1) Greeny is waxing nostalgic about how the “old school” players, specifically in the NBA, used to play harder, with more hatred toward one another, than is now the case. That fact, Greeny says, takes something away from the intensity of the competition at the elite level. The prompt for Greeny’s comments was Kobe – who recently described his own “kill-or-be-killed” mentality as “old school.”
This is just hilarious. When Kobe came into the league, in 1996, the veterans in the league were saying *precisely* the same things about what was then the “old school.” Remember Isiah and Magic kissing before NBA finals games? Or Sir Charles yukking it up with Michael during an NBA finals game?
This “the olden days” were so much better just never gets old, does it?
2) I was going to say something about this truly idiotic tweet from Darren Rovell, in response to questions about why Serena Williams makes less in endorsement money than Maria Sharapova, despite being the incomparably greater player and on the cusp of more tennis history.
But it turns out that lots and lots of people jumped on Rovell for this, so I won’t belabor this, except to quote Patrick Redford, on Deadspin:
In brief, the argument made by people who find it incredible that it’s easier to market a second-rate Russian women’s tennis player than an all-time great American one in the United States is that the American market is racist in a way that intersects with its misogyny, as evidenced by the fact that it’s easier to market a second-rate Russian women’s tennis player than an all-time great American here.
3) In his latest MMQB column, Peter King posted a preview of Concussion, a movie scheduled for December release that tells the story of Bennet Omalu – played by Will Smith – the neurologist who first identified Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). King included an interview with the film’s writer and director, Peter Landesman.
The interview included this interesting passage:
I have no position on whether or not people should play football or whether they should have their kids play football. To me, this is a story about making adult choices. Once you have the information—and the information has been obscured for a long time, it’s been buried and covered up by people who don’t want to damage the sport—the information is now out there…So now that you know that concussions can kill you and playing the sport can kill you, it’s on every parent and it’s on every college player, it’s on every high school player and professional player on whether you are going to let your child play. It’s the same with smoking, drinking and doing drugs. I like to think in some ways that life is an occupational hazard. Something we do in our life is going to kill us; maybe now, maybe 50 years from now. You have to choose what those things are. We love to drink and be merry and be happy, we know it’s not good for us, but we do it. It’s about making adult choices.
The trailer looks interesting.