Summary of “The inside story behind the funniest baseball card ever made”

Thirty years ago – in what otherwise would have been a forgotten minor league set – Comstock appeared on one of the most memorable baseball cards ever made.
I never had a major league baseball card of myself, until 1988.
The cool part of that 1988 card is it became a sought-after error card within the Topps set.
Honestly, another minor league card was a reminder of how my career was going.
You had to sign a contract to do the baseball card, which covered a bunch of stuff and said you agreed that your photo would show up in the set.
So many of those guys were future major leaguers, and it was pretty obvious the card company needed them in the set.
Their mom showed them the card awhile back, and they loved it.
Fans bring the card to the field and want me to sign it.

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Summary of “‘Revenge of the Nerds’ Oral History: The Good, the Bad, and That One Scene”

This guy takes us to the inner sanctum of the fraternity, and there’s the head guy, he’s got one of those helmets on with the two beers attached to it and the tubes coming down to his mouth.
He says, “Hey, Biff!”-or whatever the guy’s name was-“These guys want to rush.”
He said, “I get it.” I said, “Get what?” He said, “You’re playing it for real.” I said, “Yeah. These guys don’t know they’re nerds.” And that set the tone for the movie.
Tochi: We were smoking pot and Ted came in and had never done that, ever, in his life.
“How you feeling, Ted?” And he says, “I’m feeling nothing at all.” All of a sudden, he starts laughing and laughing and cannot stop-it’s this shriekish, freakish nonstop laugh, this crazy kind of “Ha HA HAAH.” Then Tim Busfield took Ted and incorporated that scenario into his stuff.
McGinley: What’s funny is I really didn’t party.
You can’t take it from a guy who didn’t do it to be the one who says, “Yeah, it was there”-but I definitely saw some.
A lot of the guys were out with different local people.

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Summary of “The curse of the Twitter reply guy”

These men are colloquially known as “Reply guys.” While no reply guy is the same – each reply guy is annoying in his own way – there are a few common qualities to watch out for.
In a 2018 piece for McSweeney’s Emlyn Crenshaw wrote an extremely funny Reply Guy Constitution, which focuses above all else on men’s commitment to “Weigh in on women’s thoughts at every possible opportunity.”
The account divides reply guys into nine subcategories, each based on a reply guy behavior the two observed in the wild.
Petrana Radulovic, a reporter at Polygon, had a reply guy experience that was truly, deeply weird.
Unlike Radulovic’s reply guy, her reply guys respond to each tweet individually.
Still, reply guy behavior can escalate quickly – which is why a lot of women choose not to block the offenders.
What makes a reply guy reply in the first place? It’s been suggested – including in a piece from Raw Story – that the reply guy phenomenon is an instance of benevolent sexism.
Of course, how you choose to deal with a reply guy depends on your specific circumstances.

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Summary of “”It Was All About Money”: An Oral History of the 1998-99 NBA Lockout”

Game 6 of the 1998 Finals, the last NBA game that would be played for more than six months, was a satisfying end to an era.
With volatile personalities at the forefront and backbiting among players, owners, and agents, the 1998-99 NBA lockout spanned 204 days and resulted in the loss of about $500 million in total player salaries and more than $1 billion overall.
Founded in 1954, the National Basketball Players Association didn’t accomplish much until the 1964 NBA All-Star Game, which the players threatened to boycott unless certain demands were met: a pension plan, a formal recognition that the NBPA was the exclusive bargaining agent of the players, and a per diem of $8 per day.
“The answer is now well established,” NBA commissioner David Stern said following the decision, “You cannot choke your boss and hold your job unless you play in the NBA and you are subject to arbitrator Feerick’s jurisdiction.”
Danny Schayes: David Falk’s theory about the NBA was that it was star-driven and that the labor agreement should reflect that: there should be unlimited contracts for the superstars; most of the other players were interchangeable parts; the bulk of the money should go to the players he represents; and the rest of the players would divide up what’s left.
Mario Elie: There was a place here in Houston called the Westside Tennis Club and a lot of NBA players would get together and play pickup.
“The Game on Showtime,” an exhibition held in Atlantic City broadcast on Showtime, with proceeds going to UNICEF and needy NBA players, was perceived as a test run of sorts; the money all went to charity following a public uproar.
I met Billy and made a suggestion to him that because of different business contacts that we had, we had the ability to stage games so that the players could continue to play and make money and try to lessen the damage that the lockout was causing and put up a strong front on behalf of the players.

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Summary of “Bring on the Haters: Dane Cook Plots a Comedy Comeback”

Dane Cook at one time was the most successful stand-up on the planet, earning upward of $20 million a tour.
“From the outside looking at me, I would say this seems like a comeback moment,” Cook notes.
Millions of undergrads and high schoolers might have thought Cook was a genius, but the Associated Press wasn’t so sure, publishing an article in 2006 titled, “Is Dane Cook Funny?”.
“Some of his peers didn’t understand his comedy,” acknowledges Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada, who has known Cook for 20 years.
Cook himself was keenly aware of the mixed reactions his comedy was generating.
“One person would be like, ‘Dane Cook, man, this guy’s funny! And then the next guy is like, ‘He’s a douchebag! Nobody likes him!’ But I was almost giddy to be that guy,” Cook says.
In perhaps the unkindest cut of all, he learned, in 2008, that his half brother, Darryl McCauley – whom Cook had kept on the payroll as a business manager at $150,000 a year – had been embezzling, emptying Cook’s account of $18 million.
Cook went on tour again in 2013, did a 2014 Showtime special and took some acting jobs – but during the past five years, he mostly has stayed out of the limelight save for directing a recent short film, American Typecast, which screened at the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

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Summary of “The California Sunday Magazine”

Outspoken, attuned to social media, a creative basketball mind, someone who’s keenly aware of the pressures that society puts on modern players, Kerr would be the first to say that Jackson has been a major influence in how he thinks about the game and how he leads.
It’s a long year, and players were tired, and they had shown some vulnerability.
Jackson Bringing on a very volatile player who’s very talented and a surprising addition to your team -  - has given you some new things to conjure up as far as coaching and taking a load off some of the other scorers.
It’ll be an intellectual challenge that our core players, I think, will really enjoy.
Kerr First, my playing career was about as strong an apprenticeship as anybody could possibly have if they wanted to get into coaching.
Once you make it in the league - once you realize, “OK, I’ve made it, and I can make a living, and I’m going to play for a while.” - then you start to think about how you can use your influence for something better.
Whereas the NBA got out in front of all of it just by being partners with the players and being pretty upfront and outspoken themselves, going back to the stuff a few years ago and really beyond.
He’s one of the most unique players who’s ever played.

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Summary of “Is It Okay to Say “Hey Guys”?”

She reserved a special disapproval for “You guys,” which she considered the “Most insidious” of these phrases, and with the help of former students made a small card that anyone could print out and leave behind at a restaurant to communicate their dislike of the term to an employee who had used it.
“When you’re talking to a group of customers, gender doesn’t really matter, so why not replace ‘you guys’ with ‘you all,’ ‘folks,’ or ‘y’all,” it reads in part.
Why not? The problem, for those who want to ditch guys, is that their language doesn’t present them with many versatile replacements; English lacks a standard gender-neutral second-person plural pronoun, like the Spanish ustedes or the German ihr.
The alternatives to guys tend to have downsides of their own.
“They’ll say, ‘y’all’? Are you from Texas?,” one Californian told me; another, who now lives in the Midwest, says she feels “Self-conscious saying it as a non-Southerner.” And I heard from a Turkish-born woman living in Los Angeles who “Felt a bit choiceless” selecting between guys and y’all after coming to the U.S., because of the gender politics of the former and because she didn’t “Have the background to use the latter.”
Which is one of the reasons the gender-neutral guys has had such staying power.
Over its 400-year lifespan, guy’s meaning has already changed multiple times-getting less specific as time went on.
At first, the word’s definition was quite narrow: Guy referred to an effigy of Guy Fawkes, the infamous Brit who tried and failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.

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Summary of “MLB hitters explain why they can’t just beat the shift”

As Major League Baseball’s competition committee debates the impact of defensive shifts, lots of people have theories on why hitters have been slow to adjust and are falling into a depressed, statistically impaired state as hot shots to the right side routinely result in outs.
The list of interested bystanders includes commissioner Rob Manfred, who recently observed that hitters haven’t adapted to the challenge in the manner baseball had anticipated.
Are hitters simply too stubborn to adjust, or are the answers more complex? The potential hazards of a hitter going outside his comfort zone to beat the shift were evident during a recent Nationals-Blue Jays game, when Washington’s Matt Adams suffered a broken finger while squaring to bunt against a vacant left side of the infield.
As hitters also can attest, teams routinely pitch to the shift.
ESPN.com recently asked three lefty hitters who face varying percentages of shifts for their takes on the state of affairs.
“The reason they shift you in the places they do is because that’s what your batted ball data says. I heard Joe Maddon say, ‘You have three choices: You can try to hit it and beat the shift. That’s going to give you a single, but now you’re doing something against what you’re best at, so the defense wins. You can hit into the shift, and the defense wins. Or you can try not to let the infielders catch the batted ball. No ground balls and no popups. Try to stand on second base.’ That’s Option C.””.
“If you’re facing David Ortiz, and he bunts over there and gets a single, he may have just done us a favor. If we let Ortiz beat us with a bunt as opposed to him hitting a homer, maybe that’s OK.”.
“Think about which hitters teams shift against. They shift on guys who drive the ball. By trying to hit a ground ball to short – which is the one spot on the infield where you would be able to beat the shift – that’s exactly what they want you to do.”

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Summary of “The Oral History of Travel’s Greatest Acquisition Booking.com”

Priceline.com acquired Active Hotels for $161 million in September 2004, and soon turned its attention to further expansion in Europe, and Bookings B.V. Glenn Fogel.
Booking.com, on the other hand, had a lot more hotels on the continent – the Netherlands, France, Spain – and they were very heavily oriented towards using SEM. Arthur Kosten.
Should Priceline be going and buying another retail hotel offering that’s growing well in Europe and really double down on hotels or should it be widening out its travel offering? So it was a brave decision from both Glenn and Bob Mylod actually to go through with it and buy Bookings.
I mean, but the great metrics, including the size of the hotel industry and the margin involved, made hotels an obvious place to focus if you’re an online travel agent.
Active Hotels had exited to Priceline and then raised the same opportunity to Priceline like, “Hey, we think we’re an excellent fit with Bookings. Could you acquire them too and then merge us together?” Essentially, that’s what happened; then so Glenn came over.
To his great credit, he continued to stay very close to the market and ultimately identified Active Hotels in Cambridge as an agency model hotel business.
Active Hotels was very successful in the UK, which was the biggest online travel market in Europe at the time, but not very successful in continental Europe.
Not just the big chain hotels, the Accors, Marriotts, and the Hiltons in London, but ultimately to find demand for and service hotels all over the country, small towns, small hotels.

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Summary of “Lincoln Riley’s Oklahoma Success Has the NFL Watching”

What’s separated Riley is the way he systemically and aggressively stresses defenses at every level, marries his passing game to his running game, and makes something that is simple enough to allow players to play at breakneck speed at the same time so complicated for opponents.
“I’d say in all the years at Texas Tech, all the years at East Carolina and the first couple years here, I had a true football discussion with maybe one NFL team. The interest in people reaching out to do that has changed a lot. And that’s probably due to some of the players we had, and how much they were studied.”
“In the past when you had damn near unlimited hours with these guys from an NFL perspective, your play sheets, the amount of stuff you put in, you’d have all the time in the world to do it.”
“The two teams in the NFL that look the most like us, or several other college teams, were the two teams playing in the Super Bowl,” Riley said, “So when people are having success with it, that’s not going to slow down.” Riley credits coaches like Pats coordinator Josh McDaniels and Eagles coach Doug Pederson for adapting certain run-action and RPO looks to the pros.
“We’ve just really drafted well over the last 10 years,” Jones said, “And when that happens, your young players that you draft, you keep them so they can push old players off. That’s what’s happened here. We feel very confident, comfortable that we have players on our roster, young players that are ready to step up and do the job. If you don’t ever give them opportunity, you won’t ever see what you have.”
Deandre Baker, DB, Georgia: Size is an issue, but he’s played a lot of football at a blueblood program, starting the last two years and emerging in 2017 as an All-SEC player.
If you’re ever wondering how much goes into a single NFL play, or whether that was more than just luck, you should check out the video on the CBS Denver site.
I’m glad tipping players being selected to play in professional sports leagues ahead of a broadcast was seen as a crime against humanity.

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