Drunk in Autumn, Jameis Winston Film Room, Darrell Talley broke and broken, and why you should take your ideological opposite to lunch.
What is Reads Listens Views?
If you’re new to the Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog, welcome. I post links on Fridays that I’m saving for later reading or pieces that I have already found compelling. You may not like everything listed here, but you’re bound to like something.
Listens – Whit Sidener Tribute Concert
Fine band. I was classmates with the drummer. He used to occasionally take pity on me and let me jam with him.
RSP Film Room No.14 – FSU QB Jameis Winston w/Sigmund Bloom
For a complete list of RSP Film Room episodes, check out this page. Future guests include Optimum Scouting’s Matt Harmon, running back Chad Spann, and Justis Mosqueda.
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Ikonoclast @Ikonoclast @MattWaldman so, I have to share with you…I’m a bad RSP promoter…and I apologize
Friday’s are also my chance to thank you for reading my work, encourage you to follow the RSP blog, and download the Rookie Scouting Portfolio publication.
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In Case You Missed It/Coming Soon
- (Later Today) Futures: QB Jameis Winston – Why the tape likes him, why I’m biased against him, and why it matters that I share my bias with you.
- No-Huddle Series: Have You Seen Sean Price? Brian Quick has nothing on Price…well, except for a clean record.
- Trick Shot Hero: SDSU WR Ezel Ruffin
- Futures: Six Memorable Lessons About Talent Evaluation
- On the Couch Podcast – Topics include: Jonas Gray vs Isaiah Crowell vs CJ Anderson, the outlook for the Saints offense without Brandin Cooks, how good can Trent Richardson be without Ahmad Bradshaw, plus more!
- Futures: The Simple and Complicated of OU WR Dorial Green-Beckham
- No-Huddle Series: Rice WR Jordan Taylor
- Broke and broken – Super Bowl-era Bills are like superheroes to the fans, but Darryl Talley’s story is devastatingly real. At 54, his life is in tatters – his body wrecked and mind deteriorating, with no relief in sight.
- Financial Requests Overwhelm Tyron Smith – Family demands for money threatened to ruin Cowboys’ Tyron Smith. H/T to Jason Wood.
- Reception Perception: Time to Revise Expectations For Julio Jones?
- Marshawn Lynch is Impossible to Understand But Beloved by Seahawks Teammates
- RGIII was so bad, I can’t assess the rest of the [Washington] offense – Chris Cooley’s take. Here’s my take from two years ago: Degradation of a Young Stud
Views – Elizabeth Lesser: Take “the Other” to Lunch
There’s an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible. Elizabeth Lesser explores the two sides of human nature within us (call them “the mystic” and “the warrior”) that can be harnessed to elevate the way we treat each other. She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue — by going to lunch with someone who doesn’t agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what’s really in their hearts.
Reads (Life In General)
- A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice a UVA – And the NPR story this week on Rolling Stone magazine announcing that “there now appear to be discrepancies” in its story about a University of Virginia student who said she was gang-raped during a fraternity party in 2012, adding it had “come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced.”
- 4 Questions That Brought An Entire High School To Its Knees – H/T to Russ Lande for this inspirational read.
- A Thought Experiment on the Intelligence of Crows – Hacker and writer Joshua Klein is fascinated by crows.
- NASA Found A Way to Visualize the Most Important Process Behind Global Warming
- Self-Segregation: Why It’s So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson – One reason for the racial divide over Michael Brown’s death is that white Americans tend to talk mostly to other white people.
- The Best Way to Cook Turkey on Thanksgiving is to Cook Momofuku Pork Shoulder Instead – I’ll let you know next week how it turns out. I’m cooking it today.
- The Cosby Show – Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Cosby allegations.
- After Sandy Hook, A Saxophonist Remembers A ‘Beautiful Life’ – Jimmy Greene’s Beautiful Life is dedicated to the memory of his 6-year-old daughter, Ana Márquez-Greene, one of the 20 children killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
- ‘Voice’ Isn’t the Point of Writing – I haven’t read this Atlantic essay yet.
- The 10 Most Shocking Facts About Cleveland’s Violent Police Force – I’ll put it to you this way about Tamir Rice. If I had a son with my wife and he played in his neighborhood with a toy gun like I did growing up in Cleveland, this could have happened to him.
- Immigrants aren’t taking your jobs, they’re making their own