I'm not sure if it was a great game but it sure was an entertaining Game 6 last night. At the beginning of the series I predicted Cavs in 6. I didn't think Cleveland could win two games last night and close out the series to make my prediction correct but if anyone could do that it would probably have been LeBron. A legendary pair of games from James in Games 5 and 6 in elimination situations. He's been phenomenal. And he's to that level where you take his greatness for granted, where you watch those games and think "Why can't he just do that every game?". And then you realize he put up 41-8-8 or something crazy like that in back to back games.
But to make those two games from James truly legendary he has to finish the series out and win Game 7 on the road as well, not an easy task by any means. His Game 5 and 6 performances lose some luster if they are capped off with a Game 7 loss. And the same could be said about the Warriors entire season. 73-9 loses a lot of luster if it's capped off with a Game 7 Finals loss and no championship to show for it. High stakes and high drama for Game 7 of the NBA Finals. I love it. It's just too bad it's Sunday night and trying to compete against WWE's Money in the Bank PPV.
My next summer binge watching TV series the past couple days was House of Cards Season 3. It had been at least a full year, possibly two years, since I had watched Season 2 so I was a little shaky on some of the plots/characters heading into Season 3. And I had mixed expectations heading into Season 3 since I thought Season 1 was outstanding but Season 2 was a little bit of a disappointment and a let down for me, and I hadn't heard great reviews about Season 3. But I watched the season over about a 4-5 day span and would ultimately give House of Cards Season 3 a B.
Maybe most of this was my year or two year gap between watching Seasons 2 and 3 but I thought the first four or so episodes were really underwhelming and seemed to drag out way too long. After those first 4 or 5 episodes I had the season in the B-/C+ range. But the series really picked up down the stretch. And maybe I just had to get myself re-acclimated with everything or maybe they just had to use those beginning episodes to set the stage to make the final episodes better, I'm not sure. I just felt if this Season was 8 to 10 episodes long instead of 13 it could have been much better.
But it did hook me enough towards the end that I had to watch one episode in Season 4 just to see how things start shaking out. I think I'll stop there and watch the rest of the series later this summer but I wanted to see how they would shape Season 4 after seeing how Season 3 ended, and I think that's a sign of good television. I just hope they have things in place or ideas in mind on how to make this series compelling now that Frank Underwood is actually the President. I get the impression the whole idea behind the series initially was to tell the story of how this ruthless politician worked his way to the Presidency and to show his journey to that spot. But now once he's actually there I get the impression the showrunners really don't know where to go from there. I'm sure they will come up with things like they did here in Season 3 but I'm hoping for a little more from Season 4.
I'm also doing a little reading this summer. One of my New Year's Resolutions was to read The Hunger Games trilogy. I was a big Harry Potter fan back in the day and figured that The Hunger Games would basically be Harry Potter adjace so I'd probably enjoy it. I just started the first book the middle of this week and am about half way through it. I'm currently at Night 1 in the arena, so there are about 11 tributes still alive I believe. I'm enjoying the book so far. And I know in the first section I talked about the intrigue leading into LeBron vs. Steph in Game 7 but even that doesn't compare to my anticipation of the inevitable Peeta vs. Katniss showdown that the book is leading me to.
Really interested in this storyline. You could tell by the end of the 2nd chapter that those two were going to end up squaring off somewhere in the arena before the book was over and the author keeps adding nice plot twists and situations out of the blue to add to that drama. Peeta potentially playing early mindgames with Katniss, the pair forming a bond in training, Peeta declaring his love for Katniss on national television, the Peeta wanting to train solo without Katniss, then Katniss being a part of a group in the arena while Katniss is on her own. Just some great stuff. I can't wait to see how this plays out. I'm going to be way off but my early prediction is it comes down to Katniss, Peeta, and a Career Tribute in the final three. There is uncertainty from Katniss about where Peeta's allegiance will be, with her or the Career Tribute. Peeta ultimately tries to kill the Career Tribute, they battle each other then Peeta finishes them both off on her own to win. A classic Royal Rumble move where both guys are battling each other near the ropes and the 3rd guy comes from behind tosses them both over the top as they battle each other. I think that happens here. I also have Peeta killing Rue in the final 4 or 5, which gives Katniss the emotional distress and anger needed to eventually kill off Peeta herself. I'm looking forward to see how wrong I am on all this.