This week, we help Alex Blumberg understand why a Google engineer ended up complimenting the KKK, and then Yes Yes No turns bizarro. [more inside]
The US college basketball tournament is on! Men's and women's, let's try having both in here. There's also a MeTa for brackets if you're into that.
With Cleveland taking the championship, the offseason is now in full-swing! [more inside]
The NBA on TNT: NBA Finals: CLE vs GSW Season 27, Ep 6
The NBA Finals begin tonight, 6/2/2016, featuring a rematch of last year's match-up. But many things have changed. The Warriors are somehow way better than they were last year with the same personnel (including ye olde Del Curry Jr), and the Cavs are healthy and rested. Who will the narrative favor? The Never-beloved Old Guard, or the New Math? [more inside]
The NBA on TNT: NBA Playoffs: CLE vs TOR Season 27, Ep 5
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals was last night (5/17/16) wherein the Cleveland Cavaliers took on the Toronto Raptors. In contrast to the Western Conference it was not exactly pretty. In contrast to a bullfight, it was a bit inhumane. Game 2 is tomorrow. Good luck, other!
The NBA on TNT: NBA Playoffs: OKC vs GSW Season 27, Ep 4
The Western Conference Finals kicked off in Oakland last night (5/16/16). The underdog Oklahoma City Thunder took on the rolling, unstoppable, half-court draining Golden State Warriors on their way to an inevitab--WAIT WHAT? WHY DID I PASS OUT ON THE COUCH AT HALFTIME....Game 2 is on Wednesday 5/18 at 9pm. [more inside]
The NBA on TNT: NBA Playoffs: MIA vs TOR Season 27, Ep 3
The Toronto Raptors, a young unproven team with a rabid fan base trying to get further than they have in recent memory, are tied with a Miami Heat team plagued by injury and age, who nevertheless have played with great guile and ferocity. The Severe North vs the Lackadaisical South. Lannisters vs Starks. And so forth. Meanwhile, Lebron is chilling in an ice bath with the dragons. Game 5 is tonight, 5/11/16.
The NBA on TNT: NBA Playoffs: POR vs GSW Season 27, Ep 2
The Golden State Warriors are leading the Portland Trailblazers 3-1. Tonight (5/11/16) could be the final game. It looked like it be a competitive series. Lillard was cooking. The Warriors defense was sputtering. But now, Daddy's Home.
The NBA on TNT: NBA Playoffs: OKC vs SAS Season 27, Ep 1
The Oklahoma City Thunder are playing the San Antonio Spurs for the Western Conference Semi-finals. Game 5 airs 5/10/2016. As of this posting, the series is tied. The narrative so far: Hero Ball vs Death Machine. [more inside]
We're doing a thing! NBA Fans who want to discuss the NBA Playoffs in 2016 on Metafilter, please join this
friendship Basketball Discussion Club and speak out about what format you'd like to see this discussion take place in. If we get enough members and people seem to want it, it will happen. If it don't we won't. Ball don't lie. [more inside]
RE: the new addition of SPROTS to Metafilter (Metatalk here), what is the best way to discuss the NBA Playoffs in a non-live-chat way? My vote would be: One thread per series, no updates, people discuss asynchronously. Thoughts? Feelings? [more inside]
We Bare Bears: Our Stuff Rewatch Season 1, Ep 1
After a basketball game with human beings, the bears discover that the backpack containing their stuff has been stolen! Their efforts to track it down lead to the library and a shady guy's apartment....
I'd like to consider having Fanfare threads for major sporting events like the World Cup, Olympics, Super Bowl, NBA Finals, etc. [more inside]
We had a really great run, America -- or should we say America 1: Vanilla Edition -- but it's time to spice things up. It's time to be reborn into something more beautiful, more powerful. It's time to Do the Bartman. [more inside]
Fresh Off the Boat: Dribbling Tiger, Bounce Pass Dragon Season 1, Ep 12
Louis and Jessica get pressured into volunteering at the kids' schools because budget cuts have forced Principal Thomas (Maria Bamford) into enlisting parents to help out around school. Louis coaches basketball, which shows Eddie \a whole other side of his dad -- a former semi-pro basketball player back in Taiwan -- while Emery and Evan see a side of Jessica they wish they hadn't when she grudgingly takes on producing their school play, and puts her own spin on it. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The NCAA Season 2, Ep 6
ISIS gains an ally in Boko Haram. Ireland accidentally legalizes a number of psychoactive drugs for a day. Brazil prepares to investigate politicians taking bribes from oil companies. And Now: Newscasters Who Don't Know About You. Main story: NCAA is a billion dollar industry, but with many problems with how it treats its players (YouTube 21m). Last Week Tonight introduces the hashtag #soybeanwind and ends with an ad for their more realistic NCAA simulator video game.
Arthur Agee and Will Gates, two of Chicago's top high school basketball prospects, face pressure on and off the court in this iconic documentary about sports, family and race. [more inside]