How Comebacks Start: Lawyers, Pot Brownies and Game of Thrones 2

How Comebacks Start: Lawyers, Pot Brownies and Game of Thrones
This “one post a month” pace is exhausting! I know I’ve been AWOL lately, but rest-assured that The Spark File will rise again! It’s been nearly a month since my last confession, and the cracks are starting to show. But you know I’ll always come back to you. I need you guys like I need ...

True Detective Season 1: Welcome to the Pantheon 1

True Detective Season 1: Welcome to the Pantheon
Three minutes into the first episode of True Detective I knew that I was watching a show unlike any to come before it. Eight episodes later, I knew that I’d experienced something simultaneously soul-crushing and transcendent. Ten days after the finale, I know True Detective’s first season is one of the five best seasons of TV ...

Why I’m Never Celebrating Presidents’ Day Again

Why I'm Never Celebrating Presidents' Day Again
If you haven’t read Sunday’s post on the death of the iPod then you must be a mean, spiteful little man. Correct your error and go back and check it out–there’s a one-question poll embedded in the post that isn’t going to answer itself. After you’ve finished that, come back and spend some quality time ...

The Way We Were: Remembering The iPod’s Glory Years 1

The Way We Were: Remembering The iPod's Glory Years
Anyone who frequents the The Spark File’s regular Thursday dance party knows that music is a big part of my life. I have a playlist for every mood and a catalog of memories that are marked by the songs that were playing the background. I’m fairly certain that “Hollywood Soundtrack Dude” is my ideal job ...

12th Man Testimonials: Rise of the 12s

12th Man Testimonials: Rise of the 12s
Sully just texted me laying down some Seahawks Super Bowl Champs poetry, so of course I scrambled to put it up on The Spark File. Sully. Poetry. Hawks. What more could you possibly need to know? I’m still pretty much delerious from yesterday. At some point I’ll have a cogent take on the Seahawks as ...

12th Man Testimonials: Hoisting The Lombardi Trophy

12th Man Testimonials: Hoisting The Lombardi Trophy
For the most thrilling victory in modern Seattle sports history, that sure was anticlimactic. But hey, we’ll take it! This win was about so many things, but above all it was about punctuating the first chapter of a new era for Seattle sports. I told you after the Seahawks obliteration of the Saints on Monday ...

12th Man Testimonials: Just Bout Dat Action, Boss

12th Man Testimonials: Just Bout Dat Action, Boss
We’re getting down to it now. The farcical charade of media week is behind us and gameday looms large. We know all the storylines by now, the prognostications, the match-ups. All of it. Now it’s time to play. We’ve done our part to get you ready here on The Spark File with 12 Days of the ...

12th Man Testimonials: An Ode to Blue Friday

12th Man Testimonials: An Ode to Blue Friday
I don’t think it’s a stretch to say 12 Days of the 12th Man represents the pinnacle of Western Civilization. We’ve immersed ourselves in a two-week moment of child-like wonder and glass-half-full “what ifs.” We’ve raised our voices, pounded our chests and thanked our lucky stars. We’ve glowed. We’ve made this moment mean something, even if the climactic finish doesn’t ...

12th Man Testimonials: Home Is Where The Hawk Is 1

12th Man Testimonials: Home Is Where The Hawk Is
SEA-WHAT? SEA-HAWKS? I can still hear Mike shouting in my ears after sitting next to him on that damn train. The truth is, this Seahawks run is turning us all crazy. It’s causing perfect strangers to hug on sidewalks, disruptions of commerce as cashiers and customers fight over who looks more like Pete Carroll, and ...

12th Man Testimonials: Why I Want To Believe, By a Glass is Half Empty Fan 1

12th Man Testimonials: Why I Want To Believe, By a Glass is Half Empty Fan
Let’s jump right into it, as by now you know the drill with our 12 Days of the 12th Man series. Here’s where we’ve been:  12th Man Testimonials: How the Pacific Northwest Was Won 12th Man Testimonials: We Wanted This Noise 12th Man Testimonials: All Heart, No Voice 12th Man Testimonials: 12th Man Confessions 12th ...
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