Behind the Curve

Behind the Curve

Feeling old never felt so good

There are so many people focused on staying with or ahead of the curve of popular culture. It makes sense, right? Falling behind is intuitively bad. People generally fear being left in the dust of time. Nobody wants to be in the dark when friends are talking about the newest movie to hit theaters and nobody wants to miss out on references to current media. There's nothing wrong with that either, but as of late I've found that lagging behind a little every now and then has its perks.

For one thing, being on the cutting edge is expensive. Insanely so at times, especially when the shiny new iPhone version whatever-point-oh is coming out every second weekend with a slightly different physical design and maybe two new features that next to nobody actually uses with an Internet connection that moves 0.0000000001 seconds faster than the previous model's. Maybe to some select people with a ton of cash to throw around that's worth it, but for someone like me who's struggling to pay off student loans and find longterm career path in the process, it's just not feasible let alone worthwhile. Even less expensive endeavors provide discounts for those who wait, though. Used games cost far less than new games but play just as well, and older movies tend to cost much less to rent or buy.

Beyond the question of price is the advantage of having an archive. Staying on top of a series like Rick and Morty (which to be fair requires a genius intellect to understand) is a lot of fun and it makes talking about it with fellow viewers easier. That said, I've been getting into the classic Bruce Timm Batman animated series recently and unlike with R+M, I don't need to wait for new episodes. Because all of them have been produced that are going to be, I can binge on all four seasons right when I want to, whenever that may be. Same goes for movie, game, and book series. Waiting removes the limitation of a release schedule.

So am I saying that you need to abandon new media? Heck no. Not at all. Watch that new Justice League movie. Read the latest Harry Potter spinoff. New stuff is great! Just don't discount the worth of something because it's older, because there's a treasure trove of good material from the past waiting to be rediscovered.

Just like people, old media can be awesome.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks


Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History

Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year


Gear Up

This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)

If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

Fiserv Forum, Home of the Milwaukee Bucks

Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk

Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌

I think Giannis would agree!

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