What we read while the world ended and started up again…
What we read on our $200 million-per-day Indian vacation…
- Why are Publius, Rick Reilly, and Bill Simmons discussed in the same article? Find out!
What we read while wondering why nobody asked us to testify before Congress…
- As fans of the dearly departed (gone for almost two years now) Fire Joe Morgan, we at NPI love Fire Joe Morgan Day at Deadspin. This year Ken Tremendous, dak, and Junior took down Mitch Albom, Bill Conlin, Murray Chass, Jerry Thornton, Jim Caple, David Eckstein, and, of course, Joe Morgan, as well as many, many others. They even did it for a good cause.
What we read while disappointing our mothers….
- Sticking with the sports theme this week, the UVA lacrosse scandal has predictably erupted into a series of “Is it lacrosse’s fault?” articles from a media that seems to forget those Duke kids were acquitted. We suggest you start with the measured response here, and work your way through the links. There’s also anecdotal stuff making the rounds on the Internets from Katie Baker at Deadspin and Andrew Sharp at SB Nation.
- I really wish this satirical job posting were further from the truth. (Our biggest issue is with the “light filing.”)
What we read while Google Earth-ing the rest of the Middle East:
- Our friends over at The Millions got a jump start on decade-in-review countdowns, ranking the best novels of the last 10 years. For those who, like us, enjoyed Roberto Bolaño’s 2666, No. 4 on The Millions’ list, they offer a complete “Bolaño syllabus” for how to read more of the still-being-translated Chilean. And if decade-in-review countdowns are up your alley, get pumped for December, when we exercise our own love of rankings and unleash a massive retrospective on the last 10 years.
- We’ve known about Tampa Bay Rays’ outfielder-cum-poet Fernando Perez for over a year now. Perez, a Jersey Guy and Columbia alum, is one of the most articulate athletes to come along in some time, a talent he showcases in an essay on poetry he wrote for the latest issue of Poetry Magazine. Perez has also written glimpses at Major League life for The New York Times‘ Bats blog and at Minor League life for MiLB.com.
- It was more than a week ago that Fire Joe Morgan staged a one-day reunion on Deadspin, but this takedown of Derek Jeter is, to some of us, timeless.
*Awe isn’t always good.
Devoted readers of NPI,
I tried. I tried not to resort to basic article-bashing and name-calling. I tried to take the high ground and ignore glaring flaws in logic and basic ignorance of how sports work.
I tried, and I failed.
I didn’t want to have to go all Fire Joe Morgan on Rick Reilly’s “In awe of the Williams sisters” backpage column in the latest ESPN The Magazine. But that’s the thing in this business: Sometimes you’ve got to get dirty.
I hope you understand.
(Subhead) “It’s U.S. Open time, and the choice is obvious: Venus or Serena?”
Honestly, I’m not trying to be a dick, and it’s possible that Reilly didn’t write his article’s subhead. But I think this sentence forgets what the word “choice” means. Saying the “choice is obvious” and then posing a question is somewhat hypocritical. “It’s Election Day, and the choice is obvious: Obama or McCain?” As Reilly goes to lengths to show, the “choice” is really hard. The “choices” meanwhile are obvious.
I don’t think the rest of the article requires this level of grammatical attention.