels a lot like The Sopranos without the Bada-Bing and the chicken parms but replaced with the rich, beautiful set pieces of the Vatican and some lavish pools to boot.

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This show is opulent, sleek, charming and ultimately visually sumptuous. If you go into the show expecting a spectacle rather than something literal you will have infinitely better time. It will be on my end of year list for the most fun shows undoubtedly. Just sit back and accept the body of Christ as long as it looks like Jude Law.

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Shout out to my Serie A lovers , Napoli gets some major love throughout it.

The NBA season is a quarter of the way over so here are my observations so far

After 13 years Dwayne Wade has found a 3pt shot. He is taking and making more threes than at any point in his career. He is a 28% for his career and is at 34% this season. Just a necessary addition to his game since he’s getting older and doesn’t get to the rim as much as he used to. He still has one of the best in between games in the league

 

What is wrong with the T-Wolves? I expected them to be maybe hover around the 8th seed for the playoffs but they have cellar dwelling this season (6-18). Even with the progress of KAT and Wiggins it still hasn’t translated into wins. I think this team would benefit from a roster move or maybe just embrace the tank and get another high pick. But if they were to make a move it would have to be Zach LaVine because they could get the most equal return. He seems to be more aggressive than Wiggins so that will free up more room for Wiggins to operate as he grows. But the downside of that would he is their only consistent perimeter scorer on a team that desperately  needs shooting. Their record mostly has to do with their horrid defense, 27th in the league with a defensive wiz as coach.

The Warriors have looked just as explosive as everyone thought they would and have even come together much faster than excepted. They have shown how dominate they can be even without shooting well when they dusted the Clippers (also their biggest roadblock to another trip to the finals ) last week

They shot 23% from three making only seven of them but ended up winning the game by 17. Since the arrival of Durant only Curry’s shot have dipped the most to an average of almost three fewer per game. Klay is still getting theirs as you can see from his 60pt outburst last week.  Klay is an interesting player  because NO ONE gets scorching hot in a flash quite like him, but you wouldn’t pick him in the top 10 of the best players in the league where efficient scoring comes at a high premium. The only guy really sacrifices is Draymond, he gives up the most out of anyone in terms of scoring so good for him but then again he continues kicking people so screw him.

Since I just mentioned the Clippers this is the perfect time for me to say that they are the hardest team to root for. Simply because they whine constantly, it’s not just one or two of the players but every single one and the maestro behind it all Doc Rivers. Doc thinks the officials are so bad that they would benefit from adding another one out there

Maybe then Doc’s will completely disintegrate and he will be forced to use a robot voice.

Russell Westbrook Westworld has become must watch tv just like the show of the same name . Much like Westworld Russ might be a sophisticated robot too, especially when you look at his historic numbers this season without Durant. His consecutive triple double streak just ended at 7 which is tied for fourth all time alongside Michael Jordan, Oscar Roberston, and the leader with nine Wilt Chamberlain. He’s currently averaging a triple with 31, 11 and 11, if he were to do it for an entire season he would be only the second guy to do so. The hardest stat to keep up for the entire season is the rebounds, he has a similar streak for guys less than 6’5 with consecutive double-digit board games. I just don’t think he can keep it up but if there was ever a guy that could, it would be Russell Westbrook. You hardly see guys with such tenacity and fierce passion in their play every game and I’m glad to be able to watch him dunk all over my Rockets.

 

Kevin Love is looking like the player of old they way he’s been getting buckets down this year. This is the best he’s looked since joining the Cavs 2 years ago. He also came close to breaking Klay Thompson’s record for most points in a quarter when he had 34 in one quarter against the Blazers. He would have done it too if not for Kyrie trying to get his. Let Lil Kev cook!

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The season is only just a quarter over but these teams are already out of the playoff picture.  In the Eastern Conference its the Sixers, Nets and Heat. For the Western Conference it is the Mavs, T-Wolves, Pelicans, Suns and Nuggets. The good thing about some of these teams is that they each have young pieces to build around for the future.

How about the Rockets?! They are playing inspired ball this year because they now have actual shot makers on the team. Like Eric Gordon who has been lights out this year with shooting 44% from three and leads the team in three pointers made off the bench. They also added Ryan Anderson to go along Ariza and Beverly to surround Harden which gives him that ability to rack up those assist numbers. The Rockets lead the league in three pointers made and percentage. Critics will say they still don’t play any defense but hey their offense is so fun and Harden/Capela have the best pick n’ roll in the game now. I think they are one piece away from contending in the West.

 

Now its time to touch on Kristaps Porzingis aka basketball unicorn , Godzingigs. He’s gotten more comfortable this year and has improved at a scary rate. There has never been a 7’3 guy with his handle , stroke and agility before. He’s quickly becoming the best player on the Knicks supplanting Melo. But for right now its good to have Melo around for his development so he won’t be solely weighed down with the expectations and criticisms that come along with being the guy in NYC. In addition to putting up 20ppg, 7 reb, 1.9 blk every game he is also the leading rim protector going by defensive field goal percentage. Can you imagine the mismatches they can create if he got played center?!  The Knicks could have saved so much cap space without signing Joakim. If there is one thing you can count on the Knicks doing is wasting money on washed players but c’est la vie.

 

On December 15th teams can trade players that were signed this summer, while most if not all these guys won’t be moved. These are the players who I think will get moved sooner than later- Greg Monroe , Brandon Knight , Donatas Montiejunas,Nerlens Noel, Zach LaVine, Rudy Gay, CJ McCollum and finally Boogie Cousins.

My early MVP’s are Westbrook, Harden, Bron, Durant,and Chris Paul in that order.

Happy Holidays

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Amish folks: Enough is enough

(CBC)  Amish residents of a western Kentucky town are fighting back against an ordinance requiring large animals to wear collection bags to catch their droppings, arguing that the law unfairly singles out their community.

The Daily News of Bowling Green reports that many Amish in Auburn have refused to comply with the ordinance, citing concerns that attempts to put the bags on their horses might frighten the animals.

Many cases have landed in court, and some defendants have been jailed for refusing to pay the fine for violating the ordinance.

Regulation unconstitutional?

Last week, attorney Travis Lock filed a notice arguing that the regulation is unconstitutional because it discriminates against the Amish.

Auburn officials say the ordinance keeps the streets clean and reduces the risk of spreading disease.

First things first I love the  entertainment the Amish community has provided me over the years from those reality shoes on TLC, and Discovery like Breaking Amish to Amish Mafia all the way to the scripted stuff like Harrison Ford in ‘Witness

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‘I’ll strike your Da if you disparage my flock again’  s/o to young Viggo Mortenson behind my friend Harry.

Last but certainly not least the most beautiful Amish girl I have seen Rebecca Bowman in the massively underrated show Banshee

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Needless to say that she didn’t return home after Rumspringa

Ok back to the point about how the Amish think its unconstitutional to equip their horse’s with poo catchers so their many horses don’t shit all over town when they come in to sell their goods and whatever else it is Amish people do besides commit incest. I know you guys like to live like tis the 1800’s but its not like that anymore you cannot just let your trusty steed just drop bombs all over the place. While us regular folk have to make sure to grab a doggy bag for a 3lb chihuahua or face a ticket and fine. Shit ain’t right. If you want to benefit from our society maybe you should follow some rules that benefit everyone. I’m pretty sure everyone else is on board with no poop in the streets rule. You already slow up traffic with your buggies so the least you can do would be to clean up all the horse logs getting sawed off around town. So their big gripe is that the extra bag on the horse will frighten it, haha you have to be kidding me. Look at the horse in the banner pic, if all that gear on it isn’t frightening it I doubt a poo bag will.

I think the real reason they don’t want to follow the new law is because they don’t want to be trotting around with a fresh bag of horse logs wafting into your carriage. I can’t really blame them on that one. But thats the life they chose.

A Foreshadowing Thought on Se7en

I woke up last Sunday morning  got up went to brush my teeth then came back into my room turned on the tv to get some entertainment while I brush. To my delight Se7en was on so my search stopped there and I was all in again for my umpteenth viewing  of the Fincher product.  The part I jumped in on was right before detective Mills and Somerset  discover the ‘Sloth’. When I sat down to watch it I noticed something that I hadn’t previously. Now if you are not familiar with the film its about a serial killer named John Doe who is patterning his kills off of the seven deadly sins.  For a visual refresher this is the scene

 

Pretty wicked scene right, its downright frightening when the guy wakes up and gasps fort air. The part I was referring to earlier happened right after the clip above ends. I couldn’t manage to find the clip after searching for a while so I’ll just describe it instead. The crime scene around the sloth’s apartment is cordoned off. Mills (Brad Pitt) and Somerset (Morgan Freeman) are standing watch at the top of the stairs before the apartment. While they are standing watch a paparazzi sneaks up the stairs and starts snapping pictures (the title image is one of the pics he took) of the scene before Mills gets a little physical with him by showing him the way downstairs and cursing him out as he leaves. As Mills is turning around Somerset says to him “It’s impressive to see a man feeding off his emotions.” For some reason that line struck me differently and with the *spoiler alert* photographer being revealed later to be John Doe when they find the title picture in his apartment it all starts to piece together.

Somerset’s quote foreshadows Mill’s fate perfectly by completing Doe’s plan of the seven deadly sin killings with the final one being Wrath. After Doe sees how easily Mills gets worked up he locks in on him. He knows that under the right circumstances he can manipulate Mills into feeling such hatred and anger he will have very little choice and ultimately give into the violence that festers inside of him and ultimately unleash it on Doe. The transfer of emotion is how Mills becomes a possessed by Doe and ends up doing what he had planned along. By killing the evil Doe Mills has become evil himself and caused it grow stronger. Mills’ innocent and pure wife is violated and sacrificed and Mills the hero protagonist who is in a twisted way a reason his wife died. By avenging her he relinquished his soul in a way and becomes a broken man in mind,body and spirit.

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But if he had refused to do that like Somerset pleaded with him to do so that wouldn’t be the case. He would’ve suppressed the wrath he was feeling and had a chance to conquer the evil that was coursing through him in that moment but alas he just became another one of the forsaken. That is why the ending is so gut wrenching because everyone is constantly fighting the Doe that is inside of us all in a spiritual battle. Do we give in to weight of our own anguish and allow the darkness to take over or make the other choice ?

 

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SHOOT YOUR SHOT: THE TRUE STORY OF JIM JINKS THE CREATOR OF DOUG AND HIS REAL LIFE PATTI MAYONNAISE

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It’s been around 25 years since Doug premiered on Nickelodeon and its creator Jim Jinkins gave an interview to EW about it. Jim gave some insight into his inspiration for Doug along with the other characters on the show and as you can probably guess he took inspiration from his own life to mold the characters , especially with Doug being modeled after himself.  He had this to say
“I’ve written the scene,” Jinkins tells EW, referring to one major moment that would answer the question Jinkins’ is constantly asked — whether Doug and his lifelong crush, Patti, end up together.

What happened to the love of Doug’s life? That’s where Jinkins’ tale about his surprise reconnection with the real Patti Mayonnaise comes in. If you want to know what happens to Doug, you must first find out what happened to Jim

It’s my ten-year reunion, and I didn’t go. I was in New York working like crazy as a freelancer and just trying to make it there. And I got a phone call in New York and it’s Patti. The real Patti. And my heart’s beating fast. She’s like, ‘I was at the reunion! You weren’t!’ and I was like, ‘Yeah…sorry…I had to work.’ And she goes, ‘I found out you live in New York. Guess what—I do, too!’ And she told me where she lives. We lived across Central Park from each other. And she says, ‘Why don’t you come over for dinner?’

So now we’re in a Doug show. I’m like, what do I wear? What will she look like!? All that’s happening as I’m walking across Central Park to her apartment, just wondering and just hoping, all those things. I was, at the time, very available.
I get to the door, and you get buzzed up in New York, and so I walk up to the apartment and I hear the lock turn—it’s getting ready to happen—and she opens the door, and she’s perfect. Just perfect. She just looks spectacular and she’s so happy, and her arms fly up and we hug, and I’m just like [frightened guttural gasping noises]. She backs up and she goes ‘Look, Jimmy! Boobs! I got my boobs!’ [Laughs.] It sounds like I’m making this up, right? And I’m like, ‘Yeah… yeah, uh huh!’ ‘Yeah, they always used to call me Flatty Patti, but look!’ And she was just funny and fun and innocent, but it’s like Doug and Patti together again, ten years later, right?
So this is all wonderful, right? And then she wheels and goes, ‘Oh, Jimmy, I want you to meet my husband.’
And I don’t even remember the rest of the evening.

 

Come on Jim, tell me she didn’t like your hair, or your outfit, that your charisma was lacking , that you were too short , that she just didn’t vibe with you but don’t tell me you never tried back in the day. No wonder you ‘very’ available with an attitude like that. You were like that guy in a pickup game that refuses to look at the basket and just passes it. That’s not how you go about booking a trip to Motorboat Bay Jim.

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To add insult to injury it turned out that the girl of his dreams has basically been right across the street from him for years without his knowledge. If that’s not some twisted karmic iorny I don’t know what is.  What a roller coaster of emotions that must have been for him , I would pay good money to see what his face must have looked like when he first saw after all those years then seconds later when she went to introduce him to her husband. The regret must have been pouring over him like the cold, frigid waters crashing down upon the rocks at Niagra falls. He was so discombobulated he couldn’t remember the rest of the night and I don’t blame because who would want to.

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After reading that story it just reaffirms what I have always thought and that is you have to ‘shoot your shot’ when you get the chance, just let it fly. Because you will only have regret if you don’t. So don’t be like Jim Jinks kids and remember to always shoot your shot.

Preacher goes out with a Bang

Preacher ended its inaugural season this past Sunday in bombastic fashion where it sets the table for an intriguing season 2. I haven’t seen many people talking about how good and strange in a good way (its much stranger than ‘Stranger Things’ ) this show is and i wanted to change that.

If you’re not familiar with ‘Preacher’ its about a west Texas preacher Jesse Custer that becomes possessed by an otherworldly force which may be a mix of good and evil. He soon finds out that it gives him the power to control people with just his words. Shortly after he’s joined by his bad bitch ex Tulip (who is my favorite character on the show and Ruth Negga is primed for stardom). Rounding out the three musketeers is Cassidy who lands in Annville and quickly becomes best friends with Jesse, and Cassidy happens to be a foul mouthed vampire from Dublin who loathes the Big Lebowski. Quickly all three become entrenched in a battle between Heaven and Hell and all that lies in the middle.

 

 

Preacher is a weird, funny, violent , mysterious , romantic, a little meandering and surprisingly jarring at times. You won’t get a lot of answers or why’s and be left scratching your head but don’t fret too much because it won’t hinder your ability to enjoy it. The best way to watch this show is to just sit back and enjoy without worrying about the questions you will have because they won’t even matter by the end of the first season. Preacher excelled the most when the three electrifying leads were paired on screen together. This will be a strong foundation for season 2 when Preacher and crew take the show on the road in search of the all powerful who has gone missing while they are being pursued by deadly forces. By taking Preacher on the road it will remove the parts that didn’t work so well this season like the small town politics  for one and focus solely on the parts that worked the best (Cassidy, Jesse, Tulip) and give them more freedom in an open world which is where the comic actually begins its own story.  Plus there is a guy named Arseface who looks like this

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So give it a chance , you can watch all the episodes here http://www.amc.com/shows/preacher 

 

Popping adderalls like tic tacs? Mr. Robot thoughts

Is control an illusion?

First off i just want to say I do not think Elliot is in prison or some sort of asylum. I do think that he has simplified his life to mimic one though.

One of the constants after the first two episodes of this season is control, whether it be trying to get it, letting go of it, or how to handle it when you get it. Most of the episode is spent with Elliot as he fights for control of psyche against Mr. Robot, a fight he wins temporarily thanks to taking a huge doses of Adderrall. Which helped him rid himself of Mr. Robot for five sleepless days where he walked around with this pleasant hop

It was fun to see Elliot go through his life without Mr. Robot so we were able to see the vibrancy so often missing from the show. His drug haze was well done and kind of felt like something out of Trainspotting. Maybe going forward now that Elliot has figured out a way to subside him Mr. Robot temporarily we will get to see more of this vibrancy in the coming weeks. The next time we see Mr. Robot is when Elliot is talking to Ray,  then he gets up to get something from a shelf and there is Mr. Robot waiting behind him.

We learned more about Ray’s motives this week and one of them is trying to regain control of his site that is getting infiltrated and stealing his bitcoins. So he needs some to fix the situation and thats where his interest lies with Elliot. The Bitcoin angle is interesting because the lack of available cash since the hack, so it would figure that bitcoin has way more value than it did before ( the exchange rate is 1 bitcoin is worth $657 bucks). Ray is very eloquent guy often using 50 words when only 5 will do, for example when he says this about Elliot’s quest for control of his life, “Control is about as real as a one-legged unicorn taking a leak at the end of a double rainbow”. He studies Elliot and lets him know that they are not much different from one another.  One of the ways is that he talks to his dead wife every morning just like how Elliot does. He appears to   be slowly getting through to Elliot and it can’t come soon enough because I’m eager to see Elliot behind a keyboard again.

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Now onto Angela at E Corp, whose scenes have been some of the strongest this season thanks in big part to Philip Price her boss who feels like the personification of capitalism, especially with his speech last week in DC. But this week he throws Angela for a loop when he asks her out to dinner after gauging her interests on a dessert they serve there. Right before getting there she fills herself with positive quotes, assuming it would be a romantic date of some sort. She shows up looking dressed to kill , very vampy stuff. Instead, Price introduces her to two other dinner guests, E corp colleagues. At the end of dinner, Price privately tells Angela of his coworker’s  positive, charitable qualities before telling her that they were complicit in the toxic leak that killed her mother and Elliot’s father. Price then produces a disc with all the evidence of their repeated fraud and  tells her this is all she needs to destroy the men’s lives , saying that while she’s “panicking” right now at the thought, if she removes emotion from the decision, “You’ll do just fine.” So now Angela is struggling with what to with her new found control over their lives. This is one of the more interesting parts of the overall story. How much farther down the rabbit hole can she go and will it ultimately benefit her or Price more?

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With the show moving a little bit slower than last season we get to see more from the supporting characters on the show like Romero who got to tell the violent and tragic ownership history of the arcade to Mobley. Kind of ironic that he was the de facto owner while he met his untimely demise. The FBI agent had an AH-HA! moment when she found the flyer for the end of the world party in Romero’s trash after gaining entrance to his house by offering to roll some blunts for his grandma because her arthritis made it difficult to roll them herself and decided to stroll on down and give it a look for herself.

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F. Society, hmm. So thats how they chose the name, fair enough. I wonder what or who she will find out next, she seems really lonely  as do most people in this show so I’m sure that will only help in her endeavors to uncover the hack and those responsible for it. Speaking of those responsible for it, has anyone figured out where Tyrell is? The closet thing that I can think of is maybe he’s in France because he greeted Elliot with ‘Bonjour’ while talking with him on the phone other than that I got nothing for you. But at least his wife can afford to still look fresh as hell

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My favorite parts of HBO’s all too soon cancelled Vinyl

(DeadlineHBO has changed course on VinylThe 1970s rock n roll drama had been renewed for a second season with a new showrunner, Scott Z. Burns, replacing co-creator, executive producer and showrunner Terence Winter. Now the premium cable network has decided not to go with Season 2 of the series, executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.

“After careful consideration, we have decided not to proceed with a second season of Vinyl,” HBO said in a statement. “Obviously, this was not an easy decision. We have enormous respect for the creative team and cast for their hard work and passion on this project.

Vinyl has been a disappointment, a big-budget series from A-list auspices and a star cast that had underperformed. “Vinyl didn’t launch in the way we were hoping it would; it’s disappointing, but it happens,” HBO’s outgoing head of programming Michael Lombardo told Deadline last month.

So HBO did something out of the norm and cancelled one of their shows after the first season then did something even more rare by picking it up for a second season only for that to change a couple days ago. If you are not familiar with the subject matter of the show it is about a record label in New York during the 70’s. A ride through the sex and drug ridden music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, the show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra. Played in bombastic fashion by Bobby Cannavale. If you enjoy history , and the music of that time I highly suggest you watch it. Since I’m too young to have grown up in that time it was fun to see how the world used to be and how music became embedded in our culture especially with emergence of new genres that you get to see from its infancy with the birth of hip hop. I haven’t seen an atmosphere of a show recreated so well in awhile.

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It never gained the numbers to justify a second season but I do feel that show was gaining momentum towards the end of the first season, around episode 5 or 6 particularly with . Since the show is gone here are some of the most memorable moments from the lone season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

and my personal favorite to close it out

 

I’m bummed to see it go because I would have loved to see more of what this last clip had to show and where they would follow the beginning of hip hop and discoveries along the way. It really would have been interesting to see what they could have done with HBO’s budget. I hope this was enough to get you hooked on a good show that won’t take long to finish.

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PS. Ray Ramono crushes it

Game of Thrones Top 10 NBA Draft Picks

(Uproxx)  One of my great hopes in life is that George R.R. Martin will release the next book in the series that inspired Game of Thrones, and when fans start reading, they will quickly discover that the whole thing is about a 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Westeros. My reasoning is simple: it would be hilarious. Think of the reaction. People would lose their minds.

A few preliminary notes about my methodology:

The rankings are based on things we’ve learned on the show only. I have not read the books. If you have read the books and have information that would alter the list substantially, you should consider making your own. It’s quite fun.

The rankings are not limited to characters who are still alive. We’ve got dead ones in there, too.

Living characters are ranked based on current potential ability (with one exception), and deceased characters are ranked based on potential ability at the time of their death.

10. Oberyn Martell

9. Melisandre

8. Bronn

7. Jon Snow

6. The One Wildlings Giant

5. The Night King

4. Jaqen H’ghar

3. Jaime Lannister (pre-amputation)

2. Brienne

1. Khal Drogo

 

Cool idea by ‘Brian’ over at Uproxx  but there are some glaring problems with his picks. I get trust the process but My Lanta you have the Wildings Giant aka Wun Weng (you better put some respeckt on his name from henceforth!) going 6th overall and that is a tragedy. Along with having Oberyn going tenth and the ever slow moving Melisandre somehow going above him its time to get started on my list of the top 1o picks if this was the NBA draft.

1. Wun Weg Wun

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You can’t teach size and Wun Weg has it in spades, 14 ft of it to be exact combined with the strength of 12 men. He is the franchise changer and a championship cornerstone that you expect from the number 1 pick spot.

2. The Night King

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Second off the board is the Night King. He possesses a plethora of skills and talent like his inability to get rattled because of his icy cold demeanor and his win at all costs method. He’s a lot like Kobe Bryant so you know what you’re getting.

3. The Mountain

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Going with more size since its a rare commodity in the GOT world and The Mountain fits the bill coming in tipping the scales at 6’9″ four hundred pounds. He is the fierce defensive force you crave to protect your basket. No one is gliding through the lane with him holding down the paint.

4. Jon Snow

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Some may he’s too undersized to go this high but I don’t care the kid’s got game. He is a natural born leader and pair that with his quickness and his agility as seen in the above gif he slides perfectly onto any team in the lead guard position. He’s battle tested and plays with a chip on his shoulder like so many of the great ones did.

5. Khal Drogo

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The last of the big men goes here because of his strength, explosiveness. He just oozes bravado and he will need that going up against the other giants in this game. Not too mention is his uncanny wingspan, he has all the tools to be a great defender.

6. Bronn

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With the game shifting towards position-less basketball Bronn is a great value pick going here. Born iscrafty, agile, mobile and hostile. He’s a jack of all trades what I’m saying and his humor is infectious among his teammates. He most closely reminds me of Draymond Green

7. Jaquen H’ghar

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For all the same reasons as Bronn especially except he is not as funny so he loses a couple points in my book.

8. Brienne

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I said the last of the big men were gone but I didn’t say the last of the big women. Brienne is a skillfully trained player that can you beat you physically and mentally. She reminds of Marc Gasol , just the prototypical grit N grind player. She would make a great sidekick to a powerful duo.

9. Oberyn Martell

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He may not win you a championship but Oberyn Martell will put asses in the seats and be all over Twitter the next morning with his high flying , flashy play. No one can excite or a shock a crowd more than Oberyn with his charisma. His NBA comparison  would be another guy with a nickname almost as good as “The Red Viper” and that is Jason ‘White Chocolate’ Williams.

10. The Hound

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Finally rounding out the top 10 is The Hound. He may be a little banged up with some injuries over the years but he’s been in rehab after his near catastrophic fall at the hands of Brienne. Since then he’s been in rehab putting in the work grinding to get back. He could really be the steal of the draft going this low and no one swings a sword or axe quite like him. He has the bloodline as well with his brother ‘The Mountain’ going earlier. He’s highly motivated and seems to have found some peace with his true purpose.

 

The table is set for the Cavs & Warriors Final’s Rematch

 

Before I get into the Cavs Vs. Warriors let me touch on a few things on the teams that lost  to them. The Raptors took it to six which no one expected by playing inspired ball on their home court with the help of Lowry , DeRozan and the emergence of Bismack Biyombo who has made himself a lot money this offseason from his performance. The Raptors will have a nice core returning next season with a healthy Jonas coming back. But I wonder if they can attract any bigger free agents to come there since they have failed to do so in the past. Add that to DeRozan’s impending free agency when the Lakers (his hometown ) will be most likely calling and I would be willing to bet he would leave. Personally I wouldn’t DeRozan on my team just because his lack of a 3pt shot, and now he flat-out doesn’t take them. But I’m sure the Raptor fans out there would be bummed breaking up their best team ever including this super fan, who I’m sure you’ve seen if you have ever watched a Raptors game.  His name is Nav Bhatia and he has been a season ticket holder for 21 years and he is also a really good dude. By giving out the rest of his many season tickets to bring  hundreds of underprivileged children to the games every year.

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Now onto the Thunder who by all accounts looked to be firmly in control of their series versus the Thunder until a devastating loss at home in-game 6. I felt that after that loss the series would be over going back to Golden State at home. The Thunder’s late decision-making came back to bite them the final two games. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise since they led the league in 4th quarter collapses this year even beating the woeful Sixers in that category. But this postseason they looked like they had finally turned the corner and put those days behind them. Also in games 6 and 7 their second half scoring was abysmal including a 12 point third quarter in game 7, you just cannot expect to win with that kind of output. Going forward for the Thunder I think they are in a good position with Durant’s free agency looming. They have a young coach who is only going to get better. There isn’t a team that could he could go to that would give him a better chance to win like the Thunder unless you believe those Warriors rumblings are true. I say just sign the 2yr deal with an option to opt out after 1 which will also be Russ’ last season under contract too. They have great pieces with emerging pieces like Adams and Kanter. They do need to tweak their roster some because at this rate the Thunder now will be the new age version of those 90’s Jazz teams with Stockton/Malone, in that they continually get to the apex but just can not seem to conquer it. I do think they should deal Ibaka to get back some more shooting and draft picks to bolster their roster. Although I would like to see Durant next to a pass first point guard like a Chris Paul. I just can envision the dynamic pick and rolls those two could unleash on the league.

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Now finally we get to the main course, and what a dish it is between the Cavaliers & Warriors. This will be the 14th time in NBA history that The Finals will be a rematch of the previous season. The runner-up has won the rematch in seven out of the 13 re-matches, but they’ve won six of the past seven so this bodes well for the Cavs.

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The Cavs will be entering the finals at full strength unlike last season and they will have the shooting to back it up. The finals features the top two 3pt shooting teams ever to go against each other in the finals. The individual matchups will be interesting as usual with Kyrie probably guarding Curry exclusively because they wouldn’t want him to guard Barnes or Iguadala because of the mismatch guarding them in the post. Tristan Thompson will need to make more of an impact in this series against the smaller Warriors team than he did against the Raptors and he must make them pay on the offensive glass. They won’t be able to defend the Warriors like the thunder did with their mobile 7ft’ers so they will try to outscore them, and they can be able to pull it off winning the  on the offeensive glass. LeBron can basically go 4 out and him driving in creating for himself or dishing it to an array of shooters. He is the best driver in the league as well as one of the best passers to an epic 3pt shooting team (No one team EVER has made more threes in the playoffs than them). Finally if the Cavs really want to win they have to capitalize when Golden State goes cold and step on the gas to get as much of a lead as possible. Because a 10-15 pt lead is only 5 or 6 shots from the Warriors and POOF its gone.

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets

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The Warriors on the other hand with just a couple of nights rest will not be rusty and looking to make a statement in-game 1 which is the opposite of what they did against the Thunder. Now they know just how quickly things can change after losing game 1 on your home court. Can we get more Klay Thompson pub?! The guy has been absolutely lights out this post season , especially when Curry went down with mcl sprain and in game 6 against the Thunder when he shot literal fireballs on his way to 11 threes.

Bogut will be very important this series because of Bron’s ability to dominate the paint and without Bogut playing at high level it will be a long series for dubs fans. I wonder if Draymond can keep himself from getting another technical since one more will mean an automatic suspension and that could be more than enough to swing the series. I’ve talked about how great Curry has been this whole year and he just keeps proving it by going for 36 in-game 7 just solidifying his  Boy Scout bad motherfucker badge even more.  Steve Kerr may also want to put out a BOLO on Harrison Barnes because that guy has disappeared from second halves of games this post season run.

NBA: Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors

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There is a lot on the line for this finals legacy wise, on one side you have the Warriors attempting to do something that hasn’t been done before and if they accomplish it they can begin to compare themselves to the better dynasties the league has seen , and arguably on the path to being one of the greatest teams ever. Then on the other hand you have LeBron who has been to six consecutive finals which has never been done before in the history of the Association. Then there is the added pressure on Bron bringing a title to Cleveland which hasn’t been done since Jim Brown was truck sticking folks in the 60’s. There will be a lot of history on the line this time around and with each team at full strength it will be a pleasure to watch. I’m going to ride with the Cavaliers in 6 games because as my friend Darren pointed out earlier this week that