The ESPN Daily Podcast, Greek Mythology & the New York Knicks

December 11, 2019

I really enjoy ESPN’s “ESPN Daily” podcast hosted by Mina Kimes and produced by some kind of cavalcade of all star producers. At 2X playback it’s only around a 10 minute commitment. Frequently I fall behind and binge a few of them at once to squeeze around a half hour of entertainment out of it. There’ve been plenty of topics like hockey dentists that wouldn’t have been anything I’d have…

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Jay-Z & Jemele

Every now and then when Richard Deitsch does his “spend $100 million on a fancy new studio while laying 100 people off” thing I shake my fist at the clouds. I find the critique unfair because I don’t believe those things are linked. But I also understand both things happened and the appearances aren’t pretty. Sometimes I wonder how I might have been publicly critiqued for my handling of corporate responsibility the…

August 15, 2019
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El Paso, Texas

August 5, 2019

This was originally a very shitty blog about the intersection of sports, politics and El Paso. I tried to remove the sports and politics which was 75% of it. Hopefully it’s less shitty now. People getting shot based on the color of their skin. In 2019. In the United States of America. It’s heartbreaking. I’m a heartbroken white man in El Paso, Tx. I’ve lived here happily for four years….

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The Athletic: Hopefully I’m Just Bad At Math

June 17, 2019

I can’t make the situation at The Athletic (and certainly not Alex Mather’s crazy math) make any sense unless I look at it this way: the greater fool theory is definitely in play and the investors are absolutely certain that a greater fool is out there. I wouldn’t bet against them finding a greater fool. I see really solid people whose work I appreciate whether it be Bill Shea in…

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Junk Science Charlatans

December 5, 2018

  “My truth” is a baseball bat and I’m in the habit of clubbing people over the head with it. As you might’ve guessed, that’s not a particularly good delivery system for sending messages. Understandably, people are usually way too distracted by the “ouch! stop hitting me on the head with a baseball bat!” to even consider the message.   My challenge is two-fold: 1. come up with a better…

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Hypocrisy & sports media: is there any way to keep from getting splashed?

August 28, 2018

  Before the news Michelle Beadle was moving on from Get Up! broke I’d been thinking about something: is there a way to be participate in the sports media landscape, make a principled stand and be pristine? So far I can’t come up with a way that works for me. I’m open to suggestions. I’m not picking on Michelle Beadle or people who make their incomes in sports media. I…

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Bad neighbors & bad landlords

August 16, 2018

The barking dogs of El Paso, Texas haven’t caused me much strife. Just dumb luck and a HEPA filter that I’m not sure is any good as an air filter but is great as a white noise machine. Maybe it’s mostly that I finally gave up on trying to control the rest of the world? One day I saw someone nearby had named their WiFi router “ShutYourFuckingDogUp” which made me…

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Off topic: Complacency

September 4, 2017

  I’ve been thinking a lot about my own complacency lately. I’m trying to understand it rather than rationalize it but if I’m honest, so far it’s all rationalizing, no understanding. NFL season is about to start. I know full damn well that people bashing their heads together is bad for their brains. But I’ll skip the set up and get straight to the punchline: Fuck that, the NFL is…

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