Ah, trade deadline week. One of the more fun parts of the calendar when you’re a fan. But it’s also one of the times of greatest idiocy when it comes to fans- during which every fan should thank their lucky stars that their team isn’t run by talk radio callers.
The trade deadline really brings out the worst of fans, especially in the areas of ignorance and short-sightedness. Yes, of course we should trade every prospect for any veteran I’ve heard of. Of course my team should offer the three worst players on the roster as a package for some other team’s superstar. And how dare our general manager not do everything I just suggested!
I love the deadline, but I’ll be glad when it’s over.
It’s shocking to me that the idea of Brett Favre signing with the Eagles as a backup to Michael Vick is not only being treated as an actual possibility, but actually has people openly advocating for it.
I mean, come on. Favre is 42 years old. He’s already retired four different times. He has about ten different injuries, and when he played last year he looked like he was not only past his prime, but pretty much near death. Vick is enough of an injury risk that it’s important to have a dependable backup. So why even think about bringing in someone who’s a pretty good bet to get hurt himself?
Signing Favre makes about as much sense as trading Domonic Brown and Vance Worley for half a season of Carlos Beltran.
The heart, the hatred, the mean-spiritedness, the regret- this GQ story about Louis CK really captures everything great about the comedian. And this season of his show has been brilliant, too.
Jonathan Chait on his TNR blog:
Last Spring, Republicans threatened to shut down the federal government in order to force domestic spending cuts. House Speaker John Boehner managed to ass a bill. But a subsequent CBO analysis found the immediate savings were quite small. Conservatives went ballistic and vowed they won’t get fooled again.
I know, he meant “pass a bill.” But “ass” sounds better, and is actually a more accurate description of what happened.
News Item: ESPN history “Some Guys Have All the Fun” to become a movie
I suppose the success of “The Social Network” now means we’ll get a big-screen origin story of every corporation. I’m sure the ESPN movie would be good, but my questions are, how can it not possibly be ten hours long, and how will ESPN itself deal with the release of the movie? I can’t imagine they’ll want to promote it.
Here’s a nifty list of web design mistakes often made by newspapers. Philly.com is guilty of more than half of them each day.
Jeffrey Goldberg, on the Norway shooter and his American inspirations:
“I would say this to anyone, liberal commentators, and also (and especially sometimes, given the rhetoric) to Fox commentators who portray the President, and others with whom they disagree, as enemies of America. But on Pamela Geller and the target of her demonization: I believe that the mass of Muslim Americans are loyal, law-abiding citizens, and that many of them came here, in fact, to escape extremism, fanaticism and violence. And therefore, I believe that Pamela Geller’s broad-brush condemnation of people and their religion (remember, she thinks that Islam is intrinsically evil) can create conditions in which people could get hurt. Yes, she has a right to free speech. But she has a moral duty to keep herself from using language that could physically endanger her fellow citizens. When you state, over and over again, that Muslims — all Muslims — are followers of an evil religion, you create conditions in which innocent Muslims could get hurt.”