reel talk

Rio 2016

Strange Summer Olympic Sports: Are They Good? An Investigation

An evidence-based look into whether the weirder sports on offer at the Summer Olympics—your horse-dancing and skeet shooting and so on—are actually good to watch.
Corbin Smith
8.5.16
reel talk

Steve Blake's Angry Ghost Will Haunt Portland Forever

Steve Blake has brought his grim, workaday playmaking and wild temper to Portland on three separate occasions. He won't be back this year. It's sadder than it seems.
Corbin Smith
8.1.16
reel talk

Asking Animals About Kevin Durant, Re-Styling Lithuanian Dunkers, and More: Corbin Smith's Review

In pursuit of the ultimate Kevin Durant Take, we turn the question over to various citizens of the animal world. Also, an image overhaul for the newest Knick.
Corbin Smith
7.7.16
reel talk

Steve Kerr, Destroyer Of Whiteboards, And Other NBA Finals Moments: The Corbin Smith Review Of Online Highlights

A journey to the dark heart of Steve Kerr's whiteboard-destroying rage, as led by a guy who generally doesn't get too angry about stuff. Also, uh, Richard Jefferson.
Corbin Smith
6.8.16
nba

Searching For The Heroic Rando Of These NBA Finals, Bill Russell's Turtleneck, And More: Reel Talk With Corbin Smith

It happens every Finals: some mostly mediocre player has a few moments of transcendence, and gets immortality for it. We break down the video to see who it will be.
Corbin Smith
6.1.16
reel talk

The Triumph of LeBron and a Moment with the NBA's Head of Security: Corbin Smith's Review of Online Highlights

An in-depth look at LeBron's seamless, vicious, near-perfect performance in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and a speculative visit with Jerome Pickett.
Corbin Smith
5.18.16
reel talk

The Cosmos Dunks on Andrew Bogut, and Kawhi's Prophecy: The Corbin Smith Review of Highlights

An exploration of Andrew Bogut's masochistic fetish for getting dunked on as often as possible. Also a prophetic Kawhi Leonard dunk, and LeBron.
Corbin Smith
5.11.16
reel talk

Bulls In Time, Millsap Supernova, And The Strangest Play: The Corbin Smith Review Of Basketball Highlights

Actual meaningful playoff basketball is here, and has delivered meaningful moments between old Bulls, Paul Millsap going apeshit, and the strangest play maybe ever.
Corbin Smith
5.4.16
reel talk

A Dark Prophecy, LeBron, And Pain: The Corbin Smith Review Of Basketball Highlights

Raymond Felton as supernatural ghost predator, LeBron James' continued LeBron James-ian brilliance, and the routine, brutal punishment of the NBA Playoffs.
Corbin Smith
4.20.16
reel talk

A Personal Journey to the Animal Heart of Basketball, with Corbin Smith

In which our Basketball Highlights Critic turns a critical eye on his own game. In the process, he taps into a deeper and more primal vision of basketball.
Corbin Smith
4.14.16
reel talk

One Day, 11 NBA Highlight Videos: The Reel Talk Guide To NBA.Com's Weird Aesthetic

As we enter the pre-playoffs lull, our hero takes a deep dive into the weird little rinky-dink highlight videos that NBA.com does for every meaningless game.
Corbin Smith
4.6.16
reel talk

Are NCAA Finals Highlights Better Than Animal-on-Treadmill Videos? A Corbin Smith Investigation And Bracket

Evidence includes highlight footage of Bill Walton, last year's Duke game, and an internet cat. March Madness, indeed.
Corbin Smith
3.30.16
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