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World Wide Wednesday

How I saw the Internet this week.

Deep Routes

- Grantland’s Robert Mays details the history of the Kansas-Missouri rivalry. It dates back slightly further than its current basketball incarnation.

- NYTimes’ Jane Black profiles Wendell Pierce’s (The Wire’s Bunk Moreland) plans to open high quality supermarkets in low income areas of New Orleans. (via Richard Deitsch)

- On Yahoo, Mike Silver writes where Peyton Manning SHOULD go. If you’ll recall, I power ranked where I thought he WILL end up a little over a month ago.

- Former AP writer Mike Cranston goes into excruciating detail about his depression and recovery process. Harrowing read:

I had a great girlfriend, had moved from radio broadcasting to a good job as a sports writer for the AP, bought a condo in uptown Charlotte within walking distance of the arena, football stadium and countless bars and was relatively financially secure. I should have been happy. Check that, I should have been ecstatic.

Instead, I was miserable.

Quick Reads

- Beef straws!!!!!!!!

- Andy Borowitz uses qualitative indicators from Republicans to conclude that the economy must be doing better. Brilliant satire.

- Justin Halpern tries out five online dating sites. Hilarity (although not necessarily from his perspective) ensues. (Via Drew Magary).

This week in scathing obituaries

- Matthew Taibbi calls Andrew Breitbart’s passing the “Death of a Douche.” If you’ll believe it, sir, this obit was far more flattering to Breitbart’s legacy than Gawker’s extensive takedown.

- Gawker’s Breitbart obituary led me to Hunter S. Thompson’s Atlantic piece on Richard Nixon’s death. Man oh man. I’m actually in the middle of reading Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72–Thompson’s diary of the Nixon-McGovern election–right now and even though I’ve seen how Thompson wrote about Nixon, this was jaw-dropping. A brief passage:

If the right people had been in charge of Nixon’s funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin.

Stuff I’ve written in other places

- On WonderHowTo: How to negotiate with terrorists scalpers.

- On TheDailyMeal: The world’s most expensive wine and liquor bottles.

Food Porn

Cookie Monster cupcake @ Blue Moon Bakery (Silverthorne, CO)!!!!!

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Real Chili @ Real Chili (Milwaukee, WI)

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90s clip of the week

This is technically from the 80s but man is it classic. It essentially involves Jimmy Johnson accusing Buddy Ryan of putting a bounty on the Cowboys. Then they bring in Mike Ditka live via satellite who disregards any notion of bounties but makes it clear that he can take Buddy Ryan in a fight. This is honestly like a wrestling promo. (Via The Big Lead)

The Wire clip of the week

Avon and Stringer’s relationship has some tension. The dialogue and acting in this scene is simply unparalleled.



Twitter @sportsrapport

    Glad that time of my life didn't overlap with this past week.8 hours ago
    There was a three-week stretch of my career where I would've had to cover minute-to-minute updates of the Derrick Rose outrage beat.8 hours ago
    Also, our second baseman made a diving snag in the dirt and the ump hummed the SportsCenter jingle #dadadadadada9 hours ago
    There was a guy at the softball field tonight who never burned his LeBron Cavs jersey. It was too small for him now. He still wore it tho.9 hours ago
    And Raiders fans being mortified.10 hours ago
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