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I goofed on Darren Rovell earlier this week, but you know what? At least his douchiness is out in the open. We make fun of Grantland here a lot for shit like "Can Aaron Paul Be A Movie Star?" because a post like that is essentially the same kind of thing that Rovell does, just in a more socially acceptable form. "Let's talk about what the Breaking Bad finale means for Aaron Paul's BRAND." In this case, the work of art itself is secondary to its imaginary perceived value in the cultural PANTHEON. You can read Bill Simmons's review of Rush and picture him at the theater, half-watching the movie and half-concentrating on where it ranks in his Greatest Sports Movies Of The 21st Century rankings. It's the pop culture version of Mark Schlereth and Merril Hoge debating whether or not Joe Flacco is elite. And you know what? The Flacco thing is somehow more tolerable.