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30 April 2015 @ 06:05 am
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Today is the NFL Draft. I'm glad the wait is almost over, but I'm also wondering how long I will be able to continue putting up with the obvious moral squalor of my favorite sport and what it does to those who participate. I am also a Trekkie, and when I face criticism for that, I can always comfort myself with the knowledge that my favorite franchise is not Star Wars.*

So it is cheering today to be reminded that there is a worse alleged sport, one in which inflicting brain damage is directly the way to win, rather than a byproduct. (Even hockey has aims other than blunt trauma.) In news that should surprise no one, the best boxer of our time has discovered that the skills transfer.

While I'm at it, The NY Times did a follow-up story on the first round picks of the 1990 draft (the first one I watched), and John Scalzi relates it to his rookie class.

*But now the same guy is directing both, and I feel as if my team has signed a treaty with Von Ribbentrop.

Thanx to Metafilter, and Whatever.
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Tom Jacksonjacksontom on April 30th, 2015 01:15 pm (UTC)
Should I bother to watch Voyager?
El Coyote Gordo: unslashsupergee on April 30th, 2015 01:52 pm (UTC)
I dunno. I haven't actually watched that much Trek. I like it because it's Idea SF instead of SFX SF. I used to copy-edit professional Trek fiction & nonfiction, and that's what I base my claim to be a Trekkie. I do recognize flaws, though: One book I did was The Science of Star Trek, and I was ready to hear, "What's on the other side of the page?" I did a book of Voyager plot summaries and then (for another publisher) a book of Marxist economics, and thought that there are people who don't ingest that much bullshit in a lifetime, but the show may be fun to watch.
The Weasel King: pic#32302970theweaselking on April 30th, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC)
That depends.

Have you already seen all of Deep Space Nine, Next Generation, and Original Series, and loved them all even the clunky episodes, and are desperate for more Star Trek?

If so: Yes, you should watch Voyager.

If not: Go watch those other Treks instead. Voyager at its best is like ToS or season 1 Next Generation at their worst.
Tom Jacksonjacksontom on April 30th, 2015 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks, theweaselking! I knew someone could tell me.
The Weasel King: pic#32302970theweaselking on April 30th, 2015 02:04 pm (UTC)
now the same guy is directing both

I gotta say, I live in fear that he'll do to Star Wars what he did to Star Trek. The whole point of getting someone other than Lucas was to get a movie that was *better* than Attack Of The Clones, not worse like Into Darkness.

(I have no side in the larger Trek/Wars debate. I just want good movies, and Abrams' track record so far is... not good.)
Katejuliansinger on April 30th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
I resolved to Quit Watching, Dammit last year. (Before all the domestic violence stuff, and due purely to the CTE problems, and their tone deafness surrounding it. The domestic violence stuff just made me feel better about it.)

...then the Patriots happened. So I paid attention even if I wasn't watching. (I did write to tell them (t he NFL, I mean) that I wasn't watching, drop in the bucket that may be.)

I figure it's a process.

I've never watched boxing (because it's solely hitting people), but I do have to say, I think if a person has been adjudicated, they have a right to continue making a living.

As for Trek vs Wars -- nope. Both!