… I still wish more people would read this list:
Eight Things Not to Do When Starting a New Blog, Social Media Revolver
No. 6? I’m guilty.
… I still wish more people would read this list:
Eight Things Not to Do When Starting a New Blog, Social Media Revolver
No. 6? I’m guilty.
There’s an ad on TV right now for the upcoming movie Dark Skies which ends with the character walking into the kitchen and encountering an alien on the counter (0:24 into it). This is almost exactly a recurring nightmare I had as a kid. Needless to say I will not be seeing this movie, because I’m so terrified of the trailer that I don’t think there’d be any point left in going.
I note this because the ad and marketing tweeters in my feed were out in full buzzwording force for the “#brandbowl” and all of its apparently dynamic brand conversations. I found maybe three of these ads approached “dynamic”, but otherwise I thought it was the weakest lineup in years. Of course when your peers are the same people putting out the stale, substance-free and back-patting obfuscations, there’s not really a strong point of origin for most of this stuff.
In summary: There’s way too much marketing of marketing by marketers, so I wish marketers would just stick to marketing.
Ray Lewis, to me, is sports culture’s most prominent reminder that sometimes, simply by virtue of being the most shameless about their misdeeds, the really hideous people in the world can still be rewarded with a life of luxury, fame and adulation that you and I will never experience. Karma mostly comes around for the great bulk of us, but every now and then, someone slips through the cracks into the good life they don’t deserve.
I can’t even talk about Ray Lewis without getting angry – I’m pissed just writing this. The whole country looks down on Ben Roethlisberger as a disgusting sleaze, and rightly so. Yet looking at Ray Lewis’s example, it seems Roethlisberger’s biggest perception problem is not being loud, brash or televangelistic enough. This strategy has worked so well for Ray that he’s shoved at us by the NFL and the media as someone we should not just appreciate for his play on the field, but actually admire as a human being. This is unacceptable to me.
There’s plenty written about why Ray Lewis is worthy of scorn. I cannot abide this dude going out with another Super Bowl. Please, 49ers: I don’t care about Jim Harbaugh’s tantrums, or Colin Kaepernick looking like a five-year-old in his oversized press-conference hat, or even (holding my nose here) the fact that a sixth SB win would tie your team with the Steelers for most Super Bowl wins by a franchise: you cannot let Ray Lewis win this game. I even picked you against my better judgment just so it’d be one more thing in your favor, although I can’t break .500 for the season even if you do win:
Two weeks ago: 0-1 (push pick for Atlanta); Overall: 129-131
At San Francisco -3.5 Baltimore
Just win. Do it for me and for my ill-defined sense of pro-athlete karma. You must.
Perhaps the most shocking is that 27 percent of those polled—more than a quarter—believe that “God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event.” Watch a game with three of your buddies. Odds are that one of you wholeheartedly believes that God has a vested interest in the outcome of the game, and will influence it to get His way. This could really throw off Vegas’s lines.
It doesn’t matter if the question is whether the sun rotates around the Earth or whether we should bring back leaded gasoline, you will always find that at least 20% of people answer affirmatively. You’re really surveying 80% of your respondents to get a true feel for how thinking humans think about whatever it is you’re asking.
Awesome show and I want to go again. Space-time displacement plz.
I’d like to concur with SBNation’s list of failingly lazy media outlets in the whole Manti Te’o fake-dead-girlfriend scandal:
The following is a list of organizations and people who, to varying degrees of incompletion, never bothered to check to see if Manti Te’o's girlfriend was real.
2. You (Jack Dickey and Timothy Burke excepted)
7. The Chicago Tribune
8. The Chicago Sun-Times
9. The Sporting News
10. USA Today
11. The Boston Globe
12. CBS Sports
13. The New York Post
16. The Associated Press
17. The Palm Beach Post
18. The Miami Herald
19. The Tampa Bay Times
21. The Los Angeles Times
How hard is it to Google a person? I do that every time I have a meeting with someone new and I want to see how overblown they are in their LinkedIn profile, much less when I’m running a national sports-news story on a Heisman candidate’s deepest personality traits. It’s disappointing every time I’m reminded that as lazy as I can be – for probably the 12th workday in a row today, I listened to “Leper Messiah” 25 times rather than bothering to search for new, interesting music – there are people higher up who are even lazier than that when performing far more high-visibility tasks.
I’d say this book is worth a read if you’re the type of person who’d read every WWI panel at Les Invalides (at right), because it’s like All Quiet but, to match Under Fire‘s longer length, features more quantity but not necessarily quality: more gore, more sitting around behind the lines, more background men who get killed, more soldiers shooting the shit, and more moralizing via an end segment very much like the extended argument for socialism at the end of The Jungle. Remarque did a better job distilling a similar story to Barbusse’s, so you can check out Under Fire if you want to get into a higher level of detail and are willing to read what from a literary perspective is extra padding to get at that detail.
Last week: 1-3; Overall: 129-130
San Francisco -4 at Atlanta
At New England -9 Baltimore
New England in the Super Bowl, again. I still like it better than Baltimore.
No choice but to put that image up there. I was so shocked that Northwestern won a bowl game after 64 years that I didn’t even know how to celebrate, so I tweeted some stuff, had a beer, and that was that.
The point is, time is a pitiless gatekeeper that closes off an infinite number of our untaken paths to joy with each passing millisecond. The almonds were good, though.
At Houston -4.5 Cincinnati
At Green Bay -7.5 Minnesota
At Baltimore -6.5 Indianapolis
Seattle -3 at Washington
So just one upset, which as I write this isn’t looking immediately obvious, but it’s still the first quarter. My $100 entry fee isn’t completely lost yet – time to get that scrilla.
2013 is two days away, so I had to do the mandatory website year-in-review:
- Africa trip!
- Colorado trip!
- Amazing, beloved new phone!
- Election results
- Fully appreciating Flipboard and Instagram (minus the latter’s terms of service)
- Finding this grilled brussels sprouts recipe
- Ten-year Northwestern reunion was a terrific weekend
- Writing once a week on here: about an 80% success, which I’ll call a total success in Internet terms
- Foot tendon ownage
- Crazy heat, crazy weather, and the crazy enviro future that portends
- Vet bills – for some reason the pets all decided to develop one condition or another this year
- Vanishing Internet self
- Didn’t see family as much as I wanted to
- The Steelers’ 2012 season
- Gary Bettman, a.k.a. the reason I have no NHL to turn to with the end of said Steeler 2012 season
“[Gary] Bettman is the most inept commissioner in North American professional sports.” deadspin.com/5970182/how-th…
— Pat Stack (@pat_stack) December 20, 2012
- Not quite the fitness year I had hoped, thanks in part to the foot injury
- Still mad about the Steelers
- More industry networking
- Back in the scuba habit
- Back in the running habit
- Figure out what the hell I’m going to follow in place of the NHL
- Assorted other stuff
Last week: 11-5; Overall: 117-118
At Buffalo -3.5 NY Jets
At Cincinnati -2.5 Baltimore
At Pittsburgh 0 Cleveland
Houston -7 At Indianapolis
At Tennessee -4 Jacksonville
At NY Giants -7.5 Philadelphia
Chicago -3 At Detroit
At Atlanta 0 Tampa Bay
At New Orleans -5 Carolina
At Denver -16 Kansas City
At San Diego 0 Oakland
At San Francisco -16.5 Arizona
At Seattle -10.5 St. Louis
Green Bay -3.5 At Minnesota
At New England -10 Miami
At Washington -3 Dallas
UPDATE 12/31: Well that was anti-climactic. I ended up going 8-8 today, which means I’m still exactly one game under .500 for the regular season. At least the playoffs also count.
What’s that called when bricks are all roughed-up more than usual? You know, when they’re not smooth like the outside of a house, but jagged and rough instead. Whatever it’s called, I scratched my hand on a wall like that yesterday, and it sucked, so I need a name for this decorative style that I now hate.
We’re in an era when this sort of thing is going to become more and more common. Even if it’s not something quite so pornish like in this case, there’s probably some good material hidden in the Facebook-tagged pictures of your new college double-fisting Natty Lights on the Diag. We’re all just going to get used to having a good percentage of coworkers with digital histories of indiscretions, and that’s not going to be any different than the people at your workplace now — it’s just that you can review the evidence. That’s a seismic cultural shift, but if I’m the boss, I really don’t care what you did in your college years if you can get the job done. Is it a distraction if my clients can google you and find outrageously revealing photos of you? I really think not, because if they can’t get past it and you’re at my firm doing a solid job, that’s on them to be professional.
It’s obviously a judgment call whether that employee has shown the maturity to get past the incident, because yeah: if you think this person has the potentially to screw up equally bad even after the last time, then yeah, that person can take a hike to go work for some other sucker. But if it’s someone who’s learned their lesson and otherwise totally qualified? No, their life isn’t ruined, nor should it be. Enjoy your transparent life.
Last week: 8-7; Overall: 95-108
Cincinnati -4.5 At Philadelphia
Green Bay -3 At Chicago
At Atlanta -1.5 NY Giants
At New Orleans -3.5 Tampa Bay
At St. Louis -3 Minnesota
Washington even At Cleveland
At Miami -7 Jacksonville
Denver -2.5 At Baltimore
At Houston -8.5 Indianapolis
At San Diego -3 Carolina
Seattle -5.5 At Buffalo
Detroit -6 At Arizona
Pittsburgh -1.5 At Dallas
At Oakland -3 Kansas City
At New England -5.5 San Francisco
At Tennessee -1.5 NY Jets
I can’t stop eating pomegranate seeds lately. Beautiful AND delicious – like a haggis.
“Hey, f— you, you m———— s—head c———- m———–! How’s your m———— b—- a– today?”
“Ha, good to see you too, you f—– a——!”
“The word ‘c—’ is offensive and should never be used.”
/record scratch, monocle falls out, tea cup shatters
“OF COURSE IT SHOULDN’T! HOW COULD YOU EVEN MENTION THAT HIDEOUS WORD?! I NEED A SHOWER!”
This leaves me with precious little time to recover a winning record. I’m currently at 76-96 overall against the spread, a mere .442 correct. This after finishing second overall last year at 145-112, .564, so I’m looking at a major dropoff in 2012. At this rate, I have to win five more games each week just to finish at .500 for the regular season. The playoffs might help, but that’s no easy feat. So here goes for Week 13:
Last week: 6-9; Overall: 76-96
At Atlanta -3.5 New Orleans
At Chicago -3.5 Seattle
At Green Bay -8.5 Minnesota
San Francisco -7 At St. Louis
At NY Jets -4.5 Arizona
Carolina -3 At Kansas City
At Detroit -4.5 Indianapolis
At Buffalo -6 Jacksonville
New England -7.5 At Miami
Houston -6 At Tennessee
At Denver -7 Tampa Bay
At Baltimore even Pittsburgh
Cleveland even At Oakland
Cincinnati -2 At San Diego
At Dallas -10 Philadelphia
NY Giants -2.5 At Washington
Also I think this is the week that Andy Reid gets fired. If somehow I could get 30 points in Yahoo! Pick ‘Em if that happens, that would be great.
Dear Yahoo! Fantasy Users,
I want to sincerely apologize to all of you about today’s Yahoo! Sports Fantasy outage. As the head of Yahoo! Sports and as a Yahoo! Sports fantasy player myself, I am disappointed that we failed all of our fans today. Our first priority is having the best experience for our users, and today we fell short.
The outage started around Noon ET (awful timing we know) and while our team was on it immediately we are still working on various pieces. Our team is continuing to work on identifying and resolving the root cause. We have restored full functionality on the website, and we’re working for a final fix for our mobile apps. Currently data and scores can be viewed but for now you cannot make transactions or change line-ups from the apps.
We will also use today as an opportunity to improve our set-up so that we hopefully never have an outage like this again. Our fantasy commissioners and players are our biggest priority – we pride ourselves in being able to offer our users with the best fantasy sports experience possible and we take our job to deliver that to you very seriously. Rest assured we will work hard to make sure we continue to deliver on that commitment.
Thanks for playing with us and your patience today,
Head of Yahoo! Sports
That came with a 20 percent discount to the Yahoo! Sports Shop, which I was going to use until I saw the NFL Shop had 25 percent off on Cyber Monday. In fairness to Yahoo!, that was smart, because they sold out of almost all jersey inventory when I looked a few days back despite the smaller discount.
But still, get some redundancy and do a code freeze during the season! Come on, bros!
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