Saturday, February 25, 2012

From the Worst All-Star Weekend in Sports (Not Counting the Pro Bowl, Because, Really, Who Does?)

1)  Kevin Love is Awesome -- "You know, I'm a guy that loves to rebound the ball, a guy that loves to play inside, really a physical player," Love said. "But for me, coming into the league, I was told not to shoot 3-point shots, so to be where I am now and continue to work on my game; I think this definitely speaks to my versatility. I think I'll just continue to improve year in and year out."

"I'm basically the best power forward in the game right now, is what I'm getting at.  
I mean, who else has a 30-30 game?  Oh, yeah.  
So, I'll keep getting better, but I don't need to.  
Are you catching the subtext?  Also, my beard."

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dropping the Banhammer, Part One: Under Hot Lights

There has been a trickle-down effect since the announcement that #twoexplores is no longer a valid excuse for rampant cheating.  The most noticeable is the intensity of the community's vigilance when it comes to policing high level play on camera. 

I try to add something to the discussions that take place away from the tech and video media centers of the Magic universe online.  With that in mind, here are five things that you will do on camera at some point if you attend enough events, along with what might happen when you do.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Worst Job in the World

"Treat your writing like a job" is basically the worst and best advice any one who is not getting paid for it can receive.  If you're married with a steady job and kids, you might set aside an hour fifteen minutes for some frantic, beneath the sheets coupling that reminds you entirely too much of being in high school, but odds are that most of those appointments are getting skipped like a visit to the dentist when your teeth aren't hurting.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Magic's Hole Cards: 5 Ways to Improve Video Coverage

If you're anything like me, you spent the weekend of Pro Tour: Dark Ascension ravenously devouring the delicious non-stop coverage that made you feel almost as if you were two thousand miles away and not on a beach.  And if you were, you might be wondering, why does this guy think the coverage needs improvement, because it was actually that awesome.

Almost this awesome.

Well, there might be one thing better than watching fantastic video of your favorite players making the wrong blocks that you would never in a million years have made on a twitchy Internet feed.  That would be watching on glorious High Definition delivered straight out of your over-priced 3-D television.

Imagine this, but in your living room.  In three dimensions.
Any more dimensions would be too awesome to comprehend/

And that could happen.  But it won't.  Not yet.  As Patrick Chapin discussed during a recent SCG Open event, Magic won't make it back to ESPN until there is a way for Joe Plumber, Joe Six-Pack, and the seven other people who would have voted for Sarah Palin to quickly get into the game and devise drinking competitions and side-bets.

With that in mind, here are a few suggestions for how to make a good thing even better.  None of them involve laser beams, unfortunately.

Because you know you wanted it.