Last week, I had the honor of being a part of a "Newsmakers" panel at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism that also involved Debralee Santos of the Manhattan Times and Errol Louis of NY1. Newly-anointed New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson took questions from us and those in attendance.
I haven't been on this blog very much lately, with the full-time gig and all taking my time along with some freelance work and physical therapy for a runner's injury. However, I've been thinking about video games a bunch lately and not just because I've written about them from time to time.
This year, I've decided to skip out on buying NBA 2K and stick with playing 2K17 and purchasing NBA Live 18. Growing up, Live was fantastic and I still have fond memories of playing it every day as a kid. I used to wake up in the middle of the night and play the game with the volume low so nobody heard (it pays to grow up with a television in your own room). As we all know, the Live franchise has fallen on hard times with 2K essentially having a monopoly on the basketball video game market. Live looks decent this year as an alternative. It might not look better than 2K (other than MLB The Show, no other games looks better than NBA 2K), but I want the gameplay to be fun. I already scanned my handsome face for Live's The One and I can't wait to play the demo when it drops on Aug. 11. Call me crazy, but I'm on Live's bandwagon this year.
Eight years ago, I wrote about my love for NBA Live '95 for The Perpetual Post with the great Howard Megdal. We were discussing the best basketball video games of all time. He picked Lakers vs. Celtics and the NBA Playoffs. I picked Live. Here's what I had to say about it:
We're less than a week away from Christmas. How weird does that sound? The nation's been on edge ever since Election Day and I'm posting the day the Electoral College prepares to officially make Donald Trump our next President. It's hard to forget that such a thing as "Holidays" involving caring, giving, cheer and being merry still exist, but they do.
I grew up in a noisy house. Noisy as in we used to sleep with the radio on all throughout the night (which is why noise doesn't affect me when I'm sleeping...for better and for worse). I grew up listening to either Hot 97, the old 98.7 KISS-FM, WBLS, Z100, LITE-FM, the old CD 101.9 and local sports talk or news radio.
This week, for the New York Amsterdam News, I got a little "thinkpiece-y" about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and the recent poll numbers.
I talked to a few people for this piece, but one person (New York State Senator Bill Perkins) didn't make the cut in time. Perkins, who supports Bernie Sanders, talked my ear off about his candidate of choice and the concepts of movements and "momentum."
Here's what he had to say:
As everyone knows, assuming you read this blog/follow me on Twitter/or know me in real life, baseball is by far my favorite sport. It's been my favorite sport for the majority of my sports life. I'm so obsessed with the sport that I continually let my friends know how my avatar is doing in "Road to the Show" mode in MLB The Show 16 for the PlayStation 4. Needless to say, I love this sport dearly.
But I hate the culture surrounding it.
It's the most wonderful tiiiiiime of the....wait. Wrong season, but the feeling is the same.
It's been a (not so long) while since we've last seen you baseball. But that short break between the World Series and Spring Training was long enough for us. When the rest of the sports media seemed focused on Cam Newton dabbin' on them fools and Steph Curry changing the way basketball was meant to be played, I just wanted my baby to come back home.
Hello. It's me.
Feb. 10 marked a decade since James Dewitt "J Dilla" Yancey passed away; one of the most fantastic producers in rap music history (and music overall). The great Dart Adams already put together a wonderful retrospective/reflection on Dilla's legacy so I won't do too much of that here, but I will share a few quick words on how I discovered him and link to some of my favorite Dilla-produced cuts.
Sometimes, it's tough being from the place that's considered "the best city in the world."
One more time, Mets fans....