The Obstinacy: Bulk Buffaloes

by Ryan

I’ve been ammassing a ridiculous amount of links to interesting things over the last week. Let’s get rid of them all with this post. They may be a bit old and you may have seen them elsewhere, but these are things I find interesting.

I found this via Nick Mendola, but The Onion never fails.

Speaking of soccer, let’s get rid of the other soccer-related links as well. Deadspin has been a surprisingly good spot for soccer links. Here’s Magary’s Hater’s Guide to the World Cup. I’m sorry, but calling Chile an “anorexic landmass” is fantastic, and spot on.

David Hirshey is a must-read for any soccer fan, and his first round recap is very solid. He’s someone who I read and feel smarter afterwards and I could definitely use some soccer IQ.

And here are all 32 of the ESPN posters you’ve probably seen all over the place.

Here’s an interesting point/counterpoint for you: Tim Donaghy critiquing officials during the NBA Finals, and pundits tearing him apart for being full of crap. As usual, the truth is probably somewhere in between.

Deadspin also had an interesting piece up about Pete Rose’s corked bats. Not every day you get investigative journalism about something other than soccer girlfriends on Deadspin these days, so good on them for that.

A friend of the Roost is part of a fantasy baseball blog, so give that a read if you get a chance. I’ve become just another delinquent fantasy owner with my team, but if you are more dedicated than I am you might like what you see.

I was at Barnes and Noble the other day and they had moved a bunch of things around in there. In fact, they had taken out a number of bookshelves and were in the process of putting in board games. In other words, Barnes and Noble sucks.

If you ever wanted the song in those History Will Be Made videos, well, today is your lucky day.

I thought this was interesting: hitters are complaining about conditions at Target Field. It’ll be interesting to see what changes are made to fix it, even if it is as simple as painting a few railings.

McSweeny’s and sports often doesn’t mix well, but I loved this: “Potential Nicknames for the Star Player on my Son’s Soccer Team.”

We don’t like to get political here, but it’s interesting to see the damage control in action here. Subtle, but interesting.

I’ve been lacking in the Bisons coverage around here lately, and I haven’t been to the park in a few days, either. To tide you over, Mike Harrington has a good story about Jesus Feliciano, who finally has a chance with the big club after a strong showing this spring.

Very strange things are happening in Oakland these days. Who wrote it? Who else?

The other day I played Scrabble. It was the first time I had played since reading Stephen Fatsis’ Word Freak, and I have to admit I was surprised by how much better I played based simply on reading that book. I knew more words, knew better strategy and understood what I was doing much better than I ever had. It may mean nothing, but I was surprised by how much just reading about Scrabble made me better at it. If only the same applied to hockey…


  1. yeah wtf barnes and noble.

  2. The music was definitely the best thing about those History commercials so awesome link! And I can’t even tell you how much I adore the Jedi Cary Grant photo.

  3. ScottyMCSSProSportsDaily

    Am I the only one that LIKES the vuvuzelas?

    With the snoozing fans at HSBC, we could use some plasticine decibels (good band name there).

    Maybe I should mention I own one.

    Is 10am too early to blow a vuvuzela in the suburbs? No way! Screw the neighbors, I am going all the way in for this game.

  4. ScottyMCSSProSportsDaily

    “Vuvuzelas.” Another fine band name.