Summary of “Bill Hader Kills”

In the aughts, when Hader was establishing himself as an actor, he gave a series of bravura performances: a yes-man studio executive in “Tropic Thunder,” a melancholy cop in “Superbad,” an Army private who smokes some experimental weed and loses all his inhibitions in “Pineapple Express.” Judd Apatow, who produced a number of films in which Hader appeared, recalls that, after Seth Rogen acted with him in the 2006 film “You, Me and Dupree,” he said, “I have found the guy who we all are going to want to work with forever.”
When Hader enthused about a cinematic detail-like how the flame in “Schindler’s List” is in color, but as it dies out the film becomes black-and-white-he’d say, “I love that you notice those things!” When Hader was seventeen, his grandfather died of pancreatic cancer.
John Mulaney, Hader’s writing partner on the show, said, “People flailing always made Bill laugh, and we both find many forms of masculinity very stupid.” He and Hader often exchange lionhearted Germanic nonsense in the voice of Werner Herzog, the “Grizzly Man” director.
Hader told me, “No matter what I do from now on, my obituary is going to say, ‘”Saturday Night Live” star Bill Hader is dead.’ ” When he left, in 2013, after eight seasons, Hollywood saw him not as an actor but as a performer.
“It’s one of those jobs, like dogcatcher, that exist in fiction but not in real life. Bill said, ‘It wouldn’t be a cool hit man-it’d be me.’ I added something I’m interested in: what if you have a gift, but you hate it? Bill was like that at ‘S.N.L.,’ so suddenly the story was personal. And that immediately got us into ‘What does he really want to do?’ I said, ‘What if he wanted to be an actor?'” As they wrote the pilot, in 2015, Berg realized that Hader, unlike Barry, didn’t aspire to present himself as an actor.
As Berg was driving home, the network called to ask whether Hader was up to the task, and he loyally replied, “It’s not an issue.” Hader wound up directing the first three episodes.
Hader noted, “But something in Barry has to hold on to this dream. Because the only other version is he kills himself.” In “Barry” ‘s first season, a legendary Chechen hit man named Stovka, faced with the prospect of killing yet more people, dully declares, “There is only one true way out,” and shoots himself.
Hader acknowledges, “We always saw Stovka as the ghost of Barry future.” In a sense, Hader is slowly rubbing out, onscreen, the actor part of himself.

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Summary of “Steph Curry’s Game Is More Than Just His Shot”

“Imagine the amount of space required to get a shot off from that low,” Dell Curry told me over the phone in early February.
You realize how much the NBA has changed in 10 years when you read old scouting reports on Curry and so much of the focus is on whether he can be a “True point guard.” But Curry said that in high school he actually was a pass-first player who didn’t use his shooting to his advantage as much as he probably should have.
Curry played as a 2-guard his first two seasons until point guard Jason Richards graduated, which thrust Curry into the primary playmaking role for the first time since high school.
As the talent around his Warriors teams grew, Curry had to find balance between getting his own shot and setting up others.
“Everything has so much more purpose to what I do training-wise. It connects the whole chain, so I can carry a little bit more weight, be strong, and still be able to change directions in a split second, run, and cover as much ground on the court as I do,” Curry said.
Even with Durant on the roster, Curry is already shooting nearly as many times per game as he did during his historic 2015-16 MVP season, with slightly more 3s. Thompson’s numbers are nearly identical, too.
What could Curry do with 24 shots per game like Harden or Westbrook? As efficient as Harden is this season, it’s still below Curry’s career average.
The past five seasons, Curry has posted an astronomical 65.2 true shooting percentage on 18.3 shots and 26.7 points per game.

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Summary of “Why The NFL Can’t Rely On Defense”

A week later, Joey Bosa and the emerging Chargers defense were dismantled by the Patriots, and the Cowboys – perhaps the best defensive team left in the divisional round based on their end-of-season play – lost to the Rams.
Extracting the strong defensive teams with relatively weak offenses led to historically exciting playoff football, producing two overtime games in the championship round for the first time in NFL history.
Teams are more reliably good – and bad – from game to game and year to year on offense than on defense.
Home teams win about 73 percent of their games when they are plus-1 in turnover differential, according to data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, and the home team win rate climbs to more than 86 percent when it’s plus-2 or better.
Despite their clear importance, the number of turnovers a team creates in one season has no bearing on how many turnovers the team will create in the next.
Casting even more doubt on their ability to field an elite defense in back-to-back years, Chicago also lost its defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio, who left to become the head coach in Denver, further destabilizing the strength of the team.
Philadelphia led the league in QB hits but not sacks Total quarterback hits, sacks and expected sacks for teams’ defensive lines in the regular season, 2018.
If these teams generate similar pressure next season, we shouldn’t be surprised to see their sack totals rise just based on reversion to the mean.

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Summary of “Emily Nussbaum: The Best TV Shows of 2018”

I really love shows from this year that are the right length, unlike, say, Netflix’s horribly paced “Maniac.”
Grant gives such a remarkable performance that I went and re-watched the delightful romantic comedy “Music and Lyrics” just to see more of him; at three episodes, the show’s exactly the right length, too.
Truly, I’ve thought about this show more than almost any show this year: it taught me a lot about a time that I lived through and thought I understood.
Nathan Fielder is a strange and clever man, and his sadistic, empathetic quasi-prank show messes with your head. A dangerous binge if you have a fever.
Consistent shows aren’t necessarily the most interesting ones; I hope that I’m not implying that.
Why would you watch a boring show like “The Romanoffs” when you could watch this?
This is the show that I watch for fun when I’m trying to kill time between the shows that I’m watching for work.
A soothing show that gives me some nice, basic ideas to improve my life, like Real Simple.

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Summary of “If you want to understand Silicon Valley, watch Silicon Valley”

Considering the huge impact that Silicon Valley has on our lives, I’m surprised by how rarely pop culture really gets it right.
It’s about a small team of developers at an Internet startup called Pied Piper.
The show is a parody, so it exaggerates things, but like all great parodies it captures a lot of truths.
Most of the different personality types you see in the show feel very familiar to me.
Silicon Valley gives you the impression that small companies like Pied Piper are mostly capable while big companies like Hooli are mostly inept.
I also understand why the show focuses so much on Pied Piper and makes Hooli look so goofy.
I’ve seen every episode of the first four seasons and am working my way through season 5, which ended in May. I’ve read that the show’s creators originally planned to stop after six seasons, but now they’re open to doing more.
I’ll keep watching as long as they keep making this hilarious show.

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Summary of “Kirk Goldsberry on The King’s evolving offensive game”

Since entering the NBA in October 2003, LeBron James has transformed from one of the league’s least effective volume scorers into a hyper-efficient offensive mastermind, dominating opposing defenses with an incredible blend of interior scoring prowess and perimeter shot creation.
James struggled mightily as a scorer in his rookie campaign.
Of the 46 players who attempted at least 1,000 field goals that season, James ranked 41st in effective field goal percentage.
James’ ability to score at the basket would quickly become his calling card.
The story of James transforming from inefficient rookie into NBA scoring champion is one of a player learning how to attack defenses with his ferocious blend of speed and strength to create scoring chances in the paint.
During the 2007-08 season, James was the only player to attempt 600 or more shots in the restricted area.
James became the best in the world at scoring in the little area that NBA defenses work to protect the most.
To defend James over the past decade is to pick a poison: Either you let him blow by one-on-one coverages and score countless buckets at the rim, or you slow down his interior attacks with help defense and allow him to create clean looks for his teammates.

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Summary of “The Eight Best Players of the 2018 NFL Season So Far”

For the second straight season, Gurley has been the most dangerous player on arguably the league’s best offense.
Why the hell would the league’s best running back face light boxes on nine out of every 10 runs? The answer is that the Rams use 11 personnel on nearly 93 percent of their running plays, and opponents are forced to respond with sub-package defenses.
Adam Thielen, WR, Vikings The Case: After finishing Sunday’s 27-17 win over the Cardinals with 123 yards receiving, Thielen became just the sixth player since the merger with at least 100 receiving yards in six straight games – and the first player in NFL history to do over the first six games of a season.
Jared Goff, QB, Rams The Case: For anyone wondering why the Rams are still undefeated and clearly the best team in football, maybe it’s because their running back and quarterback both have a viable claim as the league’s best player.
Goff’s improvement from his rookie year to last season’s sophomore campaign was the largest jump any player in the league made over that period, and he’s continued his ascent in his third season.
Truly great players pull off feats in plays that aren’t even designed for them.
He’s been one of the best pass-protecting left tackles in the league for years, but he’s brought his play up a notch in 2018.
No one is playing better on the blind side right now, and the gap between Bakhtiari and the other players at his position is arguably the biggest in the league.

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Summary of “Present Is Prologue: What to Watch for in the Upcoming NBA Season”

The 82-game NBA regular season may drag along at times, but it’s what you make of it.
I’m watching the 2018-19 NBA season with an eye on how the present will set the slate for the future.
Ler is expected to play in the Wolves’ season opener on Wednesday, but team owner Glen Taylor “Came to an agreement” with Butler that the front office will continue to seek a trade, The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski reported Sunday.
A productive exhibition season can be predictive of a successful young career-whether it was Nikola Jokic in 2015, Joel Embiid in 2016, or Kyle Kuzma and Donovan Mitchell last year.
Losing Redick would hurt a roster that’s thirsty for floor spacers to surround its young centerpieces-none of whom are credible outside threats entering the season.
Part of me even wonders if Shamet, who can seamlessly operate within an offense on and off the ball, might help fill the void that Fultz left last season better than Fultz can this season.
Even higher-profile players like Hassan Whiteside and Cody Zeller are getting into the fun, attempting a combined six triples after only five last season.
The 2018-19 season is about far more than this season.

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Summary of “The 34 People and Things That Will Define the 2018-19 NBA Season”

We heard you like rankings, so to kick off The Ringer’s 2018-19 NBA Preview, we’re devoting the week to evaluating the players, the story lines, and the odds and ends that promise to make the upcoming season one to remember.
The two consensus top-10 recruits took peculiar routes to the NBA draft - Robinson eschewed his commitment to Western Kentucky to dedicate the season to draft preparation; Simons, a 2018 recruit, eschewed college basketball altogether.
For all of the accelerated aging Smith forced upon James during their three-plus seasons together, their working relationship helped the Cavs to four Finals in a row and the game’s most infamous marksman to squeeze out some good basketball - and land one last big payday - as he crept into his 30s. What will happen now, with Smith entering his age-33 season without James by his side? Judging by the glimpses we’ve gotten of his offseason improvements, it will be captivating no matter what.
Smith followed up a dreadful 2016-17 season with an equally brutal 2018 postseason; if the downward trend continues, and one of the young wings in the Cavs’ stockpile takes a step forward, our access to Smith and the life he injects into the game may be limited.
Porzingis’s games played have trended downward since his rookie season and could hit a career low this season depending on when he returns from February’s torn ACL in his left knee.
Dwyane Wade’s Retirement Tour Chau: Just over 12 years ago, in the 2006 NBA Finals, Dwyane Wade seemingly solidified his standing as a top-five shooting guard of all time - in only his third season.
It’s not hyperbole to suggest that the shoulder issue that derailed the first NBA season of the no.
For all the possibility that Simmons’s first NBA season elicited, the Celtics’ success in exposing his limitations was a cold, hard reminder of how far the 22-year-old still has to go.

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Summary of “The Most Underrated Acquisitions of the NBA Offseason”

While Howard made a significant impact on the league in his heyday - he was a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and eight-time All-NBA selection - he never annihilated opponents in the ways that Shaq could and never progressed the big-man template as the game changed.
Howard has become a player that no one wants, an antiquated offensive big man whose schticky humor annoys anyone in his orbit.
Despite being a player that everyone loves to hate, Howard is still effective.
Dwight Howard, Wizards Signed for two years, $10.9 million with a player option in the second season.
Howard isn’t the defensive force he once was, but he’s still a deterrent around the rim, using his sheer size and length to alter the competition’s shot or defend like a brick wall in the post; he ranked 14th in interior defensive rating - an advanced defensive statistic created by Stephen Shea - for players who logged at least 1,000 minutes last season.
Now he’s going to play with Wall, the best point guard he’s played with since James Harden.
If Howard does focus more on rim runs, cuts, and rolls - and a Washington Post interview with Howard and his trainer, Justin Zormelo, suggests that Howard knows it’s “Either evolve, adapt or get left behind” - then Howard and a core of Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter Jr. could actually make things interesting in the open Eastern Conference.
Parker wasn’t a hot commodity for two reasons: He has torn his ACL twice and plays defense like he doesn’t think players get paid for it.

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