Yo Joe! Baseball 100, Desserts, Goodell

Three days in a row!

From Brilliant Reader Adam.

Yo Joe! What happened with the Baseball 100? It was really going well, then hit #41 and just stopped. At least release your top 40, even if you can’t write a post on each of them. Joe:

I did write about this a couple of times — it was really going well until about 60 and then my schedule went absolutely bananas, and the next 20 were sucking the life out of me. I’m writing this book about Tom Watson. We’re about to unveil this new thing at NBC Sports. There just isn’t enough time in the day.

I did offer to release the final 40 and was flooded with emails from people asking that I not do it — that it wouldn’t be much fun to just read a list without the accompanying essays. That was a nice thing to say — maybe most people don’t agree. But it did make me think about the best way to do this. After I finish this Watson book, I am considering writing a book of baseball, with the Top 100 as an anchor, so for now I’m going to hold on to the list.

From Brilliant Reader Carlos:

Yo Joe! I was wondering if you kept following the English Premier League. In case you didnt miss a beat about this Soccer League, I’d ask you: What’s your opinión about Manchester United recent signings: Angel Di Maria and Falcao. Dont you see the attack very “crowded” with all those top players?


I am still following — now more than ever, in fact — and am planning a trip over in the next couple of weeks to work on a couple of cool stories. I can’t say I know enough about the game to know how the two big signings will work at Man U, but I will admit it did feel a bit like an NFL team acting like a fantasy baseball team, signing big names without really considering how they will actually play together.

It’s probably premature — no, check that, it’s definitely premature — but I’m getting kind of excited about Swansea City. They seem to me sort of a David Eckstein team, gritty, overachieving, lots of defense, have no idea how they’re actually winning. I guess we’ll see more Saturday when they play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

From Brilliant Reader Steve:

Yo Joe! It is my opinion that we have reached the point in history where every dessert and sport have already been invented. Everything from this point forward are just variations. Have we reached the apex of desserts and sports? Any possibility of something on the horizon that I can't imagine? Joe:

I remember when I was a kid, I felt absolutely sure that there was nothing left to invent. I mean we had radio (sound) and television (sound and sight) what else was there? I never bought that they were going to invent flying cars.

In sports, I do see a future in the virtual world — I wouldn’t begin to know how that would play out, but video games are SO sophisticated now, and you know that will keep building. I did see a documentary the other day about the world Paper, Scissors, Stones Championship, so I guess people will keep trying to add sports.

As far as desserts — I tend to believe we have reached the point where there’s nothing more than can be done with chocolate. But I hope I’m wrong.

From Brilliant Reader Michael:

Yo Joe! Where does Roger Goodell rank among the four major sports commissioners historically (with the obvious caveat that his commissionship is not done yet)? I know recency bias is affecting me, but with Ray Rice, the replacement refs, the purported ignorance of concussions and the concussion settlement, the 18 game season that NO ONE wants, the lockout and a multitude of other missteps, he has to be near the bottom right? And a second, and perhaps more important question, does his competency or lack thereof even matter with football just an automatic money machine? I mean, most fans hate him, but they still watch in droves. Joe: I wrote three years ago that Goodell is 20,000 leagues over his head. I have been given no reason to change my mind. He comes across to me as an empty suit, utterly unable to balance what’s right with what looks good with what owners want — look at his pathetic waffling approach to the Washington name issue. The Ray Rice fiasco to me is typical of his leadership or lack of it.

And, no, it doesn’t matter. The NFL, for the time being, is utterly bulletproof.

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