World Wide Wednesday

How I saw the Internet this week

Deep Routes

– Yahoo’s Mike Silver caught up with Tom Brady Sr., who said that he would be “very hesitant” to let his son play football in the concussion era:

“No, not without hesitation,” Tom Brady Sr. said. “I would be very hesitant to let him play.”

Though things worked out for the kid who quarterbacked the New England Patriots to the fifth Super Bowl of his future Hall of Fame career last winter, the elder Brady believes any responsible parent should be reacting to the growing research linking head trauma and degenerative brain conditions with gravity and concern.

“Tommy did not play football until he was 14, because we didn’t think he was physically developed enough to play the sport,” Brady Sr. said of his now 34-year-old son. “It’s the same reason I wouldn’t let him throw a curveball until that age. I told him, ‘If I see you throw a curve, I will pull you right off this field,’ and he knew I meant it.

– On Grantland, Bill Simmons details six Staples Centers events from 74 hours–he went to five of them:

Looking back, one weekend story line stood out over the others, but that shouldn’t stop us from ripping through all of them for posterity’s sake. On Thursday night (Day 1), the Kings throttled the Coyotes and moved within one victory of the Stanley Cup finals. My daughter was happy because her favorite player, Anze Kopitar, scored a breakaway goal, dominated the game and did a bunch of Kopi things. In general, she loves attending playoff games because “the fans are louder” and “everyone tries harder.” (Look out, Shaq, I think someone is gunning for your “Master of the Obvious” title.) She really loved the last two minutes, when Phoenix couldn’t pull its goalie because the Kings were pressuring them so relentlessly. As it happened, the long-suffering Kings fans were standing, hollering, waving white towels and practically shattering the glass with their approval. It was all kinds of awesome. Every time I get worried about burning out on sports after four solid decades of giving a crap about total strangers, I find myself caught up in a moment like the last two minutes of that Kings game — when you’re embedded in the heart of 20,000 people basically losing their shit — and you think to yourself, Oh, yeah, that’s why I do this for a living. What a game.

– In ESPN the Magazine, Brett Forrest writes about soccer match fixing:

THE WORLD’S MOST popular game is also its most corrupt, with investigations into match fixing ongoing in more than 25 countries. Here’s a mere sampling of events since the beginning of last year: Operation Last Bet rocked the Italian Football Federation, with 22 clubs and 52 players awaiting trial for fixing matches; the Zimbabwe Football Association banned 80 players from its national-team selection due to similar accusations; Lu Jun, the first Chinese referee of a World Cup match, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison for taking more than $128,000 in bribes to fix outcomes in the Chinese Super League; prosecutors charged 57 people with match fixing in the South Korean K-League, four of whom later died in suspected suicides; the team director of second-division Hungarian club REAC Budapest jumped off a building after six of his players were arrested for fixing games; and in an under-21 friendly, Turkmenistan reportedly beat Maldives 3-2 in a “ghost match” — neither country knew about the contest because it never actually happened, yet bookmakers still took action and fixers still profited.

– On Wired, David Wolman profiles master counterfeiter Hans-Jürgen Kuhl: (via Longform)

Kuhl’s intricate production process combined offset printing with silk-screening (see “How to Make $100″). The hardest features to forge with any level of sophistication are on the front of the note: the US Treasury seal, the large “100″ denomination in the bottom-right corner, and the united states of america at the top. Real US currency is printed on massive intaglio presses (intaglio is Italian for engrave). The force with which the presses strike the paper lying over the engraved steel plates creates indentations that fill with ink, giving the bills a delicate 3-D relief and a textured feel. Its absence is a telltale sign of a counterfeit. For Kuhl this was the most critical puzzle piece: how to create that texture convincingly without the benefit of actual engraving. “I had an idea,” he says, “and I was itching to try it.”

Quick Reads

– WSJ: In the UK last year, more than 1/3 of divorce filings contained the word “Facebook.” (via Rob Wile)

– Dealbreaker: Boxing Coach Eric Kelly Would Call Wall Street Clients ‘Nerd POS Miscreants’ Even If He Wasn’t Getting Paid. (via Dean)

– American hero Eugene Polley–who invented the first TV remote control–died at 96 this week.

– People who listen to loud music are more than twice as likely to smoke weed.

– The Pakistani doctor whose DNA work helped the US find Bin Laden’s work wasn’t received kindly in his homeland.

Food Porn

James Brownie Funky Jackhammer at Andy’s Frozen Custard (Evanston, IL) – brownies and creamy peanut butter blended with Andy’s Frozen Custard, filled with rich hot fudge.

$1 Chicago-style hot dog at Blarney Stone (Chicago, IL)


4 Responses to World Wide Wednesday

  1. mweisburgh says:

    You really think soccer is more corrupt than bicycle races, jai alai, or wrestling?

    My son is 25, almost 26, and I don’t think he should play football either. I guess I’m holding him back from a potential hall of fame career.

  2. Stephen says:

    That hot dog looks fantastic

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