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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. 

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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
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
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]

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]

Sunday
Aug022015

The week's writes and reads, 08-02-15

It figured to be a busy week with the MLB Trade Deadline on Friday. But after noting all of my posts for the week, I'm kind of surprised at how much I wrote. Thanks for being interesting and newsworthy, baseball! 

One radio appearance podcasted for the week. Tony James and Ryan Roberts subbed in on Des Moines' 1700 The Champ for Marty Tirrell and Ken Miller, and asked if I could come on to talk about trade deadline news. Fortunately, they had a spot open after the 4 p.m. ET deadline. 

Marty & Miller Show, 1700 The Champ, Des Moines - Friday (7-31, Hour 3, 34:40 mark)

No reading links for this week. There just wasn't any time for reading anything non-baseball related! 

WRITTEN:

Monday
'Southpaw' misses badly with its punches, making you wish for another movie - The AP Party
'Vacation' screenwriters to script new Spider-Man movie - The AP Party
LeSean McCoy said media took 'ladies only' party invite out of context - Awful Announcing
Watch: Will Ferrell takes over MLB in 'Ferrell Takes the Field' trailer - The AP Party

Tuesday
Trading Troy Tulowitzki begins Rockies' much-needed reconstruction project - The Outside Corner
Damon Amendolara, other CBS Sports Radio hosts, take shots at Mike Francesa - Awful Announcing
Johnny Cueto dons a Royal crown upon joining Kansas City - The Outside Corner
Former Tennessean beat writer Jim Wyatt to work for Titans' official site - Awful Announcing
Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia tests positive for PEDs again, suspended 162 games - The Outside Corner
Watch: Omar Infante, Alcides Escobar turn dazzling play for Royals - The Outside Corner

Wednesday
Mets get their big bat, nabbing Carlos Gomez from Brewers - The Outside Corner
Eli Manning and Tony Romo in Rob Lowe-style ads for DirecTV - Awful Announcing
Watch: Troy Tulowitzki hits his first home run for Blue Jays - The Outside Corner

Thursday
Cardinals' Matt Holliday re-injures quad, return to DL likely - The Outside Corner
Netflix plans to provide a dose of Marvel TV every six months - The AP Party
Hulk Hogan accuses Gawker of leaking racist rant in new court documents filed - Awful Announcing 
Stephen A. Smith lashes out at those who doubted his Tom Brady report - Awful Announcing 
Pat Murphy says he pulled Justin Upton, Tyson Ross to mess with media - The Outside Corner 
ESPN Radio announces three teams to fill Colin Cowherd's former slot in August - Awful Announcing 
Yankees get Dustin Ackley from Mariners for two minor leaguers - The Outside Corner 
Crying shame: Lack of originality among Wednesday's NY tabloids - Awful Announcing
Tigers' reboot continues, Joakim Soria traded to Pirates - The Outside Corner 

Friday
Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB Trade Deadline - The Outside Corner
'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' is the action movie we've wanted all summer - The AP Party
MLB Network apparently slaps temporary logo on wall behind Ken Rosenthal - Awful Announcing

Sunday
Jun282015

The week's writes and reads, 06-28-15

All right — lots of stuff this week, so let's dispense with a long intro. Here were my radio and podcast appearances during the past seven days. 

750 The Game in Portland, OR - Monday
Jimmy B & TC in Des Moines, IA - Tuesday (6-23, Hour 2, 20:15 mark)
Maximus & The Bartender, XERSradio.com - Tuesday (55:00 mark)
Marty & Miller Show in Des Moines, IA - Friday (6-26, Hour 3, 18:50 mark)

In what may be the highlight of the week, this happened. (Thanks to Purple Row's Bryan Kilpatrick for bringing it to my attention.) 

I honestly can't remember when I posted that tweet, probably toward the beginning of the season. If I ever meet Troy Tulowitzki, I'm sure he won't remember this. And maybe it would be smart of me not to bring it up. 

OK, here is the past week's writing, along with the stuff I thought was worth reading. Much appreciation for you checking in. 

WRITTEN:

Monday
How 'Ballers' can use NFL team logos without league permission - Awful Announcing
Watch: Tom Cruise all action in new 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' trailer - The AP Party

Tuesday
With breakout performance, Twins' Byron Buxton joins stellar rookie class - The Outside Corner
'Hannibal' can no longer delay inevitable, canceled by NBC - The AP Party
Tom Holland is the new movie Spider-Man, Jon Watts to direct - The AP Party
Watch: Maya Rudolph imitates Rachel Dolezal on 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' - The AP Party

Wednesday
DraftKings loses Disney's $250 million investment, still signs exclusive ad deal with ESPN - Awful Announcing

Thursday
Franklin Gutierrez returns, but Mariners need more than nice story - The Outside Corner
Watch: Chuck Palahniuk reads from... 'Fight Club 4 Kids'? - The AP Party

Friday
Mets' slide may get Terry Collins fired, but team isn't good enough - The Outside Corner
He's outta there! Ryne Sandberg resigns as Phillies manager - The Outside Corner

Saturday
Bad break: Giancarlo Stanton suffers broken bone in hand, out 4-6 weeks - The Outside Corner

This week's reading >>

READ:

-- If there was one person's response I wanted to read on the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage, it was Andrew Sullivan. [The Dish]

-- I'd always been in favor of gay marriage. I didn't really understand why anyone would be against it. (Oh, I was so naive.) But not until reading Sullivan's 1989 essay, "Here Comes the Groom," did I really get why the concept of marriage was so important to certain gay people. [The New Republic]

-- One of those trends that you maybe didn't quite notice was a thing, but I'm glad Roberto Ferdman wrote about it. What is up with waitstaff snatching up those plates as soon as you're done, even if the entire party isn't done? [Washington Post]

-- The baseball bat is a crucial piece of equipment that always figured to be what it's always been. I mean, you can fatten the barrel or skim the handle, but the basic design is the same, right? But what if that knob on the end of the handle — one which may cause hand injuries — can be altered? [Yahoo! Sports]

-- Many of you probably know that Eric Stoltz was the original star of Back to the Future, not Michael J. Fox. But how exactly did the process of replacing Stoltz go with producers and director Robert Zemeckis? This is really intriguing. [Vulture]