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Just four teams left, each with just a single game between them and a shot at Super Bowl glory. And with the game I gained on Stella this week, just one round between me and a regular/postseason sweep in this year’s Kibbles and Picks.

But Stella is refusing to lie down.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 20:22

Weird National Briefs - (01/14/15)

This week in criminal masterminds

ROCHESTER, N.H. - Police in Rochester, New Hampshire, say a man suspected of stealing money from a gas station was captured about an hour later after he crashed his car while driving drunk.

And then there were four.

The Divisional Round featured plenty of wild action – the back-and-forth battle between New England and Baltimore; the no-catch-catch by Dallas’s Dez Bryant that essentially won that game for Green Bay; the ultimately futile efforts of a visibly-diminished Peyton Manning against the Colts – but now that the dust has settled, we have a quartet of teams vying for that next win…the win that will put them in the Super Bowl.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 20:06

Celebrity Slam - (01/14/15)

Like a good neighbor

Man, do we love us some Ray J.

Noted essayist explores the depths of his sporting interests

There has long been an overlap between the world of sport and the literary realm – the names in the center of that Venn diagram include luminaries such as George Plimpton, George F. Will, Hunter S. Thompson and David Foster Wallace (among many others). There are multitudes of gifted writers whose love of sport is well-documented. The words can be downright compelling when these men and women bring their considerable talents into the land of athletic storytelling.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:46

‘Drive’ time

New local sports talk radio show prepares to launch

BANGOR – A new show – with some familiar voices – is coming to the FM dial.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 19:09

We’re not gonna take it – ‘Taken 3’

Uninspired action sequel lacks impact, coherence

When it comes to sequels, as the numbers following the titles go up, the quality of the film tends to descend. This isn’t a hard and fast rule – there are franchises that have managed to reinvigorate/reinvent themselves on the fly, but they are fairly thin on the ground.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:41

Turing tested – ‘The Imitation Game’

Well-made biopic features strong performances

History is filled with accomplished men and women – people who changed the world – that for whatever reason never achieve the recognition their efforts warrant – at least, not until long after they’re gone. And when their brilliance is finally brought to light, we’re left to wonder about what could have been.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:36

Long walk to freedom – ‘Selma’

Movie tells story of 1965 march for equal voting rights

There are defining moments in history – and defining figures. And filmmakers have been telling the stories of those moments and figures ever since the invention of film.

As last week goes to show, picking the NFL playoffs isn’t always easy. The notion of “any given Sunday” might be a cliché, but in the postseason, it’s an accurate one.

(Any given Saturday as well, I suppose.)

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