Three young Tigers fans chat about the state of the rebuild.

17 days ago, there was a light at the end of the tunnel for the Detroit Tigers incredibly painful multi-year rebuild. The Tigers had just stormed Minute Maid Park in Houston and stolen three straight road victories over one of Major League Baseball’s best teams, buoyed by the extra-base hit magic of Akil Baddoo, resurgent efforts on the hill from Matthew Boyd and Michael Fulmer, and a promising 7-inning scoreless gem from top prospect Casey Mize. For the first time in over a half-decade, it was okay to be hopeful. Maybe even okay for a chorus of Bless You Boys.

Graphic by Shea Norling

Quentin Tarantino is a cinematic genius. Or, at least, he thinks he is. I just happen to agree with him. While he’s directed only nine films in his legendary career, each of them deserves a spot in the pantheon of film for a variety of reasons. From the landmark opening scene of Jackie Brown to the final skin-crawling scalping of Inglourious Basterds, single frames of Tarantino’s movies exist as immediately identifiable iconic cinematic moments.

His latest release, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood has a multitude of iconic moments, as well as icons (Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie…

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rarely gets everything right. If we’re being honest, it might be a testament to how impossible it is to properly evaluate the long-term importance of movies that are released just two to four months before the Academy Awards take place. If we’re being cynical, well, larger studios have more money to blow to purchase awards.

Fortunately for me, I’m choosing to be neither honest or cynical about the selection process, because it doesn’t much interest me. What does interest me is re-evaluating how well the Academy did its job over the past…

On any normal day, during any normal week, I wouldn’t even bother offering my time to the talking heads of sports media. You know the ones; they get on their live debate shows and offer faux opinions about the biggest trending topics in the sports world. During any normal week, the topics might hold tepid interest on a story that develops overnight, but this isn’t any normal week. This is the worst week in sports: Major League Baseball All-Star Week.

The obsession with NBA free agency is at an all-time high. It’s the only story-line that has transcended the typical…

What a decade. Fans of Michigan State football have had their way with their maize and blue neighbors the past 10 years, it’s undeniable. After a nearly three decade span of University of Michigan alumni and fan alike walking past State fans with their nose aimed skyward, they were served a taste of their own medicine. 10 years of it. And for 10 years, State fans donned a white lab coat and stepped into their role of medicine administering doctor as easily as they would step into a pair of slippers.

Look back on that decade fondly, Spartans. Remember “trouble…

Jaylen Brown emerges from a tear in the space/time continuum to annihilate Joel Embiid

The NBA season is back, after what seemed like an eternity of waiting, and it kicked off with the perceived East Coast rivalry between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers. There’s only one problem: this isn’t a rivalry at all. The 76ers, after an offseason elongated by pundits claiming young superstars Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz were ready to take the next step, have now beaten the Celtics only twice in their last ten attempts, and only once in their last six. In fact, these 76ers were the only team to drop a game at home to…

Ryan Gosling, Corey Stoll, and Lukas Haas as Neil Armstong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins in Damien Chazelle’s First Man

“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” President John F. Kennedy’s famous speech, delivered from a podium at Rice Stadium in Houston, appropriately closes director Damien Chazelle’s (La La Land, Whiplash) First Man. Nothing about Chazelle’s whirlwind of a film is easy. It’s not the first film to tackle mankind’s unthinkable voyage, and it certainly will not be the last, but it is the first to do so without falling into the grandiose of its journey.

First Man is a focused narrative…

Shea Norling

Some satire, some creative writing prompts, some opinions. Your favorite movie is bad,, to me. @norlingshea on twitter

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