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Gregg Hirshberg

If you aren’t current on these three shows, stop reading now, as there are spoilers ahead.

Seriously, I mean it. Stop reading.

Okay, now that I’m alone, allow me to continue. This past Sunday, my wife and I finished the new HBO series, Mare of Easttown. Having a Sunday night show to look forward to every week was a real treat, even if it left us as emotional puddles on the couch. I’d have to say, for my money, this was the best Kate Winslet performance to date. You know how critics use words like “powerhouse” to describe a really…


The setting: The living room of a typical McMansion. Large, plush leather couches. Large TV mounted to the wall. Expensive yet unimpressive looking interior decorations. A father in his late 60s and son in his early 30s, sit and watch the results come in from the Georgia run-off on Fox News.

SON:

It’s happening, dad. They’re stealing Georgia, AGAIN.

FATHER:

This is crazy. They’re just pissing all over the Republic. How are they doing this?

SON:

Well, President Trump said they just magically find ballots because they wait to see how many they’re behi..

FATHER:

:Interrupting: No, I know all…


Typically, I’m a believer of science. The earth really is round, vaccines don’t cause autism, we really (probably) did send men to walk on the moon and climate change is real and it’s real bad. But here’s one, minor, topic that I’m not sure about; time. Like, you can tell me 2000 was 20 years ago, and show me that we’re closer to the year 2040 than we are 2000, but my freedom of speech gives me the right to say that’s complete bull crap. And given the opportunity, I could prove it. The opportunity is really really specific though…


I wish my daughter had cancer. That sounds just awful, I know. And as awful as it sounds, it’s ten times worse to have that thought bouncing around your head. Then multiply that awfulness by 100, once you put it out in to the world. But I promise, I’m not the worst father in the world. I’m also not suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy.

What I am is, is a parent who is at a complete loss as I watch my daughter struggle with mental illness. You might feel the need to remind me of just how devastating cancer…


I, for one, am thrilled that the Kansas City Royals are on the verge of signing Matt Harvey. I say this as a lifelong die-hard fan of the New York Mets, living in Kansas City. The 2015 World Series was an amazing experience for me. I loved my Mets, but I had also fallen pretty hard. They were just impossible to dislike. Matt Harvey played a huge role in the Mets success that year, and the Mets mismanagement of him, helped the Royals win the World Series. …


I’ve never liked Nick Cannon. I used to watch his show on MTV, “Wild ‘N Out” because some of the other cast members were pretty funny. I just never thought he was all that talented, as a comedian, an actor or as a rapper. I didn’t actively dislike him, I just thought he was completely insignificant. He has a bright smile, and he’s charming, so if he can draw an audience for a podcast, whatever.

The only times he’s ever shown up on my radar, or in my social media feeds, has been when he’s attempted to engage Eminem in…


Like most people, who grow up loving sports, I’ve long enjoyed the debates around who belongs in their respective Hall of Fame. And as much fun as those debates are, it’s always driven me just a little bit crazy, that the greatest honor an athlete can receive is purely subjective. Everything else they do is so structured and defined with results that are measured and exact. The pitcher struck someone out, this guy made a basket, this team won and that team lost. …


I can’t remember exactly when I started to follow basketball, but I do remember the player that first captured my imagination and became my first favorite basketball player. Growing up on Long Island, it was probably a sin, but that player was Magic Johnson. And so, by default, the Lakers became my favorite team. Those no look passes were, and remain, completely mesmerizing. All I really remember from that part of my life, as a basketball fan, was Lakers versus Celtics and Magic versus Larry Bird. …


It’s been said a million times and in a thousand different ways, but movies bond us. As a culture, as a society, as friends and as family. And a love of movies is something my uncle and I shared. Prior to the Streaming Wars, my personal movie collection was my prized collection. And Uncle Jer, as usual, set the bar and showed me the path. His collection was not just flawless, it was beautifully cataloged. I followed his lead, and showed him how he could modernize his archives by using my go-to tool, Microsoft Excel. …


In my 42 (43 in one week, WTF?!) years on this planet, I’ve been pretty lucky in a plethora of ways. Okay, I wasn’t particularly lucky when they passed out the height or hair genes. But trust me, I’ve been lucky in so many other ways. In general, I’m just lucky that I haven’t had to say many final goodbyes to loved ones.

In third grade I had to say goodbye to the only grandfather I had ever met. My mom’s father died long before I was ever even remotely a consideration, as she tragically lost him on her 7th…

Gregg Hirshberg

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