What we read while celebrating Ryan Longwell’s return to Lambeau….
- We linked a few weeks ago to Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker analysis of football and head trauma. Gladwell’s article brought to the fore some issues that have been latent in football for some time (Wait…you mean this is a dangerous sport?), as seen by the attention it’s getting now from Congress and from former Chief Michael Oriard on Deadspin. (What we’d like to see more attention on: the horribly misfigured fingers of former football players. You can see a little with Ted Johnson in the NYT video above, but this is a growing trend among NFL analysts that some of us would rather not see; hence, lack of links.)
- The much anticipated HD trailer for the new James Cameron movie Avatar came out last week, to a much better reception than the original trailer from August. One thing that is clear: This profile of Cameron makes him seem like an arrogant asshole.
- The A.V. Club offered it’s thoughts on Chuck Klosterman’s new book, which John S reviewed last month.
- As part of our extensive World Series preview this week, Tim subtly criticized Philadelphia fans (we believe his words were, “Philadelphia fans suck”). Now, The New York Times‘ Mike Tanier–a native of Philly–examines the differences between the fan ideologies in the City of Brotherly Love and the Big Apple.
- Great: Not only are minivans culturally unpopular, but also attractive to clever bears.
- At NPI, we like Joe Posnanski and political philosophy. Here’s Joe Posnanski ON political philosophy. Well, kind of.
- Here at NPI, we’re fans of both fun and theory; that’s why we’re big fans of “The Fun Theory.” Really, regardless of what it espouses, how can you not be a fan of “The Fun Theory”? It’s arguably our favorite named theory since the good old Theory of Everything.