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Media exploitation of American popular culture has reached a fever pitch this week as these annual spectacles appear on the television schedule. The NBA event has already generated some gritty footage of a mob scene at an Orlando shopping mall during a special release of those $200+ basketball shoes. This will probably be the only coverage of hoops, NASCAR, or the Academy Awards viewed on my TV this month.

I’m a film buff and have the BGG microbadges to prove it. Professional basketball entertains millions of Americans even though the college game is more exciting to watch. NASCAR pumps thousands upon thousands of dollars into the economy of Florida, so come on down and spend that cash at Daytona.

I would rather play a board game -- or merely discuss games on BGG -- than grab the television remote during any of these events.

I’ve already forgotten the winner of the Best Picture award last spring but I do remember a great session of Wings of War: Famous Aces that we enjoyed at a convention in April. Please excuse me for attempting to practice a little amateur psychology, but sharing a board game session with a few friends must certainly offer more mental stimulation than watching a stock car race on TV with the neighbors. I don’t remember any media coverage of a riot when a crowd of frantic Geeks stormed the entrance of a game store during the release of a new Catan version, but perhaps I missed that news cycle.

We all need a little cultural cotton candy to relieve the daily stress in our lives. Fluff can lighten the psychological burden of a struggling economy and high fuel prices. Millions of people will be watching these events on TV, and good for them if these distractions offer entertainment.

I wrote this article because it was amusing to me when I rapidly clicked past these “important” news items splashed across the top of my internet home page on the way to BGG. All of that expensive advertising is wasted on a nerd like me.

So… please try to answer this question without using Google:

Which film received the Best Picture award last year?

Perhaps I've made my point. Enjoy a few board games this Sunday or next weekend, and I’ll see you on BGG!
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For myself, the NBA lost all allure after the mid-nineties.

NASCAR is the Walmart of racing, but F1 is something the wife and I watch religiously.

The Academy Awards have consistently proven themselves to be a primping, political/advertising plaything of the movie industry.

When does Wallace's game about airlines come out?
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Re: NBA All-Star Game? Daytona 500? Oscars? Keep that popular culture; I’ll take board games.
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The King's Speech won.

I did not know that, and cheated by looking it up. I made a mistake first and had to correct that error. I think it shows the "I don't care", I feel towards the Academy Awards anymore.

What you say Pete is right on the money for me as well. At one time the Oscars interested me. To much political correctness and dripping liberalism kills it for me.

As for NASCAR, I have never watched a race and I enjoy sports.

As for NBA, they could have locked the entire season out and I would not have cared. NCAA basketball is so much better.

Give me a day of gaming with friends any day. I do love the NFL though....
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pete belli wrote:

So… please try to answer this question without using Google:

Which film received the Best Picture award last year?

Perhaps I've made my point. Enjoy a few board games this Sunday or next weekend, and I’ll see you on BGG!

The King's Speech

I know this because it's one of the few nominees in recent years that I actually saw before it won the Oscar.


btw, I'll be watching The Amazing Race tonight...
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Quote:
The King's Speech

I know this because it's one of the few nominees in recent years that I actually saw before it won the Oscar.


Right. We saw that one in the cinema. A superb film.
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Incendies won for best picture.
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chearns wrote:
Incendies won for best picture.


That might be the best film I've gotten to see in a mainstream movie theater. The only negative point is the one casting choice that I can't describe without adding spoiler tags.



Anyway, we all like different things. I remember several F1 races from years ago, and such. I hope the media will cover NASCAR more than board games, if that's what people like, but really I'd prefer if people attached more importance to intellectual rather than fluffy activities. That's my preference, though, and anyone can do whatever they want.
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I'm a big NBA fan, but the All-Star weekend is just plain boring. I will pick board games over what you listed.
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The Professional Bowlers' Association U.S. Open final is also happening today. ESPN broadcasts the event, but doesn't even show highlights of it on SportsCenter (unless somebody falls down). Such is life for us pro bowlers... lol

Oh, well... I can still play boardgames while watching the show... :-)
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For years (maybe decades) I've recorded awards shows that might have something I want to see. Usually takes about 1/2 hour to watch a three hour spectacle! I usually go over to a friend's place to game on Sunday nights. We usually use one of the music channels through the TV. Maybe tonight we'll put the Academy Awards on and look up if anything interesting happens.
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NBA gulp Wrecked basketball for everyone when it became a one-on-one game. Nothing to do with team play anymore

Oscars yuk Hollywood just plain sucks.

Nascar Watch for the wrecks.


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I don't know, to each their own in my opinion. Formula one is on my tv every race but the actual racing is less interesting than NASCAR. F1 is every bit as corporate as NASCAR with added bonus of being exclusionary to the average fan. At least NASCAR gives plenty of access to the garages and drivers.

I'll probably watch Daytona while playing a session of Rallyman.

The talent in the NBA can't be denied but I just don't enjoy watching. Again every Pittsburgh Penguin game is either watched live or recorded in my house.

The Oscars will also be on tonight including all the red carpet stuff too. My wife and I will be well into a game of Dominion during the shows.

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Orangemoose wrote:
NBA gulp Wrecked basketball for everyone when it became a one-on-one game. Nothing to do with team play anymore


Can not agree more. College Basketball is so much better.
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Really? College basketball seems so slow tempo compared to NBA. And seriously: two 20 minutes halfs just sound strange. Note that I'm brazilian so the level of exposure to NCAA basketball is very limited (more than NBA). Also I think the time clock on NCAA is too big (35 seconds!).

I didn't care for the Oscars at all. I don't like movies.

NASCAR sucks compared to F1. I just can't see what's the fun on an oval circuit.
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Orangemoose wrote:
NBA gulp Wrecked basketball for everyone when it became a one-on-one game. Nothing to do with team play anymore.


You obviously haven't watched in a while. This is perhaps the greatest era of point guards ever: Steve Nash (still playing well), Derrick Rose, Tony Parker (having a quietly great year), Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Derron Williams, Rajon Rondo, Jeremy Lin (I'll say it), etc. Team play is crucial to win right now and the league is the most watchable it's been since Jordan.

Orangemoose wrote:
Oscars yuk Hollywood just plain sucks.


Not all of the nominated films come from the Hollywood system; and even the system churns out some pretty good product. This is a weak year admittedly - last year was great with both The King's Speech and the phenomenal Social Network. But the director category alone this year is cause for excitement - Scorcese, Terrene Malick, Alexander Payne, Woody Allen. Talk about an all-star lineup. The Artist will probably win, which I didn't see but does look fantastic; of the nominees I saw, I really enjoyed Moneyball and Brad Pitt's performance in it.

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Boardgaming with my wife thumbsupthumbsupcool


Ok, you got me. That does sound awesome.

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I'm a bigger Bulls fan than I am a gamer. I haven't been able to watch games regularly since moving to Canada so board games it is...
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Well said Pete. While we're on the subject of the vast wasteland, I would urge people to consider National TV Turn Off Week, happening this year during April 30 through May 6.

Maybe we can convince our friends and neighbors to do the same and have them over to play a few boardgames.
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andre_sand wrote:
Well said Pete. While we're on the subject of the vast wasteland, I would urge people to consider National TV Turn Off Week, happening this year during April 30 through May 6.

Maybe we can convince our friends and neighbors to do the same and have them over to play a few boardgames.


I'm in - let's make it a month
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Orangemoose wrote:
NBA gulp Wrecked basketball for everyone when it became a one-on-one game. Nothing to do with team play anymore

Oscars yuk Hollywood just plain sucks.

Nascar Watch for the wrecks.


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The Dallas Mavericks disagree with you. A team with one super-star defeated the super three Miami put together because Dallas could play team basketball. While the Heat could only manage to run iso one on one sets.

There are many reasonable complaints against the NBA game, but saying there is no team play is bogus.
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NBAfan wrote:
Orangemoose wrote:
NBA gulp Wrecked basketball for everyone when it became a one-on-one game. Nothing to do with team play anymore

Oscars yuk Hollywood just plain sucks.

Nascar Watch for the wrecks.


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The Dallas Mavericks disagree with you. A team with one super-star defeated the super three Miami put together because Dallas could play team basketball. While the Heat could only manage to run iso one on one sets.


Good point. But I should qualify. I live close to Philadelphia and had to read about the idiot Iverson for far too long.

I used to love the NBA when Russell, Chamberlain, Greer, etc. played. Just don't care anymore. Same witrh college BB. As soon as my kids graduated from high school and their teams, I pretty much stopped watching.
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I'm all for people having their own tastes and opinions, I just hate when people act like they're above the things they're putting down.

College basketball is different than the NBA, but I wouldn't say it's better. When people say this, I think they're generally just taking issue with NBA stars/egos, not the actual game.

It'd require being very sensitive about politics to be offended by the Oscars. Sure it's a lot of industry people patting themselves on the back, and sure Hollywood in general probably has a political slant, but I've been watching it for years and only on rare occasions does someone say something that can be construed as political.

I don't follow NASCAR, and am not a fan of racing in general, but I have nothing against it, it's just not my thing.

It makes me think of a lonely kid in high school who hates the star quarterback for being popular, and despises the cheerleaders because they're attractive.

It annoys me that people somehow think they're better than other people because they do something as simple as not watching TV. Board games can be just as much of a waste of time as TV. It's not like we're choosing between watching TV and tutoring some underprivileged kids. We're playing games. There's no pride to be had in that.
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1) The Oscars are bloated, yes, but they're much better than the Grammys. At least the Oscars generally attempt to give awards to the best in a given year... not the 'most popular that wasn't terrible'. If the Grammys were for movies, Transformers: Dark of the Moon would be nominated for best picture.

2) Lots of sports on TV today that don't particularly interest me, but... Barca / Atletico Madrid will be on in 2 hours, and I will absolutely be tuned in for that one.
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something is wrong when I have completely forgot about all this and I log into to BGG and get reminded.


Or is it?

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macgruff wrote:
College basketball is different than the NBA, but I wouldn't say it's better. When people say this, I think they're generally just taking issue with NBA stars/egos, not the actual game.

Agreed. There is nothing special about college basketball except for the March Madness pools at work.

EDIT: ...when talking about comparisons to the NBA. By no means am I saying that college basketball sucks. It is college football that sucks.
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NBA: Until I read this thread I didn't know that the NBA All-Star game was today. I'll watch college basketball now and then, and with the two major NM universities both enjoying good seasons it can hardly be avoided.

Academy Awards: I don't watch, but a friend and I have a long running yearly lunch bet, picking against each other from the top 24 awards. I have rarely seen the vast majority of the offerings. I make my picks based on Hollywood politics and popularity contests and usually do quite well. I get serious when there's BBQ on the line.

NASCAR: I love all types of racing, but NASCAR is trying real hard to lose me as a fan. There is little difference in the cars, outside of engines and getting the right people to fiddle with them. The races mostly devolve into circulating around the track for 80% of the time, hoping your car doesn't break, or you avoid getting caught up in the wake of someone else's car breaking. The best racing takes place during the final 50 laps or so, when you see who's still got some energy for the fight, and hopefully enough car left to make it to the end. I'll DVR the race, watch the first 400 or so miles at 16x speed, and then turn it to normal for the end.

It's Sunday, I've got to help with cleaning house and doing laundry. I've got a PanzerBlitz battle set up on my table, and Galactic Civ 2 on my Windows box. I've got better things to do than watch overpaid prima donnas show off for each other, or other guys driving in circles for four hours.
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