1. A fascinating look at what happens when you put a lot of young, totally physically fit people together for a short period of time — no matter that they all don’t speak the same languages.

    I see that there is also an anonymous book that’s just come out called “The Secret Olympian” (read a speed-reading Daily Beast article on it here).

     
  2. I was born on the twenty-sixth day of the eighth month in the absolute middle of the 20th century, 8/26/1950. My first recollected memory, from 1953, is of my father coming home on a Friday evening as I, his eldest son, sat dutifully on the bottom step along the Weaver Street sidewalk waiting for him to return from Jersey City where he worked through the week. It was warm, so it must have been baseball season. My father, a hopeless Phillies fan, was still, no doubt nursing the wounds of the pennant winning 1950 Whiz Kids’ 4-0 World Series drubbing by the New York Yankees, even though it was then three seasons on. That evening he walked with a list from the weight of his suitcase, which was full of dirty clothes that would be taken care of over the weekend before he left again on Sunday evening. But laundry be damned, there was time enough between now and then to listen to a Friday night and then two weekend day games….
    — 

    Click here to keep reading Jim Gourley’s essay, “Road Games

    One of the pleasures of visiting Beth in Beijing was getting to know her husband Jim better.  I took this photo as he was reading aloud for me his essay (above) about being a baseball fan from Philadelphia.  As you know, I’m not a baseball fan, but I do enjoy reading/hearing writing like this.

     
  3. (via Bryan Ku)

    Infographic documenting the final set of the 122nd Edition of the Wimbledon Championships Men’s Final between tennis giants Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.”

    I love how a book is used….

    (Thx, Sam, for sharing this with me as we sit and watch Federer and Tsonga play right now.)

     
  4. 08:38 9th Apr 2011

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The Portland Trailblazer injuries from 2009-2010. (via Dan Sweet)
This is a really cool idea. I’d like to see more of these. Maybe for this year’s Celtics.

A chart for you two basketball fanatics…

    ilovecharts:

    The Portland Trailblazer injuries from 2009-2010. (via Dan Sweet)

    This is a really cool idea. I’d like to see more of these. Maybe for this year’s Celtics.

    A chart for you two basketball fanatics…

     
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    Radiolab Presents: The Loneliness of the Goalkeeper - Radiolab

    You may already have heard this one, but RadioLab replays a BBC Radio 4 podcast on football… and the position of goalkeeper.  Very relevant to all three of you.  And I love the literary references (Camus, Nabokov, etc.).

    Quote at around 17:19 minutes in…

    "You wouldn’t be a goalkeeper unless you wanted to be misunderstood."

    Goalkeeper by brunkfordbraun, on Flickr
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