(Standard disclaimer that I’m terribly behind in sharing links, I’ll do better starting next week, yada yada yada…)
Let’s kick things off with a couple baseball links that are left over from October.
First, a rather fine oral history of the 1985 World Series. Which, you may recall, was the last time the Kansas City Royals won the title before this season. I had never heard the story about how George Brett and Whitey Herzog spent the afternoon of game seven before.
This is hitting ground some other fans of baseball history may have covered before. But it’s a cool look back at the many waves that game six of the 1975 World Series sent out that changed the game and how it was covered.
Obviously, I’m biased. But I rather enjoyed how The New York Times’ Joe Nocera eviscerated the NCAA for their treatment of Cheick Diallo.
In a similar vein, here is the story of Braeden Anderson, who was supposed to begin his career at KU in 2011 with Ben McLemore, Jamari Traylor, and Naadir Tharpe among others. Despite scoring 1450 on his SATs, he was declared academically ineligible. Then the Big 12 said he couldn’t redshirt and keep his scholarship, as McLemore and Traylor were both allowed to do when their high school academics were deemed insufficient. Things have turned out ok for Anderson, and his story has to be very popular down at the NCAA.
The Paris terrorists attacks were frightening, terrible, and tragic. And they’ve become a tool for many to put their heads in the sand and not only deny logic and fact, but go to the old well of immigrant-bashing.
Here are two pieces on that topic. You may disagree, but I enjoyed them both.
First, Eireann Dolan, girlfriend of Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle, did something rather wonderful for Syrian refugees over the holiday. This was posted before Thanksgiving, thus the perspective difference.
Then, novelist John Scalzi wrote about the reaction of many Americans far better than I could.
And another entry for the We Live In A Fucked Up World file.
Next, three pieces about being a sports fan. The first two are about growing up and losing touch with the teams you loved in your youth. I’m so thankful I’ve fallen back in love with the Royals, and had before they got good again.
Then David Simon tracked down one of his childhood heroes in hopes that a mutual act of penance would save the teams in the two cities Simon has called home from a curse built on a promise he failed to keep 40 years ago.
I’ve not always loved Oasis, but I’ve always loved an interview with Noel Gallagher. As usual, this one is awesome. Or fuckin’ awesome as he might say.
To close out, 25 Things You Never Knew About ‘Christmas Vacation’