All in all, I enjoy living in what some people call Michael Bloomberg’s nanny state.
I don’t smoke. I can’t tell that there are no trans fats in my food. I will never miss the ability to order a soft drink that is larger than 16 ounces.
But this week, the Bloomberg Administration did something that I find unconscionable. They’ve launched an effort to eliminate the one thing about being a New Yorker that I enjoy more than anything else. It’s called the Look campaign.
It’s sole purpose is to remind taxi passengers to be careful when opening doors while getting out of cabs.
But, Mr Mayor, if they’re careful, they won’t open their doors directly into the path of oncoming bike riders. And that will eliminate hilarious accidents when cyclists go feet over handlebars over a taxi cab door.
Those crashes are the absolute best part of living in this city.
Hey, Bloomberg, get your government hands out of my entertainment!
Richard Deitsch profiles Ravens radio guy Gerry Sandusky who has the same name as Jerry Sandusky. Maybe you found it interesting. Maybe you thought the story sounded familiar. Perhaps that’s because Peter Schrager wrote the exact same story for Esquire.com ALMOST A YEAR AGO. Don’t fuck with the family.
The Full Manti by Pete Thamel
I wonder if Pete Thamel ever gets mistaken for legendary New York writer Pete Hammil. Anyway, Pete Thamil writes about Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’a, who seems like a nice guy and a good player.
They’re really That Bad by L. Jon Wertheim
It’s interesting to note that it seems Wertheim wrote this before the Packers-Seahawks debacle. Speaking of that play, I initially decided all the outrage was overblown. I watched the play a couple of times the next day and thought it was pretty bad, but I thought the behavior of coaches like Bill Belichick and Kyle Shanahan was much worse. Of course the replacements were screwing up. They were terrified.
Then, my friend asked me to show her the play and explain what was wrong. We played the video and I paused it every time there was a mistake.
“Okay.. so the first problem is that the receiver pushes this guy in the back. That means the whole play should have been nullified. Hit Play. Now, pause it again. See how the guy on the Packers catches the ball and then the Seahawks’ receiver just pulls it out of his hands. It should have been an interception. Hit Play. Now pause it again. See how one of the officials calls touchdown and the other calls touchback? And notice how they’re right next to each other. This is a cluster fuck. Ok, hit play. Notice how the referee never comes over to discuss it with them and decide who was right and who was wrong. He’s supposed to do that. Now, notice how they’re going to instant replay. That’s not allowed in this instance.”
After having that conversation, I changed my mind. Yes, L. Jon Wertheim, they were really that bad.
Change They Can Believe In by Seth Davis
Davis kicks off SI’s section about the rise of sports in the DC-Baltimore metro area. SCP has a number of loyal readers who live in the Beltway. I expect to hear from then in the comments section this week.
Hail To The Chief by S.L. Price
S.L. Price discusses the immediate impact RG3 has had on Washington. DC is primarily a football town so having a player as exciting as Griffin leading the Redskins has led to a lot of excitement in the nation’s capital. Then he interviews Marion Barry. Bitch set me up.
Right Makes Might by Tom Verducci
Tom Verducci writes a great profile about Nats manager Davey Johnson, who comes off as a perfect combination of old school and new school. He’s old school in the way he treats his players with respect, allowing them to make mistakes and work out their own issues. But he’s also open to letting GM Mike Rizzo go forward with his plan to shut down Stephen Stasburg, which is some very new school thinking.
Fear The Bird by David Simon
I have never seen “Homicide: Life in the Streets” and I have never seen “The Wire.” David Simon, the Baltimore native who based both of those critically acclaimed shows in his home town, writes this story about the experience of being an Orioles fan in this, their first season of relevancy since I was in my freshman year of college. Speaking of my first year of college, Simon writes about texting his son, who is away at school in Boston. After Simon sends repeated texts about the O’s that his son doesn’t respond to, He throws some O’s paraphernalia into the mail with a note that says, “If you come home a Sox fan, you’re out of the will.” That’s almost exactly what happened to me when I left home to go to school in Boston. My dad sat me down and said, “You’re going to college. There will be girls. There will be drinking. There will be drugs. It’s all fine in moderation. But if you come home as a Red Sox or Celtics fan, you are out of the family.” I’m glad my dad shares parenting traits with the guy who invented “The Wire.”
Point After by Phil Taylor
Every now and then, some sports columnist somewhere decides to track down whatever current college or high school sports team is currently mired in the world’s longest losing streak. This time its Princeton’s sprint football team. I don’t care.