During the first weekend of March, I had a couple of friends stay at my apartment. One stayed on a Saturday, the other stayed on Sunday and Monday. Both slept on my couch and used the same pillow and blanket.***Before leaving on Tuesday morning, my friend folded up the blanket and placed it neatly on a chair with the pillow underneath. The idea, I’m sure, was to make it easy for me to put the pillow and blanket back in the closet where they belong.
Today is April 1st. Here is a picture of the chair where my friend put the folded blanket and pillow. I took it five minutes ago.
I wake up every morning, walk into the living room, see the blanket and pillow and think to myself, “ahh.. I’ll just put it away later.” But I never do it. WHY?
That’s a chair I like to sit in sometimes. It’s next to a window and has a pleasant plant on the ledge right next to it. Its a great place to sit and read. In the last month, I have sat there. I just plopped down on top of the lumpy pillow and blanket and sat, uncomfortably, and tried to enjoy my chair. It did not work. But, still, I have not put away the pillow and blanket.
The chair is 11 feet from the closet. I know this because I just got up, went into the other room and spent five minutes looking for a tape measure, then I came back into the living room and measured it. And yet somehow I’m too lazy to pick up a pillow and a blanket and carry them across the room.
*** Don’t worry. I changed the pillowcase in between guests.
This week’s issue has a solid, if unspectacular, first half. Every piece in the “Scorecard” and “Inside..” sections was interesting, though nothing stood out. Austin Murphy’s story about the apparent double standard at Texas was a good way to start it. I like when SI uses this column to tell a small but interesting story, instead of trying to be funny or break important news.
Backstage at the Dance by Michael Rosenberg
Michigan has gotten a lot of coverage this year. First it was stories about the sons of Tim Hardaway and Glenn Robinson. Now there’s this “day in the life” piece, which focuses most of its attention on Trey Burke. So, how is it possible that, until yesterday, I didn’t know that Al Horford’s brother plays for Michigan?
Book It, Dude by Richard Hoffer
Didn’t they write this exact same article a year or two ago? I feel like I’ve read the “Vegas during March Madness” article before.
Generation K by Tom Verducci
The New York Times had a very similar article last week as well. So, did the Times read Verducci’s article about why strike outs are on the rise and steal the idea? Did Verducci get a heads up on what the Times was working on and try to beat them to it? Or is it just a coincidence?
The Rays Way by Tom Verducci
I couldn’t get through this article about how Tampa develops its young pitchers. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was too long. Maybe it has too numbers-heavy. Either way, I got about half way through and decided that I’d had enough.
Washington Heights by Tom Verducci
This article, on the other hand, was great. I think it comes down to the fact that the Washington Nationals are full of compelling characters like Davey Johnson, Stephen Strasburg and, especially, Bryce Harper. Meantime, the Rays are boring as shit.
Scouting Reports by SI Staff
Is it just me, or did the “enemy lines” scouting reports consistently contradict the projected stats that were listed for players in the projected lineups. The scout says, “This guy is a lock for 30 home runs,” and then the lineup projects the same player to hit 17 homers.
The Best Player You Never Saw by Michael McKnight
At first, I thought this was a Sidd Finch article. It fits all the criteria: a story about an unbelievable Mets prospect that came out of nowhere and it appears in the April Fools Day issue. But, I was quickly disabused of that notion. Turns out, its not a trick. Its a tragedy. A very good read either way.
Point After by Steve Rushin
What the fuck is this shit?