around the world in 30 minutes or less…..
HOOPS — The scariness of being right and the soul-crushing sadness of Rondo’s injury: The team overachieving while Rondo does monster walks in physical therapy means at least starting that conversation about what Rondo’s true value is. And that’s a depressing conversation. ((Worth noting that since Amos Barshad posted this to Grantland on January 31, the Celtics added four more wins to a two win winning streak and his colleague Zach Lowe posted this: “The Celtics are 4-0 without Rajon Rondo and have scored 102.4 points per 100 possessions in that stretch, a mark that would rank 12th overall — about a dozen spots and 2.5 points better than what Boston’s putrid offense has done for the season, per NBA.com.:”))
ELLT TRIATHLON — The only event I’ll consider adding for 2013. (the music on this sucks, so I suggest watching with the sound off…
SPORTS — In the early 2000s, the two web writers I read most were Bill Simmons and Gregg Easterbrook. Simmons is the Boston Sports Guy who eventually grew into just “The Sports Guy” and now produces ESPN’s 30 for 30, edits Grantland, and does podcasts with Jalen Rose. In the early days, he just wrote excessively long essays on basketball and Melrose Place (perfect for long commutes in and out of DC). Easterbrook’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback column mixed occasionally smart football analysis with Greggg’s pet peeves and interests, some of which were interesting enough to keep reading week to week. About the time Simmons’ schtick wore thin and Gregggg’s sanctimoniousness soured everything he wrote, Deadspin launched (I remember being at Treasury at the time and I wish I knew now how I first stumbled onto it). Deadspin quickly and completely replaced Simmons and Easterbrook and I haven’t read a full column by either one since. This oral history of Deadspin — yes, that is weird to have a “history” of a website — is a pretty compelling read, in large part to understand how these guys were in exactly the right place at the right time writing from the right perspectives.
DRINKS — This is both ridiculous and a good idea: “Then swirl the whiskey gently in the glass, watch what it does when you stop. Does it coat the glass lightly or heavily? Does it form scalloped edges as it recedes? Does it form legs? Thick or thin? Or, does it form droplets?” We once had five bourbons in the house and guests staying for the night, so we tasted all five, with an eventual consensus that Woodford Reserve was the most universally liked (by the guys and girls) and Buffalo Trace the least liked. Right now, we have just two bourbons in the house, so I need to add a few more before having another taste test.
BOOKS — “Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power” is like eating a sandwich made from top quality meat and mustard squeezed between stale, moldy bread. The opening chapters are repetitive and repeat a lot, with one main idea beaten like a dead old horse. The closing chapter adds nothing one couldn’t have surmised from the rest of the book. But the heart of it — journeys through the border regions of Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh — is compelling stuff. Many thanks to Ben Moeling for recommending it.
and to take you into the weekend: