Summary of “‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Is Still One of the Freshest Shows on TV”

At the time of its premiere in 2015, much was made of the fact that Fresh Off the Boat is the first American sitcom to feature an Asian-American family since Margaret Cho’s short-lived All American Girl.
Now, as it goes into its fourth season, it’s still alone in the representation that it offers, and it’s a testament to how good the show is that the Huang family’s charm doesn’t smother its take on the immigrant experience; rather, the two are inextricable.
Jessica moved the family into a new house after figuring out that the reason her youngest son, Evan, couldn’t get into private school was not because he isn’t qualified, but because their family rented instead of owning property.
Still, the move was for naught; when middle child Emery discovered that Evan’s new school blazer might have been made by child labor, the resulting complaint to the superintendent got Evan kicked out.
The move, the school system, the restaurant-each facet of the story connects back to the American Dream as it pertains to the non-“Traditional” American family, not to mention discussions of class that are rare to find anywhere on TV or in film.
Despite their differences, they’re still family to each other.
Maybe it’s a little heavy-handed as an approach, but it’s still more discussion than is usually warranted or represented on network primetime, and it’s telling that the show’s focus on an Asian-American family doesn’t mean it can’t offer a voice to others as well.
In that regard, Fresh Off the Boat is still one of the freshest shows on TV, and even four seasons in, it shows no signs of slowing down.

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Summary of “2017 NFL season’s biggest surprises through four games, and what could come next”

We’re essentially one quarter of the way through the 2017 NFL season.
Twenty-eight of the league’s 32 teams have played four games, with the Buccaneers and Dolphins taking an unexpected Week 1 bye as a result of Hurricane Irma, and the Chiefs and Washington finishing Week 4 on Monday Night Football.
Four games doesn’t seem like much, but when you consider that the typical team will line up for about 500 plays from scrimmage over a typical four-week period, we’re getting plenty of data points on how they’re going to play this season.
Buffalo has allowed a league-low 13.5 points per game through four weeks, and while it helped that they played a dysfunctional Jets offense in the opener, the Bills re-established their bona fides on Sunday with a 23-17 win at the previously undefeated Falcons.
Through four games, the extra weapons haven’t helped.
The biggest surprise of the first quarter of the season has to be the rehab of the Rams and the sudden improvement of both Goff and Gurley, who looked like different human beings last season under the Jeff Fisher administration.
The former Georgia star has 106 touches through four games, which would be tied with Lamar Miller’s run in Houston last season for the 11th-largest workload over the first four games of the season since 2002.
They proceeded to win their next three games by four, five and six points, with the most notable victory coming over the Seahawks.

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Summary of “Can five preseason Super Bowl favorites fix issues? Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks”

The Patriots’ Super Bowl odds are still second best in the league behind the Chiefs, but they’ve been cut nearly in half after a rough start to the season.
New England returned a pair of Pro Bowl caliber players in Malcolm Butler and Devin McCourty, alongside a veteran stalwart in Patrick Chung while making a rare foray into the top of the free-agent market to come away with Stephon Gilmore, who made his first Pro Bowl with the Bills last season.
Injuries to the receiving corps have left New England relying on Danny Amendola and Phillip Dorsett more than they might have liked so far this season, but I wouldn’t be concerned about the receivers as long as the Patriots have their core three of Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Even worse is that the Seahawks haven’t had much of a pass rush since the first half of the season opener against the Packers.
Since his breakout season in 2014, Bell has turned 6.9 percent of his touches into plays of more than 15 yards, which means we already would expect him to have four or five big plays on his first 65 touches this season.
Atlanta still deserved to win, and the score was only close after a pair of relatively meaningless fourth-quarter touchdowns, but the Falcons beat a watered-down version of the team they dominated in last season’s NFC Championship Game.
While the Falcons’ defense has improved a bit on the unit we saw during the 2016 regular season, it’s not coming close to the sudden juggernaut that beat down the Seahawks and Packers and gave the Patriots fits before gassing out in the second half of the Super Bowl under the stress of a nearly unprecedented workload of snaps.
Atlanta ranked 28th in rush defense DVOA last season and has fallen even further to 31st this season.

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Summary of “The Mockumentary Is Dead, Long Live the Mockumentary”

A decade has passed since our entertainment hit peak mockumentary, and the genre has been all but forgotten, pushed aside for the current wave of high-stakes drama and dark comedy known as prestige television.
The cast would go on to find their own respective success in comedy, but Guest in particular would make his name synonymous with mockumentary.
The poor opening numbers hinted that American moviegoers weren’t ready for the particular comedy of a mockumentary.
Guest struck gold again in 2003 with his movie A Mighty Wind, another mockumentary that was praised by critics and audiences alike.
Comedy Central teamed up with comedy troupe the State for the Cops spoof Reno 911; Canadian TV was airing the mockumentary-turned-series Trailer Park Boys; over in the United Kingdom, the BBC began broadcasting Ricky Gervais’s The Office, a bone-dry mock documentary about an everyday workplace that became the first British comedy to ever win a Golden Globe Award.
Hollywood finally saw that the mockumentary had the potential for both financial and cultural success-but could it thrive on basic cable and win over a mainstream-sized audience?
Courtesy of ABC. A couple of seasons into The Office, NBC greenlit another mockumentary project from its alumni: Parks and Recreation, which applied the same mock-doc lens to a ragtag team of government employees in small-town America.
The days of the deadpan half-characters and intentionally shoddy camerawork may be behind us, but it wasn’t coldly calculated; audiences seem to have simply moved past the mockumentary.

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Summary of “The Important, Very Serious Questions Facing Each West Team”

As training camps open across the NBA, questions remain about each team ahead of the 2017-18 season-and not just about how much brainpower Michael Beasley is using.
We’re here to break down the biggest story lines facing each Western Conference team.
Dallas Mavericks Nerlens Noel is probably mad like, how mad? O’Shaughnessy: Not only did contract negotiations between the Mavs and Noel go south to the point of the latter firing his agent and taking a one-year, $4.1 million qualifying offer-$66 million less than he was once offered, according to his former agent-but now, he’s being benched.
Houston Rockets How will Chris Paul drive Mike D’Antoni crazy first? Uggetti: Everyone seems to be worried about how CP3 and James Harden will fit together, but I’m more intrigued by how D’Antoni’s system will conform to CP3’s style.
Los Angeles Clippers Will Doc Rivers and Austin Rivers finally get to know each other? Uggetti: The Clippers are in Hawaii for training camp, where Doc Rivers said the beach is a “Great place” and that he’s looking forward to doing “Water activities” with the team.
Personally, I’m really hoping that without Chris Paul in the mix this season, the Riverses can bond more often, get to know what they each like to eat, their favorite color, what kind of midrange shot they like best, and, I don’t know, maybe figure out if they like beaches?
The Boogie-Brow experiment was iffy in the latter half of last season, and though the Pelicans bring back most of that team, the franchise’s future hinges on the two big men figuring out a way to thrive together.
Phoenix Suns How will Tyson Chandler and Jared Dudley deal with staring at old age every day? Uggetti: The Suns have six players born after 1995.

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Summary of “Lionel Messi Is Doing His Best 2015 LeBron James Impression”

Without his two best teammates, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, James scored the second-highest percentage of a team’s points in Finals history and became the first player to ever lead a Finals series in points, assists, and rebounds per game.
Superstars always take on a heavier load come playoff time, except this was something else entirely: Gone was any of the ball movement or positional interchange that defines the NBA’s best teams, and in its place was the best player in the world, pounding the ball into the court, running each iteration of the shot clock down to its last second, and deciding how every possession was going to end.
Messi has scored nine goals, while his teammates have combined for just seven.
In Barcelona’s first Champions League game, a 3-0 win over 2016-17 runners-up Juventus, Messi took five of the team’s nine total shots and scored two of the three goals.
Lionel Messi is scoring a goal every 52.2 minutes of La Liga play.
The main difference between the two teams is that one of them has the supernova version of Messi and the other doesn’t: Real’s underlying stats are better than Barça’s, but Messi is one of the few players in the world for whom concepts like expected goals don’t apply.
Messi has something like 50 more games to play this year.
If there’s one player in the world who can keep this up over an entire season, it’s Messi.

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Summary of “Potential Breakout NBA Players to Watch for in 2017-18”

We’ve all heard about players coming to training camp in the best shape of their lives, having trimmed weight and added new skills to their games.
Here are three different players facing three different routes to a potential breakout season this year.
There are endless instances in which truly great players or role players get off to slow starts in their careers for one reason or another.
Like so many players, Ingram’s ultimate success will come down to his jumper.
Not all players end up with second chances; D’Angelo Russell is fortunate to get his in Brooklyn.
Rodney Hood Players themselves don’t always need to change situations in order for a breakout season to be imminent.
Talented players like Hood can elevate their play when fed chances, and we’ll soon see what happens with an increase in reps.
“We feel like we can help players get better, and now we have a track record,” Lindsey said to the Salt Lake Tribune.

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Summary of “An Entirely Premature 2018 NBA Lottery Mock Draft”

He’s a player who can take on different roles on his team.
Doncic will need to answer questions about his athleticism and defense once he reaches the NBA. But at every level, he’s elevated his game to match the play of his opponents.
Ayton has been known to drift through games and not make the impact you would expect for a player with his skill set.
NBA trends may be dictated by style of play, but there will always be room for the game to be altered by unique players who are literally too big to fit inside a box.
Bamba will have to show that he can commit to playing hard every second he’s on the court, but his physical gifts are more than enough to make him a top-five talent.
Brown has prototype size for a wing, and he played some point guard at the high school level.
He’s an intelligent player with a high basketball IQ who can threaten a defense as a shooter, passer, and driver.
Tjarks: Kentucky’s season will depend on Knox, one of its only incoming players with the ability to play on the perimeter and threaten a defense from behind the 3-point line.

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Summary of “NFL Week 2 Recap: The AFC West Is the Best Division in Football”

The most impressive win of Week 2 belonged to the Broncos, who shellacked the visiting Cowboys, 42-17.
Losing Bolles to what appeared to be a serious leg injury in Week 2 is a tough blow.
Among the AFC West contenders, the Raiders had the least notable Week 2-only because routing lowly Jets 45-20 is nothing to write home about.
Coming into the season, an incrementally improved Raiders squad figured to be the AFC West favorite; two weeks in it looks as if Oakland will have to be every bit this good all fall to fend off the other teams in its division.
One week after left tackle Rees Odhiambo and left guard Luke Joeckel were cooked by the Packers’ defensive line, right guard Mark Glowinski was roasted by San Francisco’s duo of DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead. On the bright side, rookie Chris Carson-a seventh-round pick-already looks like the Seahawks’ best running back.
After carrying 18 times for 54 yards against the Broncos in Week 1, Melvin Gordon carried only nine times for 13 yards in a 19-17 loss to Miami on Sunday.
A week after Jacksonville dismantled the Texans offense, Tennessee torched the Jags in a 37-16 victory.
This week in NFL players, they’re absolutely nothing like us: Travis Kelce, who weighs 260 pounds, manages to levitate for a full 3 yards on his way into the end zone.

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Summary of “A confidential report shows nearly half the NBA lost money last season. Now what?”

Despite a flood of new national television cash, 14 of the NBA’s 30 teams lost money last season before collecting revenue-sharing payouts, and nine finished in the red even after accounting for those payments, according to confidential NBA financial records obtained by ESPN.com.
The nine teams that lost money, by the league’s accounting for net income, were the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards.
Sources pointed out that by a different accounting measure the league tabulates – operating income, which discards various debt obligations – only 10 teams lost money before accounting for revenue sharing.
NBA teams with reported lossesNet incomeNet income, after revenue sharingOperating income*BucksBucksBucksGrizzliesCavaliersGrizzliesHawksHawksHawksHornetsGrizzliesHornetsKingsMagicMagicMagicNetsNetsNetsPistonsPacersPacersSpursPistonsPelicansWizardsTrail BlazersPistonsWizardsSunsTimberwolvesTrail BlazersWizards*Operating income discards certain debt obligations.
There is broad agreement that the revenue-sharing system is, on the whole, acting as intended, as it shifts money from juggernauts that drive up the salary cap to smaller-market teams that can’t approach big-city revenue but have to spend anyway.
The Nets lost about $44 million last season, the documents show, but that doesn’t account for revenues from the Barclays Center, which the team’s parent company owns.
Combined revenue from all 30 teams determines the salary cap, and the biggest teams make the most money – and therefore drag the cap up for everyone else.
Some profitable teams have bristled at the notion they should share more, and even suggested that teams that lose money every season – and depend on revenue-sharing to stay afloat – should consider relocating to stronger markets, sources say.

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