Bibi looks set to remain Israel’s Prime Minister for a fourth term, so this is a good opportunity to remind you that there is no shortage of crazy Middle Eastern heads of state — but also that Recep Tayyip Erdogan may not be one of them. Erdogan caught some flak towards the end of last year when he asserted that “Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before Columbus, in 1178.”
I’ll admit that in the past I’ve expressed concern regarding Russell Wilson’s questionable decision-making. See, “The narrative is wrong: Russell Wilson makes questionable decisions, too“, and “The one guy Russell Wilson needs to stop taking advice from“. But here’s the thing: both of those posts deal with his decision-making ability off the field. I have yet to question (so far as I can recall) his ability on the field. Which is why scaremongering headlines like this one — “Russell Wilson’s Decision-Making Is a Concern Heading into Super Bowl” — don’t have me too worried heading into Super Bowl Sunday.
In fact, in case I wasn’t confident enough before, the article itself actually helped reassure me. Here’s how its author, Sean Tomlinson, spins Wilson’s performance against Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game into his source of primary concern:
In John Oliver’s acclaimed evisceration of the Miss America pageant, HBO’s new host investigated the pageant’s oft-repeated claim that it makes $45 million in scholarship money available to contestants on an annual basis. Unsurprisingly, he concluded that the stated figure substantially overstates reality.
But he was wrong,* and it’s all because his fact-finding elves didn’t dig deep enough into the types of people who compete in the pageant — and particularly, into their educational proclivities (emphasis added):
Welcome to the latest installment of Paper Treiger Fact-checks Major Media Outlets. In recent months, I’ve done it to the New York Times, and in the post that immediately preceded this one, I did it to Yahoo! Sports.
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Like the rest of the football universe, ESPN is excited about the slate of playoff survivors, and published an article titled It’s what they’ve been waiting for about the coming matchup at the Clink between Seattle and San Francisco. Here’s the offending paragraph:
This entire season, dating back to the offseason, seemingly has been building for this moment: Seattle-San Francisco, Take III. The two franchises have been traveling on parallel tracks. They are almost carbon copies of each other. They both have coaches who came to them from the Pac-12. They both have young, mobile quarterbacks. San Francisco traded for Baltimore wide receiver Anquan Boldin in the offseason. Seattle countered by trading for Minnesota wide receiver Percy Harvin.
Funny, that’s not the way it was reported at the time. Here’s NFL.com’s account:
Because it somewhat reminded me of a previously-published post (It seems everybody’s rooting for San Francisco — could this help explain why?), I was originally planning to let this screenshot of a popular Seahawks blog speak for itself:
A few days ago, when it looked like Aaron Hernandez was about to be arrested for obstruction of justice, I not-so-subtly accused him of having committed considerably more than that. I made those allegations on the basis of no specific information in particular, which I suppose means I may have exposed myself to liability for libel had he never been so charged.*
But no matter: Hernandez was finally arrested this morning and charged with murder — bad news for Hernandez, but good news for my credibility. And he would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn’t for those darn texts and deliberately-sabotaged home security system and actual video footage and proximity to the event and acquaintance with the victim and especially for those meddling kids.
Hernandez’s team, the New England Patriots, immediately tried to distance itself from the tight end, announcing his release just two hours after news broke of the arrest — and just one year after signing him to a 5-year, $37.5 million contract. The NFL as a league tried to distance itself, as well, releasing a statement calling the arrest “deeply troubling”:
If you remember my post titled Could 2013 be the best year for online comments ever? — and if you don’t, check it out — you may know this is not my first time writing about the Seahawks defensive line.
That makes sense. A unit once-prized for its ability to stop the run got run over over the second half of the 2012 season, and then lost its best/only consistent pass rush when Chris Clemons went down on the same FedEx turf that victimized RGIII all season. The line failed to pressure Matt Ryan in the Seahawks’ subsequent loss (and elimination) to Atlanta, so the team went into free agency with one overarching imperative: upgrade the D-Line.
Meanwhile, the team has a lot of young players due for contract extensions in coming years — contract extensions that threaten to strain the Seahawks ability to stay within the salary cap. Finances, then, were an obvious constraint on Seattle’s ability to upgrade.
So it was when knowledgeable people broke down Seattle’s options in free agency, they tended to focus on lower-impact, cheaper players to fill out the defensive line. Danny Kelly, over at Field Gulls, broke available players into tiers and discussed the likelihood of the team signing a player from each. Here’s what he had to say about the “Young, talented, super-expensive, probably” tier:
Windows 8 is very different from Windows 7 and everything else that came before it. This is not a review of the operating system, but I will go over one important piece of background information you need to know in order to understand this post: Windows 8 does not have a start menu — rather, it has a start screen that looks something like this [I’m too lazy to screenshot my own so I stole this one from Lifehacker]:
The New York Times recently published award-season predictions by Chase Stuart, who “writes about the historical and statistical side of football at his site, FootballPerspective.com.” The post includes his pick for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Robert Griffin the third. Obviously, I’d like to see Russell Wilson get it. That said, I understand that RWI probably isn’t going to win in a season when there is a strong case to be made for Andrew Luck, RGIII, and even Alfred Morris.
But here’s the thing: if there is a case to be made for RGIII, Stuart didn’t make it.
I plan to quote the entire (short) section more-or-less in full, so no need to check out the original: