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Netflix knows nostalgia: Cartoon Network on instant streaming

Cartoon+NetworkBY TROY PHILLIPS

A Netflix subscription has its’ ups and downs.

On one hand, the instant streaming subscription mostly offers options that most viewers aren’t dying to stream. After a few months of catching up on a few tenured favorites, some subscribers find themselves lost amid a sea of unfamiliar, uninspiring titles that ultimately result in a loss of viewing interest.

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Urban Dictionary Words of the Week

urbandictionaryBY TROY PHILLIPS

When not doing his YouTuber of the Week segment, Poor Scholars’ Troy Phillips sorts through the creative, the weird and the disturbing to find his favorite words of the week from Urban Dictionary.  After making repeated use of the “random” button to sort through potential candidates, here are Troy’s discoveries for this week.

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Spikeball: A game of champions

spikeballBY TROY PHILLIPS

The coming of spring has many implications. Most people embrace the warmer months with the hope of reclaiming the outdoors with their favorite activities.

The dawn of April brings with it a host of seasonal opportunities; playing catch, riding bikes, throwing a football or a beanbag or just relaxing in the warm air. Sure, I’ll be happy to bury my ice brush for a few months and hit a few long balls on the diamond, but there is one game that has been eating away at my patience since the first snowfall.

For me, spring means the start of Spikeball season.

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Cutting to 25: Opening Day previews for every MLB team

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The start of baseball season has an elusive quality to it for sports fans. Unlike the start of comparable leagues like the NFL or NBA, which enter each year with a roar of anticipation, baseball is content to sneak in the back door with a whimper each April. Lo and behold, Major League Baseball decided to roll out an Astros home game to kick off the 2013 season.

The Final Four has an annual death grip on sports through the first week of April, and so baseball must take a backseat for a few days. There will, however, be a few long Summer months in which baseball is the only thing available in professional athletics, which is usually when fans begin to acknowledge MLB’s existence.

In the meantime, the real action begins today for anyone not residing in Texas. Anyone with a busted bracket like me will appreciate a chance to bask in light of America’s Pastime, at least for a few weeks until the Cubs go bust.

Since every team is required to enter their first contest with 25 men on the roster, I’ve taken the pleasure of writing a preview of all 30 MLB clubs in precisely 25 words. Some may call this concept unnecessarily tedious, and after repeating this exercise so many times I would tend to agree. At any rate, enjoy.

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Get Captured Under the Dome

kingBY TROY PHILLIPS

The name Stephen King is often enough to send pangs of joy through sci fi/horror fans. King is the colossus of chills, the sultan of scares, the great bloodbino! Badly placed Sandlot references aside, a horror fan that is not familiar with the print and/or cinematic portions of Kings’ work is one who is merely trying to fit in, and doing a poor job at that.

If there is any knock on King, however, it might be due to his inability to ensure that the big screen version of his stories always match the quality of his novels. Not to say that all films based off of Stephen King novels have flopped, but anyone with a Netflix account can do a bit of searching and find the seedy underbelly of his film adaptations.

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VMAs at Barclays

 vmaBY TROY PHILLIPS

It seems like all roads are headed to Brooklyn these days.

Next month’s can’t miss sports drama 42 takes place in New York’s most popular borough and Jay Z, omnipresent as always, has more reason than ever to stay near home while his Brooklyn Nets battle for homecourt advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Now the Video Music Awards can be added to the list after choosing Barclays Center as their venue of choice to hand out Moonmen.

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Laching Class: Brian Urlacher burns bridges in Chicago

ChicagoBearsBY TROY PHILLIPS

Two Christmas’ ago, I was in the market for a new go-to Bears jersey.

My old Matt Forte jersey had served me moderately well, but I had outgrown number 22 both in practicality and perception. No longer was he the upstart halfback out of little Tulane; he had become another established commodity on his way to the Pro Bowl. And frankly, that wasn’t how I rolled. A trendsetter in outdated attire, my self-appointed role in the jersey industry was to represent the undiscovered and unappreciated. My Lamar Odom Lakers jersey still stands out as one of my favorites from grade school. I would seriously challenge the world to find another fifth grader who could say the same, much less one who had lived his entire life in Illinois.

There are, of course, exceptions to every rule. Brian Urlacher was no exception. Lach was a standard of his own. And so my choice for a new Bears jersey was never really a choice at all.

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Chalk it up to ignorance: How my upset empire crumbled

Photo Credit: AP/Journal-Sentinal

Photo Credit: AP/Journal-Sentinal

BY TROY PHILLIPS

This year, yes, this year, 2013, would be MY year.

2011 was supposed to be my year, once upon a time. But then Louisville lost in the Round of 64 instead of the Final Four and all of my other Elite Eight teams were heartbreakingly slaughtered to rest before they could complete their circuit through my bracket.

2012 was the year that I came in knowledgeable; I studied, read and projected my way through the entire month of February with a fervor. I knew that I had to adapt and learn from previous mistakes; I made sure that Louisville got bounced early and selected teams like Missouri to make their way to the final games with good guard play and positive momentum. Once again I was pommeled in the early rounds. I probably still owe Anthony Davis and the rest of last year’s Kentucky team a muffin basket, they were the only reason that I finished in the top half of my pool.

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YouTuber of the Week: Vsauce

YouTubeBannerBY TROY PHILLIPS

YouTube has become one of America’s favorite pastimes and Poor Scholars is here to give you a YouTube All-Star worthy of your subscription. This week, Poor Scholars’ Troy Phillips gives you his selection. 

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Under-the-Radar storylines to watch in March

simbhullarBY TROY PHILLIPS

Finally, gracefully, NCAA tournament week has descended upon millions of easily distracted Americans like a powerful swell.

Anyone with any meaningful objectives that need to be completed over the next few weeks will have a heart wrenching choice to make. Teachers will have an (even) smaller attentive audience, bosses will cruise around offices slapping wrists and thousands of trees will be unceremoniously demolished to print millions of brackets that will eventually be butchered in every way imaginable by overzealous armchair hoops gurus. Yes, tournament time is upon us, and it remains the most engrossing time of year for anyone with an athletic pulse. Even those who otherwise have no business in the world of sports betting fork over low denominations of legal tender in the hope of catching the wave that sweeps so many others off towards the shores of hope, and, in time, despair.

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