Posted: Wednesday February 1, 2006 2:38PM; Updated: Friday February 3, 2006 1:35PM
Speaking of Alex Wolff, if you haven't read on the site or in the magazine, our resident college hoops whiz and all-around good guy is in the process of purchasing an ABA franchise, which will play in his home state of Vermont. Alex has started a Web site, http://www.vermontfrostheaves.com/, on which fans can offer their input on the running of the team. He'll also be writing dispatches for SI.com and the magazine. It's a great idea, and I'm hoping that if I say enough nice words about it publicly, he'll let me on the bench in some capacity for a game. It's long been a goal of mine to be thrown out of a professional sporting event.
And since I'm already plugging one of our writers, I might as well plug two more: Jack McCallum and Jon Wertheim, who have written a truly outstanding novel about pro basketball called Foul Lines. They both have a knack for being around when interesting things happen, so they've got some great material to draw from. And they're two of the more clever, insightful writers out there.
I've long said one of the best things about living in New York is that we have tabloids. And since we have so many papers, they'll print anything so long as it's something you can't read in another paper. Anything that will advance a story -- even tangentially -- is OK. And when something like the Isiah Thomas lawsuit pops up, those instincts get magnified. The Post, in particular, has been brutal. Andrea Peyser, who I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of, got to Thomas' accuser. Then the paper found a kid who Zeke fathered out of wedlock and made that a huge story, one that became even bigger when they interviewed him. I present this to you not because I think Thomas is guilty or innocent, but because I find the piling on fascinating, both as a journalist and as a reader. (And it's going to sound cynical, but if the Knicks didn't stink I doubt the calls for Zeke's head would be so loud.)
This is an incredibly cool site. Thanks to something called the music genome project, which catalogs and analyzes various characteristics of music, you can enter the name of a song (or song) and/or band (or bands) you like, and it will start playing songs it thinks you'll like.
Idiot of the Week: The lengths to which some people will go to protect their pot never ceases to amaze me. This kid not only reported his giggle weed stolen, but he went to the police station to identify it. Brilliant.