Nicki Collen, Uber-Coach

If you had to pick a WNBA Coach of the Year today, who would it be? You could make an argument for Dan Hughes, who has taken the Seattle Storm to the top of the WNBA standings, after only making the eight-seed last season. However, I think the most obvious pick is Atlanta Dream’s Nicki Collen. She’s taken Atlanta from the proverbial basement in 2017 to the 2nd best team in the WNBA.

After a 12-22 record last season, The Dream decided to part ways with head coach Michael Cooper. As his replacement, they chose Connecticut Sun assistant coach, Nicki Collen. Hardly a wild card pick, as her move into a head coaching position was long overdue.

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The Many Deaths of ‘Point Break’

1991’s Point Break is no doubt a great film. It also has a significant amount of death scenes, specifically in the second half. If you haven’t seen the movie yet (which I have no idea why that would be the case), stop reading now or prepare for spoilers.

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My Man! The Denzel Washington Scatterplot

Which character do you think of when you hear the name Denzel Washington? Alonzo from Training Day? John Creasy from Man on Fire? Or maybe Dr. Philip Chandler from St. Elsewhere? Everyone has their favorite Denzel character, I definitely have mine (Alonzo and Robert McCall).

I like how good he is at playing a good guy who is also bad guy and a bad guy who is also a good guy. He can toe the line better than anyone. But which good guys are the best kind of good guys? Which bad guys are the worst kind of bad guys? Also, which good guys are the worst bad guys and which bad guys are the best good guys? It’s a lot to digest. Continue reading “My Man! The Denzel Washington Scatterplot”

Whose Run Was Better? ’92-’96: Tom Cruise vs Tom Hanks

This is the first piece in a series I’m currently calling “Whose Run was Better?”(better title forthcoming, I hope). The premise is to look at two actors and their respective film runs. Most of the time, the time periods for two actors does not line up. HOWEVER, sometimes, if we’re lucky enough, two great actors put together the greatest runs of their careers AT THE SAME TIME. To that end, I present the following: Continue reading “Whose Run Was Better? ’92-’96: Tom Cruise vs Tom Hanks”

Sue Bird is Living Her Legacy

If you’ve followed basketball at any point in the last two decades, you’ve probably heard of Sue Bird. Over the course of her career, she’s racked up quite a few accomplishments. She’s a high school champion, NCAA champion, Olympic champion, and WNBA champion.

At 37 years old, Sue Bird doesn’t have anything left to prove. She’s won everywhere she’s been and continues to play at the highest level.

Now in her 15th year as the Seattle Storm’s point guard, she’s currently second in the WNBA in assists and her assist to turnover ratio leads the league for players with more than 60 dimes. But, her success on the court goes beyond her elite passing abilities. Continue reading “Sue Bird is Living Her Legacy”

High School Movies – Part 3!

This list was tough and comes with qualifiers. One, this is a list of my favorite high school movies, not the best high school movies. This list could easily have been The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. And while those movies are awesome, they don’t make my list based solely on the fact that I didn’t really watch those movies as much as the ones listed below. The movies listed had more of an impact that the standard top 10 80’s & early 90’s high school movies. Anyhow, here are my favorite high school movies that were released before I was in high school. Continue reading “High School Movies – Part 3!”

Sandra Bullock Week!

“You didn’t leave me! I can’t believe it..you didn’t leave me.” This line can be heard a) in the film Speed, or b) in my living room after I made my wife watch seven Sandra Bullock movies over the course of a week. The answer is both. Seriously, I’m really surprised she didn’t leave me. Imagine having your significant other ask tell you that two hours of your free time everyday for the next week will be filled with something you didn’t ask for, even wanted in the first place.

How does something like this happen? Well, in this case, I had already watched ‘A Time to Kill’ and ‘The Proposal’ with my wife, then decided that I needed to dedicate an entire week to Sandra Bullock movies. Over the course of a week, we watched the following seven films: Miss Congeniality, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous, Speed, The Heat, The Blind Side, Gravity, and Our Brand is Crisis. In case you were wondering why I didn’t include some of her more highly acclaimed films such as 28 Days or Crash, I should tell you that my criteria for selection was somewhat random. Some films I’ve never seen before, others I’ve seen, but not in a long time, others I had only seen part of, and other I hadn’t seen at all. I only have so much time during the day so cuts had to be made. Also, Sandra Bullock Month would not have gone over well[1]. What follows is our collective experience watching these films, including my wife’s hilarious (and sometimes controversial) comments.

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