News and Sports Links – June 2, 2011

Memorial Day has passed and it's time for some "Hot Fun in the Summertime." Ain't that right, Sly? Listen to one of his biggest hits by clicking on the album picture.

It’s a short work week, but the summer swings into full gear with vacations, dips in the pool, and finally getting around to those books you have put off reading.

I know you won’t put off reading some links that flew under the radar over the past few days.  Let’s get to the business at hand.

  • Jesse Eisinger of ProPublica critiques the HBO made-for-TV movie “Too Big to Fail”, chronicling the start of the current financial crisis.  Eisinger points out that the movie wasn’t about how Henry Paulson, Timothy Geithner, and Ben Bernanke was trying to save the nation, but it was how they didn’t see the crisis coming, despite the red flags flying.
  • Eisinger also penned a new article on how it doesn’t pay to be a whistle-blower, as they are ostracized, rather than lauded, by Wall Street for sniffing out corruption and sneaky tactics.  Looks like our quest to stay ethically above the fray means little in today’s society.  Jim Tressel, anyone?
Yale University
  • Brooklyn College journalism professor Ron Howell, a ’70 Yale graduate, pens an eye-opening article in the Yale Alumni Magazine.  He asks if there is added pressure on African-American males to graduate and succeed and if those factors are the cause of their premature and untimely deaths.
  • The great Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites noticed something during Game 1 of the NBA Finals.  You may have seen it too.  The microphones that the ESPN crew were using last night looks different.  It’s because it has moving video where the logo would be at.  Ken has the video of what the mic looks like.
  • With the college baseball season winding down and the College World Series making their debut at Omaha’s new TD Ameritrade Park, Joe Favorito of Sports Marketing and PR Roundup asks if college baseball is missing a golden opportunity to gain more attention in the sports world.  Joe lists a few possible reasons.
Mason City's Ryan Voves rounds the bases during the home opener against Des Moines North on Tuesday. (Jeff Heinz/Globe Gazette)
  • Finally Kirk Hardcastle from the Mason City Globe-Gazette covered the prep baseball home opener for Mason City as they hosted Des Moines North on Tuesday night at Roosevelt Field.  Things went sour for the North Polar Bears, really sour, to the tune of a 40-0 polaxing at the hands of the Mohawks.  Fellow sports writer Jared Patterson asks the proverbial question:  “how would you handle a 31-run inning?” 

I did have a few thoughts about the ongoing saga and mess at Ohio State University and the resignation of football coach Jim Tressel, aka Sweater Vest.  If there were any room to add to the Ten Commandments, I would add these two edicts:

Thou shall not lie to the NCAA. 

Thou shall not lie to the federal government. 

Yes, there is a reason why the feds should be investigating issues pertaining to sports:  if MLB, NFL, and the NCAA can’t seem to clean house or get their acts in order, someone has to do it.  Or at least threaten them.

And, no for the one and only time, Kirk Ferentz is not a candidate to replace Tressel.

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