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Choose Your Own Adventure: Don't Watch This; Watch That, Mid-Week 9

Plus: weird enclaves and bad football! And a Game 7.

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Well that was weird.

Good evening! OTE is up and running again, meaning you're subject to us and our delusional ramblings.

Mine will be abbreviated, mostly because I had planned to work on this article at some point between 2 and 4 this afternoon.

Instead, reader, I would like your help! As I look ahead to future iterations of this stupid column, while I have this Thursday's topic picked out, I'd like to get your choice on what should be the week after that:


Next DWT topic?

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  • 25%
    College football in Alaska
    (29 votes)
  • 26%
    A fight song ranking
    (31 votes)
  • 15%
    Soup season
    (18 votes)
  • 32%
    Historic aerial photos
    (37 votes)
  • 0%
    I'll give you a suggestion in the comments
    (0 votes)
115 votes total Vote Now

Tuesday Evening
Don’t Watch This

Western Kentucky (+5, O/U 60) [6:30pm, ESPNU]

{MSOC} #20 Michigan State vs. Ohio State [5pm, BTN]
{MSOC} #21 Northwestern vs. Indiana [7pm, BTN]
{Liga MX} Chivas vs. Mazatlan [10pm, Peacock/Universo]

{NHL} Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals [5pm, ESPN]
{NHL} Boston Bruins at Chicago [7:30pm, ESPN]

{NBA} Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets (-4.5, O/U 228.5) [6:30pm, TNT]
{NBA} Phoenix Suns (-1, O/U 235) at Golden State Warriors [9pm, TNT]

Watch That

New Mexico State at Louisiana Tech

6pm | CBSSN | LT -2.5 | O/U 52.5

Arizona Diamonbacks at Philadelphia Phillies

7:07pm | TBS | Game 7

Philadelphia Flyers at Vegas Golden Knights

10pm | ESPN | Vegas -225 | O/U 6.5

One of those fascinates or amuses me when I fall down Wikipedia holes is looking at enclaves within larger American cities: Little geographic oddities that have a taudry scandal of some kind in their history.

I don't mean the sad, redlining- and segregation-based stories of the Park Cities in Dallas; I mean the cities like Hilltop, just north of Minneapolis and entirely surrounded by Columbia Heights, a suburb made entirely of manufactured housing that at its inception prohibited fortune tellers, fought off annexation attempts, and later had all the delightful municipal embezzlement you could handle. Or Whittier, Alaska, not quite an enclave but called the "city under one roof" because basically all its inhabitants live in one building.


Good evening! Power's back on, you're watching...

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  • 9%
    Diego Pavia and NMSU, man. So fun.
    (8 votes)
  • 8%
    Western Kentucky playing someone, but we have no way of knowing who
    (7 votes)
  • 31%
    Playoff baseball
    (27 votes)
  • 4%
    The NBA?!
    (4 votes)
  • 20%
    Hockeyfest, the NHL just playing a shitton of games tonight
    (17 votes)
  • 25%
    I resent you and these polls
    (22 votes)
85 votes total Vote Now

Wednesday Evening
Don’t Watch This

Jacksonville State Gamecocks (-8, O/U 44.5) at FIU Sunblazers [6pm, CBSSN]

{VB} Northwestern at {RV} Ohio State [5pm, BTN]

{NBA} Boston Celtics (-2.5, O/U 223.5) at New York Knicks [6pm, ESPN]
{NHL} Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils [6:30pm, TNT]

Watch That

UTEP Miners (2-6, 1-3 C-USA) at Sam Houston Bearkats (0-7, 0-4)

7pm | ESPN2 | SHSU -3.5 | O/U 36

[RV] Indiana at Illinois

{VB} 7pm | BTN

Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs

8:30pm | ESPN | Dallas -4 | O/U 228

I am ready for C-USA to be done and MACtion to take over. I have watched way too many FIU football games; I won't fall for it again.

Instead, it's time to watch the perpetually snakebitten Sam Houston Bearkats as they try to finally get that elusive first FBS win. UTEP lost to Northwestern by 31 points. This game will answer the question no one is asking: "What if we played Iowa-Minnesota in a city basically famous only for a prison?"

It will be terrible. Perfect Wednesday night viewing.



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  • 18%
    (14 votes)
  • 3%
    (3 votes)
  • 11%
    (9 votes)
  • 2%
    (2 votes)
  • 16%
    (13 votes)
  • 6%
    (5 votes)
  • 40%
    I was hoping the Vox outage meant this article wouldn't be up tonight.
    (31 votes)
77 votes total Vote Now

Happy midweek, everyone! Enjoy the games.