World Wide Wednesday

New weekly feature in which I pull up the best links from my week reading the internet. I’ll also sprinkle in some hot foodporn action and some cool stuff from the Youtubes. If you have anything to contribute in any of these categories going forward, by all means do so. Especially foodporn. Here goes…

Deep Routes 

Gabriel Sherman’s NY Mag cover piece – The Emasculation of Wall Street – gives a very detailed account of where Wall Street compensation is at, how the glory days aren’t returning anytime soon, and analogizes investment banks to big box retailers like Wal-mart, a comparison that would have been unthinkable just a few years back. There’s the usual tone-deaf quotes from bankers and traders but by and large this piece is well-written, informative, and fair and Sherman got some great access for it.

My friend Dana passed along an George M. Taber’s interesting piece in Time – republished from Knowledge@Wharton – on the economics of wine. Wines ranging from two buck chuck to Screaming Eagle, of which a six-liter bottle was recently sold for $500,000, are discussed. Guess which one I think is a better value. The answer may not surprise you.

My buddy Teller sent over Michael Lewis’ 2004 NY Times profile of Eli Manning, a fascinating read in retrospect as he has gone on to win two Super Bowl titles. Lewis wrote three of the most important books of the last decade – Moneyball, The Blind Side, and The Big Short – but I bet he wishes he had written this piece with a different tone. I imagine that this passage is particularly fun in retrospect for Giants fans:

And so, on Nov. 21, 2004, against the Atlanta Falcons, the fans are expecting, if not the full answer, then at least the beginning of a response to a big question: is Eli Manning worth it? To get Eli, who was actually drafted by the San Diego Chargers, the Giants handed him a contract worth as much as $54 million and gave the Chargers two future draft picks. (Peyton Manning received a $48 million contract when he signed with the Colts.) Giants fans are understandably worried that the kid might be overpaid. But because Eli Manning is the son of one legendary quarterback and the brother of another, the question they want to ask is more personal than usual. Yeah, he had a great college career, but did this kid get here on his own merits, or is he the N.F.L.’s first legacy admission? Did Ernie Accorsi — who was sitting up there in his glass box at Giants Stadium, tense as a snare drum, not wanting to speak to anyone — see something others missed? Or did he just commit the biggest blunder in the history of the N.F.L. draft?

Quick Reads

I didn’t watch any pregame studio coverage on Sunday – I find it nauseating during the regular season and plague-inducing during the Playoffs and Super Bowl – but apparently Aaron Rodgers did a great job as an analyst. If I had been watching, he could’ve been silent the whole time and I still would have been enamored by his strikingly beautiful eyes. Apparently, though, he doesn’t have his sights set on the booth when he retires. “As much fun as it was to be in that setting. … I really would like to use my talents for other things when I’m done playing,” said Rodgers on his ESPN Milwaukee radio show. “That’s still the plan.”

The regularly excellent Dan Wetzel wrote a poignant Tom Brady profile on Yahoo! in the immediate aftermath of the Super Bowl loss. The whole piece is beautifully written but this passage is especially brilliant:

Brady began to pull at his shoulder pads. Guerrero helped slide them off. He stood again and began glancing around the mostly empty locker room. He focused on nothing in particular. His eyes were red.

He’s supposedly too cool, or that’s what rival fans say. He’s supposedly too much of a pretty boy, or that’s what they mock. Not here. The guy with everything looked empty.

This was a football player, a true football player, in among the worst moments the game can provide.

Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky asks: Did the Giants put 12 men on the field on purpose for Brady’s first hail mary? If so, that’s brilliant strategy.

Foodporn

Home baked bacon mac & cheese:

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Bayou chicken and sausage gumbo in a sourdough bread bowl @ Soupbox

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‘The Wire’ clip of the week

I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase. It’s all in the game though, right?

90’s clip of the week

It’s I hope we never part! Now get it right or pay the price! Budnick’s mullet is priceless. Also, it’s weird seeing clips of this show and seeing a) how young they are (they were like five years older than I was when I watched it) and b) how bad the acting is. Some things from childhood, like Heavyweights and Mighty Ducks for example, hold up shockingly well. Others, like Salute your Shorts are TERRIBLE.

I have a Camp Anawanna t-shirt and whenever I wear it I get mad compliments. I bought the shirt at Hot Topic. Before you laugh, there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation–I was in Hot Topic was TO buy this shirt. I saw some guy wearing it at a concert, thought it was AWESOME, asked him where he bought it, and consciously COPIED his style. And I say that with no remorse. I tried to do the same thing in Madison last weekend; some guy was wearing an amazing red hoodie with a black Bucky silhouette and he thought I was coming on to him.

This column will take more shape in the coming weeks and months but I hope to make it collaborative. Thanks for reading!

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2 Responses to World Wide Wednesday

  1. Ace Ventura says:

    Like the new feature. Nice addition.

  2. Scott says:

    Nice idea for a new weekly ‘ticle. Maybe find a way to smoothly incorporate a DadBoner quote from the past week into this article, too? That would entertain me.

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