A perfect article about sports mascots

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On Sunday, the New York Times Magazine published Max Rubin’s feature about the most influential man in the world of sports mascots, Dave Raymond, the original creator of the Phillie Phanantic. It’s the Platonic ideal of a feature article, filled with vivid detail and humor. If you’re writing features — or just about anything — … Continued

Virtual Stadium — the Zoom live event product we need now

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Streaming performances are missing something crucial: the crowd. We’re going to need that. So today, I’m releasing a spec for the product we need: Virtual Stadium. If you build it, we will use it. Any good performer — musician, athlete, or public speaker — knows the crowd is an essential part of the performance. Did … Continued

Strategic jiggery-pokery as the Cleveland Browns hire Paul DePodesta

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The NFL’s Cleveland Browns just hired stats guru Paul DePodesta, a baseball guy, as “Chief Strategy Officer.” I’ve read the press release, and I still have no clue what that means. You’ve probably heard of DePodesta. He was the analytics whiz in Moneyball, the one that Billy Beane embraced to turn around the Oakland A’s. (Jonah Hill … Continued

David Ortiz: Big Papi without the bullshit

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The Boston Globe did a whole section focused on Red Sox slugger David Ortiz today, including a Q&A interview. I was struck by just how direct Ortiz is, especially in contrast to the bullshit-laden interview with an NBA Players Association official that I wrote about last week. Athletes of this stature usually have two modes: … Continued