Posts Tagged ‘Bill Simmons’

Monday Medley

What we read while sexually harassing Herman Cain back…

  • It’s about time someone explored why humans’ biggest potential foe is the octopus.
  • ESPN’s go-to SEC profiler Wright Thompson looks at one of the weekend’s big winners: Les Miles.

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What we read while Boston mourned…

Monday Medley

What we read while Dallas finally made up for killing Kennedy…
  • Why the “College degrees don’t mean much” stories are wrong — and always have been.

Monday Medley

What we read while reinterpreting Longfellow…

Monday Medley

What we read while winning Best New Artist at the Grammys…

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What we read while telling WikiLeaks they couldn’t use our server….

  • John Paul Stevens was interviewed on 60 Minutes.  Even more interesting is the full transcript of his April interview with Jeffrey Rosen.

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What we read while appreciating the human element…


  • Two games that are, indeed, all about corners — Monopoly and The Wiretogether at last.

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What we read while not marrying Chelsea Clinton…

  • Our disappointed reaction to the headline: “Oh, they meant verbally and NOT physically.”

In Quasi Defense Of LeBron James

Is choosing teammates worse than inheriting them?

I don’t want to be put in the position of defending LeBron James. As I’ve said, I’m not happy about his decision—it’s basically a sports tragedy. So while I generally agree with those criticizing him, I can’t help but notice some unfair attacks.

Most of these deal with claims about LeBron’s personality. Fans have a tendency to do this a lot: They project personality traits and character flaws onto athletes based on no real knowledge of the players as individuals. If a player strikes out in a key situation, he must be unable to handle pressure. If a basketball player misses the open man, he must be a selfish person. If a football player happens to be the quarterback of a team that loses, he must not be a motivated individual. In a few instances, there is some merit to this—sports would not be nearly as special if it didn’t give us insights into the human psyche.

Far more often, though, it is utter schlock. Continue reading

Monday Medley

What we read while taking our talents to South Beach…