This Week in Halftime: Mario Balotelli sure is crazy
The sports and leisure fanatics on Halftime put together a great week’s worth of posts. Rob Ponce defends Italian soccer player and overall insane person Mario Balotelli, terming him “the most interesting man in the world.”
On the pitch, he’s one of the most captivating figures in professional sports. His critics call him “erratic” and “crazy,” two claims that even his biggest fans would have trouble denying. The striker, nicknamed “Super Mario”, is one of soccer’s most gifted athletes; a player who is capable of making the difference in any contest. Despite his impressive tactical and athletic prowess, his occasional on-field meltdowns and whimsical attitude during important contests have made him reviled as well as renowned throughout the world of soccer.
Chris Almeida reviews the Batman prequel Gotham finding it to be a refreshing superhero origin story, this time telling its tale from the point of view of a young Jim Gordon.
This isn’t the usual Bruce Wayne-centric offering, but rather a prequel featuring a young Jim Gordon as the protagonist. The pre-hero model has been explored before, most notably in The WB’s Smallville, which gave a ten-year story of Clark Kent in his pre-Superman days, but this offering is different, less of a Batman origin than an origin of the city itself, showing the development of its future protectors as well as the figures who will plague it.
Erika Bullock thrifted her way through a Georgetown flea market to find new stuff for her empty apartment.
In an attempt to make our apartment resemble the living space of a group of hip, artistic young twenty-somethings, this past sunday, my roommate and I headed out to the Georgetown Flea Market, which is now in its 37th year. Our collective goal: to find a tapestry for our Henle wall. My individual goal: to treat myself to something that cost $5 or less (AKA spend the cash I had left after my weekly Trader Joe’s run). The market, located across from the Safeway on Wisconsin Avenue, was just a 15 minute walk.
And John Dodderidge laments the intense stat analysis that undermines discussion about baseball’s MVPs.
In the past two seasons, the American League MVP awarded has led to heated debate in the baseball community. Miguel Cabrera finished first ahead of Mike Trout both times. The two players represent competing schools of thought in evaluating players: Cabrera was the old-school candidate that relied on classic stats like batting average and RBI, while the sabermetrics community heralded Trout’s campaign using advanced stats to prove his dominance. The debates became so intense and absurd that both sides began to underrate the player they were arguing against.