I Miss Sylvia Plath

Good morning everyone, in sticking with my Saturday Poem sharing I present my favorite Sylvia Plath poem, The Colossus. The poem was released in 1960 as part of a collection called The Colossus and Other Poems. The collection stands as the only selections of poetry Sylvia published before her death at age 30 in 1963.

The poem is full of wonderful imagery that was a hallmark of her work, she had a way of telling you something in her poem but also leaving it to the reader’s own interpretation. My favorite line is ” I crawl like an ant in mourning”

Sylvia was prolific in her short 30 years on the planet, I’d invite you to grab a cup of coffee and pull it close and enjoy this poem and then search out more of her work, she also published a novel, The Bell Jar that has a place among the best American literature. Have a great day and keep reading.

The Colossus

I shall never get you put together entirely,
Pieced, glued, and properly jointed.
Mule-bray, pig-grunt and bawdy cackles
Proceed from your great lips.
It’s worse than a barnyard.
Perhaps you consider yourself an oracle,
Mouthpiece of the dead, or of some god or other.
Thirty years now I have labored
To dredge the silt from your throat.
I am none the wiser.
Scaling little ladders with glue pots and pails of lysol
I crawl like an ant in mourning
Over the weedy acres of your brow
To mend the immense skull plates and clear
The bald, white tumuli of your eyes.
A blue sky out of the Oresteia
Arches above us. O father, all by yourself
You are pithy and historical as the Roman Forum.
I open my lunch on a hill of black cypress.
Your fluted bones and acanthine hair are littered
In their old anarchy to the horizon-line.
It would take more than a lightning-stroke
To create such a ruin.
Nights, I squat in the cornucopia
Of your left ear, out of the wind,
Counting the red stars and those of plum-color.
The sun rises under the pillar of your tongue.
My hours are married to shadow.
No longer do I listen for the scrape of a keel
On the blank stones of the landing.

NBA Award Predictions: Who Will Get Them and Who should Get Them

Hello everybody and welcome back to the Mid-American page. This week capped off another exciting season of the NBA. This season has definitely been one of the best ones to date due to nasty crossovers, crazy buzzer beaters, trades, and some more monstrous dunks. Another exciting part of this season was the Western conference playoff picture took until the last day to finally get its form. However, one thing most people get excited about, myself included, is the individual awards. Even though I argue with most of the selections, it is kind of hard to argue who gets them. With that being said, lets get to it.

MVP: James Harden

Harden is definitely having his best season to date. Harden is averaging 30.4 PPG, 8.8 APG, and 5.4 RPG. Harden has also led his team to a 1 seed in the very competitive Western Conference with the help of teammates Chris Paul and Clint Capella. This may be the best season he will ever have, but I do not believe he deserves the MVP and may have the took the largest L ever with his new shoes…

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Who Should Win the MVP: LeBron James

Yup. Go ahead. Call me a bitch, bias, or whatever you have to say. LeBron is the heart and soul of the NBA and puts up MVP numbers every single season. James is averaging 27.5 points, 9.1 assists, and 8.6 rebounds. Another thing is. the award is the most valuable player. This means valuable to his team. Without James, the Cavs would have had no shot in making the playoffs, while the Rocket would have been fine due to the other superstar they have. The only reason James has not received this award every year is because we come to expect this from him year in and year out.

Defensive Player of the Year and Who Should Win it: Rudy Gobert

One of my personal favorites in the NBA. Gobert works his ass off for the Jazz and does not receive any love. Gobert is averaging 13.5 points, 2.3 blocks, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assist. The seven footer is a physical specimen and affects any shot in the paint. I strongly believe his presence is helping the Jazz to this very successful season.

Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons

Simmons is the next LeBron James. They play extremely similar and even work out together, and is personally the reason why I think the 76ers will acquire James this off-season. Simmons is averaging 15.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.2 assist, and 1.7 steals in his “rookie” season. Notice I quoted rookie due to the fact that is 100% bullshit he is considered a rookie, but still he is killing it.

Who Should Win Rookie of the Year: Donovan Mitchell

Here is who should be your rookie of the year. A guy at the beginning of the season I honestly did not have a shot to win it. Mitchell is averaging 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assist, and 1.5 steals per game in his true rookie season. Don’t get me wrong, in terms of who I want on a team, it is Simmons. However, Simmons has had a year of training with a NBA team and it is an advantage no doubt. I know Mitchell would agree with me due to his infamous hoodie.

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Most Improved Player of the Year and Who Should Win it: Victor Oladipo

Oladipo did something the NBA superstar, Paul George (salty), could not. He turned the Pacers into a playoff team and can be a huge threat to the Cavs. Oladipo is averaging 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assist, and 2.4 steals per game as compared to 15.9, 4.3, 2.6, and 1.2 last season. Just wish he would have turned into this monster in Oklahoma…

What do you think? Who deserves the awards previously mentioned? Let us know down in the comments! As always thank you for joining me for another Friday and remember to stay tuned for fresh daily content from myself and the rest of the Mid-American crew!

 

Top Ten LCD Soundsystem Songs

I only started listening to LCD Soundsystem a couple months ago, but they quickly became one of my favorite musical acts. The impassionate singing, songwriting, and production from James Murphy all combine to make something truly special. He manages to make every song feel distinct and unique, whether it be soft or hard. Narrowing my favorites down to ten was a project, but I did it. Let’s begin. Continue reading “Top Ten LCD Soundsystem Songs”

The Best Non-WWE Wrestling Match Of All Time

There have been countless phenomenal wrestling matches to have taken place outside of a WWE/WWF ring over the years. The likes of AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 10 and Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega from NJPW’s Dominion 6.11 event come to mind from recent years, as do a vast number of classic matches from the sport’s territorial days. However, in my humble (but correct) opinion, the greatest wrestling match to ever take place outside of World Wrestling Entertainment took place in Smoky Mountain Wrestling at their Night of Legends show in the year 1994. The show, which took place at the Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee, featured an incredible showcase of talent which was presented to a sold-out crowd. Smoky Mountain Wrestling is probably the most underrated and undervalued wrestling promotion to exist in the last 30+ years. The Night of Legends 1994 show is absolutely deserving of its own article discussing all of its greatness and, if I have anything to say about it, it will eventually get one. But ultimately, one match stands out above the rest from the super-card booked by Smoky Mountain. That match is, of course, the classic tag-team bout between The Heavenly Bodies (Gigolo Jimmy Del Ray and Doctor Tom Prichard) and The Thrillseekers (Chris Jericho and Lance Storm).

The match was the result of an angle built up by Smoky mountain in the weeks leading up to the Night of Legends show. The basic premise of the feud was that the Thrillseekers, the babyface team, were viciously attacked in a parking lot by The Heavenly Bodies, the storyline’s heel faction. This attack garnered instant heat with the fans, as at previous Smoky Mountain show, The Heavenly Bodies had come out on the losing end of a “Loser Leaves Town” match. Seeing the polarizing team back in the promotion loaned instant credibility, as well as an immense amount of heat. To allow The Thrillseekers to get their revenge following the attack, the Smoky Mountain promotion decided to lift the “loser leaves town” sanctions against The Heavenly Bodies for one night only: The Night Of Legends.

 

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The Thrillseekers: Lance Storm (left) and Chris Jericho (right)

The match itself begins with The Heavenly Bodies entering the Knoxville Civic Coliseum with their manager, the great Jim Cornette. Before The Thrillseekers make their entrance, Cornette cuts a short, but epic, promo. After this short segment, a racecar pulls up to the entranceway, which is portrayed as being driven by The Thrillseekers. however, the lights go dark and the tag-team enters from the back entrance and immediately begins striking at The Heavenly Bodies. On commentary, the legendary Jim Ross is quick to point out that Thrillseeker Chris Jericho had suffered a broken arm in a “motorcycle accident” within 24 hours of coming to the ring to contest The Heavenly Bodies. While Jericho had actually suffered a broken arm within 24 hours of the bout, it was actually sustained while doing in-ring training prior to the Night of Legends event. Jim Cornette, who was also the owner and booker of Smoky Mountain Wrestling, discussed the utter shock and panic caused by Jericho’s injury in a later shoot interview with Kayfabe Commentaries years later. In what I found to be an immensely funny moment, Cornette addresses the added panic he felt when he realized that the arm Jericho had broken was the arm he would use to blade himself in the match, referring to it as his “juice gettin’ arm”. Regardless of how the injury was suffered, it added an incredible amount of drama to the match and Smoky Mountain was brilliant to use it to add to the Thrillseeker gimmick and to use it to enhance the storytelling of the match.

 

 

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The Heavenly Bodies: Dr. Tom Prichard (left) and Gigolo Jimmy Del Ray (right) managed by Jim Cornette (middle)

The next several minutes of the match are characterized by a great amount of action. The Thrillseekers and The Bodies seem to trade the upper-hand back and forth as several tag-ins, spectacles of impressive teamwork, and of course, Jim Cornette shenanigans make this sequence immensely entertaining. Just shy of the 13-minute mark of the match, Chris Jericho is thrown into the ringside barricades by Doctor Tom Prichard. It was directly following that spot when Jericho bladed his forehead. What followed was one of the goriest, and yet most inspiring sequences of events in professional wrestling history. Unbeknown to the crowd, and most of those involved in the show, Jericho had taken an aspirin prior to the match. The blood thinner paired with a sloppy, broken-armed blade job led to unimaginably heavy bleeding from Jericho. As the bleeding continued, The Heavenly Bodies began to truly take the upper-hand as The Thrillseekers were seemingly reduced to hopeless underdogs. After a brutal beat-down of Chris Jericho, the referee stops the match out of fear for Jericho’s health. However, after impassioned pleading from Chris Jericho and epic commentary from Jim Ross about Jericho’s toughness, the referee decides to restart the match. Jericho, bloodied to the point of no recognition at this point, is quick to deliver a martial arts kick to Gigolo Jimmy Del Ray. Jericho covers the Gigolo and a 3-count follows. Jim Cornette and The Heavenly bodies are absolutely stunned by the turn of events as an almost lifeless Jericho is helped out of the arena by his partner, Lance Storm.

 

 

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Chris Jericho being helped out of the arena following the match’s conclusion

I do not possess an adequate amount of words to describe my love of this match. The storytelling is simply superb. The underdog babyfaces being attacked by an iconic heel team and then being able to seek their revenge at the biggest show of the year is just great. The Heavenly Bodies are an absolutely iconic team and their pairing with the infinitely talented team of Chris Jericho and Lance Storm was a phenomenal booking decision. Lance Storm’s amazing talent can sometimes be overshadowed in this match because of Jericho’s legendary performance. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He is a spectacular wrestler and his abilities are showcased perfectly in this match. While the match may not be a technical masterpiece (one of the participants had a broken freaking arm, after all), it was still an amazing piece of entertainment. I can’t recommend this match enough to anyone who enjoys professional wrestling, or even just great entertainment. It truly is one of the better wrestling matches of all time.

 

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The Best and Worst of WrestleMania 34

Sunday night’s show was certainly a mixed bag. This year’s edition of the Showcase of the Immortals delivered some truly great matches, and, unfortunately, some definite disappointments. Here are what I consider to be the two best and two worst matches from Wrestlemania 34.

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MAC Weekly Waves 26: Headbangers and Sofa Throwers

This week’s playlist was curated by @coryedwards50 then ordered by @kazm33 and created by me. The idea is the playlist is gonna make you wanna throw a sofa out a window and head bang with your house on fire. The playlist progressively gets more and more aggressive if you play it in order, if you don’t its still gonna be great to play at your next mosh pit.