Friday, October 18, 2013

Confessing Two Levels of Nerd

So if you know us at all, you know that we have a huge soft spot for nerdy things that we think are awesome, but yet play off as a joke. Similar to how in "The Other Guys" Marky Mark knows ballet, but then says the only reason he learned was to be able to make fun of the kid he grew up with.

The problem is that we have a hard time remembering that we are supposed to play it off like a joke. Examples? Oh okay. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Christopher Nolan's Batman Trilogy (okay, lets be real, any of Christopher Nolan's movies), Brett's love and expansive knowledge of obscure 80's music, my crochet ability, and that conversation we had once about 1) how to determine levels of mutants according to X-Men, 2) what powers we and our friends would have, and 3) who would be the highest level, and therefore most powerful.

I know, its pretty sad.

But then I made a connection between two separate spheres of my nerdiness last night.

During half-time of the Jazz/Blazers preseason game (Confession 0.5-who watches preseason? We do.) we took the time to watch Bill and Jalen's 2013 NBA Preview (Confession 1.0). Bill Simmons is an NBA writer for Grantland, and Jalen Rose is a retired NBA player, and they are buds. After shutting themselves up to record their talks about how this NBA season will go, they are releasing their thoughts one team at a time. And they are hilarious! Check them out if you want.

Here is where the connection came it...It clicked in my head that Bill is a writer for Grantland and that one of my favorite articles written about a movie was on Grantland by someone who normally wrote about the NBA. Turns out it was him!

Back in February, as all my coworkers at the time know, Bill wrote an article detailing the extended trailer for Fast and Furious 6 (Confession 2.0-I love the Fast and Furious movies.). It is one of my favorite pieces of written work. There are F&F references everywhere (obviously), mentions of Ben Affleck, and basketball analogies. It is wonderful! If you like those things together, go read it right here! If you do, consider this a fair warning that you will not necessarily learn anything new, simply see everything that any fan of F&F has ever wanted to say.

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