Five Things that are worth your time: January 3

Five things is back! I managed to miss last week as I was too busy playing Battlefront II, eating junk food and enjoying my holidays. But now I’m back at it! It’s a Deadspin-heavy week, featuring posts about some historic sports photographs, Doris Burke, Star Wars, Titanic… and maybe the end of the world. Enjoy, I guess?

The Immaculate Reception And The Photographer Who Waited 45 Years To Get His Due

David Davis, Deadspin

I’m a huge fan of Davis’ profiles of sports photographers and their work capturing amazing sports moments. This is his latest, a profile of Harry Cabluck, an AP photographer who captured both James Franco’s “Immaculate Reception” in 1972 and Carlton Fisk waving his homer fair in the 1975 World Series. I love how crisp the photos are in black and white. They just don’t take photos like these anymore.

A quote: “”When Bradshaw launched the ball, I just held down the button figuring, ‘what the hell,’” Cabluck said. “And, lo and behold, the ball bounced around and Franco came up with the ball and ran right at me. The camera was running almost like a movie camera.””

For Doris Burke, Having Game Is All That Matters

Mark Bechtel, Sport Illustrated

There have been a couple of profiles written about Doris Burke this year, but when you become the first female broadcaster to be a full-time network analyst for pro basketball (and you’re really damn good at it) (and you have Drake wearing your face on a t-shirt and asking you out to dinner) you’re bound to get attention. And all of it’s deserved. Burke is great in the booth, great at giving interviews, and she’s a great interviewee as well.

A quote: “Providence had just made the decision to start airing women’s basketball games on the radio. And so began what she calls her “happy accident” of a broadcasting career. She had no experience or training, but she was insightful enough that Foley would dub her color commentary onto the game tapes he showed his team. “They could listen to Doris to get an idea of what they were doing right and what they were doing wrong,” he says.”

Inside The Punishing Dictatorship That Was James Cameron’s Titanic Set

John H. Richardson, Premiere

It’s been 20 years since Titanic was released and became the biggest movie ever. It’s kind of forgotten now, because we have giant blockbusters coming at us every few weeks and our constantly shifting news cycle means nothing stays in the spotlight for long. (I really have to wonder how this movie would have done if it came out today.) Anyway, the stories that came off this movie’s set were legendary, and this piece from Premiere in 1997, republished in Deadspin, peeks behind the curtain of the set—and into James Cameron’s insanity.

A quote: “When I ask Shelley if she likes Jim, she hesitates for just a second. “It’s unpopular to like him here,” she says. But then she says she likes him a lot. “The other day, when they were doing the funnel drop, he says, ‘Chuck, what do we have to do to get this right, sacrifice another chicken?’ How can you not like that?””

It’s Okay to Love/Hate/Like/Meh/Whatever a Star Wars Movie

HelloGreedo, YouTube

HelloGreedo is a YouTube personality whose views on Star Wars nicely mirror my own. In my Star Wars: The Last Jedi piece this week, I shared a funny video of his that imagines how the Internet would have reacted to the original Star Wars trilogy. This one is a more nuanced look at the same thing, reminding fans that not every thing in every movie is made for them, and that it’s OK, even if you’re a die-hard fan, to not like it—for whatever reason.

A quote: “A huge percentage of people don’t seem to realize that watching a movie, and yes, even a Star Wars movie, is a completely subjective experience. What you get out of it—or what you don’t get out of it—will differ wildly from the person to your left or to your right.”

We’ve forgotten how to fear

Will Leitch, Deadspin

Deadspin’s weekly football Jambaroo is normally written by Drew Magary; even though I don’t watch football anymore I still read the Jambaroo because I love Drew’s writing so much. Deadspin founder Will Leitch subs in for Drew once a year and usually delivers a fantastic essay; this one, on what growing up at the tail end of the Cold War was like and how we should probably be paying a little closer attention to the parallels today, is incredible. You can stop reading before the football stuff but give the opening essay a read.

A quote: “During the Cold War, leaders of wealthy, stable, established nations were hinting at nuclear standoffs, and talking about missile defense systems, and testing thermonuclear weapons, and it led to three decades of apocalyptic popular fiction, fallout shelters being installed all across the country and schoolchildren being taught how to shield themselves from debris and radiation in case of a nuclear attack. It was the central organizing principle of most of the second half of the 20th century. It, singularly, affected every aspect of American life.

“And there were so many more protections then than there are now.”
That’s all for this week! Come back next Wednesday for another five things.

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