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by Kolby Solinsky

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Was it all just a dream?

Remember that, a couple years ago, when even David Stern was singing the Canucks’ praises. DAVID STERN. That basketball guy who gave us a team, left the car in the rain with keys in the ignition, and then watched Memphis steal our rusty bucket and drive it all the way to Tennessee, where it’s still sitting in the driveway. And we didn’t even care… because it was a rusty bucket. And who the hell wants to go to Memphis to get it back, or to Memphis at all?

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by Kolby Solinsky

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Of course, Adrian Peterson deserves the punishment. Ray Rice? Yeah, duh. And can you imagine if there was a tape of Greg Hardy, or of the hundreds (actually, I’m betting it could be thousands) of professional athletes who have beaten their wives of their children, calling it a “whuppin’” instead of what it is – kicking the ass of someone who’s supposed to trust you, when you’re supposed to love them.

But then again… can you imagine?

Because the NFL clearly has no idea how to handle this stuff. No other sports league would, if faced with it. (And there’s some evidence to that, too.) And we don’t, either.

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The first video shows the after.

We see what the cameras outside the elevator saw, when Ray Rice dragged his fiancee – now wife – Janay Palmer out of that metal box. She was as unconscious as anyone can be, not looking like she was merely knocked out but walloped by an elephant tranquilizer. If you’d have told me she was dead, I would have believed you. Rice doesn’t look panicked. In fact, he hardly looks concerned. He sort of prods her and tries to get her to magically snap out of it, looking more like he’s worried about himself – could he see the next few months unfolding in those few moments? – than he is about her.

The first video is a lot of things – scandalous, damning, and disgusting – but it’s also obvious, because it doesn’t take Matthew McConaughey’s character from True Detective to deduce what happened only a few seconds earlier.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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*This was originally published by Black Press and the Peace Arch News

Somehow, it’s still hard to grasp just how dominant the Seattle Seahawks are – or, at worst, how dominant they’re capable of being. Last night was somehow still surprising, even after they trounced the Denver Broncos 43-8 in last year’s Super Bowl and, essentially, blew up everything folks in the United States hold dear… like Peyton Manning, for example.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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At some point in the next couple days – honestly, probably already – somebody will show you that clip of Joan Rivers on Louie. The one where she sits the chronically depressed, sad, reflective, brilliant observer and comedian with the last name C.K. down and lays out their chosen careers to not just him, but to the audience and to an America that has always enjoyed stand-up but never quite understood why or how anyone would attempt to turn it into a career.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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Paris is older than the movies. That means that Paris – like London, although neither are as abused a setting as New York – is typical and the story has been told. And re-told. And told some more, maybe with a different lens or some new hue – sepia or in black and white – so it looks like it wasn’t the movie you just watched a week ago.

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Saturday has come and gone, and the first week of college football is in the books. So, we now have our first legitimate ranking of America’s Top 25 teams. And it’s been done like it’s always done, link half-a-hundred Plinko chips falling, tumbling, and ricocheting to their fates.

There is, of course, some logic behind all of it – most of that logic not decided from the first week, but from before the first week. Last Saturday’s results only confirmed what everyone already wanted to think on their own. It confirmed their very blind assumptions about what’s true and what’s definite, like a Republican and Democrat watching the same debate and both thinking their guy won.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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Sure, call it a scandal if you want. But don’t for a second pin this on Jennifer Lawrence, and don’t distract yourself by spending a second pinning anything on Ricky Gervais either.

Because this scandal and the fact we’re even calling it that says much more about us – and about one or two leakers – than it does about her. Or about Kate Upton. Or Ariana Grande, or whoever else was involved. Because we’ve already seen all of them in their underwear, and a couple of them in essentially nothing. We’ve seen Jennifer Aniston in only a tie. We have seen Angelina Jolie shower. And we know Brad Pitt’s had both of them.

Why are we so okay with and so entitled to celebrities’ private lives being our lives until their actual private lives become our theatre? That doesn’t make it right in the second case, but rather wrong in the first one.

And what has Jennifer Lawrence even done, anyway?

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by Kolby Solinsky

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It sort of happened like The Avengers. One day, you’re staring at your dad’s comic books, wondering to yourself, “How is it possible that nobody has made a movie about Iron Man? Or about The Hulk? Or Thor? Or Captain America?” And then, all of a sudden, they’re all together in the biggest – but possibly most overrated, and I won’t explain why I said that – movie of the year, maybe the decade. Or it’s like watching The Price is Right, seeing someone cling to faith on a Plinko chip in the first round, barely nipping that oversized dollar into the wickets of the $10,000 space. And then, within a half-an-hour, they have rocketed through the wheel and into the Showcase Showdown, where not only do they win their own package but they guess right within $500, winning the other guy’s showcase, too.

These things happen sometimes. You hope for just one brownie and you get the whole plate. And it seems like the NHL is content on giving that to us, too.

Not just Seattle. Not just Las Vegas (wait, Las Vegas was a real idea?) or Quebec City or New Toronto. But all freakin’ four.

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by Kolby Solinsky

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I was away on vacation when Robin Williams died, and I never really felt like writing anything about him or really posting anything because, well, everyone else already was. But he was my favourite actor, ever since I was 5 and 6 and could process what was happening on the screen – watching Aladdin or Hook or Mrs Doubtfire – to when I was a teenager, and then up until now. It’s amazing that he could churn out ‘dramedic’ performances in Good Will Hunting and Good Morning Vietnam alongside and at the same time as his stand-up and his screwball, oddball, anything-ball comedy.

I think that’s the mark of a great entertainer, not surprisingly – to connect with you at almost any time, no matter what he’s doing, forever.

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