are a neo-bluegrass band from Ontario who have recorded an album called “Rebuild the Wall” – a collection of Pink Floyd tunes. The flash promo they’ve made to support it is really clever, and quite lovely. It sports a very different aesthetic than most Flash stuff I’ve seen.
that one of my old heros, The Good Doctor Thompson, was going to be writing a column for ESPN I was very afraid. Afraid he’d lost his edge, or his sanity, or both. Afraid that he’d seem vaguely silly in the context of big money sports, out touch. That the man whose best conversations with Nixon were about the NFL was past his prime.
His first column pretty much confirmed this for me, but ever since he’s been much closer to regaining his stride. And in today’s column about the NFL, diminished talent pools, and the election I think he’s very close to being at the top of his game. It’s pretty subdued for HST, but pretty good nonetheless.
. Feed unearths the secret history of the Olympic Games. There are a couple of gaps in the otherwise excellent essay though. First, “Olympiad” refers to the time period between games – the four years between each time the Summer Games are held. At the end of an Olympiad is the Olympic Games event itself. Second, he misses a huge aspect of it – the whole idea of amateurism.
Keeping the Olympic games for amateurs rather than professionals wasn’t some noble line in the sand between “pure” and “impure” sports. It was to make sure that the Olympics were only for the upper classes to compete in. It was pure classism – a way to make sure that sweaty labourers and factory workers weren’t competing with the gentry and the like. Good riddance, I say.
Official Site of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games! It hardly suits a cynical bastard like me to love the Olympics, but I do. Winter, Summer, whenever. The more obscure the sport the better! Luckily in Canada the CBC has tons of live coverage, not just a bunch of overproduced vignettes. And we cover all the sports, not just ones that Canadians are in – which is a whole lot of fun to watch – cause some of the other sports are unknown here (mostly).
action today. Or, as the philosopher said, “inter-blog linky love”. My virtual neighbours seem to be rotating among a very limited group: this week it’s Prattle to the left of me, Utsler to my right. Which is great, both lovely sites for sure.
In other news, Swallowing Tacks again sports a new look, definitely making the argument that Elise is the most active re-designer of her personal site around. I always like what she does, though, so that’s not a complaint in the least.
Vanessa’s Eleven Seconds seems to be undergoing some radical re-branding.