Linky Friday #57

Burt Likko fills in for Will Truman for this week’s aggregation of dozens of links to themed web randomness!

Sunday!!!

FOOTBALL IS HERE!  FOOTBALL IS HERE!!! HEY, EVERYONE… FOOTBALL IS HERE! Yes, I know, technically the season started on Thursday, but Sundays are what it is all about with the NFL.  Even though my team is starting the season with lower expectations than they’ve had since I was in high school and doesn’t play until…

Briefly, On Football’s Culture and Rape

On Monday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will compete for college football’s national championship. This is the kind of thing that gets sportswriters in a tizzy. If you’re of a certain Age, Notre Dame is what college football is all about, so the school’s sudden (and entirely unexpected) reappearance in the sport’s championship is a…

NFL Football Contest!

Summer’s winding down, and Labor Day’s just around the corner, which means that it’s just about time for football. I was thinking this year we might have a contest to see whose professional gridiron predictive abilities got game.  The winner, of course, get’s the ultimate prize: bragging rights for an entire insufferable off-season. Here are…

Celebrating Cheese Week

(Forgive me for lack of blogging recently. Overtaken by events and all that.) What a happy coincidence. For me, preparing my weak flesh for the inaugural Big Ten showdown for Nebraska (their opponent: Wisconsin) meant indulging in a week of cheese, corn, and so, so much beer. Turns out, it is also British Cheese Week.…

Super Bowl Open Thread

I don’t have a real rooting interest, but I am anticipating a great game. My tentative pick: Steelers over Packers, 28-24. Feel free to throw out any predictions, gambling tips, or jokes at Ben Roethlisberger’s expense in the comments. We may finagle a prize for anyone who guesses the final score before kickoff (Unlimited guest…

The Political Football: Cynical Collapses and Redemptive Comebacks

Joe Lieberman endorsed John McCain for President almost exactly three years ago, at a time when McCain’s shots at the GOP nomination were widely dismissed as DOA because of his reputation as a “moderate,” and as a “maverick” willing to stand up to his party’s right-wing base.  McCain’s popular reputation was that he was a man…

Defending Basketball Mysticism

I know I should be talking about Four Loko or Thomas Friedman’s latest column on the horrors of deliberative democracy, but the start of a really compelling NBA season demands some sports blogging. Despite a pathological hatred for pretty much everything related to numbers, I find advanced basketball statistics pretty interesting. Part of this can…

Why I watch soccer

The weekend beckons, so I thought I’d write something about the World Cup. At his personal blog, Jonathan Last links to a pretty apt take-down of soccer evangelists he wrote in 2002, when Americans were in the grip of another pseudo-World Cup craze.* I say ‘pseudo’ because despite its best efforts, the media-industrial complex is…

Don’t disenfranchise foreign NBA fans

In lieu of discussing more serious matters (Citizens United, health care, “Jersey Shore”), I’d like to direct your attention to the pressing issue of NBA All Star voting. After Tracy McGrady’s hobbled corpse nearly made the West’s starting line-up and serial retiree Allen Iverson was voted in as an Eastern Conference starter,  diehard fans and…