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The Sounds of Sports (At Home)

I’ve always liked sports, and in the last few years when I’ve spent quite a bit of time as an audio engineer, I’ve been noticing more and more just how much goes in to making things on TV and in movies sound good.

However, nothing could have prepared me for just how much audio equipment and microphones are embedded in and active during sporting events. This video gives great insight in to just how much work is done live during sporting events to make them sound great. It’s been getting clearer and clearer to me that you often get much more out of watching a sport on TV than you can from attending one live, and this stuff is a big part of why.

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On watching Steph Curry and the GSW this year

Trying to figure out whether you like the Warriors, on the other hand, is like being 5 years old and trying to figure out whether you like magic.

This is exactly how I feel about Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors right now. I’m not a huge basketball fan. I’ll watch a player or team that’s doing really well (up until this year that was LeBron for me, or the Raptors in the playoffs), but I don’t really follow the league.

That being said, watching Steph Curry hit crazy, off-balance, near half-court shots routinely makes me think back to the days on the elementary school court, when it was more about having fun and seeing what’s possible than trying to be technically or strategically perfect.

It’s all the more frustrating that I felt (as a kid) that I should be making more shots than I was, in real life and in video games. But Curry manages to overcome all of that, and swishes shots that should never be taken by anybody, which is something I aspired to, but could only ever dream of.

> The Golden State Warriors are the greatest NBA team ever—and the most likable.