- Funny that Gov. Chris Christie blew off the daily fantasy betting question in the debate. He said there were more important topics to discuss, such as ISIS. (Of course, the debate was devoted to ECONOMIC topics, so I’m not sure why he thought they should be discussing ISIS…) The reason Christie avoided the topic, of course, was because New Jersey is already suing to make ALL sports gambling legal, and he calculated that embracing gambling in a debate would alienate some conservative voters. If anyone at the debate had an insight into the matter, it was Christie, but he ran from the question. [NOTE: Just found this great article (“No, Chris Christie, How The Feds Handle Fantasy Sports Is A Big Deal“) about Christie and the fantasy sports question.]
- Steve Williams has a book coming out today, and he said Woods treated him like a slave. That’s all the golf media can talk about. Which is why Williams wrote it that way — and why it appeared in the pre-publication excerpt. It’s mind-blowing that a certain segment of our society still spends so much time on Woods. (They are the guys with mullet haircuts yelling “Free Bird!” at Lynyrd Skynyrd reunion concerts.) But all their Woods talk has to be within defined boundaries, which, as I’ve posted before, is where the propaganda lives.
- Here’s the quote from Noam Chomsky: “One of the ways you control what people think is by creating the illusion that there’s a debate going on, but making sure that that debate stays within very narrow margins. Namely, you have to make sure that both sides in the debate accept certain assumptions, and those assumptions turn out to be the propaganda system.” In this case, the “debate” is over whether or not Williams should have used the word “slave.”
- The only thing I heard of interest was that Steinberg immediately texted Williams just before the scandal broke, “There is a story coming out tomorrow. Absolutely no truth to it. Don’t speak to anybody.” Of course there was absolutely no untruth to it. It’s funny how Steinberg is caught in lie after lie, but the golf media still goes to him to “set the record straight.”
- I don’t have any interest in reading the book, but if any of you do and care to review it, I’ll put your review on the front page if you wish. I would be interested to read about Woods’s links to Galea, etc., but I can’t imagine Williams would even touch that as it makes him look bad, too. In fact, didn’t Williams recently say there was “no chance” Woods used PEDs. This from the guy who had “no idea” Woods had a creepy secret life. Williams missed all the whores coming and going, but he would have seen any tiny packets of PEDs that were around. Uh-huh. Sure.
- Just saw that ESPN shut down Grantland. Great, now they will have more resources for scrolls and graphics to clutter our television screens. To hell with quality, long-form journalism.
- This is what a million reader day looks like: