Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Army Football Preview: Scouting Report

Army is on a bye this week.  While the team resets for the next part of the season, let’s turn our attention to some of this week’s critical match-ups.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum

After some debate, Sally and I decided to take the girls to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum as a last family outing before the end of the summer.  The Memorial is, of course, located on the former World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan just a few blocks north of Battery Park.  We went to Battery Park immediately before touring the memorial; the walk north went maybe ten blocks and took no more than fifteen minutes.  I hadn’t been down to that part of the City in ages and was amazed by all of the bike lanes and open space that now exists in Lower Manhattan.  It’s become a truly beautiful part of the New York.
The new World Trade Center building as seen from Battery Park.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Review: Marvel Masterworks Ms. Marvel (Vol. 1)

Volume 1 of the late-70’s era Ms. Marvel is an odd choice for a Marvel Masterworks hardcover collection.  On the one hand, it’s obvious because Marvel is putting out a Captain Marvel movie sometime in 2018, starring Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, the current Captain Marvel.  Danvers got her superhero start as Ms. Marvel, a kind of accidental protégé of the original Captain Marvel, Captain Mar-Vell of the Kree imperial military.  Publishing some kind of collection of Danvers’s old adventures therefore seems a logical step in the Marvel/Disney hype process, but unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple.  Reality is that most of Ms. Marvel’s old-school adventures represent some of the worst, most sexist execution of an otherwise good idea in modern comics’ history.  Considering where comics were as recently as five or ten years ago, that is really saying something.
Marvel Masterworks: Ms. Marvel (Vol 1)

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Quick Thoughts: Army Crashes Back to Earth

Ugh.  I don't want to kill this Army team too badly because last night's game was still a better performance than they put in at any point last season, but it was nevertheless extremely disheartening to watch.  At 3-0, Army came in on top of the world, only to revert to form, allowing the problems from yesteryear to rematerialize in a heartbreaking loss to a team they were expected to beat in fine style.  After three wins, I think a lot of fans had forgotten that this is still a very young team.  They have talent, but they are also prone to the kinds of mistakes and streaky performances that are the hallmark of youth in sport.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Follies: NFL Picks (Week 3)

Oh man, what a shit week.  I went 0-3, which puts me down four units thanks to our mercilessly punitive scoring system.
Let’s review.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Army Football Preview: at Buffalo

In my preseason preview, I broke Army Football’s season down into thirds.  At the time, I thought Army would go either 2-3 or 3-2, with an eye towards finishing this first five-game stretch above .500.  This, I thought, would set the team up for a potential seven-win season and a bowl berth, a legitimate goal given last year’s performance, the team’s maturation, and the current schedule.  It had been clear for some time that Army was an improved program.  We had no way of knowing just how much the team had improved, however, until they started playing games.

Fast-forward to mid-September, and Army hasn’t just improved, it’s turned expectations upside down.  With three games in the books, the Black Knights of the Hudson already have more wins than they had all last season.  The over/under on wins has gone from six to something like nine—or even ten!  The team is playing with a level of confidence and precision that we haven’t seen in decades.  It’s truly been a joy to behold.