This week on Reads Listens Views: Lance Zierlein with a round of “Microwave Scouting”; Ryan Riddle tells you what it was like to participate in a college all-star game; Andy Benoit previews the conference championships; three books I read this month that I think most of you will enjoy; experimental Latin music; and the 2013 RSP is available for pre-payment.
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Once again, I’ll be at the Senior Bowl with Jene Bramel and Cecil Lammey. We’ll be covering practices and media night for the New York Times Fifth Down and Lammey’s ESPN affiliate as well as providing analysis and interviews here at the RSP blog. Stay tuned.
- Ryan Riddle’s First Hand Account of (as a participant) of the East West Shrine Game – I don’t recall Riddle as a player (sorry Ryan), but he can ball as a writer.
- Tom Melton’s NFL Draft Blog – Short and sweet practice reports from the Shrine Game.
- Word of Muth: San Francisco Clinic –From one lineman to team of others, Muth gives us his review of the 49ers o-line against the Packers last weekend.
- Film Room: Conference Championships – Andy Benoit previews the conference championships.
- Pre-scouting Senior Bowl RBs – Can’t say I agree with every point Lance Zierlein has here, but it’s a good, quick overview of a half-dozen backs.
Here are three books I’ve read this month and I’d bet most of you will enjoy at least two of them.
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel – I’m looking forward to seeing the movie, but the book was so good I might read it again before taking in Ang Lee’s vision of this story about an Indian Boy who is stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific with a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a Bengal tiger. The story is far less fantastical than it appears. However it is fantastic on every level.
- The Financial Lives of Poets by Jess Walter – This is essentially what I hope to hear doesn’t happen to Chris Brown or Chase Stuart in 15 years when mid-life crisis hits. This novel is a lot of fun and will make you laugh out loud.
- Killing Johnny Fry by Walter Mosely – Walter Mosely is one of my favorite writers. This is a much different story than his mystery novels – it’s a ‘sexistential novel.’ Not for everyone, but a good read nonetheless.
- Deep sea diving . . . in a wheelchair
- All it takes is 10 mindful minutes – Most people assume that meditation is all about stopping thoughts, getting rid of emotions, somehow controlling the mind. But actually it’s … about stepping back, seeing the thought clearly, witnessing it coming and going.