Article of the Month – April 2016

I’m not much of a sports fan. Sure, the World Cup excites me (it’s an international event and comes along only once every four years) and I’ll typically tune into the Super Bowl (though often for the commercials), but come the weekend, I’m rarely, if ever, in front of a television watching grown men chase a ball around.

A few months back, that all changed. I was standing in my kitchen at 10:30 at night on a weekday about to head off to bed. From outside a thunderous roar of voices froze me in my tracks. It sounded like a stadium filled with spectators each of whom had just been told that they’d won the lottery. For context, I live in downtown Oakland, my apartment flanked by numerous bars and restaurants. I scrambled to my phone to check out what could possibly be going on at this late hour. Apparently, Stephen Curry, the point guard of the Golden State Warriors (based in Oakland), had hit a 38-foot shot as the game clock hit zero. I replayed the improbable shot over and over again, shocked that this had become routine for Curry. And on this particularly night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the shot was the last made in a relentless back and forth between these two powerhouses—my conversion to a rabid Warriors fan complete.

The reason I mention this is I would not have even bothered reading the article I chose for this article of the month. Even if you are not a Warriors fan, the article is highly interesting for how it juxtaposes Silicon Valley and traditional sports teams. What I saw that night, then, wasn’t just a player nonpareil winning the game in the waning seconds, but the victory of a sport’s team that has been as assiduously engineered as the latest iteration of the iPhone.



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5 Responses to Article of the Month – April 2016

  1. J. December 5, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    Hi Chris,

    Have you stopped publishing the ‘Article of the Month’ series? Would be a bummer :-/ That said, it would be great if someone would update this list: Seems to be the best way to go through your entire list of the AOTM series. Hope you’re able to go back to this someday; meanwhile, I’ll read as much of The Economist and Foreign Affairs, as I can!

    Thanks for the great work you guys do!

    PS: I play your Vocab Wednesday youtube playlist on repeat, when I’m in the middle of chores at home. That, in combination with focused prep using the vocabulary app, has been super-helpful. Thanks again!

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      Magoosh Test Prep Expert December 5, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

      Hi there,

      It’s so great to hear that you have enjoyed our materials and that they have proven helpful for you! We love to get this sort of feedback from students 🙂

      We have had a hiatus from the Article of the Month series on the blog, but Chris Lele has continued on his facebook page: . I will pass you feedback on to Chris so that he knows how much this feature is missed 🙂 Thanks for pointing out the need to update the “Article of the Month Roundup” post, I will send that comment along to our blog writers!

      • J. December 8, 2016 at 4:15 pm #

        Wow, he’s pretty active there – thanks for the recommendation. I’ll go through all the material there!

  2. Shubham Choudhary November 5, 2016 at 5:43 am #

    Hey Chris, while reading the article, I came across a line that read “unencumbered access of wine”.
    I looked up the word on and it means to be free of burden. Now, in the context of providing access to something, shouldn’t the meaning be something close to unhindered.
    Waiting for your reply for a pellucid explanation.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert November 7, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

      Hi Shubham,

      This is a perfect example of why it’s so important to see words in free, natural English! We can use ‘unencumbered’ in both ways. If I am unencumbered, then I am free of something. But think about it this way: when you are free of something, you aren’t hindered. If I have unencumbered access to something, then there is nothing in my way! So unencumbered and unhindered are actually synonyms! I read the definition and can understand your confusion, but remember that words can slightly change their meaning depending on their context, and this is a perfectly valid way to use ‘unencumbered.’ My recommendation is to write it down and think about the meaning in context so that you can remember it next time you see this word 🙂

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