More Bill Simmons

July 31, 2013

A great quote about Dwight Howard’s decision to go to Houston (emphasis mine):

but kudos to Dwight for making a clever basketball decision. He wagered on a top-10 player (James Harden); a top-five GM (Daryl Morey); a good owner (Leslie Alexander); the chance to re-create what he had with the 2009 Magic (who surrounded him with quality outside shooters who opened up the paint for him); and a city that gives him a decent chance to break Calvin Murphy’s “most kids by the most women” NBA record (in progress).

And more:

To Chris Paul, who basically told the Clippers that after they squashed the first incarnation of their Doc Rivers trade. Chris didn’t like that. He let them know he was heading to Houston to team up with Dwight. And he wasn’t kidding. For about 36 hours, Morey probably felt like all 11 guys in Ocean’s Eleven. You know what happened next: The Clippers blinked, the Doc trade got revived and finished, and the Clippers were offering Chris 107 million reasons to play for him. Crisis averted. The lesson, as always: Chris Paul runs the Clippers.

On Kobe’s reaction (or lack thereof) on Howard’s move:

Is anyone else still saddened that Kobe didn’t crush Dwight on Twitter after the Rockets announcement? I’ve never been more excited for somebody’s next tweet. Even something short and sweet like “Houston, you have a problem” would have worked. Hey, Kobe, I know you’re spending the summer lounging in a hyperbaric-chamber hot tub filled with deer-antler spray and platelet-massaged hemoglobin, but would one spiteful tweet have killed you?

Seriously, writing like that is hilarious.

If anyone is wondering why Nate Silver jumped to ESPN.com, they need only look at the success of Grantland.


The URL That Should Be

July 31, 2013

For a Yankees fan anyway.

The Yankees tribute to Mariano Rivera will be September 22. The Daily News Yankees blogger has a post announcing it and he posts the URL as:

Yankees.com/ExitSandman

Of course the page actually links to the right URL. If the Yankees were slick, that would be a valid URL.


Columbus Ohio Gets Bike Share

July 30, 2013

It’s sweeping the nation. Or at least Columbus. And other than the paint job, it’s the exact same bike as in NYC.

Columbus:

columbus_hero_short

 

NYC:

homepage-hero

After a bit of Googling, this is the bike, from PBSC Urban Solutions. And it’s in quite a few cities.


The Sports Apology

July 23, 2013

ESPN has a nice overview of the lame Braun apology. This may be an especially bad one, but sports apologies are generally horrible. Let’s break this one down.

As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect.

ESPN covered this one well. What? You aren’t the messiah? Who knew?

I realize now that I have made some mistakes.

Sympathetic response would be just, “well duh”. The more real response would be, “so when you were using illegal drugs and denigrating the integrity of the drug testing employee it didn’t dawn on you that this was wrong? You just figured this out?”.

I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions.

Sure, only now when you have zero choice.

This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization.

I am the victim here, feel sorry for me. No, really.

I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country.

Thankfully most fans are suckers who will always root for their uniform.

Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed — all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates.

This is the classic sports non-apology. “I didn’t do anything wrong, but if you are disappointed in me I’m sorry for that”. This is the total BS apology. Not apologizing for doing something wrong, apologizing to anyone who might be upset. Please.

I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.

This is the wishful thinking line. “I desperately want this to be behind me so I can continue to make millions”.

Ryan Braun just did it, but you can go back to most sports apologies and find the same pattern.


Braun’s Apology

July 23, 2013

ESPN covers it best.

As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect.
Ryan Braun

Well, I might be speaking only for myself here, but I’m glad that’s cleared up. Of all the revelations arising from Ryan Braun’s season-ending PED suspension, the news that Braun is not a faultless messiah might have been the most underplayed.

Apparently there was doubt in some circles.

Seriously, who talks like that? What level of narcissism is possible to allow those words to be attached to your name? What sentient being, in an attempt to either explain or apologize, would even consider putting those words together?

Braun is just another in a long line of athletes who don’t know how to apologize. It’s an epidemic, an absolute plague across the land. Why are those two words — I’m sorry — so damned hard?

Anyone want to bet on whose apology will be worse, Ryan Braun or A-Rod? As bad as Braun’s was, I’m still going with A-Rod…


Rebalancing Citi Bike

July 23, 2013

One of the tricky things about a bike share program is managing the high traffic racks. How do you keep them from emptying out and/or getting over-filled.

Here’s a look at how Citi Bike handles the Penn Station bike racks.


It Has Begun

July 22, 2013

Braun suspended. A-Rod presumably next. At this point, I say suspend them for a long time. The lies were ridiculous.

The Yankees are doing what we expected and falling apart this year. I can live with that, they are old and we’ve had plenty of good years.

It’s Mo’s last season and he’s doing it with class and style and that’s all I need from baseball right now.