Though I’ve been consumed with the beginning of baseball season this week, this intro is dedicated to the Washington Wizards, who clinched their first playoff spot since 2008. This has been a huge goal for John Wall, et. al., and I give a ton of credit to these guys for overcoming a slow start and a few lulls during the season to turn into a really intriguing, fun to watch team. The other night Steve Buckhantz said that, when they’re on and playing to their potential, this is a team that can beat anyone in the league. The question is can they do it four out of seven games. The good news is we’re going to find out. And it sounds like reinforcements might be on the way…
- I’ve been recapping the Cubs games, so I won’t talk too much about them, but this has me excited – the Ricketts family is considering selling non-controlling shares of the team to help fund the Wrigley Field renovations. That article pretty well lays out why this isn’t a sign of financial troubles for the team, but rather (potentially) the next in a series of smart, creative moves ownership and management have made to maximize resources. I, for one, can’t wait to start saying things like, “Well, as a minority owner of the Cubs, I think…”
- Another thing that has me excited – the beginning of the minor league seasons. Last year was the first time I realized that I’m not the fan of one team, but of six (at least). If there’s one thing I love, it’s looking at box scores.
- Here are seven reasons my career as a musician never went anywhere.
- This is the kind of thing that made me start doing these Filaments; I happily admit that I really like Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go,” from the movie Frozen, but I just found out she also played Elphaba in Wicked. A few clicks later and I find this pretty amazing video of a guy doing a digital speed painting of her.
- This is a cool look at some early designs for the Space Shuttle. What might have been.
- My mind is expanding…
- I love the Stanley Kubrick quote in the new Zen Pencils comic.
- Then again, Kubrick may, or may not, have been completely insane.
- It’s kind of semantics, but some things that seem absolute are actually relative, and some things that seem relative aren’t. This video is definitely related to my brain hurting.
- A Cardinals player shoved a fan who took a foul ball away from him and got what he deserved. Honestly, I think Bartman should have just flipped off Alou when he was freaking out and everyone would have just laughed it off. Maybe not. Anyway, this is easily the best comment at the bottom of that story.
Adams shoved that fan the right way, the Cardinal way.
- New Orleans is trying to get the 2018 Super Bowl. If they get it, I’m going to try to be there. 2018, Saints vs. Ravens? I’m just going to tuck that under my pillow…
- This should be argument number one why calling balls and strikes should be automated. That’s not necessarily a criticism of the umpires, sometimes you just need to take human nature out of the equation.
- This is a little long, about 22 minutes, but I love this video of Jim Lee, one of my favorite comic book artists, showing how to draw Batman.
- Europa’s off limits, you say? Fine, we were going to Enceladus anyway.
- I’ve always been a Coldplay fan and I definitely like the new single for the Song of the Week. When I heard about Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow splitting and then listened to the lyrics for “Magic,” I was all like, “Man, this is really sad, this sounds like the song of a guy who doesn’t want his relationship to end.” Then I realized that was what all of Coldplays songs are about (mostly). In any case, enjoy.