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In the October 29 newsletter:
NFL players love The Dark Knight, A$AP Rocky's Live.Love.A$AP, and San Diego State's Matt Araiza

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The Blackhawks’ Past and Present Actions Show That Hockey Always Matters Most

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The team brass’s handling of Kyle Beach’s report in 2010 showed that they valued winning above all else. And even today, after 11 years and a lengthy investigation, that attitude seems to persist.

[Michael Baumann on the Blackhawks' damning response to Kyle Beach's report of sexual abuse.]

Why Are NFL Players So Obsessed With The Dark Knight?

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The Christopher Nolan film may be 13 years old, but players across the league still identify with its themes—and especially the Joker. Why that character? Why this movie? And how does it all manifest on the field?

[Why do NFL players feel an affinity for The Dark Knight? Danny Heifetz investigates the connection.]

A$AP Rocky’s Live.Love.A$AP Showed a Purple-Tinted Vision of Rap’s Future

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The 2011 mixtape, which finally hit streaming Friday in honor of its 10th anniversary, is at once a product of its era and rap’s present day, when regional distinctions matter less than ever.

[Charles Holmes looks back on A$AP Rocky's Live.Love.A$AP for its 10th anniversary.]

How Rony Seikaly Became the Most Interesting Man in the World | Full Court Fits

Wosny Lambre is joined by former NBA veteran Rony Seikaly to share the story of how he became one of the NBA's first international stars, what it was like to play Michael Jordan in the playoffs, and how he became a successful DJ in Miami.

The Punter That Was Promised Has Arrived

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San Diego State’s Matt Araiza is having the greatest punting season in college football history. He’s also redefining how valuable punters can really be.

[Rodger Sherman on Matt Araiza's impact.]

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Halloween and the Anatomy of the Sitcom Holiday Episode

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Over eight seasons on two networks, the recurring Halloween heists established a model template for one of TV’s underappreciated art forms.

[Alison Herman looks at Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Halloween episodes as the gold standard of holiday-themed TV.]
“Yes, I'm sick, officer. Sick from the disease eating away at me inside. Sick of people who don't appreciate their blessings. Sick of those who scoff at the suffering of others. I'm sick of it all!”
—Jigsaw, Saw
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