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
Jan312016

The week's writes and reads, 01-31-16

I almost made it until February without catching a full-blown cold, but being snowed in last weekend probably gave those germs a chance to gestate and emerge. So kind of a slow writing week for me, between being zonked out on cold medicine for a couple of days along with quite a bit of editing work. 

That should change in the coming week with a couple of movie reviews, helping out on Super Bowl coverage, the approach of spring training, and I'll be recapping FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson. (Will I regret that decision?) 

Here are this week's writing and reading links. As always, thank you for checking in! 

WRITTEN:

Monday
The relief of Roger Goodell: No awkward trophy handoff to Tom Brady - The Comeback
Mets re-signing Yoenis Cespedes affirms fans' faith in building World Series contender - The Outside Corner

Wednesday
ESPN's Mike Greenberg challenges Olympic officials to swim in polluted Rio waters - Awful Announcing
Dick Vitale met The Rock on the Ballers set; How was your Tuesday? - Awful Announcing
Legendary NASCAR voice Barney Hall passes away - Awful Announcing
Report: Darth Vader will appear in Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One - The Comeback

Friday
An updated Scooby-Doo? DC Entertainment is rebooting old Hanna-Barbera cartoons - The Comeback
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce to star in E! reality dating show - Awful Announcing

READ:

-- Here's a good explainer on how the Iowa caucuses work (compared to the primaries most states use for voting). I wish I'd have participated in one during my two years in Iowa (though didn't want to change my voter registration). [Washington Post]

-- It often fascinates me when people root for teams outside where they grew up or live now. But TV and the Internet have changed regional loyalties, allowing fans to develop affection for any team he or she can follow. (I still can't get into any North Carolina teams, myself. Even with the Panthers' success.) [New York]

-- Slack has become a big part of my working life. I enjoy it, but do people really hate e-mail? It feels a bit more stable to me. [Bloomberg Business]

-- So if you follow politics, you've surely heard plenty of reporters and commentators say that the past seven months have shown that nothing follows a traditional pattern anymore. That even applies to Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight, with regard to Donald Trump's chances. (By the way, I miss Silver and FiveThirtyEight at the New York Times.) [Slate]

-- I've probably said this in one form or another during the past six or seven years, but I really am trying to get into the NBA again. (This time around, my job might force me to.) So I've certainly been following the Kristaps Porzingis phenomenon closely, and enjoyed this look at how he ended up with the Knicks. [Yahoo Sports]

-- For most of my childhood, I wanted to work in comic books. So I'll always be interested in the process of making them. Watching how a page of The Fade Out gets created from script to finished page was fascinating. [The Art of Sean Phillips]

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
Sep202015

The week's writes and reads, 09-20-15

I've had sort of an insecurity about not writing much baseball stuff over the past couple of weeks. That's my own doing, as I haven't been as aggressive in pursuing material and making pitches. Plus, we're kind of in a soft period for interest with the beginning of football season and MLB providing few compelling storylines at the moment. 

But I have to admit, when Marty Tirrell and Ken Miller were teasing me about whether or not I still wrote for The Outside Corner, I winced a little bit. Here's my weekly appearance on their show: 

Marty & Miller Show, 1700 The Champ, Des Moines - Tuesday (9-15, Hour 2, 20:10 mark)

I like to think I jumped back into baseball writing this week, and hope to continue that as the season surges toward the end of division races and into the playoffs. This is going to be an exciting postseason with a lot of new blood in it, and I'm excited to be able to write about it. 

Here are all of my posts for the week, followed by the stuff I enjoyed reading: 

WRITTEN:

Monday
Drew Storen breaks thumb, becomes unofficial symbol for 2015 Nationals - The Outside Corner
Ben Foster admitted taking PEDs to play Lance Armstrong in 'The Program' - Awful Announcing
Video: Clive Owen ready to make history in 'The Knick' season two trailer - The AP Party
Call him the Candy Man? Rece Davis changing his name to Reese - Awful Announcing
Craig Sager talks to Houston TV station about cancer treatment - Awful Announcing

Tuesday
End of season post-mortem: 2015 Miami Marlins - The Outside Corner
David Feherty moves to NBC, will expand beyond sports into entertainment - Awful Announcing
Watch: 'The Jungle Book' trailer brings Disney animated classic to life - The AP Party

Wednesday
MLB hot seat rankings: Which managers are most likely to be fired? - The Outside Corner
Report: ESPN president John Skipper receives contract extension through 2018 - Awful Announcing
Report: Mike Lupica out at New York Daily News in wave of layoffs - Awful Announcing
Last week, DraftKings and FanDuel generated twice what Vegas sports books pulled in - Awful Announcing
Fox Sports Live's Jay Onrait channels Stephen Colbert to "embrace debate" - Awful Announcing

Thursday
South Park mocks DeflateGate, as Cartman dreams of Brady and Goodell - Awful Announcing

Friday
'Black Mass' reminds us that Johnny Depp is a hell of an actor - The AP Party
Buffalo Wild Wings pulls ad campaign starring The League's Steve Rannazzissi - Awful Announcing
Panthers' Josh Norman questions how much attention Jon Gruden pays to the NFL - Awful Announcing

READ:

-- This might be some of the best advice ever given on writing, or commentary on the writer's life. What is success? Are you a failure if you haven't "broken through"? Or is just being able to write, and hopefully make a living from it after committing so much to doing so, the true reward? [The Cut]

-- These are the people Dylann Roof stayed with before his mass shooting in Charleston. Why didn't they try to stop him or alert someone to what he was talking about? [Washington Post]

-- This is the kind of thing that makes you wonder how we can all live in the same world but see it and interpret it so differently. There are people out there who think the Roanoke shooting was a hoax? Maybe that's the thing; we don't really live in the same world. [The Daily Beast]

-- Michigan and Michigan State play each other in football on Oct. 17. On Sept. 15, Michigan played its first home game under new head coach Jim Harbaugh. But later that same day, MSU had a huge game against Oregon in East Lansing. Shouldn't the Spartans have received more attention? [Campus Rush]

-- Actor Jesse Eisenberg is an intriguing character (though maybe not as intriguing as he thinks he is). Still, as someone who writes, plays a variety of roles and is about to play one of the most famous comic book supervillains in Lex Luthor, he's an interesting guy to interview. [New York Observer]

-- Comedian Steve Rannazzissi lied about working in the World Trade Center on 9/11, making it a key part of his biography. What motivated him not only to fabricate that story in the first place, but continue to perpetuate the fiction? [Vulture]

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
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]

Sunday
Aug162015

The week's writes and reads, 08-16-15

OK, I'm pretty sure that's a Photoshopped image of Ice Cube, at least the cover of the book he's reading. But putting a picture of him reading during the week when Straight Outta Compton hits theaters was too irresistible. 

Kind of a tough writing week, as I had to help out watching my little nieces (getting them ready for school and dropping them off) while my sister's husband was on vacation. I absolutely love those girls and cherish any time I can spend with them. But this definitely threw the regular routine off, especially in the morning.

Hopefully, the work didn't suffer too much. Here's what it looked like for the week: 

WRITTEN:

Monday
'The Gift' is a smart, creepy thriller that deserves your attention - The AP Party
Watch: HBO's 'Westworld' trailer asks to question the nature of reality - The AP Party

Tuesday
Notre Dame's 2015 football season will be documented in new Showtime series - Awful Announcing
David Price calls out ESPN for referring to Blue Jays as 'beer league softball team' - Awful Announcing
It's on! Arrow's Stephen Amell will face Stardust at SummerSlam - Awful Announcing

Wednesday
Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma throws no-hitter in 3-0 victory over Orioles - The Outside Corner
Going Blue? Michigan football social media accounts were hacked - Awful Announcing
Colin Cowherd confirms move to Fox Sports, debuts on Utah-Michigan pregame Sept. 3 - Awful Announcing
NFL Hall of Fame Game draws big ratings for NBC - Awful Announcing
'The Flash' previews original Flash Jay Garrick with comic book tribute - The AP Party

Thursday
Watch: Teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight' - The AP Party 

Friday
'Straight Outta Compton' shows why N.W.A. mattered, but takes on too much - The AP Party
Video: Bradley Cooper may make you sick with longing in 'Burnt' trailer - The AP Party
'Sesame Street' will air new episodes on HBO, before going to PBS - The AP Party

READ:

-- Grantland writer Steven Hyden posted an essay on his Facebook page to commemorate his 15th anniversary of working in media. Anyone aspiring to make a living as a writer, and maybe those who currently are, could learn much (or be reminded of what's important) by reading what he has to say. As someone who's been working increasingly as an editor in recent months, I certainly appreciated what he had to say about writers' responsibility toward their editors. [Steven Hyden]

-- More of the writer's life, this time from comic book writer Ron Marz. The focus of this column is working from home, something I'm entirely familiar with. (I've realized over the years that two of the professions I was interested in growing up — writing and illustrating — likely would have involved working from home. Apparently, it always appealed to me. "Know when to quit" and "get out of the office" parts are tips I should follow more often. [Comic Book Resources]

-- I was surprised to see that James Poniewozik had decided to move from TIME magazine to the New York Times. Not because the NYT isn't a better gig or anything like that, but because Poniewozik had written for TIME for 16 years. He's one of the seminal TV bloggers, one of the first I can remember who really took advantage of the blogging form for a mainstream outlet. And he got to do it during the new golden age of television. [TIME]

-- John U. Bacon writing a book about Michigan football? Here, take my money. His book on the Rich Rodriguez era, titled Three and Out, provided compelling insight into the politics and machinery of Michigan athletics during that time, explaining a lot about why Rodriguez just didn't work out in Ann Arbor. So I'm eager to read his reporting on the pursuit of Jim Harbaugh. Here's an excerpt, I believe from the first chapter of his new book Endzone. [Wall Street Journal]

-- Speaking of Harbaugh, the story of a former player coming back to coach his alma mater is so romantic, so triumphant. Big things are obviously expected from Harbaugh, with the expectation that he'll restore Michigan football back to glory. But that story hasn't always had a happy ending for other coaches. [ESPN.com]

Sunday
Aug092015

The week's writes and reads, 08-09-15

Summer vacations have been good for me on the radio. I subbed in as co-host with Pat Ryan on ESPN Asheville twice this week (in addition to my two regular baseball spots), which was a whole lot of fun. If you told me 20 years ago that I would someday make appearances or co-hosting spots on sports talk radio, I'd have been thrilled. I very much appreciate Pat giving me the opportunity to indulge a dream.

It kills me that I can't post podcasts to those shows, but big things are ahead for The WISE Guys which might include making those appearances available to a wider audience. But here are the radio hits I can share with you from this week: 

Marty & Miller Show, 1700 The Champ, Des Moines - Monday (8-3, Hour 1, 37:38 mark)
In the Huddle with Ragz, 750 the Game, Portland, OR - Monday

And here's what I wrote for the week. A little bit lighter toward the end of the week, with me going into the radio studio for a couple of days. But Awful Announcing still kept me busy enough. 

WRITTEN:

Monday
Watch: 'True Detective' season one not a fan of season two - The AP Party
Video: Olivia Munn gets her kicks in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Psylocke training - The AP Party

Tuesday
Chris Mortensen admits he could have done 'better job vetting' DeflateGate report - Awful Announcing
Thanks, Bill Murray: Lee Corso can no longer dress as Florida State mascot - Awful Announcing
Knicks analyst Walt Frazier isn't very enthused about team's chances this season - Awful Announcing
NBC Sports Live Extra brings back 'Tactical Cam,' interactive features for Premier League coverage - Awful Announcing
Floyd Mayweather's next fight will be on pay-per-view, not CBS - Awful Announcing
Joel McHale makes it officlal: 'Community' is done after six seasons - The AP Party

Wednesday
Strangely, Tigers' win-now approach seemed to push out Dave Dombrowski - The Outside Corner

Thursday
Ballers is not the new Playmakers and shouldn't concern the NFL - Awful Announcing 
Jon Stewart is pumped up that the Mets are in first place - The Outside Corner
NBC expects to top $1 billion in ad sales for 2016 Rio Olympics - Awful Announcing

Friday
'Fantastic Four' is better than its negative buzz, but still falls apart - The AP Party

READ:

-- Just not a good week for anyone involved with Fantastic Four. Josh Trank ripped Fox in a tweet before deleting it. Then star Miles Teller had this profile, which makes him look like a jerk. Comparing glassware to his cock to a female writer? Classy. [Esquire]

-- This is a really good explanation of how TV ratings work, and just how many people are watching, though it's obviously an inexact science. But it helps explain why sites like BuzzFeed, Vice are trying hard to get their brands and content onto television. The internet only has so much reach, believe it or not. [Medium]

-- As long as Tom Cruise makes cool action movies, people seem to be able to separate what they see on screen from the weirdo he seems to be in real life. The key seems to be making action movies, though. When's the last time Cruise performed in any sort of drama? [Vulture]

-- Film critic Glenn Kenny was a friend of David Foster Wallace. He's not too thrilled about the attempt to make a movie featuring Wallace, with Jason Segel portraying him. As you might expect, Kenny has major problems with how Segel plays Wallace. I have to believe that will be a huge obstacle for anyone familiar with Wallace, or who knew him well. [The Guardian]