Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Link roundup

1. An argument for why "even strict vegans should feel comfortable eating oysters by the boatload." Via Peter Feld who adds: I remember a cookbook in the ’80s whose preface praised [squid] as a protein source and said "some vegetarians prefer to think of squid as unusually mobile vegetables."

2. Gregg Easterbrook:

Last season, the Patriots had no offensive coordinator, with Belichick covering that post; this season, they also will have no defensive coordinator. It's Belichick, Belichick and more Belichick -- no coordinators. Is this an ego-trip thing -- he wants to prove he can do something no major football coach has even attempted since, say, Leo Meyer? TMQ has been complaining for years that NFL clubs are overstaffed at coach, since it's hard to believe a head coach needs 19 more coaches, which is how many Mike Shanahan has at Washington, including a safeties coach, a tight ends coach and an assistant coach for the special-teams coach. Belichick is veering to the other extreme.
3. A new store owner talks about the costs of running a hobby shop.

*Buy NFL bobbleheads at eBay.


  1. I teach at the grad level, (strangely, having a Master's is helpful in coaching) and it amazing how many sports coaches there are. Colleges with no real sport reputation have numerous full time paid coaches per sport. It is not totally unusual for small universities to have 60% of freshman on varsity teams (numbers like 40+ coaches for schools of >200 students). When you go pro, the coaching goes levels upon levels deep.

  2. 2000 students, whoops

  3. I don't thinks it's selfish to eat defenseless shellfish / No Chowder for you, Clams have feelings too!

    The thing with Patriots Co-ordinators was the five year span in which the Pats could not keep a staff intact due to people constantly being hired away. The way Belichick is doing it now, means he can have at least some continuity. It's not selfishness, it's desperation.

    If Pepper Johnson was named Defensive Coordinator he'd have a head coaching job in two years. He'd suck at it, the Pats would suffer the revolving door again and the dumb team that hired him would continue to suck. It's a nasty cycle but it's the punishment for winning. It's also why they haven't won it all in 6 years.

  4. The proof's in the results. Can't be a coincidence that he keeps having success, while the guys who leave New England don't.