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Sports

October 16, 2014

"In Defense of Coaches Who Yell"

Jennifer Wilson, writing in Esquire. Bravo.

My kids have great egos. Their dad and I tell them when they're rocking it, and we tell them when they screw up. We hug them either way.

But when they are beyond the boundaries of our loving home, most people won't consider them the perfect little starfish that we do. And they have to know how to deal with that. How to prove their worth. In swimming, that means they'll do so by not sucking.

So no, I'm not scared of the old-school coach and his vigorous saliva spray of enthusiasm. But you know what I am scared of? I'm scared of kids who have the crap pampered out of them. Who think every single thing they do is precious and correct.

October 12, 2014

"The Ring Leader: Bill Russell helped the Celtics rule their sport like no team ever has"

A fine tribute by Frank Deford to the greatest team athlete ever, William Felton Russell.

October 11, 2014

"The Left Arm of God: Sandy Koufax was more than just a perfect pitcher"

Fine piece. Sandy is pretty much a mensch.

October 10, 2014

"AC Milan Player Passes Around The Goalie, Fools Everyone With Backheel Goal"

Pretty darn good

October 06, 2014

"When the Biomedical Industry Ignores Diseases, Private Money Saves Lives"

Private actors and actions are enormously powerful:

Fortunately, when the market doesn’t provide the right incentives, philanthropic groups have a unique opportunity to spur advances in treating diseases that affect millions but might otherwise be ignored. 

See also "Peter Thiel: the billionaire tech entrepreneur on a mission to cheat death".

Thiel believes there will be a cure for cancer in the next 20 years, and that a cure for Alzheimer’s is within reach. Immortality, he allows, may take a little longer. . . .

‘There are many arguments against life extension, and they all strike me as extraordinarily bad: it’s not natural; there will be too many people; you will be bored. But I don’t think it would be boring at all.’ He pauses. ‘People always say you should live your life as if it were your last day. I think you should live your life as though it will go on for ever; that every day is so good that you don’t want it to end.’

Related: the story of Rex Sinquefield, single-handedly trying to revive interest in the U.S. in chess.

October 05, 2014

More trouble in the Big House

The Maize and Blue lost last night to Rutgers. Rutgers?! And there's this: "Michigan Football: Poor Leadership and Bad Decisions".

Dark days for the maize and blue under the woeful guidance of a failed pizza boss. . . .

The Wolverine’s old coach, Bo Schembechler, isn’t just turning over in his grave. He is shaking his fist, blowing his whistle and shouting.

October 04, 2014

"The 20 Colleges That Make The Most Money On Sports"

It's all about the Benjamins, baby.

October 03, 2014

"Lionel Messi - Legend"

It's the right word.

September 28, 2014

"Jacoby Brissett Refuses To Be Tackled"

In case you haven't seen it, here's NC State's quarterback making a simply terrific play against FSU yesterday.

September 27, 2014

Trouble in the Big House

"Michigan Wolverines Football: From Sellouts To Handouts In Just 4 Years".

"The [athletic] department now has all the credibility of Pravda, and half the charm."

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