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Eye of the World Final Audiobook Update

Happy Friday everybody, I hope that the week of hell weather was a nice change of pace from the flood that was unleashed upon us last week. And since it is a happy Friday it is time for the greatest serial blog of all time. Though I was remiss in writing a mid-week blog, have no fear, I have been both reading and running, so there is going to be a lot coming in the next few weeks. But most importantly, at least in the case of this stupid thing, is that I have about 20 minutes left in the audiobook! This means expect a full audiobook recap coming up next week, and get ready for the start of the next one. Since that will only leave 300 more audiobooks over 10948021 hours, this blog series will never die!

I plan on doing a full running thing next week, as I have finally selected a marathon training plan and I think it is going to be beneficial to myself (the only person who matters of course) to kind of lay out the whole plan as well as write about where I am at. As such, I don’t want to waste space here talking about it, because I am really excited for today’s blog. Also starting a sentence with ‘as such’ and still managing to throw in a ‘because’ is such pro level blogging. It is shocking how easy I make this seem.

Why am I excited about this? Glad I asked myself. See while I think this book is a fantastic start to what I am slowly realizing is a series that I did not give nearly enough credit too my first time around, there is one particular passage in Eye of the World that fully shows the breathe of Robert Jordan’s genius. Flex on em boooooy.

Chapter 48 has the gang all together, and they settle down for the night. Ol’ peeping Tom al’Thor catches Nynaeve and Lan in their most intimate moment. To say I was eagerly anticipating this is an understatement. If you are familiar with this book, you know what I am talking about. If you are not, you are probably thinking that these two are going to fuck, and that is why I am all jazzed up. It’s 2019 I don’t need to read about sex to get off you fucking weirdo’s, I have an iphone of course! Either way, that’s not what happens here. If you are not familiar with this book, get ready for a breakdown of a scene that has no context for you. Also what the hell are you doing reading this blog. Just kidding please like it I’m broke and trying to make a million dollars.

Here it is in full, then a breakdown after. The breakdown is not going to include spoilers about the rest of the series.

The Wisdom Looked at Lan silently for a long time, then poured a cup of tea and brought it to him. When he reached out with a murmur of thanks, she did not let go right away.”I should have known you would be a king.” She said quietly. Her eyes were steady on the warder’s face, but her voice trembled slightly.

Lan looked back at her just as intently. It seemed to Rand that the Warder’s face actually softened.  “I am not a king, Nynaeve. Just a man. A man without as much to his name as even the meanest farmer’s croft.”

Nynaeve’s voice steadied. “Some women don’t ask for land, or gold. Just the man.”

 “And the man who would ask her to accept so little would not be worthy of her. You are a remarkable woman, as beautiful as the sunrise, as fierce as a warrior. You are a lioness, Wisdom.”

“A Wisdom seldom weds. But if I go to Tar Valon, it may be that I will be something other than a Wisdom.”

“Aes Sedai marry as seldom as Wisdoms. Few men can live with so much power in a wife, dimming them by her radiance whether she wishes or not.”

“Some men are strong enough. I know one such.” If there could have been any doubt, her look left none as to whom she meant.

“All I have is a sword, and a war I cannot win, but can never stop fighting.”

“I’ve told you I care nothing for that. Light, you’ve made me say more than is proper already. Will you shame me to the point of asking you?”

“I will never shame you.” The gentle tone, like a caress, sounded odd to Rand’s ears in the Warder’s voice, but it made Nynaeve’s eyes brighten. “ I will hate the man you choose because he is not me, and love him if he makes you smile. No woman deserves the sure knowledge of widow’s black as her brideprice, you least of all.” He set the untouched cup on the ground and rose. “I must check the horses.”

Nynaeve remained there, kneeling, After he had gone.

Sleep or no, Rand closed his eyes. He did not think the Wisdom would like it if he watched her cry.

The first time I read this I was a little confused, I had picked up on Nynaeve had a little thing for Lan, but I did not expect it to come to a head like this. She found out he was a king in a previous chapter, where Rand notes that she paid particular attention to a story they were being told. Also classic woman move to do a slight favor for a guy just to have an opportunity to trap him in a serious conversation.

 Lan looked back at her just as intently. It seemed to Rand that the Warder’s face actually softened.  “I am not a king, Nynaeve. Just a man. A man without as much to his name as even the meanest farmer’s croft.”

While not necessarily true, Lan is the Lord of the Seven Towers and Lakes and such, it is not exactly like he can hire a lawyer and take the trollocs to court to get his land back. Actually I don’t know how squatter’s rights work in the border lands so I guess this may be true. Either way this is the first time that we see Lan reciprocate any real feelings towards Nynaeve directly. It is also at this point where I start to tear up as I run down Willow Avenue.

Nynaeve’s voice steadied. “Some women don’t ask for land, or gold. Just the man.”

And the tears fall down as well as my pride, cannot and do not want to imagine what anyone thought if they looked at me during the two minutes this scene plays out. Also I am narcissistic enough to know people look at me the entire length of all my runs.

“And the man who would ask her to accept so little would not be worthy of her. You are a remarkable woman, as beautiful as the sunrise, as fierce as a warrior. You are a lioness, Wisdom.”

You feel the rejection coming but even so it is so eloquently put by Lan that it makes it that much harsher.

“A Wisdom seldom weds. But if I go to Tar Valon, it may be that I will be something other than a Wisdom.”

This is where Robert Jordan does such a complete job of character development. I know this stuff gets realllllly, and I mean really, long winded as the series goes on but this line right here is the underlying motivation for Nynaeve to become an Aes Sedai. Nynaeve is clearly anti Aes Sedai, and while the desire to heal people thing is a motivator, the real motivation is for Nynaeve to become an Aes Sedai is because she feels this is the way to Lan’s heart. Perhaps she is the one who actually feels unworthy of him.

“Aes Sedai marry as seldom as Wisdoms. Few men can live with so much power in a wife, dimming them by her radiance whether she wishes or not.”

A paltry excuse offered by Lan here, he is grasping at straws because he is hesitant to say what he really feels.

“Some men are strong enough. I know one such.” If there could have been any doubt, her look left none as to whom she meant.

GOD this is too much. As annoying as Nynaeve is at times, her way off cutting through the bullshit is excellent.

“All I have is a sword, and a war I cannot win, but can never stop fighting.”

This is the line of the book right here. While Mat is my favorite character (can’t you tell) Lan is easily a close second. His lines are the most impactful of the entire series. There are a lot of throwaway lines Robert Jordan uses to help us see past the rugged exterior of Lan, such as when Loial mentions that he misses discussing books with the warder, but it is sentences like this that we see the full depth of his character. Bound by his oath, burdened with his sword, the last remaining soldier in an impossible war. Yet he will fight because he swore to it, it is his duty. While he tells the other borderlanders that he has abandoned the cause, he never will

“I’ve told you I care nothing for that. Light, you’ve made me say more than is proper already. Will you shame me to the point of asking you?”

And here it is, the most outright statement of the conversation. Nynaeve knows all this, maybe she doesn’t fully grasp the whole of the situation but definitely enough to understand what he is saying, but to her this does not matter. She is not asking him to put aside his oaths, she is willing to carry that burden with him.

“I will never shame you.” The gentle tone, like a caress, sounded odd to Rand’s ears in the Warder’s voice, but it made Nynaeve’s eyes brighten. “ I will hate the man you choose because he is not me, and love him if he makes you smile. No woman deserves the sure knowledge of widow’s black as her brideprice, you least of all.” He set the untouched cup on the ground and rose. “I must check the horses.”

And yet he will not give into what his heart is telling him. He will not because he knows that no matter how much he loves Nynaeve, he has sworn to fight, and there is no outcome that doesn’t end in his death. He loves Nynaeve enough that he will not put her through this, he loves her so much that he will reject her so that she can have a chance at happiness. I mean this is just a real tear jerker.

Nynaeve remained there, kneeling, After he had gone.

Sleep or no, Rand closed his eyes. He did not think the Wisdom would like it if he watched her cry.

I know this is a departure from my usual jokes, but I love this passage so much that I thought it needed to be discussed. Also this blog is getting crazy long so time to end it.

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Eye of the World Audiobook Update 11

On this edition of Eye of the World Audiobook Update we will be discussing the magic of rain. For anyone who lives in the New York area, you may have noticed that the rain has been unrelenting. There is nothing more pleasant then running with your sneakers getting progressively more and more drenched as your toes wrinkle to fucking raisins and your nipples rubbing your shirt like two skeletons fucking. I’m talking friction folks. Throw in an ineffective rain jacket that I have to tie over my head to stay somewhat dry, causing a sauna suite effect and let me tell you this week has been great!

Wet testicles aside, It’s not alllllll bad so lets get to the good stuff. The mileage has been alright, I have fallen off the 35-40 mile range this week, unless I run a solid 10 tomorrow, which I am not, but still I’ve gotten some quality work in despite the weather. The truth is as much as I would like to blame the weather I really just didn’t have a great week running. I know that falling off 6 miles from what I would have liked to run is not that big a deal, but it feels like one. I would like to kick it up to the ever elusive 40 mile week next week in preparation for the beginnings of my 16 week marathon training plan. I think it is going to be a lot of fun posting the mileage and workouts for the week and writing about how they are going. I am going to steer away from using the Audiobook Updates as my running updates and make that a separate thing. With some reflection despite it not feeling like I am improving the numbers don’t lie, I am. Cutting 45 seconds off my 10k time, which is a distance that I don’t like racing at, is a big improvement. This shit takes time which is something I always fail to recognize.

I did get a lot of time this week to knock out a lot of the audiobook. We last left the gang having their happy go lucky reunion time, actually no we didn’t but they had this happy go lucky reunion. At this reunion, ya girl bring the pain Moraine just straight up said “My g’s we rolling to the eye of the world, can I get a ye yeeeee” The response was mixed. They decide that they are going to take the ways, and for anyone who has actually read one of these and not just liked my article on the reader thingy on Wordpress, I had actually thought they went to the ways way before this.

So they get to the ways, and you will never guess what the evil villain in there is, MORE WIND. Grey wind, black wind, doesn’t matter, Robert B. Jordan has one enemy in mind and he is going to adapt it to all situations. The highlight of this whole thing is when Egwene is giving Rand that ol’ “O who is THAT” routine and Perrin drops the bomb, “you been hoeing too, I seen you twerking on whatever his name is” and Matt hits her with the “you thing that’s impressive Rand has farmgirls milking him up and down the Queens Road.” Those are some loyal ass friends. Mat especially. Egwene was mad at the time, but you know how these things go, you ain’t attractive to someone until they see someone else finds you attractive. Also I love Loial going with the classic fat guy move when he says “I know where we are trying to go, butttttt these other places are so much closer.” Moraine tells him to go sit on a spear.

In conclusion, these terrible recaps that only make sense to someone familiar with the books is over. I heard they got some big name actress to play Moraine. I have no idea who she is, but honestly is should have been Jessica Walter. For no reason but I find her hilarious. I hope Carrot Top gets cast as Rand.

Final Notes: No events for a while so the race reviews will be put on hold. Also I bought “Lets Go Eevee” for the Nintendo Switch and what the fuckkkkkkkkk is up with that system of throwing pokeballs at wild pokemon instead of battling them? That’s like half the game. You actually get XP points for this. RIDICULOUS! I beat Brock with a god damn Eevee and have not been to a pokemon center the entire game. Back in my day you had to grind to get good enough to beat the first gym leader, and thennnnn you could coast to the Elite Four. Snowflakes ruining a classic. Stay dry everyone.

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Eye of the World Audiobook Update 10

Hear ye, hear ye the master of the recap no one asked for is here to bring you the weekly update. It may be an intentional faux pas but I’d like to thank myself for sticking with this ruse of using the always fresh and original recap format as an excuse to give my thoughts on the week. So without further ado let’s dive right in.

First and foremost congratulations to Drake for his amazing NBA championship run. Not since L. Ron Hubbard has there been a more versatile man. Drake has transcended from a fringe actor on a Canadian teen show to Grammy award winning NBA assistant coach, pro troll and super fan/global ambassador. Honestly if you told me at some point he got a couple of minutes at the end of a blowout I would not be surprised. Certainly contributed as much as Jeremy Lin did. RIP to the Lin Goku hairstyle.

Shoutout to Demar Derozan, the greatest human sacrifice since Prince Arthas tried to off Muradin to claim Frostmourne. Now that is a reference that is out there. Actually let’s take a moment to investigate the top human sacrifices that paid off:

  1. Jesus
  2. Jack Dawson. Though I am not convinced that he really needed to do this. Always has pissed me off
  3. Kelsier. This is probably recency bias as I just read this. You know how I know this is a good choice? Because the characters never let you forget it and make sure to mention his sacrifice in every subsequent chapter. Also why does Sanderson not get shit for naming Kelsier and Kaladin and making them like the same character? Initially at least.
  4. Goku when he blew himself up on Cell. This one didn’t end up quite so great except to motivate that crybaby Gohan.
  5. Coltaine. Easily my favorite on this list. Coltaine was a fucking awesome character who got royally fucked. The Chain of Dogs was one of the highlights of the Malazan Series, and he was the perfect leader. The Wickan Clan lost a real one. RIP even though he got reborn.

Thought this list was going to be longer, but it’s taking too much thought so moving on.

Back to the task at hand, didn’t do a lot of listening this week, as I decided to take a down week in preparation for the Queens 10k on Saturday (Review will of course be coming, stay tuned). I’ve read conflicting reports on the best way to do a down week, meaning I read the first few lines of like 3 articles and believed I knew more than the pro runners so I stopped. The research seems to vary widely, with a down week consisting of 50-90% of your average weekly mileage. I couldn’t possibly go 50% I have way to much image insecurity to allow myself to do that little exercise so the goal this week was 30 miles, which includes the 10k. I hate admitting it but there might be something to this down week thing, my legs are feeling nice and refreshed. Shooting for a 47 minute 10k on Saturday but we will see.

Big Rand the randy has been busy living up to his namesake doing a little princess chasing. Say what you want about Rand the man certainly seems to have a way with the ladies. Probably his only redeeming quality, though all those female characters are way more interesting then him. So my mans is wandering around the city trying to join the citywide peepshow of a real man, Logain, when he makes the genius decision to climb a giant wall and is just flat out shocked when the giant wall IN THE CITY he decides to climb is part of the royal grounds. The Trakand twins run up on him and rob him, got to fill the royal coffers somehow. They don’t but that would be dope, I am a big Trakand fan. Elayne is an aggressive one, instantly establishing that she’s digging that Aiel country vide Rand has, going to bat for him in front of ol’ moms in the classic “He’s really not a bad guy I swear,” routine that every parent fears. In the end though she is able to convince Morgase. If there was a Dad present, he would have done the classic Dad scowl and try and look menacing at the scumbag who he knows is giving his daughter the pipe. Rough.

Big bad Lan did some work freeing up Wolfboy and Egwene, the reunion of all the gang sans Thom is alright. The sad thing is that Mat’s metamorphosis into a super villain is soon to be curtailed. FREE MAT from the Aes Sedai. As I said I didn’t do a whole bunch of listening, but I have been told by the 9000000 articles littered throughout the blogosphere that consistency is the key to both blogging and chili so there’s that.

Final Notes: You got any ideas on down weeks? Let me know always happy to hear advice. The less that advice is backed by research or personal experience the better. Firm believer in the “Do as I say, not as I do” mantra for advice giving.

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Eye of the World Audiobook Update 9

Here to bring you the latest from one man’s journey to listen to an audiobook that is over 20 years old from a series that he didn’t know was getting adapted into an Amazon TV series while simultaneously training for a marathon it is the one and only ME.  Last week’s rendition of the number one blog series that is super inclusive and I imagine not one single person can relate too went widely outside the lane lines so maybe today I will attempt to keep it a little more on track. That’s a running joke.

First and foremost I would like to address the progress on The Cold Commands. Almost done.

Now after the bravery it took to not only use the expression ‘First and foremost’ in two consecutive blogs but to write a race review mere hours after the race, it’s time to talk about the run game doggggg. Putting one foot in front of the other I am working on my 38 mile week and as off this morning I am at a little over 36 and honestly it wasn’t too bad. I don’t know if that is because I knocked off a big chunk of the mileage Sunday and Wednesday (11 and 8 respectively) but I am starting to think my body is adjusting well to the increase in mileage. I think not doing any speed workouts this week played a big role, but maybe I am actually improving? Crazy right. Next week I wanted to hit the 40 mile mark but I have the Queens 10k on Saturday and I want to shoot for a PR so I will probably put a solid 30 up. We are 149 days away from the New York City Marathon so I really have to solidify what the plan is going to be. I don’t want to be making up my own plan, I do that with too many things and I wind up either overdoing it or getting hurt. Time will tell.

I think for this update I actually am going to talk about what is going on the in the world of Rand al’BORE, instead of boring the shit out of anyone actually reading this by writing about my own training. Just kidding I already did that. At this point in the book it is time to investigate who is the better friend, Rand or Mat. On one hand, Rand has been purposely misleading Mat throughout all the villages, making him seem like a hyper paranoid fuckboy. On the other hand, Mat has bravely been providing the muscle for the pair, and when Rand got sick because he used magic to almost blind Mat and was having that post nut exhaustion, Mat was there nursing him back to health. And in Caemlyn, it’s Mat who is the pragmatic one. Rand is all happy go lucky everything is alright everyone is alive, while Mat wisely is ready to face the facts and acknowledge that the gang could all be pushing daisies. Just because Rand is right doesn’t mean anything and for the sake of this argument please gloss over that fact.

Bland gives Mat so much shit about running his mouth, yet when Bland finally gives Mat some well-earned peace and quiet, he meets Loial and literally tells some random giant trolloc every single detail of their adventure. Don’t get me wrong, I love Loial he literally a furry giant blogger without internet, but Bland goes from thinking this guy is a trolloc to blabbing his life story. No sense bro pathetic.

The dynamic duo of Moiraine and Lan always makes me happy. I love those two making mischief, ambiguously dropping clues as to their emotional states, and all around having a good time fighting the Dark One. Those two and the third wheel Nynaeve are currently in the midst of operation rescue the blockhead. Moiraine is making it rain! Actually it’s lightening but that doesn’t rhyme.

That should just about rap up this week’s updates. I think it is time for my favorite part of every blog so if this is where you tap out have a greeeeeeeat Friday!

Final Notes: We got game four tonight and honestly this series has become wildly more entertaining than I anticipated. I know logic dictates that I have to accept that Kevin Durant is not coming back, but it is just so weird to have a finals with such an integral part of not only the Warriors, but the overall NBA narrative to just not play. I didn’t think it was possible that we wouldn’t see him, like I keep saying to myself no way he is missing another game but here we are.

In other sports news I am going to a Premier League Lacrosse game tomorrow, as a longtime laxer I have never attending a pro lax game. I worked a booth at one once and maybe watched two minutes of it and was unimpressed. I am hoping for a better showing. No idea whose playing, but I heard Paul Rabil on a podcast talking about it this morning and I was sold. At my old job I met him and a few other pro’s and honestly I know we all joke about lax guys being assholes but those dudes couldn’t be nicer. I think I am going to do a PLL review tomorrow, which would make that blog the first strictly sports blog on the site. Progress.

Cue the sick flow

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Eye of the World Audiobook Update 8

Sugar honey iced tea welcome to the 8th installment of a loosely based serial blog of me half listening to an audiobook and using the review format to rant and rave about life so if I you have been keeping up with this or are just tuning in (little TV lingo for ya) I have been listening to the Eye of the World audiobook not because the TV show is coming out and I wanted to freshen up on it so I could look down on people and feel o so smug as I tell them how much better the book is whilst dropping tidbits such as the always classic “that’s not how it happened in the books” and “I CAN’T even believe they changed that” as you slowly think of the fastest way to remove yourself from the conversation and never walk over to my desk again or text me back  but rather because I wanted to see if the story still held up after I read it years ago and mildly enjoyed the series despite the 10000000000000000000 (approximately of course) pages and story that spiraled more out of control then a night out on the town with former Knick great J.R. Smith aka as “you tryna get the pipe” DM line dropper.

That was a mouthful and I’m not talking about the eighth season of Game of Thrones (get it??? It sucked the big one [that is a fellatio joke {cue the irony joke drums as you stab yourself in the eyes with the green straw from a venti Starbucks iced coffee you purchased at the bargain price of $6.94}]). That sentence had more brackets then your office during March Madness. God I need to end this blog ASAP. Fridays am’I’rite???

Maybe I don’t need to spend too long talking about running this time around, I have been running 36 miles a week still. This week I am going to hit 37, next week 38, week after that 10 HAHAHA just kidding 39 just wanted to see if you were paying attention. Training is going well, my eyes recovered from their battle with bald head sunscreen. Got some solid time with our favorite team of destiny, and I am not talking about the Warriors. Cue the segway . . . speaking of the Warriors I hope all four people outside my family who may read this blog (not positive my family does TBH) don’t take any of my gambling advice. If you bet on the Warriors you are like me, someone who is losing to set up the COMEBACK. The hot streak of picking wrong is still on! Team of destiny my ass, you let stick figure Siakam and Raymond Feltons’ twin brother beat you. Won’t speak ill of Kawhi he’s amazing, OOO WAIT, I bet on him having a double-double and that fucker had 9 rebounds (he actually had 8 but 9 seems much more heartbreaking). I mean they were throwing up circus shots and it would just roll in no biggie.

Let’s talk the tav’ern team. Rand and Mat are out there doing their best Thom immpressions. Rand of course is being a little bitch, when some farmer’s daughter is giving him the ol’ lets take a barn yard roll eyes he gets all nervous and keeps playing his fiddle. Hey buddy you think she was just trying to make you nervous so you would keep playing because they are on a farm and haven’t heard music in their whole lives? All time loser. Mat on the other hand, legend. She gives him those eyes “It’s Goin’ Down” like a Yung Joc song. Or going down like Yung Joc’s career. Shout out to him he sounded good on that T-Pain song in 1987.

We should take this time to admire what Mat is doing. His healthy sense of paranoia is what that duo needed. Rand ready to trust any farmer with a straw hat, going to get himself diddled with that attitude. Mat on the other hand is ready to stab his own friend with a cursed knife from the evil pufferfish in order to SECURE THE BAG. Game recognizes game. Evil Mat is awesome.

O yea Perrin’s dumbass and Egwene got captured by White Cloaks. Good job bro. At least he killed some. Actually I think I mentioned this  last week. Happy Friday!

Final Notes:  Went to Book Expo yesterday (yea that’s where only publishing professionals and people selling weird book related merchandise no one wants go, talk about exclusivity) and saw that Robert Jordan is actually publishing a new book. I was going to ask if Jordan wrote the book whilst hanging out with Tupac, but I saw that the scientology publisher had delicious looking cookies so I decided to grab one of those instead. Just kidding I was too nervous to talk to anyone because I suck at networking hence why I hide behind a blog. Learned a lot about L Ron Hubba Bubba though. Let me tell you a little bit about him…

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Eye of the World Audiobook Update 7

Okay, okay, okay, it’s that time of the week where I’m going to ramble on about Eye of the World, running and touch upon gambling losses. I feel like I have been struggling with the running this week. With having the Brooklyn Half on Saturday and doing the City Manager’s 10-Mile Race to Remember this Sunday, I am in that intermediary week where I don’t have a long race to get these miles in and I don’t want to overdo it and be shot to shit by Sunday. So I fed myself a steady diet of 5-7 mile runs, and will close up the week with two 3 milers Friday and Saturday. Running consistent 5-7 miles everyday was just boring, I should have broke it up with something. I think I might shoot for a 40 mile week next week, since 10 of them will already be knocked out by the race Sunday and I don’t believe I have anything coming up.

There is one good thing about 5-7 milers every day, it gave me a shitload of time to make some progress on Eye of the World. I just finished listening to the part of the book where Perrin and Egwenes’ dumbasses get scooped up by the Children of the Light. RIP HOPPER YOU WERE A REAL ONE. I guess it really isn’t too depressing because I’m almost positive he lives on in the dream world. Kinda hard to get emotional over it. I call those two dumbasses because I never understand this, instead of hiding by the only identifiable object in the Stedding, just keep walking or lay down in the middle of the field. You have night vision Perrin, use it. Terrible showing by him just charging them and getting twerked in the head. Be better bro.

Update on the tres amigos. Boring, Nynaeve grow up already. Such a whiner. Looks like fucking CP3 after literally anything happens on the court. Moiraine is like Scott Foster. Lan is like somebody. Good job me.

I would be remiss in my duties if I did not touch upon the hero of the story and Lenny al’Thor. Things started to pop off in White Bridge, and honestly there is no one to blame here but Rand. If he just never spoke to Padain Fain, Mat would never be forced to have to make tough decisions like saying to Thom we gotta split up. Thom is a real one though. Charging a fade when you are 900 years old takes balls. His may be old and wrinkled, but they are most certainly there. Gracious of Mat to not steal the spotlight and take out the fade himself. Real heroes know to get everyone on the team involved.

And that is this week’s update. Remember kids stay in school.

Final Notes:

There is this book proposal going around my office today, and it is seriously the craziest thing I have ever read. It is at least 14k words long and it is the work a madman, I want to share it soooooo badly but I have a feeling I would get fired instantly. It’s ballsy as hell though, my man not only proposed a book, but also a subsequent movie, tv show and an app. I would love if people started sending me crazy ass book proposals.

I was riding a hot streak on the Bucks covering, but that came to a crashing halt last night. Kawhi had to be the most desirable free agent this summer. It’s weird, like he has such a solid image, seems crazy dependable, doesn’t cry to the media, doesn’t even have emotion when he gets called for something, is willing to limp around the court just to play and yet I still always question him because of San Antonio. I can’t wait to one day find out the real, or as close to real as things get these days, one day. Three blogs this week. What a legend. Final notes is a little out of hand on this one.