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Finding a Tennis Ball

I found a tennis ball over the summer while I was hanging out in the park. It had ZOE written on it in black marker. I don’t know who Zoe is, but she’s not getting her ball back. She should have put her phone number or email address on it if she was afraid of losing it. Finders keepers. I should explain that I might have been a dog in a past life because I get overly excited whenever I come across a tennis ball on the ground. I will stop to pick it up and I will bring it with me to wherever I’m going. I will toss it up in the air and catch it as I go along. I’ll bounce it. I’ll throw it against a wall. I might even pass it to a friend as long as he passes it back. I’ll throw it from behind my back and then chase it into the street when my throw inevitably goes awry. It’s all about the little things in life. Finding a tennis ball is one of them.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Kevin Spacey’s Baseball Skills

I finally caved in and started watching House of Cards on Netflix. It’s a great show with great actors, writers, and directors. Kevin Spacey has won Oscars for his movie roles, yet his portrayal of the scheming Francis “Frank” Underwood is perhaps his finest accomplishment. Frank is a complex character. You want Frank to succeed even though he sometimes plays dirty. It takes a tremendous amount of acting skill to make a manipulative character likeable. He makes Frank Underwood seem like a real political figure. But every once in a while you get reminded that he’s just acting, like the season 2 episode “Chapter 19.” That’s the episode where Frank is set to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Camden Yards. There’s a quick scene where he is practicing in his backyard and it becomes quite obvious that Kevin Spacey has never played Little League. He throws like a girl. His form is terrible, almost as if he’s throwing with the wrong arm. It’s embarrassing to watch. It’s distracting. Kevin Spacey’s abysmal baseball skills cause you to lose respect for Frank Underwood and that should never happen.

Critically Rated at 5/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Throw the Ball Back

I was skating to work the other day and saw a little girl stop to pick up a green thing. She was in my path so I slowed down partially so I wouldn’t wipe her out and partially to see what she found. As I got closer I realized that it was a tennis ball and that she was talking to a tall fence about ten feet high. The fence hid a couple of tennis courts and I heard a voice from the other side of the fence asking if she could throw that ball back. And she did. She was about five or six so it was a pretty impressive throw. I was more impressed that she knew to throw it back. It’s a relief to know that most kids are still being raised right. Throwing a ball back is an easy way to help out a stranger. It’s just what you’re supposed to do. If a stray Frisbee lands at your feet, you pick it up and sail it back. If a soccer ball rolls to you, you kick it back. Throw the ball back. Make someone else’s life easier.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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