The Press, the Storyline, and Politics USA

This comment by Belichick says it all about the press and how utterly dense and clueless they can be. All the reporter is interested in is what the STORYLINE is about their quarterback (Jimmy Garropolo), but all Belichick is interested in is getting his work done.
 
And that’s exactly what’s happening with Hillary Clinton and the presidential election. The media is in a frenzy about her health and pneumonia, because they need a STORYLINE to take down the front runner and because they want to equalize the two candidates as if they are both legitimate contenders for the presidency in order to create a horserace to attract more advertisers and readers. That’s their story and they’re sticking with it no matter what.
 
I remember Joe Friday in Dragnet: “Just the facts.” For the media, it’s “Just the storyline.”
 
This is the sad state of affairs that currently passes for the press and media in the U.S.
 
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Superhero Charlatans


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An excellent article that illustrates our penchant for glorifying Gatsbyesque charlatans:

http://nymag.com/news/frank-rich/david-petraeus-2012-12/#print

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Madoff, Wilpon, and the Mets


The intriguing and mysterious saga of the Wilpon and Madoff families. I’m not sure what happened here, but the story is gripping. If Wilpon knew so little about investing (which may well be the case), that’s one more confirmation how con-men can push the buttons of anyone in their narcissistic drive for money and power.
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/05/30/110530fa_fact_toobin?printable=true&currentPage=all

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Ryan Mallett Analysis

This analysis is interesting, thoughtful, detailed, and perceptive.  The author is a thinker and researcher. I enjoyed reading it to get an insight into how to think about predicting trends and future directions. It’s football, but applicable to life.

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports/columnists/hyde/blog/2011/03/draft_winds_lies_damn_lies_and_1.html

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Don Banks on NFL Labor Talks

This is a devastating piece on this sports war between the rich and richer.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/03/11/nfl.labor.front.ap/index.html

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The Odd Couple: Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry

This is a wonderful story about a friendship through baseball.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/sports/baseball/24yogi.html?hp=&pagewanted=all

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The Suicide of Dave Duerson and NFL Brain Injuries


Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest in order to preserve his brain for research.  Concussive injuries in football are increasingly implicated in brain disorders.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/20/sports/football/20duerson.html

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Doing the Right Thing

This is a moving story, a pitcher who gave up 12 million dollars, because he wanted to do the right thing and keep his self-respect.  Inspiring.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/27/sports/baseball/27meche.html?hp

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Jews and Rowing

The Rowing Team
Yeshiva University decided to put together a scull rowing team. Unfortunately, they lost race after race. They practiced for hours every day, but never managed to come in any better than dead last. The head of the Yeshiva finally decided he couldn’t stand any more embarrassment so he sent Yankel to spy on Harvard’s team.

So Yankel shlepped off to Harvard and hid on the bank of the river from where he carefully watched the Harvard team as they practiced.
When Yankel returned to the Yeshiva he proudly announced to the head.
“I have figured out their secret,”

“They have eight guys rowing and one guy shouting and we have eight guys shouting and one guy rowing.”

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Golf Bloopers

I feel pretty good about my golf game now:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sERwdGY_ITU&feature=player_embedded

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Chris Henry and Organ Donation

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The Highest Paid Athlete in History

http://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/roundtable/greatest-of-all-time.php
A Roman charioteer was actually the most well-paid athlete in history.

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