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Another movie analogy – The NBA Lockout and Pulp Fiction

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It looks like the NBA lockout will be resolved soon. The players and owners are once again talking, with a new mediator in Jim Quinn instead of Jeff Kessler who was shady, ill spoken and a few months removed from being tossed out of the NFL negotiations. 

I have a Pulp Fiction analogy I thought was amusing.

If you’ve seen the film, you’ll remember how in the 3rd “segment”, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are returning from a hit with an informant in custody. Winnfield has a gun pointed at him because he’s well, kind of out of control. The gun goes off and blows the informant’s head off, getting blood all over the car and forcing them to park their car at a Jimmie (Quentin Tarantino)’s house, and the trio is immediately facing a disaster if they don’t clean up the mess before his wife gets home.

This is pretty much what happened during the last couple weeks of the lockout. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by jr.

November 24, 2011 at 10:36 am

How the NBA lockout is like the movie Heat

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Cover of "Heat"

Cover of Heat

So if you’re an NBA fan, you probably know lockout has started. So much for the summer of analytical trade reaction articles on A Substitute for War.

You may not believe this, but the best visual representation for the NBA lockout is the movie Heat. Released in 1995, it was the first Robert De Niro-Al Pacino pairing in a movie.

Here’s why the NBA Lockout is like Heat (spoiler alert by the way):

–  The first 2 hours of Heat has LAPD super cop Vincent Hanna (Pacino) chasing armed robber extraordinare Neil MacCauley (De Niro). At first, the LAPD is distant, still searching for the robbery crew’s identities. MacCauley’s group notices this and feels the “heat”, but continues to evade them. Likewise, the new CBA negotiations have been distant for months, one side chasing another. The heat will grow more and more on both sides in this case, but it will take a while before the action is a threat to start – as it does in Heat, which is a legitimate 3 hours long with a good 2 hours until the cops and robbers start shooting at each other

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Written by jr.

July 11, 2011 at 9:04 pm