Sometimes I write these intros, and I wonder if anyone’s reading them. Sometimes, I feel like I’m writing to myself. Sometimes, I outsource the writing of these texts to one of our interns, and I think, do they even read these? I mean, who are we addressing here? Are we addressing ourselves? Are we both writer AND reader? performer AND audience? franchise AND fan? Sometimes, when it’s late and I’ve had too many cocktails, I think, Anonymous Barnstormer Text Writer, is this all there is? Is this why we got our PhD in Sports Writering? Are we all alone in this universe?
These are big questions, people. Meta-questions. I’ll give you a moment.
On to the Roundup…
- PLAY OF THE WEEK
- BLOGS WITH BALLS
Toronto will play host to its fifth annual conference of dudes who wish they were Bill Simmons. We may be there, but only to be awesome. [Blogs with Balls]
- ANCIENT FIRE HOCKEY IN MEXICO
It’s hockey, but with fire. At night. In Mexico. So, there’s that. [Puck Daddy]
- GRIDIRON BOOKS
Most sports books suck, with the exception of Jim Bouton’s Ball Four and anything with Brian Bosworth’s name on it. Here’s some good reads, apparently. [Slate]
- MORE BOOKS?
NPR has a great database of sports books. You should read more. You’re so underread. It’s sad really. [NPR]
- THE LAST HAPPY MAN
Rob Gronkowski plays tight end, gets hammered, and loves up on the ladies. Pretty much exactly like me, except for the former and the latter. [SI.com]
- BLATANT SELF-PROMOTION
The Barn’s own Mike Spry writes in his weekly column Headshots about steroids, ball acne, and Jose Canseco. [The Smoking Jacket]
- THEY ARE THE WALRUS. COO, COO, CA CHOO
Nothing to do with sports really, though to remain loyal to our mandate let’s say that we plan to one day play them in a Canadian publishing industry road hockey league. The good folks at the Walrus have a new site. Check it out. [The Walrus]
- TWITTERER TWEET OF THE WEEK
- SONG OF THE WEEK