Summary of “How Breaking Bad Became a Phenomenon”

Breaking Bad was not a ratings hit, not a household name, not a show that earned a spot in the zeitgeist for several years.
A show about a guy cooking crystal meth and he’s the hero? What did I expect? When I got a call from my agent saying, “Hey, the folks at AMC want to meet with you about your project,” I said, “Which project?” That’s how far gone I was.
We thought the show would be male-skewing, so there’s forty to fifty million men who will be coming off this event, and this is what we would launch Breaking Bad into.
Looking back, there were countless moments like that where Breaking Bad shouldn’t have succeeded, but the material was strong enough to overcome it.2007 – 2008: HIGHS & LOWSOn November 5, 2007, the Writers Guild of America began a strike that would last four months, halting production on more than 60 shows.
Coverage at the time noted that the show was bucking the usual downward trend; most serialized dramas see their audience shrink over time, while Breaking Bad’s kept growing.
Aaron Paul: Breaking Bad was one of the first series people binge-watched, because the first three seasons all plopped onto Netflix at once.
Melissa Bernstein: Vince is actually a masterful marketing mind, and at every turn he had great ideas about how to make the show indelible, how to make it stand out, how to make it really specific in the marketplace.
We were putting so much energy into these little campaigns, these guerrilla tactics, that it was a shock at some point to realize, Oh my god, people are actually watching the show! We had been in a very grassroots place, thinking, How do we get five more people to watch? And the show finally just took on a momentum of its own around Season Four.Aaron Paul: We lived and breathed these characters.

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Summary of “Can the Cavs’ Season Be Saved?”

The Cavs might be at their best-especially against the Warriors’ Lineup of Death-with LeBron at the 5.
LeBron’s future looms over this season, and it’s quickly moving from the background to the foreground as the trade deadline approaches.
Ryan: Let’s talk about those “Cavs players.” Is it at all conceivable that this is not LeBron? Is Kevin Love the personnel chessmaster leaking stories to the press?
Under LeBron pressure, the Cavs include the Brooklyn pick-which, even though it’s depreciating, is the first good pick they will have had since they took Wiggins and traded him for Turtleneck up there-in a deal that sends Tristan Thompson to Los Angeles for DeAndre Jordan.
Once the season begins, NBA teams are notoriously short on time, but are we talking about a deeper institutional rot if the team can’t make time to get players in shape and up to date on strategy?
The organization-from the moves the front office makes to who and how they play-runs through LeBron.
LeBron’s reluctance to give definitive answers about his future is forcing the front office to “Well actually” any outcries to provide him any more immediate help.
LeBron can be a great player, great teammate, and great person, and also a detrimental force, because his agenda only aligns with his franchise’s for as long as it can provide him the necessary means to compete for a title.

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Summary of “Picking the 2018 All-Star Game Starters”

Commissioner Adam Silver said last week in London that he worked with players’ union president Chris Paul on this change to create more excitement for the All-Star Game, which has been a boring product for the past decade.
Anyway, the deadline for All-Star Game ballot submissions was Monday, January 15, at 12 p.m. ET. Fans count for 50 percent of the vote, while players and media each count for 25 percent.
It’s a remarkable development for a player who previously shot 28.1 percent on 1.4 triples per game over his career.
Changes in Kyrie Irving’s Game Play Type Kyrie 2017-18 Kyrie 2016-17 Play Type Kyrie 2017-18 Kyrie 2016-17 P&R Ball Handler 35% 40% Isolation 18% 25% Hand-off 14% 6% Off Screen 10% 5% Spot-up 10% 9% Irving’s isolations have been replaced with dribble handoffs and screens, which has increased his half-court scoring efficiency by 5.7 points per 100 possessions more than last season.
East Frontcourt Starters LeBron James, Cavaliers As Steve Kerr drove to Oracle Arena before the Warriors faced the Cavaliers on Christmas, the head coach told reporters that he began thinking about how LeBron is playing as well as he ever has.
Al Horford, Celtics Victor Oladipo transformed his game this offseason and would’ve gotten the nod had we been able to select three “Guards” rather than three “Frontcourt” players.
West Backcourt Starters James Harden, Rockets The last time we saw Harden playing in a professional basketball game was on New Year’s Eve, when he dropped 40 on the Lakers in a 148-142 double-overtime win for the Rockets.
The ballot lineups haven’t followed suit with the game and gone positionless, so I have a hard time picking Curry over Butler when Curry’s been absent for 15 games, but he’s posting numbers comparable to his historic 2015-16 MVP campaign, with a near 50-40-90 season.

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Summary of “Lessons of an impossible quarterback final four”

Tennessee pressured Brady only once more on the ensuing 14 plays of the drive, with Brian Orakpo forcing a red zone incompletion before Brady threw a touchdown pass on the next play.
Teams need multiple players who can repeatedly win one-on-one matchups and force the Pats to either change their offense and give help in pass protection or risk getting Brady beat up.
Jacksonville forced another defensive touchdown – something it has done three times in two games against the Steelers this season when no other team has scored one in more than four seasons – and came up with a pair of fourth-and-short stops, but the Steelers came up with big play after big play to stay in the game.
There are a few guys who are going to be the best player on the field every week and a whole bunch of quarterbacks who should inspire no hope, but the vast majority of them are somewhere in the middle, and the combination of context and sheer variance changes how they look from week to week or season to season.
He would have had more success with a better quarterback, given that the bomb Pederson dialed up on the very first play from scrimmage would have gone for a touchdown with a quarterback who either had a better arm or didn’t lose his footing.
The Falcons seemed to decide to go for it on fourth-and-2 at midfield in the second quarter, only to somehow end up not getting set and running a play just after the play clock expired.
The Eagles called the sprint-out, but the Saints used a similar play as their regular two-point/fourth-down play for years, while the Raiders ran the same sort of sprint-out and throw to the pylon for a game-winning score against the Chiefs in Week 7.
The Saints appear in two-deep coverage on the play, which is a lot to ask of Williams on a play in which we know the Vikings need to go to the sidelines.

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Summary of “School Spirit: NBA Mainstays Head Back to College”

The 44-year-old former NBA star is in his second season as head coach of University of the Pacific, and he’s still wrestling with the adjustments.
Stoudamire played for four NBA teams over 13 seasons.
Stoudamire is among a handful of once-prominent NBA players now commanding relatively remote college outposts.
Donyell Marshall, who spent time with eight different NBA teams over 15 years, is in his second season as head coach of Central Connecticut State University.
Stoudamire tried to recruit him to Arizona and stayed in touch with his dad. When things didn’t work out with the Ducks, the Smalls called Stoudamire.
After practice in Stockton one afternoon, Small explained what a thrill it is to play for Stoudamire, whom he said “You have to respect” because “He’s done it at the highest level.” Small said Stoudamire tells the team stories now and then about his days in the league.
Which Small, who was 11 during Stoudamire’s final NBA season, only sort of remembers.
Marshall said, “If it’s the right opportunity and situation, you have to look at it.” Stoudamire was more blunt: “I think about getting back into the league. It is something that I think about.”

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Season 1 of LOST is still some of the best television I’ve seen.
From “Walkabout” to “Numbers,” the first season of Lost has some real gems.
Lost would eventually delve into time travel, metaphysics, and convoluted supernatural wars, but in season one, it was just a show about flawed people trying to hunt for boar.
In season 4 episode 9, “The Shape Of Things To Come,” Ben Linus and Charles Widmore have a delightful exchange in which it’s revealed that the two have been rivals for a very long time.
The biggest is Christian Shephard, Jack’s dead father, who began appearing on the island as early as season 1.
I don’t care that much that we never found out why Libby was in a mental institution-a big cliffhanger at the end of season 2 episode 18, “Dave”-or who shot at the outriggers in season 5 episode 4, “The Little Prince.” But it does bother me that Lost bailed on key character storylines, like Ben’s childhood girlfriend, Annie, who was introduced in season 3 as a pivotal part of the Others’ leader’s life, then never seen again.
In season 4 episode 6, “The Other Woman,” a character remarks that Juliet reminds Ben of “Her”-presumably Annie-and Ben’s relationship with Juliet is also explored in some chilling ways, as we learn that he thinks she belongs to him.
The only reason they’re in the show is to make the viewer think that Jin got off the island with Sun, so the episode can then pull a “Gotcha” twist by revealing that his scenes were just part of a flashback, and in fact he’s actually dead. But wait! He’s not actually dead, as is made obvious in season five.

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Summary of “Buy or Sell: NBA Trade Deadline”

Our team of ace bloggers offers some friendly advice on which way every team in the NBA should go.
Dallas Mavericks: Sell O’Shaughnessy: Dallas has $12.5 million left in spending room before it hits the cap, according to ESPN. By summer, eight of the 14 players on its roster will either be in free agency or hold a player or team option.
Detroit Pistons: Buy O’Shaughnessy: Stan Van Gundy’s season of resurgence could quickly become one of regression.
Indiana Pacers: Hold Uggetti: Regression doesn’t really exist for a team that’s on track to finish in the same spot in the East as last season even after losing Paul George.
Los Angeles Clippers: Sell O’Shaughnessy: The advantage of a team crumbling during the season, and not in the playoffs, is that it brings about the opportunity to peddle players to desperate contenders.
Los Angeles Lakers: Sell Uggetti: No team is juggling more motivations and possibilities leading up to this trade deadline than the Lakers.
Unless George has told his current team that he isn’t staying next season, trading him defeats the purpose of his acquisition in the first place.
Phoenix Suns: Sell Uggetti: The Suns are playing far too well for a team in need of more top-five picks.

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Summary of “The Isaiah Thomas Experiment Begins Now”

“I’ve been out for so long,” Isaiah Thomas told reporters on Monday, ahead of his season and Cavaliers debut on Tuesday against the Trail Blazers, “It feels like I lost my powers.”
Thomas has missed the first 36 games of the season while recovering from a hip injury that ended his 2016-17 postseason three games early.
“My story is my story,” Thomas said in The Players’ Tribune’s “Book of Isaiah II” series.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported Thomas is expected to play only 8 to 12 minutes in his season debut.
Thomas is a better off-ball player than Irving is, and a ton of his baskets came from off-ball actions like dribble handoffs and screens.
Thomas shot 41.2 percent on spot-up 3s last season, per NBA.com, with a chunk of the attempts coming off screens; Lue would be wise to use that ability.
Even if LeBron leaves in free agency next season, Thomas and Love could form a much stronger core than the wreck LeBron left behind last time.
A second executive said Thomas’s best hope to maximize his earnings could come from a team such as the Bulls or Mavericks, who could use Thomas in the short term to bridge the gap until their young point guards hit their primes.

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Summary of “MVP, offensive, defensive players of year, best rookies, coaches”

In an often-frustrating, injury-riddled 2017 NFL season, we were still blessed with great players and great plays.
In a season in which some bemoaned the lack of viable quarterbacks, a guy nobody would have put on a list of franchise quarterbacks before 2017 played like one all season.
He didn’t stuffed the stat sheet the way he has in years past, but he are the reason Seattle was able to enter Week 17 ranking 11th in defensive DVOA. As good as Thomas was, what Keenan Allen did over the second half of the season is remarkable.
Leonard Fournette carried the Jags during the first half of the season, but injuries cost him valuable snaps as the season went along.
At the midway point of the season, I mentioned this award and picked Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash, a holdover from the Gus Bradley administration in Jacksonville.
Walsh has done excellent work all season and deserves recognition, but I might also want to credit the Jaguars for staying healthy, given that their top 14 players on defense missed a total of three games all season.
The Patriots finished with the league’s best record despite losing Julian Edelman before the season.
I’ll put Johnny Hekker at No. 2, given that he has consistently ranked among the two best punters in football over the last several seasons and kept it up in 2017.

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Summary of “When There Are No More Fish”

The new stories are like this one, shouted from the water by a passing fisherman: “I’m concerned that if there are no fish, I will not eat.”
With the water comes the fish – billions of them, representing more than 100 species, which migrate from higher reaches of the Mekong down through the Tonle Sap river and into the lake.
A trifecta of economic development, illegal fishing, and climate change is changing the ecology of the lake, permanently weakening the pulse system and wiping out fish stocks.
“Now it’s so bad. The big problem is there are no more fish any more. This year, I can’t make money at all and owe money to the bank.”
“They eat [141 pounds] of fish a year, including dry fish. Even just in cooking food they use prahok,” a pungent, fermented fish paste that is a local staple.
Until late 2011, vast portions of Tonle Sap Lake were divided into fishing lots, a practice that dated back to the French colonial era; in its modern iteration, fishermen paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for a two-year license to all the fish within a given plot, which could span over a hundred square miles.
“A few years ago Prime Minister Hun Sen opened up the lots for everyone and there was too much fishing. When the government realized the fish were almost finished, they set them up as fisheries again.” In the course of our conversation, only two small boats arrived to sell fish, each barely a pound.
Catching fish, he explained, was simply the work done by someone with no farmland, no education, and no other option.

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