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Fight Club Style

Tuesday
October 21, 2014

I no longer work at WSYX/WTTE. Sadly, the first two rules of Fight Club are in effect. I hope you understand.

What the future here in Columbus holds for me remains to be seen. My apartment lease runs through the end of May 2015. I love the city despite not knowing many people here, and my preference would be to stay, but long-term I have to formulate a plan. And until some things fall into place, yay or nay, I'm in a bit of a holding pattern.

This Saturday, Draft King goes on the road, as I'll be taking a day trip to Lexington, KY to see the #1 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs play the Kentucky Wildcats in football. I'm meeting up with my brother Matt, a State alumnus, and his wife Jenica there for what will be an historic game -- the first one since State captured the top spot in the AP Poll for the first time ever.

Incredibly, the game will be taking place in the 3:30 p.m. timeslot on CBS, something that I never expected to see happen with the two teams involved. I'm not sure how long the fun will last for State, but I look forward to seeing Dak Prescott play in person. I also will be watching NFL prospects like State ILB Benardrick McKinney and Kentucky DE/OLB Alvin "Bud" Dupree. Should be a good time.

The World Series starts tonight, and while baseball doesn't capture my attention much during the regular season, it's enjoyable to watch the playoffs. It's especially great this year since Kansas City is in the postseason for the first time since 1985. Unlike other major professional sports in this country, Major League Baseball lacks a hard salary cap. That means that teams with owners that have money to burn and/or are in large markets with lucrative local/regional TV broadcast rights.

Smaller market teams have to use creative methods to compete, hoping that prospects pan out well enough to put them in position to have a 2-3 year window to be competitive. It's not easy and it's certainly not a fair system, but in this case things finally worked out for Kansas City fans. It's the Giants at Royals tonight for Game One. I'll be watching...

One last note: I strongly recommend the Breaking Madden series that Jon Bois does for SB Nation. It's a conglomeration of great storytelling (including some crazy music choices that actually work out really well), creative video game scenarios, and an overall creative vision that is remarkably captivating.


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