For one, it’s over. But more importantly, what’s the point of it? We have a need to put everything into historical context to such a degree that it’s almost like the game-to-game moments that make sports so great aren’t worth anything. But that’s what sports are about. The games, the moments, the drama in real time. It’s why I fell in love with sports in the first place, and it’s why I spent the early years of my life wanting to be a play-by-play announcer. But sports commentary seems to have this innate need to make every game about something…


“It can’t be for nothing.”

That was Ellie’s refrain in the Last of Us. The belief that, in a desolate, hopeless world in which everyone she cared about either died or left her, her life could mean something. And not just anything, but the saving of the human race. All of the deaths that led her to meeting Joel, all of the people they killed along the way, all of it could mean something if she could help find a vaccine. That chance was taken from her at the end of the first game, because for Joel, their adventure wasn’t…


There’s been a lot of time in my days lately, for obvious reasons. Because of that, I’ve run out of excuses to avoid doing two of my favorite activities that require slightly more effort than sitting on the couch: cooking and writing. Unrelated on the surface, I’ve found that my enjoyment of one derives from the other, and it’s because of the way their similarities and differences fill two very different creative needs.

Chef’s Block Isn’t Nearly as Bad

Writer’s block is perhaps more notorious than it is bad, but it’s as much a part of writing as the letters themselves. Nothing is worse than sitting…


As I’m stuck inside finding ways to stay busy, I have come to develop a greater appreciation for modern video games. They’ve come a long way from two paddles bouncing a ball back and forth. Graphics and gameplay are the two most obvious developments, with players able to seamlessly input complex commands that play out through life-like animations. But the improvement that stands out to me the most, that keeps me playing just 15 more minutes for hours at a time, is the way video games have grown as a storytelling medium. …


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The Sopranos changed TV. This isn’t my uninformed opinion, this is a pretty widely shared view. It helped pave the way for the TV we know today, one that has long-developing character arcs, multi-episode conflicts, and characters whose actions one season affect their lives seasons down the line — and it helped turn TV itself into a respected medium. But just because something is groundbreaking, just because it paves the way for a better landscape, that doesn’t mean that it holds up after the fact.

I finally got around to watching the show 20 years after it debuted. With no…


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English is hard. It’s full of exceptions and rules that are defined by their exceptions. There are several hundred thousand English words, many of which sound alike or are spelled the same way. Commas and apostrophes have precise purposes, but they stick out (or change your meaning entirely) when they’re in the wrong place. It’s why grammar and spelling checkers have such a hard time.

Staying on top of this minutiae can be frustrating and time-consuming, especially if it’s not central to your day-to-day work. But clean copy is key in an age when your first interaction with countless strangers…


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With Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, and their unlikely group of teammates pulling off one of the more unlikely title runs, the Raptors secured the first season since 2006 in which the NBA and NHL champions were first-time winners. And within minutes of the final buzzer going off and the celebrations kicking off, ESPN posted an article titled “Can any team possibly replicate what the Raptors just pulled off in the NBA Finals?” A similar article, titled “The St. Louis Blues’ path to repeating as Stanley Cup champions,” appeared on the same site the day before.

Now, I get it. I…


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I love football. Despite its many flaws (not the least of which is its complete incompatibility with the human body), football at its best brings together speed, size, strength, athleticism, and strategy in a way that no other sport can. It’s this mix of violence and grace that has helped the NFL become the most popular and most profitable sport in the country. It’s become an everyday part of American life, with things like the draft, scouting combine, and training camp keeping it in the public eye even when the games aren’t on. So, it’s hard to remember a time…


Content marketing is all around us. It’s been more than 20 years since Bill Gates declared that “content is king,” and it’s more true now than ever, when there are so many different ways to consume it. But what makes great content so valuable? The key is in its standalone value.

Unlike advertising, which is only becoming less popular, content doesn’t rely on the question it asks of the consumer (or on converting a sale). In the online marketplace, you have to give before you can receive, and providing entertainment is priceless. In fact, some content marketing is so good…


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*Spoilers below*

The first time I read Stephen King’s Pet Sematary (now a major motion picture…again), I didn’t really get it. In King’s introduction, he describes it as “what I consider to be the most frightening book I’ve ever written” and “the one I put away in a drawer, thinking I had finally gone too far,” so I expected more than the good — not great — story about an Indian burial ground. Maybe it was because I was 16 and a family of my own was so far down the list it’s not worth mentioning, but no part of…

Anthony Jondreau

I use the basics of fiction writing to tell help people and companies tell their stories. Find me at www.anthonyjondreau.com or anthonyrjondreau@gmail.com.

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