Long but very interesting profile of the Eagles's coach.
Andy Borowitz, not trying to satirize conservatives for once:
An organization of University of North Carolina athletic boosters expressed shock and outrage today over a report that a few members of U.N.C. sports teams may have taken real classes, despite the widespread availability of fake ones.
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.
A fine tribute by Frank Deford to the greatest team athlete ever, William Felton Russell.
Fine piece. Sandy is pretty much a mensch.
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.
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.
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.
It's all about the Benjamins, baby.