Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Courtney Paris or the White Whale

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There she blows!--there she blows! A hump like a snow-hill! It is Courtney Paris!

Paris has become Mulk's white whale. She has defeated her four consecutive times and cost her a precious conference championship. I'm not sure any other player, other than the Paris' teammates, have accomplished such a feat. Much like Ahab's obsession with Moby Dick, Mulk's thoughts have turned to one thing: defeating Paris. Will her obsession lead to an untimely defeat or more likely, Mulk hurling a harpoon at Paris on her way to the basket? After tonight we will know. Let's take a look at the other characters. Knowlege, or lack thereof, provided by Wikipedia.org.

No mercy, no power but its own controls it. Panting and snorting like a mad battle steed that has lost its rider, the masterless Paris overruns the globe.

Ishmael - our main character symbolizes orphans and outcasts, aliented from society. This is obviously the BearMeat Editors with a few interns thrown into the mix.

Moby Dick - extraordinarily ferocious, but is also possessed of strength, mystery, and power. Paris fits the bill.

Ahab - driven by a monomaniacal desire to kill Moby-Dick, the whale to whom he lost his leg. Mulk had racked up some losses to Paris and she doesn't want it to continue.

All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to Mulk, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Courtney Paris. She piled upon the player's white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by her whole race from Adam down; and then, as if her chest had been a mortar, she burst her hot heart’s shell upon it.

Mates

Starbuck - is a thoughtful and intellectual Quaker. He objects to the quest, but follows out of duty. This has to be Associate Head Coach Karen Aston, who long opposed harpooning Paris even as a joke.

Stubb -
Good-humored, easy, and careless, he presided over his whaleboat as if the most deadly encounter were but a dinner, and his crew all invited guests.

Damion McKinney, assistant coach, dresses for every game as if he were about to Attend The Player's.

Flask - short, stout, ruddy young fellow, very pugnacious concerning whales. Johnny Derrick, Director of Basketball Operations, is the old verion of that.

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Harpooners (not to be confused with Poontangers)

Queequeg - is a cannibal from a fictional island in the South Seas. Displays both civilized and uncivilized behavior. Haylee Abbe is from Robinson, so I think that's close enough.

Tashtego - a Native American harpooner, the personificaiton of the hunter. I think this describes Tisdale.

Daggoo -is a gigantic African harpooner with a noble bearing and grace. I guess Bernice would best fit this description.

Fedallah - Tall and swart, with one white tooth evilly protruding from its steel-like lips. Danielle Wilson anyone?

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Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering Paris; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! and since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned whale! Thus, I give up the spear!

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