Luis Suarez Makes Me Feel Weird

The Classical A column I wrote for The Classical on the strange emotions that follow the Luis Suarez/Arsenal rumors. 

The transfer window is a different experience for the Real Madrids and Paris St. Germains of the world. As fan bases spoiled by decades — or recent epochs fueled by oil money — worth of top-tier signings, the perpetual question is “Who do we want?” and “For how much?”. And, for the first time in the modern era, Arsenal is at least temporarily switching from game-keeper to poacher.

As a supporter of the Gunners, this feels like spending your entire life as a window shopper, then winning a spending spree in Saint-Tropez.

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Free Agency Week Two Recap: The Sneaky-Good Moves

Jarrett JackI wrote a column for Not Your Father’s Water Cooler that looks at the smaller, less publicized moves that escape many casual fans in July.

While the first week of free agency always features more lavish spending than Sean Parker’s “Game of Thrones” wedding, there are less publicized moves that go unnoticed by many casual fans in July, but wind up significantly impacting the Playoff picture ten months later. These smaller signings generally take place in the second week of free agency, after the superstars finalize their living arrangements.

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Free Agency Week One Recap: What Were They Thinking?

KorverI wrote a column for Not Your Father’s Water Cooler that recapped the first week of player movement, when we see teams take gambles, often overpaying for not-quite-star players. 

Every summer without fail, the first week of July tends to be a source of limitless entertainment for NBA geeks and fans of general chaos. Social media outlets like Twitter have only increased the madness and speculation, which is an improvement for everyone not named Dwight Howard.

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Best Photos From The Miami Heat’s 2013 Championship

WadeA photo piece I put together for Not Your Father’s Water Cooler showcasing the best images from the Heat’s 2013 championship. 

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Heat, Wade Rise To The Occasion

Wade and LeBronI wrote a column for Not Your Father’s Water Cooler about the Heat’s Game 7 series-clinching victory over the Indiana Pacers.

For the first time this postseason, the Miami Heat resembled the team that won 27 consecutive regular season games.

For the first time this series, Dwyane Wade looked like the “Wade of Old” and not just, well, old.

After an unsettling, lethargic outing in Game 6 that left many Heat fans feeling sea sick, the “Big Three” played a game worthy of the moniker, even if Chris Bosh is still as watchable as Justin Bieber’s outfit choices.

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Likely Kevin Love Destinations

Kevin LoveI wrote a column for Not Your Father’s Water Cooler in response to Kevin Love’s controversial comments regarding his future with the team. 

Right now the panic level in Minnesota is somewhere between 2009 Miami and 2010 Cleveland, regarding the possible departure of their star forward, Kevin Love.

After Timberwolves fans booed Love last night — never a good sign — Love doubled down on his original comments today at practice, simply stating: “I told the truth,” according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

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Thoughts James Harden had during his homecoming

HardenI wrote a column for Not Your Father’s Water Cooler following James Harden’s return to Oklahoma City. 

Emotions were  high in Oklahoma City last night for the return of “The Beard.” It may have been all giggles and memories pre-game, but the southwestern hospitality didn’t carry over once the actual game started.

As far as homecomings go, for James Harden last night was a lot more sobering than the scenario he probably envisioned. It was the basketball equivalent of fantasizing about pulling up to your high school reunion in a Porsche 911 and parking in front of a fire hydrant like a boss…and instead showing up late with Cheeto stains around your mouth and unwittingly telling anyone within earshot about the sweet deal you just got on your minivan.

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