The Ivy Leaguer who fought his way to the NHL
Interesting read about the Penguins’ Bobby Farnham, the life of an NHL grinder, and the role of fighting in the NHL.
There’s another way of looking at hockey fights. It isn’t just about protecting the stars, really, but more so about allowing non-stars to stay in the game.
Hockey players and coaches love lesser-skilled brawlers who get called up because they’re willing to do whatever it takes. They love coaching and being teammates with guys who care nothing for themselves and only for the team, and fighting allows players like that to stay in the sport, all the way up to the pros.
Farnham isn’t 6-foot-7. He has ability, but he doesn’t possess rare vision or skill. He’s a normal-sized guy who made it because he was willing to work harder than anyone else and sacrifice his body.
Watching Farnham, who is an exceptional athlete but still human, is very different than watching Crosby or Malkin. A normal person could never be Malkin. But there is a reality, maybe one in a million, where he could be Farnham.
Farnham and other hockey fighters, the scrappers who work hard and chew up minutes on the fourth line, they are the ones who make hockey greatness attainable, and for that, we love them. We demand players like them, even, because without guys like Farnham there’d only be slick-handed skill guys and me-first goal-scorers and fast, technically sound, levelheaded defenders and who wants any of that?
Fighting exists so that guys like Farnham can exist. In that way, it is beautiful.
Current ear worm: Killer Mike’s “Untitled”.
Great video from Head Squeeze on the lunacy that is the imperial system of measurement.
James: Daddy! A bee!
Me: [Squashes said bee mercilessly under foot. Swells with pride at innate, protective instinct.]
James: But Daddy, I like bees.
This is a really interesting video on the evolution of humans as athletes. Worth watch.
The Original Sin of Print Journalism
If newspapers are going to be great again, it will be because they reasserted control over an on-line revenue stream and because they are run by and for and about the people of the cities in which they are published. The neglect of that second principle is the original sin of print journalism in America, and only a return of a newspaper to local ownership and control offers any real chance at ideological indifference and reportorial quality.
‘Old People Ate Meat, Lifted Weights, Got Jacked, and Reduced Inflammation’
Rob Wolf’s rebuttal of research purported to show that eating meat is detrimental to one’s health:
Not only is meat intake not bad for you, it can, in fact, be quite healthy when managed correctly. Here is an example of an RCT that shows how the inclusion of red meat (along with some strength training) improved body composition and fitness, while also reducing inflammation. This study was conducted in a retirement-community setting, which means we were not relying on suspect food questionnaires. Researchers actually had great control over what food participants actually ate. This is the type of research that should make headlines, but “Old People Ate Meat, Lifted Weights, Got Jacked, and Reduced Inflammation” isn’t nearly as catchy as “Meat: As Bad As Cigarettes.”
via Outside Online
‘Dick Cheney’s really something else.’
Intriguing interview with Edward Snowden.
‘And that is just the beginning.’
Georgia is going gonzo for guns.
The bill allows people with a weapons permit to carry loaded guns into bars, as long as they do not consume alcohol — although the bill does not say how that caveat would be enforced.
It allows guns in public areas of airports and eliminates criminal charges for permit holders caught with guns at airport security. It authorizes school districts to appoint staff members to carry guns at schools, ostensibly to defend students in case of an attack.
It allows felons to claim the Stand Your Ground defense — in which someone who “reasonably believes” his life is in danger has no duty to walk away and may instead shoot to kill. And that is just the beginning.
Or the end.
via the New York Times
B-29 Superfortress overflight of the ponderosa. Turn it up to 11.