Linsanity, “Hero Ball,” and Why Christians Can’t Play it

Happy March Madness season, everyone.  Let there be compulsive score-checking for all.  I have Baylor losing to UNC in the final (What can I say?  I’m partial to Baptists). In the recent issue of ESPN the Magazine, Henry Abbott wrote a devastating critique of Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, and what Abbott called “hero ball.”  Hero [Read More...]

Linsanity Wanes: Why Are Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony Struggling?

Howard Wolfson of CBS Sports breaks down the recent struggles of the New York Knicks, led by Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony.  Here’s a snatch: The idea that gets pushed around is that he’s selfish, which is hyper-simplistic and off-base. Anthony is not out there lustily chasing after field-goal attempts. He wants to win, but [Read More...]

LeBronadox

LeBron James is a paradox.  Hence, LeBronadox. Bill Simmons had some interesting things to say about the uber-talented Miami Heat forward.  Sometimes Simmons’s material gets salty, so read him with discretion. This section outlines the Grantland.com’s founder’s thoughts: Here’s my opinion in four parts: a. I think he’s one of the greatest athletes who ever lived. I will [Read More...]

The Link 8.1.09: Horrible Athlete Rappers, Good Christian Rappers, and Kindles

1. From ESPN Page 2′s DJ Gallo, a hilarious rundown of some of the worst rap lyrics written by athletes.  Said one Shaquille O’Neal: “Forget Tony Danza, I’m the boss/When it comes to money, I’m like Dick Butkus”.  Huh?  2. Meanwhile, at the Legacy conference being held at Chicago’s Moody Bible Institute, there’s some legit rapping going [Read More...]

The Link, February 20, 2009: Kobe Bryant, Whiny Students, and Sermon “Battle Plans”

1. You should watch the hilarious Nike viral video featuring Kobe Bryant as a salesman for “ankle insurance.” Well worth the 2:20 of your life. 2. Grade-obsessed students, meet thy judgment: the Times has a great story on grade inflation and student attitudes. Key quotation: “A recent study by researchers at the University of California, [Read More...]

Shane Battier, Stat Geeks, and the Surefire Way to Lose Basketball Games

I found corroboration for a view I’ve argued for years in a New York Times Magazine piece on basketball player Shane Battier.  Entitled “The No-Stats All-Star” and written by Moneyball‘s Michael Lewis, the article details how a maverick GM has gained insight into basketball players using untraditional statistics.  Here’s a snapshot of the argument from [Read More...]


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