Day Nine: Change of plans, and a few fun things.

So after nine days of this experiment I’ve realized that this is going to be a mentally and physically exhaustive challenge. I’ve also noticed that, by virtue of forcing myself to write everyday, the thoughts and ideas I’d like to convey weren’t given enough time to ferment. What’s the point of writing if the stuff you’re writing isn’t as good as it can, or should, be?

I’m hoping to continue working on essays and features for some sites and publications, and as a result, writing here everyday won’t be as feasible – I don’t want to write just to write, I want those words to express something meaningful. For now, my goal will be to write here once or twice a week, pieces that have been given more time to be thought out and better researched, plus, as you’ll learn momentarily, I’ll share some of my favorite things of the past week each Friday.

Anyway, I hope you continue to come back to this space, as I appreciate all of your support.

Now, on to my favorite things this week! (In no particular order of favoritism.)

  • Leigh Cowart’s (@voraciousbrain on Twitter) essay on committing baseball adultery.  Like Leigh, I’ve also been committing adultery of the baseball kind in recent years, as I’ve been watching more and more of the Oakland A’s (the same team with which Leigh cheats on the Tampa Bay Rays). I don’t, however, consider my particular situation to be adulterous, but rather that I’m in a committed, polygamous relationship with both the New York Yankees and the Oakland A’s. Part of it is, oddly, for social reasons, but also because, as an adult, I’m sort of over the concept of single team loyalties, and prefer, mostly, to watch sports (almost any sport, really) for enjoyment, rather than out of a sense of commitment to a single team. (This is something I hope to explore with more depth in the near future.)
  • Malcontent!Twitter Friend Erik Malinowski (of Fox Sports, but more importantly of Rule #1 fame) has a new daily newsletter, and it is predictably awesome. It’s as fun of a newsletter as Erik is nice, and he’s a pretty swell dude. You can subscribe here.
  • Move over, Dylan, Sophia Grace is the greatest rapper of all-time, cuz she spit hot fire.
  • The fantastic Nitasha Tiku of The Verge wrote a piece about the lengths she was willing to go to in order to interview CEO Dick Costolo. Instead, she just fell in love with SoulCycle. Also of note: “All tweets are inherently thirsty.”
  • Brian Phillips, aka @runofplay, wrote a terrific essay for Grantland on the tragicomedy that is the final chapter of Kobe Bryant’s career
  • Speaking of Kobe Bryant, Liverpool’s young star, Raheem Sterling, has something in common with Kobe Bryant in that he’s been arrested for violent crimes against women, and, like Kobe, his story seems to be getting forgotten by fans as he progresses into one of the finer players in the world. Some schlub named Bhavin Bavalia wrote about Sterling and cognitive dissonance for The Classical 
  • Marcus Thompson wrote a piece on how Draymond Green went from undervalued second round pick out of Michigan State (and one of my favorite college players of all-time) to one of the most valuable players on, arguably, the best team in the NBA. Draymond’s about to get paid this summer, and it couldn’t happen to a better person.
  • Hamilton Nolan on why terrorism works. (Because we let it.)
  • The great Jorge Arangure on Adebayo Akinfenwa, who is essentially the Jared Lorenzen of English football, and my new favorite person.
  • The unparalleled David Roth (not that one) destroyed the Mueller Report and the NFL’s delusions (I’ve twice seen people refer to it as an “ether.”). David also edited my piece for The Classical and, honestly, made it way better than anything I’ve written has business being. He’s a great dude and and even better writer, so if you don’t follow his work you’re missing out.
  • The Roast of Tommy Craggs is ongoing at Deadspin today, it it is predictably Deadspin-ish. Craggs, who naturally ruined Deadspin, is probably one of the best writers in the game, so, on a selfish level, it kinda sucks that he’ll be doing even less writing when he takes over as executive editor for all of Gawker Media.
  • Lastly, an interview with Deray Mckesson (@deray) on the merits of hashtag activism and the democratization of protest. This sort of internet activism can actually be effective, as opposed to the virtually useless #BringBackOurGirls or #Kony2012 campaigns which literally do nothing. You can subscribe to Deray and Netta’s newsletter here.
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