What’s with Sportscenter and its obsession with comparing merely good teams from today to the greatest teams in history? First, it was the focus on the Colts’ quest for perfection, who ended up not having as good of a record as last year’s Steelers team. Then, as I said before the BCS bowls were played, it was the premature exercise of matching up USC against the top college football teams from the past 50 years, who turned out to be only the second-best team from this season. Now, in what I believe is the most egregious example, ESPN runs a comparison between this year’s Pistons and the 1995-96 Bulls every time Detroit plays a game. The 72-10 Michael Jordan-led Bulls team against this year’s Pistons? C’mon! Anyway, enough with the rant and on to the links:
1) “Bueller, Bueller” DVD - How did I meet my wife? It was when her college roommate invited me over to watch “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” so I can’t tell you how important this movie is in my life. Aside from the personal connection, this is one of the top ten Chicago movies of all-time (I’ll have a post on that eventually).
2) My So-Called Career: Paul Shirley’s Basketball Journal – Even if you don’t follow basketball, former Bull Paul Shirley’s entries on his life as a hoops vagabond are insightful and hilarious. His blog from last season as the last man off the bench for the Suns was so funny and honest that he was able to parlay it into a possible career as a writer.
4) Korn Sells a Stake in Itself – Can a band become a true investment vehicle? If this is successful, we could see a paradigm-shift in music industry financial models.
5) Mexican Coke on the Black Market – I don’t have a link for this (and even if I did, you’d need a paid subscription to see the article), but the Wall Street Journal had a fascinating front page article today on the insistence of many Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. to buy Coca-Cola that was bottled in Mexico. It turns out that Mexican Coke is slightly different than American Coke – in Mexico, they use cane sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup as the sweetener and the drink still comes in glass bottles instead of plastic bottles or aluminum cans. The thing is, Coca-Cola doesn’t want people to buy Mexican Coke in the U.S. because of how it impacts the profitability of the company’s American unit and the exclusive territorial rights of local Coke bottlers. As a result, Mexican Coke can only be obtained by most American stores through backroom deals. It’s just ironic that a foreign version of the most identifiable American product in the world needs to be smuggled into the U.S.
My thoughts on the Cubs are coming tomorrow. Until then, have a great day!