2015 MLB Preview and Predictions

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Hey there. Below is a quickish preview and predictions piece for the 2015 MLB season. Instead of doing the breakdown by divisions I decided to split it by league. The rankings of teams are based on overall quality for the 2015 season and how I see each team finishing in the standings if broken out by league.

I also included postseason confidence which is a 1-5 scale with five being a near lock to make the playoffs and one being a team that has virtually no chance of making the playoffs.

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The Top 10 Television Series of 2014

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I guess I’m still capable of sitting down at the keyboard to carve out one new piece of writing a year because, well, here we are. I felt it was my duty to put one on the board in 2014 and additionally touch on the best in television this year so I’m really happy to put this one together. I wish I could produce more writing, be more active on this site, and I’ll strive to do just that in 2015. But back to television which seemingly each year puts out more quality programming than the previous year; 2014 continued that trend. There’s really too much good television available these days. This year was rough too in that I didn’t have as much free time (and didn’t make as much time) for television as 2013. I still watched over 400 episodes of television and most or all of 36 series. That’s not to brag (how could it possibly be), but to give context. Several sacrifices had to be made. The biggest one was “Rectify,” a top 10 show in 2013, which I simply couldn’t get to this year (it also hurts that I don’t get the Sundance channel in HD). A couple other shows I couldn’t get around to this year that I feel could have cracked the top 10 are “Transparent” and “Orange is the New Black.” I’ve only heard good things. There’s just no way to watch everything and I do have obligations in life, you know. That didn’t make narrowing the list down to 10 much easier. When putting this piece together I always try to throw in a new wrinkle. This year, with time constraints on the mind, I tried to factor in how easy or hard it was for me to sit down and consume an episode of a series. The shows I really wanted to make time for had an edge. Some shows are well put together, but difficult to sit through. Others are easy to put on, but don’t have the quality. That partly comes through in the annual explanation of exactly what “top” means. Instead of doing a “best” list which would take a more objective look at everything or a “favorite” list which would look at things more subjectively I attempt to combine the two and create one list that I refer to as “top.”

And now, my fourth annual top 10 television series of the year.

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The Top 10 Television Series of 2013

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Let me start by saying that I am really fired up for this post. This is the third edition of the top 10 television series of the year and the enjoyment I get from writing it increases each time. Better yet, 2013 was a mammoth year in television. It may have been a little too good in some respects as I missed out on several shows due to the fact that there was too much content and not enough time for consumption. A small list of shows I feel may have been up for consideration for this list that I couldn’t get around to are “Orange is the New Black,” “Masters of Sex,” “Bob’s Burgers,” and “The Returned.” Missing out on these shows is unfortunate, but it didn’t make narrowing this list down to a top 10 a simple task. I watched most or all of 39 television series in 2013 and it’s not like I could afford to stay at home and watch TV all day. I do have a full-time job after all. But back to this year in television. There are more networks entering the field than ever before with Netflix, Hulu, and Sundance channel among others becoming destinations for new original programming. There is going to be more and more content available as we head to the future. Something I attempted to consider more this year was the degree of difficulty when it comes to the overall development of a series. For example there’s a lot more freedom in developing six episodes for a cable channel (fewer creative restrictions and smaller episode orders) than a show on network television (20+ episodes and tons of content restrictions). Putting together 20+ episodes of network television seems much tougher to do and often the quality suffers. In 2012 the top 10 was evenly divided between comedy and drama; the 2013 list, as you will see, is dominated by dramas. Lastly, the annual explanation of what “top” means. Instead of doing a “best” list which would take an objective look at everything or a “favorite” list which would look at things subjectively I attempt to combine the two and create one list that I refer to as “top.”

Now, let’s take a look back at the best television of 2013!

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Bullet Points: Breaking Down Breaking Bad – “Felina”

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You’d really think $10,000 would buy you the two hours you asked for. Bullet points on the last “Breaking Bad” titled FelinaContinue reading

Bullet Points: Breaking Down Breaking Bad – “Granite State”

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So…at least he got to keep one barrel? Bullet points on the latest “Breaking Bad” titled Granite StateContinue reading

Bullet Points: Breaking Down Breaking Bad – “Ozymandias”

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Don’t ever confess to multiple murders over the phone. Bullet points on the latest “Breaking Bad” titled “Ozymandias”… Continue reading

Bullet Points: Breaking Down Breaking Bad – “To’hajiilee”

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Make sure to check the bench for needles before you take a seat. Some bullet points on the newest “Breaking Bad” titled “To’hajiilee”… Continue reading

Bullet Points: Breaking Down Breaking Bad – “Rabid Dog”

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Before the house burns down. Some bullet points on the newest “Breaking Bad” titled “Rabid Dog”… Continue reading

Bullet Points: Breaking Down Breaking Bad – “Confessions”

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Let’s get right to it. Bullet points on the newest “Breaking Bad” titled Confessions… Continue reading

Bullet Points: Breaking Down Breaking Bad – “Buried”

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There’s no time to tread lightly. Some bullet points on the latest “Breaking Bad” titled Buried… Continue reading