THE AUTHOR

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, MLive.com 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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Sunday
Feb212016

The week's writes and reads, 02-21-16

This past week was probably one of the slowest on the sports calendar. Maybe most of us should have just taken a vacation, rather than try to wring water from a stone. But it was also the week baseball players began to report for spring training, so with little else to talk about, that got a few radio stations and podcasts calling me up.

That includes my debut on ESPN Upstate, the ESPN Radio affiliate in Greenville, S.C. I don't know if that will result in a regular gig or not (and might depend on how much people want to talk about the Atlanta Braves), but it's always fun to talk to someone new, especially when it's practically a local show. Here are some audio links, if you'd like to listen:

Marty & Miller Show, 1700 KGBB, Des Moines - Tuesday (02-16, Hour 2, 37:20 mark)
Maximus & The Bartender, XERSradio.com - Tuesday (59.55 mark)
The Huddle with Greg McKinney, ESPN Upstate, Greenville, SC - Friday 

And these are the links for this week's notable writing and reading. My thanks to you for stopping by! 

WRITTEN:

Monday
Better Call Saul and the 10 best spinoffs in TV history - The Comeback
Peyton Manning is highly in demand by networks wanting him for analyst role - Awful Announcing
Holly Rowe details surgery and treatment for cancer, eyes return at end of February - Awful Announcing
LeBron James endorsement on Twitter worth $165,000 in value - Awful Announcing

Wednesday
The People v. O.J. Simpson recap: The best defense money can buy - The Comeback

Thursday
Serial recap: Where were you gonna go, Bowe? - The Comeback

Friday
Race pays tribute to Jesse Owens legend, but story takes on too much - The Comeback
The Witch unnerves with quiet terror, but could bore those looking for scares - The Comeback

READ:

-- Sylvester Stallone will probably be the best moment of the 2016 Oscars, if — when — he wins Best Supporting Actor and gets a great victory lap for his career. [NY Times]

-- "How does TMZ get this stuff?" The deep network of sources the tabloid site has built up, largely with generous payouts for tips and leaks, is impressive. "Everybody rats everybody else out." [New Yorker]

-- During a time when we see as divided politically as ever, the friendship between Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg could teach us some lessons about respecting one another's views. [Washington Post]

-- I've been a longtime fan of John Dickerson for his work at Slate, which has always been thoughtful, insightful and witty. Glad to see him get his moment as host of CBS' Face the Nation during this election. [NY Times]

-- Don Van Natta and Seth Wickersham have been doing great work for ESPN, the latest example being this account of the Rams moving back to Los Angeles. [ESPN The Magazine]

-- I go back and forth on Matt Taibbi, respecting his boldness and aggressiveness while also cringing because he seems to enjoy being a jerk. But he has some great points about fans and media caring about sports more than politics and current events. [The Cauldron]

Sunday
Feb142016

The week's writes and reads, 02-14-16

More of a productive week, writing-wise, thanks to the Super Bowl. Although staying up late Sunday night into Monday morning to get those pieces done made me a zombie for the early part of the week. 

In addition to my usual appearances on ESPN Asheville, I was on the Marty & Miller show in Iowa to talk about daily fantasy sports and some baseball, as we get closer to spring training: 

Marty & Miller Show in Des Moines, IA - Thursday (02-11, Hour 3, 20:00 mark)

All righty, the week's writing and reading links are below. Thanks for checking in! 

WRITTEN:

Sunday
The 10 Best Super Bowl 50 Commercials - The Comeback
Super Bowl 50 halftime: Bruno Mars, Beyonce blow Coldplay off the stage - The Comeback

Monday
The 10 Worst Super Bowl 50 Commercials - The Comeback
Hail, Caesar! lets its stars have a blast, making fun of 1950s Hollywood - The Comeback
LeBron James among NBA All-Stars to voice characters on Cartoon Network - Awful Announcing

Tuesday
Fox marks down DraftKings investment by 60 percent, as company’s value drops $95 million - Awful Announcing
Samantha Bee stands on her own with Full Frontal's debut - The AP Party
Watch: Conan O'Brien spoofs Cam Newton's post-Super Bowl press conference - The Comeback
Watch: Daniel Bryan says goodbye to wrestling fans; WWE Network pays tribute - The Comeback

Wednesday
The People v. O.J. Simpson recap: He might kill himself, but what about me? - The Comeback
Baseball writer Tom Singer passes away at 67 - Awful Announcing

Thursday
Watch: Do not mess with Batman in final Batman v Superman trailer - The Comeback

Friday
Deadpool slices up superhero tropes with relish, joking the entire way - The Comeback
Where's Oscar? Mike Francesa has issues with ESPN's all-time NBA Top 100 - Awful Announcing
Claiming censorship, Kevin Kiley resigns from Cleveland sports talk radio show - Awful Announcing
Dallas Mavericks analyst says during broadcast that Saskatchewan is named after sasquatches - Awful Announcing

Proud that I could sneak a reference to Marvel Comics Alpha Flight into that sasquatch piece, which I'm sure very few noticed or cared about. Canada's superhero team! 

READ:

-- VICE seems like a media company ready to truly break out, but maybe their reach is exceeding their financial backing? But TV could change that. [Variety]

-- It's been a choppy two weeks for Marco Rubio. A bad performance in the New Hampshire debate, followed by a bad finish in that primary. But after doing well in the South Carolina debate, maybe he'll do well in next week's primary? This race is nuts. [NY Times]

-- This week's episode of FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson (which I recapped above) dramatized the June 17, 1994 Bronco chase that became a signature event in our culture. What were you doing that day? [Washington Post]

-- It's been a year since David Carr died. I wasn't entirely comfortable reading this post by his daughter, but I know writing about grief can help process it. [Medium]

-- I haven't read many Deadpool comics, though am familiar with the character. But here's a good piece on how his popularity has developed over the past 25 years. [Vulture]

-- New York Mets reliever (or former Mets reliever) Jenrry Mejia, 26, either has a significant dependency issue or is the dumbest athlete currently throwing a ball. He's failed three PED tests in the span of 10 months, resulting in a lifetime ban from baseball. [Sports Illustrated]

-- Considering how big a role Twitter plays in my life (professionally and personally), I often forget how little it matters to people who don't necessarily live online or consume media 12-16 (or more) hours a day. So that lack of importance may have finally caught up with it. [NY Times]

Sunday
Nov012015

The week's writes and reads, 11-01-15

It's been quiet around here during the past month (not that it was ever loud to begin with), as October was busy — as it typically is during baseball's postseason — and I've gone into cryo-sleep on weekends. What, you can't even throw up a lousy links post, Ian? Apparently not. 

November will hopefully be an exciting month. Exciting things on the horizon. If you didn't know, the crew at Awful Announcing is starting up a new general sports-culture blog and we're looking for writers. Here's the official announcement, which includes details of how to apply, if you're interested. 

These are the podcast links to my radio appearances for the week. I'm hoping my spots on ESPN Asheville will soon be among these. I'm now on with The WISE Guys three times a week — Tuesdays and Thursdays for baseball news, and Wednesday for movie reviews — as the show has been expanded to three hours a day. Streaming online and podcasts are hopefully soon to come. 

Marty & Miller Show in Des Moines, IA - Tuesday (10-27, Hour 2, 19:00 mark)
Maximus & The Bartender, XERSradio.com - Tuesday (42:00 mark)

The big media news this week was ESPN pulling the plug on Grantland, which was almost surely on life support once the network fired Bill Simmons in May. The sports-culture internet was a better place with Grantland's longer-form pieces on sports, TV, movies and music, and I've probably spent most of the past two-plus years trying to create content that aspired to the bar they set. (Though I fully acknowledge that the general public probably wasn't aware of the site.)

I could fill up this week's reading links with the many — so many — eulogies and tributes written for Grantland, but I'll keep it to just a couple. Before that, here's what I wrote this week. Thanks for checking in!

WRITTEN:

Monday
'Supergirl' shows superheroes can be fun, yet also taken seriously - The AP Party
Colin Cowherd calls out Michelle Beadle and Bill Simmons, Beadle bites back - Awful Announcing
Get ready: Ricky Gervais is hosting the Golden Globes again - The AP Party
Watch: Adele says 'Hello' to Lionel Richie, who returns the 'Hello' - The AP Party

Tuesday
Keys for the Royals to win the World Series - The Outside Corner
The Grantland NFL podcast returns from (self-imposed or inflicted) exile, tribute finally paid  - Awful Announcing
FanDuel will continue to offer college games, despite NCAA request - Awful Announcing
Top eight candidates for 2015 World Series MVP - The Outside Corner
Alcides Escobar's inside-the-park home run gets Royals off to blazing start - The Outside Corner
Fox loses TV feed for World Series broadcast - The Outside Corner

Wednesday
Eric Hosmer, Royals take 5-4, 14-inning win over Mets in World Series Game 1 - The Outside Corner
Report: Nationals set to hire Bud Black as manager - The Outside Corner
Johnny Cueto dominates Mets for 7-1 Royals win, 2-0 World Series lead - The Outside Corner

Thursday
Marlins reportedly hire Don Mattingly as manager, signing him to four-year deal - The Outside Corner

Friday
ACC Network launch pushed back further at ESPN's request - Awful Announcing
Ken Hershman stepping down as HBO Sports president - Awful Announcing

READ:

-- Chris Cilizza on why Grantland made an impact, focusing on the "so what" and "now what" of journalism. [Washington Post]

-- If you didn't read Grantland, here are 13 articles that represent the best of what that site and its writers and editors created. [ThinkProgress]

-- Eating salad can make you fat? Well, that's oversimplifying. It's more about the trade and rationalization we make with ourselves when eating healthy. [New York Times]

-- Matt Crossman took a month off from social media, tired of the constant need for affirmation that it creates. So was he ultimately better off staying away? [Charlotte Magazine]

-- Do most radio shows and podcasts sound alike these days, trying to emulate the sound and pace of NPR programming? Maybe it applies to writing too. (Personally, I don't think so.) [New York Times]

-- One of the most intriguing storylines of Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series was Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez playing while news of his father's death was being reported. Fox didn't report the news during its telecast, fearing Volquez would learn of it before being informed by his family. [The Washington Post]

-- Murphy Anderson wasn't the most popular comic book artist. But if you read DC Comics from the 1960s and 1970s, chances are you encountered his work somehow. He passed away this week at the age of 89. I didn't know he was born in Asheville, NC. [New York Times]

-- What will the football of the future look like and how will it function? (The ball itself, not the game.) What materials will it be made from, will there be a computer chip inside it and will it avoid being deflated? [Wired]

Sunday
Sep272015

The week's writes and reads, 09-27-15

Writing-wise, I ended the week on a bit of an anxious note, after criticizing Lance Berkman for taking a stand against a LGBT rights proposition in Houston. As you might expect, that drew some negative reaction on social media with several attacks on Facebook and Twitter. I was also drawn into some comparatively civil discussions, which were still upsetting since it was clear no minds were going to be changed.

But this is the life that I have chosen, and I felt strongly enough about what I view as prejudice and persecution to have written about it. I'm grateful that I have that outlet and hope I didn't give my editors too much moderation work on a Friday evening. 

One radio appearance podcast for the week on 1700 The Champ in Iowa. (Thanks as always to Marty Tirrell and Trent Condon for setting that up. I love talking with those guys, and am flattered that they want my opinions on baseball.) Those might pick up a bit now that MLB is about to enter the postseason, which will be very exciting.

Marty & Miller Show, 1700 The Champ, Des Moines - Tuesday (9-22, Hour 1, 29:30 mark)

Here's what else I wrote this week besides the Berkman post, followed by a few reading links: 

WRITTEN:

Monday
End of season post-mortem: 2015 Oakland Athletics - The Outside Corner
Report: ESPN to lay off "200 to 300" employees over next few months - Awful Announcing
Bomani Jones gets 4 to 7 p.m. slot on ESPN Radio, Jalen & Jacoby move to radio - Awful Announcing
Video: Andy Samberg watches all the TV in Emmys 2015 opening number - The AP Party
NFLPA launching player-driven content producer called ACE Media - Awful Announcing

Tuesday
'Minority Report' smartly builds on original movie with promising debut episode - The AP Party
Marvel hires Ta-Nehisi Coates to write 'Black Panther' comic book - The AP Party

Wednesday
Yogi Berra's legacy transcends sports like few others, maybe anyone else - The Outside Corner
Dan Patrick talks about appearing on Scott Van Pelt's SportsCenter, the visitor pass and Keith Olbermann - Awful Announcing
Fox Sports introducing "Fox Lab" initiative for new broadcast technologies - Awful Announcing

Thursday
Watch: Haircuts and subprime mortgages are bad in 'The Big Short' trailer - The AP Party 

Friday
Rediscovering how magnificent 'Se7en' is, 20 years later - The AP Party
The new Bill Simmons podcast will be a lot like his old one - Awful Announcing
Jorge Sedano, Jen Lada to take 9 to 11 p.m. slot on ESPN Radio - Awful Announcing
Lance Berkman exposes his bigotry, speaking out against LGBT ordinance - The AP Party

READ:

-- I did not know this about my friend Howard Cole, but Sept. 22 was the 25th anniversary of his kidney transplant. Twenty-five years since he received a new lease on life. [CNN]

-- Big news in Asheville this week, which became a national story, was two coffee shop owners being exposed as serial misogynists and womanizers. Detailing their conquests and the demeaning way they portrayed women was discovered online, and their business is in fatal trouble. [Asheville Blog]

-- E-books sales are down, while print book sales are up? That's not what was supposed to happen. Wasn't print supposed to be dead? Personally, I still like reading a book and carrying it around, though I have a Kindle and iPad. It's an escape from looking at a screen all day. [New York Times]

-- I'm more jaded about marriage than I've ever been, so was naturally interested in quotes from men explaining when they knew their marriages were over. Some of these are sad, some are obvious. [Huffington Post]

Sunday
Sep132015

The week's reads and writes, 09-13-15

I'm switching things around this week, as I felt like I read a lot of stuff this week worth linking to. I did write two reviews that were well-received, which is always nice. Links to those are below.

Happy that my friend Mike McClary is also posting good links with his new blog Five4Friday. It was either that or a newsletter like all the cool kids are doing these days. 

No radio appearances this week, other than my Tuesday and Thursday hits on ESPN Asheville. Again, I hope podcasts of those interviews will soon become available. Fingers crossed. 

So here we go! Thanks for stopping by, as always! 

READ:

-- I doubt any food writer has been more compelling or influential to me over the past 15-20 years than Mark Bittman. In many ways, I feel like he and Emeril Lagasse taught me how to cook, though I don't eat as many vegetables as he now encourages. Sad to see he's leaving the NYT. [New York Times]

-- Late on this, but I admire sportswriter Israel Gutierrez for coming out publicly, just before he got married. The story he shares about struggling with this while growing up is something everyone should read. The support he's gotten from colleagues and fans has been heartening. [Izzy Gutierrez]

-- I catch crap on this sometimes, but when I talk about missing Michigan, I usually talk about food. (No offense to friends and family.) Loved this article on Detroit's thriving food scene and the spotlight on coney dogs and shawarma. I miss Greek coney island restaurants terribly. [New York Times]

-- Do you think of Jim Gaffigan or Stephen Colbert as "Christian" comedians? Me either, but that's probably the point being made here by Ruth Graham. Not that it's anyone business, but both have been pretty candid about their faith and self-deprecating about touchy issues in their comedy. [Slate]

-- Thinking about how much I get paid for how many words I write or hours put into an article would probably get pretty depressing. But I'm certainly grateful for the numerous opportunities to get paid for writing that weren't available even 10 years ago. I've always known I should probably be more aggressive as a freelancer, though it's a tough way to go. [The Awl]

-- Of course, what you write about also influences how much you make. You're probably not making much money if you're writing about comic books, unfortunately. And critical coverage of the comics industry suffers for it. [The Beat]

-- I've wondered about this myself in recent months, but how uncomfortable would it be to watch Bill Cosby, Himself again, which is a stand-up comedy special many in my generation grew up with, maybe the first comedy special we ever watched? Yeah, it probably won't go well. [Splitsider]

-- I don't engage in this sort of thing as much as I used to when in college or working in bookstores, but I enjoyed Laura Miller's observation of how writers' work can be viewed based on "everyone" seeming to read them, how they're viewed in critical and cultural circles or public personas, and the heated discussions that come with that. [The New Yorker]

After the jump, links to the stuff I wrote this week.

This week's writing >>

Sunday
Sep062015

The week's writes and reads, 09-06-15

Leading up to Labor Day weekend, I wasn't sure what kind of writing workload I might take on. I didn't write many longer-form columns this week, though I'm happy I did something on Wes Craven's Swamp Thing. Due to scheduling, unexpected events and some poor planning, I didn't write as much baseball stuff as I intended. We'll try again next week! 

Yet between having to help keep the office running while big stuff was happening on- and off-site with Awful Announcing, along with stories about the Concussion trailer and Jim Harbaugh's debut as Michigan football coach, it turned out to be typically busy. 

Here are podcasts of two radio interviews this week (besides my weekly hits on ESPN Asheville):

Marty & Miller Show, 1700 The Champ, Des Moines - Tuesday (9-1, Hour 1, 38:13 mark)
In the Huddle with Ragz, 750 The Game, Portland, OR - Tuesday

Not a big reading week for me, as most of that time was spent on work-related content. But this is the stuff I wrote:

WRITTEN:

Monday
Watch: Will Smith takes on the NFL in 'Concussion' trailer - The AP Party
Following Jake Arrieta's no-hitter, Cubs hit the road in pajamas - The Outside Corner
Watch: 'All Things Must Pass' trailer eulogizes Tower Records - The AP Party

Tuesday
How the Mariners' new GM can start cleaning up Jack Zduriencik's mess - The Outside Corner
Sony Pictures cut scenes from Concussion to avoid angering NFL - Awful Announcing
There will be no Coach reboot; NBC punts on the series - Awful Announcing
Craig Sager visits Turner Sports crew in Houston, says leukemia treatment going well - Awful Announcing

Wednesday
Concussion director disputes report that scenes were cut to appease NFL - Awful Announcing
Wes Craven gave us 'Swamp Thing,' which I'll always remember fondly - The AP Party
Apple pursued exclusive podcast deal with Bill Simmons - Awful Announcing

Thursday
'Arrow' reveals Diggle's new look, and it's a bit goofy - The AP Party

Friday
Utah bans the "Harbus" from campus before Thursday's game vs. Michigan - Awful Announcing
ACC still deliberating conference network, but talks ongoing with ESPN - Awful Announcing
Watch: Trailer for 'Beasts of No Nation," Netflix's first original film - The AP Party
Vice Sports launching new sports channel headlined by Carmelo Anthony - Awful Announcing

Saturday
Video: Arrow returns to Starling City in season four trailer - The AP Party

READ:

-- Roberto Ferdman continues to be one of my favorite writers. Here's a piece he did on the effect low-carb and gluten-free eating has had on pasta sales, even in Italy. (This one definitely hits home for me, since I have to watch my carbs closely.) [Washington Post]

-- I'm in favor of baseball players showing more flair and emotion on the field. Why is bat-flipping so accepted in South Korea, for example, but not in America? Too showy? Not playing "the right way"? C'mon, it's fun. [New York Times]

-- One of my favorite shows is PBS' The Mind of a Chef. One of the subjects of season four is Gabrielle Hamilton. "[...] it’s about 40 percent food and 60 percent health department, payroll, plumbing, refrigeration, garbage, bill paying. It’s not like you sit around thinking up your next masterpiece dish." [Vanity Fair]

-- If it seems like we see more one-handed catches in football than ever before, it's probably not your imagination. And it's almost certainly because of the gloves skill position players wear. (Even the quarterbacks are wearing them now!) [Los Angeles Times]

Sunday
Aug302015

The week's writes and reads, 08-30-15

During a week in which I somehow didn't write any baseball columns or articles, I was extremely grateful to scratch that itch by doing some analysis on sports talk radio. Besides my two weekly spots on ESPN Asheville, I managed to hit a few of my regular stops as well. You can listen to those here: 

Marty & Miller Show, 1700 The Champ, Des Moines - Tuesday (8-25, Hour 2, 00:44 mark)
The Dave Jamieson Show, TSN 1260, Edmonton - Wednesday (30:54 mark)
In the Huddle with Ragz, 750 The Game, Portland, OR - Thursday

Back on the baseball bus this coming week! I can't go that long without some ballwriting, especially as we go into September, the last month of what's been a fun regular season and building toward what promises to be an exciting postseason. 

Here are the links to articles I actually did write this week: 

WRITTEN:

Sunday
Aaron Rodgers gets his lip-sync on in Olivia Munn's latest Instagram vids - Awful Announcing

Monday
Fox Sports 1's C.J. Nitkowski returned to old Tiger Stadium site while in Detroit - Awful Announcing
Video: Bill Hader nails a Conan O'Brien impression for Conan O'Brien - The AP Party
Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones being recruited to run for Congress - Awful Announcing

Tuesday
Nice job, kid: 12-year-old trips, punches hole in $1.5 million painting - The AP Party
CW Seed's 'Vixen' provides appetizer while waiting for 'Arrow' and 'The Flash' - The AP Party

Wednesday
Blue Jays' Jose Bautista refusing interviews with Sportsnet to support rookie teammate - Awful Announcing
ESPN GamePlan is no more, ESPN College Extra to take its place - Awful Announcing
Pirates' Jung Ho Kang's home runs sound even more glorious in Korean - Awful Announcing

Thursday
'The Daily Show' evolves, hiring Baratunde Thurston to oversee digital content - The AP Party
Michael Fassbender really is doing that 'Assassin's Creed' movie - The AP Party

Friday
Kevin Bacon gets great role in small, but thrilling 'Cop Car' - The AP Party
Redskins coach Jay Gruden would like the media to stop calling him fat - Awful Announcing
NFL video-ad partnership with Facebook has quietly ended - Awful Announcing
The Players Tribune expanding digital video offerings with "From Somewhere" series - Awful Announcing

READ:

-- One of the most intriguing aspects of Stephen Colbert taking over CBS' The Late Show is him ditching the persona he developed for years on The Colbert Report. That is just one thing this profile by Joel Lovell touches on, as Colbert prepares to step into the network spotlight. [GQ]

-- I'm very intrigued by TNT's new show Public Morals, with Edward Burns being the creative force behind it. He's kind of the face of 1990s indie romantic dramedy to me, and now he's doing a period cop drama on TV? [indieWIRE]

-- Jimmy Carter's presidential legacy often gets sneered at and shit upon. But he deserves much better. If you're not familiar with what he accomplished in the White House, here's a primer on his legacy from someone who worked in the Carter administration. [New York Times]

-- Remember when Borat was a big thing, with so many people you know talking about the movie or doing an imitation of him? Nine years later, it's a cultural relic. Is it just that we're fickle or was Borat's humor more a product of its time? [Splitsider]

-- Ownership of web addresses and URLs is often a tricky thing, sometimes with intriguing stories behind them. Ben Lindbergh writes about the brothers who still won't give up "Twins.com" to the Minnesota Twins baseball team. Will MLB ever meet their price (whatever it is)? [Grantland]

-- Larry King is still around, folks. His TV show is long gone, CNN filling that slot with documentaries and special news programs now. King is still tweeting and has an internet show, though he's now thinking about how his career and life will end. [New York Times]

Sunday
Aug232015

The week's writes and reads, 08-23-15

Well, hello there! I'm actually getting one of these weekly updates posted on time this week. It was a good week for radio appearances, as baseball season is starting get into urgent pennant race mode. Maybe its last hurrah before football season begins. Here are podcasts from three of my appearances (which unfortunately don't include my two weekly spots on ESPN Asheville):

The Dave Jamieson Show, TSN 1260, Edmonton - Monday (33:38 mark)
In the Huddle with Ragz, 750 The Game, Portland, OR - Monday 
Marty & Miller Show, 1700 The Champ, Des Moines - Wednesday (8-19, Hour 1, 35:20 mark)

And here is the stuff I wrote this week, picking up a bit after what I suppose was a lighter load during the dog days of summer. I even wrote two baseball columns, after not doing much on that last week. Thanks for checking in! 

WRITTEN:

Monday
John Kruk unknowingly texted with George Brett about ribs for two years - Awful Announcing
Tracy Morgan among first three 'SNL' hosts this season, beginning Oct. 3 - The AP Party

Tuesday
Fox Sports outfitting bus with Jim Harbaugh khakis to promote Utah-Michigan opener - Awful Announcing
Sunday Night Baseball's Royals-Angels telecast draws record rating in Kansas City - Awful Announcing
Rob Gronkowski shows off his bling in new This is Sportscenter ad - Awful Announcing
Watch: Trevor Noah takes his seat in new 'Daily Show' teaser - The AP Party
Roger Clemens doesn't get the dunk tank concept in Longhorn Network ad - Awful Announcing
'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' wastes its stars in a fun, but empty spy flick - The AP Party

Wednesday
Watch: Trailer for 'Victor Frankenstein' takes old story for a new spin - The AP Party

Thursday
Rangers charging hard in AL West and wild-card races - The Outside Corner
'The End of the Tour' and David Foster Wallace give Jason Segel breakout role - The AP Party

Friday
Dave Dombrowski's immediate challenges as new Red Sox president - The Outside Corner
The Jim Harbaugh khaki bus is real. Watch it in motion - Awful Announcing

READ:

-- Marvin Gaye tried out for the Detroit Lions? Some fans may know that Mel Farr and Lem Barney sang background vocals on "What's Going On," but the singer used that connection and worked out hard to get a shot at catching some passes for coach Joe Schmidt. [ESPN.com]

-- I've been reading some of David Foster Wallace's essays since seeing The End of the Tour. He wrote this one after 9-11, recounting how the town of Bloomington, Ill. (where Wallace was teaching) reacted to what happened. [Rolling Stone]

-- The dirty not-so-secret about minor league baseball is that players are woefully underpaid, likely earning below minimum wage. At a given minor league game, the guys on the field are probably earning the lowest salaries in the ballpark. [New Yorker]

-- Roberto Ferdman is consistently writing some of the most interesting stuff in the Washington Post these days (which I gushed about on Twitter). For instance, this piece on the disparity in pay between waitstaff and cooks, and the increasing effect on the restaurant business. [Washington Post]

-- Do you use an ad blocker on your web browser? Dayn Perry turned me on to Flashcontrol for Google Chrome, and it has made daily browsing far more pleasant. No more videos playing as soon as I open a link. As Farhad Manjoo writes, increasing use of these — especially on mobile devices — will likely change the sorts of content advertisers produce. [New York Times]