I did not see this coming.
A few days ago, I was browsing around on iTunes when I read that the latest episode of Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist podcast was an interview with Slash.
You know, Slash.
An interview with Slash should be epic. It should be filled with amazing stories about the manic excesses of Sunset Strip in the early 80’s. It should have great stories about being a member of the world’s biggest and most dangerous band and then being at the center of that group’s dissolution. There should be hilarious tales about crazy Axl Rose and Steven Adler, the guy who managed to get so fucked up on drugs that he actually got thrown out of Guns N’ Roses. Plus, Slash was in Velvet Revolver with another crazy person, Scott Weiland, and even played on a Michael Jackson story. Or how about the history of “Sweet Child o’ Mine” or “You Should Be Mine” or “November Rain?” I don’t even know how you would squeeze all of this into an hourlong interview. I still don’t. Because it didn’t happen.
You know what the first 30 minutes of the interview focused on? DINOSAURS!!!
It turns out, Slash loves dinosaurs. And Slash knows a lot about dinosaurs. So, Slash likes to talk about evolutionary theories and different species of theropods and whether or not dinosaurs had feathers. And he has favorite paleontologists and favorite museums.
In short, Slash sounds an awful lot like this guy:
And, despite that clearly rock and roll shirt, everyone’s favorite TV Dinosaur expert, Ross Geller, did not live the lifestyle I was expecting to hear about.
I rarely pay much attention to the photos in Sports Illustrated’s Leading Off section every week. But, this week’s pictures were all from the 70’s and 80’s, and they were cool. Turns out, they were all taken by photographer Bill Eppridge, who died last week. Its a nice tribute to a guy who I had never heard of. SI.com has a nice slideshow of his work as well. Here’s a cool one that didn’t appear in the magazine:
Clutch Much by Albert Chen
Chen asks if there is such a thing as the clutch gene. Why do we have to keep re-litigating this argument every year? Who cares? Although it is fitting that the first picture is a shot of David Ortiz, who hit a pretty clutch grand slam in game 2 of the ALCS last night.
Teddy Football by Pete Thamel
Here we go! This is exactly the type of article I love in Sports Illustrated. I’ve heard a lot about Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater this year, but I haven’t really seen him play. Now, at least, I know a little more about him as a person and a player, and as a result, I’ll make a bigger effort to try to watch a Louisville game.
The American Pharaoh by Grant Wahl
This might shock some longtime SCP readers, but, not only did I read Grant Wahl’s article about American soccer coach Bill Bradley’s experiences as head of Egypt’s national team, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. That’s what happens when Grant Wahl focuses on telling a story instead of insinuating that Americans are dumb because they don’t love soccer.
His Cup Runneth Under by Steve Rushin
I must be feeling really charitable today, because I enjoyed this excerpt from Steve Rushin’s upcoming book as well. He writes about a sports equipment manufacturer who became famous by designing a cup and jock strap. The book its excerpted from is called “The 34 Ton Bat” and is subtitled, “the story of baseball.” I have no idea what the rest of the book is about. Equipment? Maybe.
The Freshman by Luke Winn
A third straight winner. Luke Winn, no pun intended, is an excellent writer and he does a great job of writing about Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins in the context of both Wilt Chamberlain and Danny Manning, the Jayhawks’ last two consensus number 1 recruits.
Point After by Phil Taylor
Why not? Taylor ends a great issue with a really good column about sports ethics.