Not a Newsletter: 02/11/18


And we’re back! Two weeks in a row is kind of an achievement around here, if you’ve been unfortunate enough to be following me and my stop-and-start blogging for a while.

This week’s Not a Newsletter is a little bit late, as I worked more this weekend than planned (as you’ll see below). That also prevented me from watching as much of Altered Carbon as I wanted. OK, the Olympics took up some of that TV time too.

But I’ve been kind of sluggish all week after staying up all night to write after the Super Bowl. Nothing makes me feel older than how long it now takes to recover from pulling an all-nighter. Too old for that shit.

Pretty productive week in the Casselbloggy offices. Here’s what we have to show for it:

So It Was Written

* The 10 best Super Bowl LII commercials: It was a Tide ad, guac without chips and getting old

The 5 worst Super Bowl LII commercials: MLK sells trucks, Diet Coke dancing, things under beds
Super Bowl LII’s movie and TV trailers: Hello Han Solo, Mustache: Impossible, and more Avengers
5 takeaways from the new Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer (and some really cool posters)

* Amazon adds Conan the Barbarian series in effort to find its Game of Thrones

* Steven Soderbergh to direct film set during an NBA lockout, High Flying Bird
* 5 takeaways from the new Deadpool 2 trailer: Domino, mustache jokes and… X-Force?

* Kevin Hart interviews sports stars in ice tubs in new comedy series, Cold as Balls
* Pick your poison: Winter Olympics or Summer Olympics? (Roundtable)

* U.S. Olympic team enters Pyeongchang opening ceremonies to “Gangnam Style,” nodding to South Korea’s Psy
Trust the MLB projections? We don’t see eye to eye with all of PECOTA’s picks (Roundtable)
* New Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia is a huge Star Wars fan

* WEEI suspends Christian Fauria for using stereotypical Asian accent to imitate Tom Brady’s agent, Don Yee
* Yu Darvish signs with Cubs, who take advantage of slow free agent market to add top starter
* No hard feelings? Blake Griffin doesn’t shake hands with former teammates in Pistons’ loss to Clippers

So It Was Read


** Woodward and Bernstein drawing parallels between the current White House administration and the Nixon administration they helped take down is a development that we probably could’ve predicted, right? [Washington Post]

** Being a professional football player, and one who played in the Super Bowl, would seem to lead to a lifetime of fame and prosperity. It doesn’t always work out that way, sometimes terribly so.  []

** Yeah, Bill Belichick lost the Super Bowl. He’s lost three of them, so maybe he’s not as dominant and above his peers as we may have thought. But I still enjoy reading about the methods that set him apart, such as his approach to the NFL Draft. [Yahoo Sports]

** Podcasts are yet another form of media that I fall behind on consuming. Part of that is because when discovering a podcast that you really enjoy, you bond with it and put everything else to the side for full attention. Maybe that’s why I often listen to shows I can listen to while doing other things, like sports and movie podcasts. [monkey see]

** Maybe the strangest story after last year’s Super Bowl was the theft of Tom Brady’s jersey. Apparently, he didn’t have to worry about that this year. Or security around Brady’s locker was really tight. []

** Hunter S. Thompson covering the Super Bowl? Only in the 1970s, man. Is there anything that could be an equivalent in 2018? (For that matter, would Rolling Stone send anyone to cover the big game now?) Maybe we’re all trying to be Thompson wannabes. [Rolling Stone]

** Of course, this week has to include a Matt Patricia story. He’s now officially the coach of the Detroit Lions! Here’s a story about him picking rocks. Really. (If you thought there was a romance about farming, this might kill it.) [Detroit Free Press]

Not a newsletter: 02/03/18


Hey, how are you? You doing well? Managed to avoid that flu going around, I hope? Well, you look good. Whatever you’ve been doing, it’s working.

It’s been a long time since I’ve written something that wasn’t at least a little bit work-related. I’ve been wanting to get back to that for a while. During that time, I’ve been sneaking out on Squarespace and flirting with WordPress — largely because it’s what I use for work, so I’m really familiar with it and it feels easier.

Part of me thinks I should keep using Squarespace, so I can be more versatile, still do some HTML, etc. Plus, I somehow managed to create more of a website there and not just a blog. Though I never devoted the time — or had the know-how — to take it where I wanted to go.

So I’m giving this a try to see how it goes. And I hope to write something — anything — at least once a week to keep the lights on and the cobwebs out. I know I’ve said that many, many times and if you’ve been friends with me or been following me for a while, you’re read that before. It’s a constant work in progress.


Anyway, I’m a fan of newsletters. I subscribe to far too many of them, which prevents me from getting anywhere close to Inbox Zero. Subscribing to newsletters, buying t-shirts and socks, and ordering coffee from different roasters around the country are my three vices. Or the vices I’m aware of. It could be worse, I tell myself.

I’d kind of like to do a newsletter. But really, they’re just emailed blog posts, right? And I keep saying I’d like to maintain a regular blog again. So this is my newsletter. Or blogsletter. Or a links post. Whatever. I intend to post it every Friday or Saturday. There will probably be Sundays.

Thank you for clicking over, and I hope something here was worth your time. I’ll see you next week — or sooner!



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* With Brewers’ outfield logjam, Ryan Braun offers to play first or second base

* Tom Brady cuts weekly interview with Kirk & Callahan short after remarks WEEI host made about his daughter
* Former ESPN anchor Jonathan Coachman returning to WWE, joining Raw broadcast team

* NBC is partnering with Complex and BuzzFeed to produce food-related digital shows before Super Bowl LII
* Wesley Snipes tried to make a Black Panther movie more than 20 years ago

* Thursday Night Football goes to Fox with reported five-year, $550 million per season deal
* Christian Bale is great in Hostiles, making a relentlessly bleak Western compelling

* Jason Pierre-Paul, Peyton Manning, Aqib Talib among latest NFL players reading Mean Tweets on Jimmy Kimmel Live


** Blake Griffin now plays for the Detroit Pistons, a development I still haven’t fully comprehended. (And I hated the trade upon first hearing about it.) But it’s often fascinating to read how deals like this came together. []

** An often fascinating story in sports is the phenom who never became a star. Mark Appel was supposed to be the future ace of the Houston Astros. They went on to win the World Series, while Appel is ready for life beyond baseball. [Bleacher Report]


** I don’t know how many people are watching Waco on Paramount Network. (It’s the former Spike TV, if you knew what channel that was on your cable or satellite system.) But Taylor Kitsch is really good as cult leader David Koresh, which is discussed a little bit in this feature when the writer isn’t gushing over him. [GQ]

** When’s the last time you bought a CD at Best Buy? (Or bought a CD, for that matter?) By June 1, none of those stores will sell CDs anymore. [Consequence of Sound]

** With New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia all but officially the Detroit Lions’ next head coach, I’ve been reading a lot about the guy. But I’ve always been curious about the Patriots and their coaching staff. I read this piece on Patricia’s coaching background even before he was connected to the Lions. [Sports Illustrated]

** And this one, which details what Patriots coach Bill Belichick puts his assistants through, even in the interview process. Low pay, lots of hours and lots of notepads. [MassLive]

** Yep, another article on Matt Patricia. As a Lions fan, I’m trying to temper expectations but remain hopeful. [Detroit Free Press]

** More Patriots, sort of. The best coach in the NFL and college football’s top coach are good friends, and here’s how that friendship developed. [Sports Illustrated]