What we read while admittedly forgetting…
- Week 1 of the NFL season, the amping up of the college football year, and the–at least to some–intriguingly tight pennant races in baseball led us to some excellent sports coverage this week. The headliner is the man who’s been making headlines for over a year now in New York, and quite frankly, we’re surprised it took even this long for Rex Ryan to land the cover of New York Times Magazine. Ryan wasn’t the only NFL coach, getting profile treatment, with Sally Jenkins tackling (get it?) Mike Shanahan in the Washington Post.
- John S wasn’t the only one writing about Boise State, with SI’s George Schroeder chronicling the Broncos’ amazing run to college football prominence and Smart Football taking a more technical approach to Chris Petersen’s high-powered (and not entirely Statue of Liberty-based) offense. BSU isn’t the only non-power crashing the party these days, of course, and Texas Monthly looks at TCU head coach Gary Patterson’s more defensive approach to football success. GQ doesn’t care which of those teams you root for; in fact, it encourages both. Michigan’s Denard Robinson gets the Heisman treatment, in photographic and verbal form.
- As for baseball, ESPN’s Tom Friend dives into the life and death of Eric Show–25 years after he gave up Pete Rose’s record-breaking hit. And friend of the blog Ben Cohen over at Deadspin analyzes Derek Jeter from the Yankee fan’s perspective–something John S has done…twice.
- Roger Ebert is bringing back At the Movies with new hosts and an expanded format. Luckily, he’ll be appearing on the new show. Meanwhile, as fans of both Ebert and food, this article obviously was appealing.
- Kate Hopkins debunks the concept of copyrighted cocktails.
- We’re not ones for promoting one-hit tumblrs, but here’s one we have enjoyed: 1001 rules for my unborn son.
- Tim revisited The Great Gatsby himself earlier this summer, but he didn’t get all righteous and write about it. He’s glad Sonya Chung at The Millions did.
- Have we mentioned before that we love Joe Posnanski? We have? Well then you could probably figure out that we loved the comment thread on this page (start at comment #5).
- Air expert Gary Leff, after the topic was broached by Tyler Cowen, discusses genuineness and flight attendants.