The New York Times left its World Cup analysis incomplete; I completed it

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Right before the World Cup, the New York Times devoted an entire issue of its weekly New York Times Magazine to the upcoming international soccer tournament.

Americans love to make facile comparisons, especially when they talk about sports, so in one of its heroic efforts to make soccer more understandable/relatable, the Times tried to equate players who would appear in the World Cup to their American “counterparts”:

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“Ready for Hillary” has been a thing for longer than you thought

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We’re not even halfway through 2014, and you’ve already seen what Hillary Clinton has in store for the 2016 campaign (above). It certainly sounded familiar, so I dug this out of the archives:

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Still pining for Breaking Bad? Lucky you, it lives on — for now

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Presumably, you are aware that yesterday marked the final episode of Breaking Bad. The show first blipped onto my personal radar as one of AMC’s two flagship original programs (along with Mad Men, which I’ve been all over for a while). Though I’ve never seen an episode, I am planning to watch the whole show some day (perhaps once it’s all up on Netflix). Remarkably, the finale has not yet been spoiled for me – and I’d like to keep it that way.

In the meantime, I couldn’t help but notice that those who have seen Breaking Bad just can’t get enough of it — to the extent that some have even found reason to make the pilgrimage out to Albuquerque. So for those of you suffering through symptoms of withdrawal in the wake of the finale, have no fear — the dream of the 90s may be alive in Portland, but the dream of Breaking Bad is alive in San Francisco:

Or as I prefer to think of the incident that saw the Niners linebacker blocked by a tree (surprise! the title of this post was a pun! as is this):

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First name Russell, last name Potter, so sayeth the Lord

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[Editor's pre-prescript: Earlier today, my dear Aunt who shall not be named asked me to give a Dvar Torah two months from now. So I thought it was as good a time as any to show her what she's getting herself into.]

[Editor's prescript: RW3 and JK Rowling both drew inspiration from a single Rashi. That's basically the punchline -- the rest of this post serves as an elaboration and explanation of that idea (with the exception of a very short list of parallels all the way at the bottom -- feel free to skip ahead). If you choose to read all the way through, don't say I didn't warn you what was about to happen.]

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