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The New Orleans Hornets Get Some Luck

The New Orleans Hornets Get Some Luck

It’s been a long time a-comin’ but Lady Luck finally smiled towards the poor, downtrodden New Orleans Hornets.  After spending a year trying to (and failing) to lose enough to get the most ping-pong balls in the NBA Draft Lottery hopper, they still managed to come away with the biggest prize: the #1 overall pick […]

Seven Devils & “Blackwater”

Seven Devils & “Blackwater”

The North. The Vale. The Reach. The Rock. The Islands. The Stormlands. Dorne. When Aegon the Conqueror flew from Dragonstone on the back of his dragon, these were the Seven Kingdoms that stood across the continent of Westeros.  Lands fertile, populous and wealthy in both resources and manufacturing.  Lands which had thousands of years of […]

Lords, Leaders, Rulers & “The Prince of Winterfell”

Lords, Leaders, Rulers & “The Prince of Winterfell”

One of the thesis under exploration by Game of Thrones lies in the interplay between those vying for power and their understanding of what that power requires.  For example, we saw in last night’s episode various concepts and ideas for leadership and rule that the would-be leaders of Westeros subscribe to and how it is […]

The Nine Issues Arsenal Must Solve This Summer

The Nine Issues Arsenal Must Solve This Summer

As promised, here’s a bit more on Arsenal and the summer they have coming.  A few of these issues will be solved organically (meaning by coaching or youngsters coming through the ranks).  Others will be solved by new players arriving.  And one or two may require a lot more effort to fix. 1. Robin Van […]

2012 Premier League Post-Mortem

2012 Premier League Post-Mortem

Let me break from my usual Game of Thrones running thread for a quick look back at the just ended Premier League season.  Last August, I posted my predictions for this upcoming season.  Figured I’d give a quick look back at how close or off I ended up coming: Arsenal. Predicted: Another Top 4 Finish. Ended: […]

Enemies & “A Man Without Honor”

Enemies & “A Man Without Honor”

“Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes” That line was written by famed science-fiction author Robert Heinlein in his novel, Time Enough for Love.  It sounds so simple and yet it’s so profound for the truth it conveys:  No one ever goes to war thinking of themselves as the cruel, horrific and […]

A Sense of Identity & “The Old Gods and the New”

A Sense of Identity & “The Old Gods and the New”

It’s no happenstance that so many of the major characters in “Game of Thrones” are young people.  Whereas Season 1 felt like it was much about Ned, Robert, Catelyn, Cersei and the past, this season is more about their sons and daughters.  It’s about Robb and about Joffrey and Sansa and Arya and Theon and […]