Ian Casselberry is a freelance writer, currently based in Asheville, NC. He is an editor at The Comeback and Awful Announcing

Previously, he has been a contributing writer for Yahoo! Sports' Big League Stew, and SB Nation. In addition, he was a lead baseball writer for Bleacher Report. 

You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook, where he craves your attention.

He still plans to write that novel someday. 

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The week's writes and reads, 04-19-15

Well, hello everybody! Thanks for checking in.

I've noticed a few of my favorite writers either writing up an end-of-the-week post which includes all of the articles they've written over the past seven days, along with links to the best articles they've read. Some of these writers are even doing this with newsletters. To your email inbox! 

OK, I'm not about to create a newsletter. I, nor what I write and read, is that interesting. And I probably post a lot of this stuff on Twitter and Facebook in a given week, anyway. Ultimately, I'd probably end up crestfallen and depressed when a tiny number of you subscribed to my attempt at a newsletter. 

But what is this blog for, if not to just post whatever the hell I want? So here is the stuff I wrote for the week ending April 18, 2015. (These links can also be seen on the main page of this website.) And the best stuff I read this week, when I could remember to save the links to those articles. 

(Ideally, this would be posted on Saturdays. But since I was working on something in the morning, I had to push it until Sunday. We'll see if I can keep to a schedule. You know, like a disciplined writer who cares about his readers would.) 

By the way, the written work for this week includes my debut on Bloguin's NFL site, This Given Sunday. My first post mostly contains baseball, but I hope to be contributing regularly there through the spring and summer, and certainly during football season. I'm grateful for the opportunity to try my hand at writing about another sport. Bloguin continues to be a great writing home for me. 


My first Daredevil comic book - Casselbloggy
Video: Paul Rudd makes small look big in 'Ant-Man' trailer - The AP Party
Sylvester Stallone posts photo from 'Rocky' spinoff 'Creed' - The AP Party
Huge 'X-Men: Apocalypse' cast adds Olivia Munn as Psylocke - The AP Party
The 12-year-old ESPN Bracket Challenge winner is going to Hawaii, courtesy of - Awful Announcing

Rolling out the early-season MLB 'Jump to Conclusions' mat - The Outside Corner
Former heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe will tweet anything you'd like for 20 bucks - Awful Announcing
Video: The Avengers cast plays Family Feud on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' - The AP Party

10 MLB players that need to step up in 2015 - The Outside Corner
Let's get it on! MTV is bringing back 'Celebrity Deathmatch' - Awful Announcing
Yes, the Dennis Quaid meltdown video was a prank - The AP Party

Could Russell Wilson realistically become a two-sport star? - This Given Sunday
Second trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has awakened - The AP Party

Video: 'Star Wars' trailer brings Matthew McConaughey to tears - The AP Party

Dark, grim 'Batman v Superman' trailer provides spectacle, but not much fun - The AP Party


For many consecutive years, I have not watched the NBA as I used to. This year may have been the least I watched any basketball — pro or college — due to my health issues through the fall and winter. But I'll try to pick it up during the playoffs. This New York Times piece by Andrew Keh about the Houston Rockets' James Harden and his ability to draw fouls fascinated me. What I especially enjoyed is Harden explaining how he added more to his game for this season, something that greats like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan always did. 

How did the Orlando Magic of the 1990s, with Shaquille O'Neal, Anfernee Hardaway and Dennis Scott not win a NBA championship? Jonathan Abrams compiles an oral history of that era in team history for Grantland. 

Seriously, how does that ball droid BB-8 in the new Star Wars movie work? A stationary head with a rolling ball for a body doesn't seem physically possible. Is it a CGI effect? Or a marvel of engineering? ScreenCrush's Mike Sampson looks at a few theories of how the droid might function

Why did Jon Stewart decide to leave The Daily Show now? What went into that decision? The Guardian's Hadley Freeman spoke to Stewart twice over the past year, during which he admitted he doesn't get the same satisfaction out of doing the show and the prospect of doing another election in which nothing would likely be notably different fueled the decision. But there's much more to it, as well. 

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