In an effort to flex the dormant, malnourished orb of flank-steak that is my brain, I’m starting a mailbag. Some call it a newsletter, others a Jamberoo. What matters is that you take your questions, thoughts, and musings about anything on your mind, and throw them in the bottomless pit that is my skull and see if anything worthwhile falls from the tree. These are questions that were submitted in the google form that I’ve posted around social media. A big thank you to everyone who sent something in. Let’s do this again.

On with the show.

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What is MF…


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It’s easy for the idea of Lonzo Ball to make you giddy and captivate your thoughts, especially on a team like this current iteration of the Pelicans. Standing at a comfortable 6'6, Ball represents the low usage, intangibles merchant who’s sales pitch would have you believe he can fit into any lineup on any team, the ultimate utility guy with star power. But in practice, none of the selling points that the promise of Lonzo Ball suggests hold up.

The prestige and buzz he generated as the NBA’s 2nd overall selection in 2017 coupled with the fact that such a…


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We all saw the end at different points.

Pundits pat themselves on the back for correctly deducing that the once mythological passer could no longer sling it with quite as much ease as he used to. “Arm Truther’s” have a footprint that can be traced back to as early as 2014 if my archaeological dig is believed to be accurate. He’d go on to throw for another 29,277 and 208 touchdowns after the first mention of a dead arm. But nevertheless, they consulted the all-knowing-all-22 and algorithms delivered from on high to determine that Brees, at some point, would lose…


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With Sony finally checking in at the scorer's table as the next generation tips off, speculation has finally started to ease up as we get concrete answers to how Playstation’s next iteration will arrive. When, and at what cost, quite possibly the biggest defining factors for many people’s purchases, were noticeably absent. Despite the surprising omissions, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the next generation of Playstation. Below are some thoughts and predictions on some of the biggest announcements from the event.

Spiderman: Miles Morales

Spiderman (2018) was one of the most anticipated Playstation exclusives in years after it…


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I want to preface this by saying black voices matter more than mine and should be amplified at every opportunity. These are hardly original viewpoints. Let this serve as a reinforcement to what black people have been saying rather than a retelling. Let this also serve as a reminder that anyone who participated in the blackout is not necessarily hurting the BLM movement.

June 2nd’s Black Out Tuesday was more than likely designed in good faith. The concept was simple: to canvass over social media feeds to make anything that stands out from the crowd seem alien. A quick glance…


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How did we get here?

The dead months between the NFL draft and rookie minicamps and OTA’s are always a wild west of hot takes and sweeping statements to fill in the blanks left by the league’s absence. Maybe it’s exacerbated by the creeping COVID brain rot that comes with staring at the same four walls for days on end, but it does feel like some particularly horrifying mutations have crawled up from the muck this spring. It’s not uncommon for sports fans on Twitter to reach into the bag of horrors that is a Twitter Draft section and spew…


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Prinstant Replay is such a gem of a company, this poster is my favorite thing that I own.

The sun has set on Cortland, New York. I’m somewhere around hour number 36 of coverage for the SUNYAC Baseball Championship. 2,753 miles west, something incredible is about to happen.

Two days prior, myself and about 15 other members of Oswego’s student-run television station WTOP-10 are packing a school-owned van to the gills with cables, cameras, and a hulking beast called The Mobile Cart. Most televised sporting events are done through the use of production trucks, transportable battleships that networks will enlist to park outside a stadium, and are outfitted with screens, switchers and satellites. Being precocious broadcasting students, a…


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As the window for normalcy returning to our lives by the summer of 2020 is all but shut, many people are turning to their streaming service queue with a previously unseen vigor. Planted to their couches, it’s never been a better time for consumers to finally watch that show they’ve been meaning to get to but never had the time for. It’s only natural, and one weird side effect of the quarantine is that we may come out of this with more people having mined their queues until they’ve seen basically everything they’ve wanted to see. That’s not to say…


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There are other series like DOOM, but franchises that manage to have such staying power with minor tweaks to gameplay and an approach to narrative that tight-ropes the line between tongue-in-cheek machismo and oh-my-god-they’re-serious lore dumps in the back alleys of the games levels exist in rare air. DOOM has lasted this long without a crumb of interest in diversifying its portfolio because its gameplay is not only some of the slickest, but it can’t accurately be replicated.

DOOM was one of the many break-neck arena shooters that crawled out of the primordial ooze of experimental first-person shooters. DOOM probably…


The Unceremonious End of the 2018 New Orleans Saints, and the Apathy of the NFL

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What constitutes a good season?

The short answer, and the one we’re probably all familiar with is that it depends on your expectations. A good season my consist of simply making the playoffs after years of seasons ending at the turn of the new year. It might mean finally delivering on promises made by successful teams of the recent past, delivering a championship they’ve gotten oh-so-close to.

It might simply be winning more often than not, giving you that shot in the arm to make it through your week till the next game day.

On January 20th, 2018, the 2018…

Ryan Berger

Comedian. Sports fan. Former reporter for ABC News.

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