What we read while winning Best New Artist at the Grammys…
- One of NPI’s favorite shows of all-time, Friday Night Lights, came to an end last week. And while we haven’t completely caught up to its DirecTV run, we enjoyed the critical nostalgia about the greatest sports-centric television series of all-time (narrowly passing Hang Time). Alan Sepinwall, as usual, had a great breakdown of the series’ best moments (he even helpfully separated the ones containing spoilers), as well as an interview with showrunner Jason Katims and not one but TWO retrospective podcasts (including one with Bill Simmons).
- Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo adroitly and aptly addresses AOL’s acquisition of HuffPo.
- Speaking of SEO, we’re behind anyone who goes after Bleacher Report, even if they’re Phillies’ fans.
- In baseball news, the Albert Pujols Countdown is quickly approaching zero, as Will Leitch panics. And while we’re usually a fan of Baseball Prospectus, even we think this is nerdy…
- The New Yorker offers a fascinating look at Scientology through the lens of Paul Haggis’ split from the church. And, with eerily coincidental timing, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Scientology movie got funding on the same week.
- As Jeopardy! gears for Watson (TONIGHT!!!), a breakdown of the most common categories and “questions” (i.e. answers).
- The tickets for LCD Soundsystem’s final show at Madison Square Garden mysteriously vanished, so James Murphy went to his blog to offer a “Fuck You” to scalpers and announce four new dates.
- It’s going to be tough to get a better win probability graph this season. (Although this one from last year is dear to our heart.) (And this one is just ridiculous.)