Monday, December 31, 2012

You Only Blog Never

This was going to be a long, drawn-out post, but I'll just get right to it. The blog is not going to be updated for the forseeable future. I'm just not able to produce the quality and quantity of content I would like, for multiple reasons that I really feel no need to get into.

I'll still be around on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Picasa, etc., so I'm not really going away. I just won't be writing in this format for... well, who knows?

I've been blogging in some form for more than 10 years, and it's time to take a real break. It could last a week. It could last a year. It could last forever.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Composite NBA Power Rankings for Dec. 18

Doesn't anyone want to hold on to the No. 1 spot? This is Ludacris! (see what I did there? I'll stop now)

For the fourth consecutive week, there's a different team in the top spot. Sadly, there hasn't been as much turnover at the bottom.

The weekly disclaimer: I have no personal say in these rankings (at least not directly): I've picked 10 representative weekly power rankings and two automated daily power rankings from around the web. I drop each team's highest and lowest ranking, then average out the remaining 10 rankings and sort the teams by lowest average.

The regular lineup is as follows:

Sam Amico (, Sean Deveney (AOL/Sporting News), Kurt Helin (ProBasketballTalk), Matt Moore (, Eric Pincus (Hoopsworld), Seth Rosenthal (SB Nation), John Schuhmann (, Marc Stein (, Marc J. Spears (Yahoo!), USA Today, Jeff Sagarin (USA Today), John Hollinger (

If you know of any weekly power ranking that you think should be added to the list, just drop me a line. And now what you came for, this week's rankings:

Gossip Girl "New York, I Love You XOXO" Reaction

To call Monday night's series finale of "Gossip Girl" the "end of an era" probably isn't accurate, even within the stretched definition of "era" as it applies to scripted television. The show's era, if it ever had one, likely ended sometime around the time Jenny slept with Chuck then was exiled from New York, but it limped along beyond that point, steadily declining each week along the way.

That, in part, is what made Monday's episode -- "New York, I Love You XOXO" -- so stunning. It was easily the best single episode the show has produced in years, wrapping up the biggest lingering couplings (Blair/Chuck and Serena/Dan) in ways that both made sense and were satisfying. It was fun, caring, emotional, and even had the trademark "Gossip Girl" schemeing, but in a way that made you root for the characters, rather than despise them (an element that had been missing for much of this season).

But the episode's success comes with a major caveat. The show finally played its last card, revealing the identity of the title character, and in doing so introducing a litany of plot holes and inconsitancies to the previous six seasons worth of episodes.

SPOILER ALERT. If you haven't seen Monday's episode yet, and don't want to know the identity of Gossip Girl, then stop reading now. END SPOILER ALERT.