Mitch Cumstein

Just trying to do some night putting.

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Presidential Debate Postmortem

  When I was young, I used to watch Ranger games with my dad, and every time the Blueshirts were scored on, I’d convince myself that there was some kind of penalty or infraction to explain why the goal should be wiped off the board.  I refused to accept that the Rangers could actually give up

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Presidential Debate 3 - What To Watch For

  Hot take: Television has peaked. With Netflix and Amazon and HBO all competing with traditional cable and network television, there have never been more options, and the increasingly crowded battle for a decreasingly attentive audience has forced everyone across the market to be better, but that doesn’t mean it will last forever – MacGyver is

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Presidential Debate 2 - What To Watch For

  For the last few months, I’ve had this vision in my head.  It’s Super Bowl XLII between the Giants and Patriots, and the Giants are driving late in the fourth quarter, down three and looking for the score. Eli Manning takes the snap, drops back, and is swarmed by the Patriots’ defensive line.  He’s

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Presidential Debate - What To Watch For

  I hate Twitter. If it were a real place, it would be a crowded house party filled with everyone you didn’t like in high school screaming about how much they hate everything you love. It’s the worst. But still, at the same time, I love Twitter. Because sometimes you can find a room in the

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Betting the Presidential Race

  Sometimes, you just have to laugh at the absurdity of American irony. I love my country, but occasionally, it’s just too spectacular to believe. Like the fact that the world’s foremost authority on obesity gave birth to “The Biggest Loser.” Or how a country whose identity is wrapped up so much in its big cities

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Starbucks Cups - The Shits I Give

  During the Winter Olympics, I fall in love with curling, and watch as many matches I can.  American, Swedish, Norwegian, Chinese, whatever.  I’ll watch them all. Because I don’t have much else to do. It’s February.  It’s cold, it’s dark, TV schedules are thrown into flux, the NFL season is over, March Madness hasn’t yet

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Political Debates - We're All Gonna Die

  Hospitals freak me out.  I’m not entirely sure why, but I know that I’ve never liked them, so I’ve always done my best to avoid them. Still, though I haven’t spent much time in them, I can tell you with absolute certainty, that in no hospital in the world are the doctors and nurses

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Democratic Debate - What to Watch For

  The Beatles changed everything. Songwriting, stardom, studio work, everything.  The text books will tell you Rock and Roll existed before them, and has certainly carried on after – despite Nickelback’s best effort – but there’s little doubt, they changed the game. No one listened to music the same way after the Beatles.  No one

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Farewell, Jon Stewart

  My mother said a lot of things when I was younger.  Plenty of them became important bits of wisdom around which significant life lessons were based and others were utter nonsense.  But others, still, laid somewhere in between – like when she warned me not to watch too much television, fearing, as so many

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Renner and Evans - The Shits I Give

  Sometimes I find myself wondering how the events of my youth would have changed if I had, then, the technology I have now. Would my friends and I have been closer with text messaging?  Or would we have been oddly distanced by the ever-present pull of our electronic devices? Might I have made trouble