Matt Waldman’s RSP: Reads (September 7, 2018)

Matt Waldman’s RSP: Reads (September 7, 2018)

Matt Waldman’s Reads Listens Views is back in a slightly new form. This post is devoted to recommended reads of the week. 


If you’re new to the Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog, welcome.  Every Friday, I post links to pieces that I’ve found personally compelling or to content I hope will eventually scratch that itch when I get around to reading it.

You may not like everything listed here, but you’re bound to like something.

Fatal Flaws: The NCAA Approach to Sports Science And Performance Services

Exercise Physiologist Jason D. Vescovi, Ph.D. shares why tragic events at college athletic programs can be linked in part to the main governing body of the NCAA.

China Is Treating Islam Like a Mental Illness

The country is putting Muslims in internment camps—and causing real psychological damage in the process. One million Muslims are held in Chinese internment camps and forced to eat pork, drink alcohol, and renounce their beliefs.

John Elway Is Looking For Himself

Robert Klemko’s SI profile of Elway’s woes with finding a quarterback is a well-written piece. While Klemko’s overall point is compelling one — Elway is getting in the way of the process of finding a franchise quarterback is a compelling one — he dismisses Chad Kelly’s potential in the same way that Klemko used Drew Brees as an example of a prospect that Elway and Mike Shanahan dismissed years ago when opting for Brian Griese.

I’m probably being too hard on Klemko but it feels like a piece that conveniently overlooks a talented quarterback on the roster for the sake of telling the story that he came to tell rather than report than one the might actually be there. There are enough national writers who will scoff at the idea of Chad Kelly becoming a franchise quarterback but they’re writers first, analysts of football second (maybe…).

Regardless of my admiration for Kelly’s game and his potential to develop into a franchise quarterback, it’s a well-written and interesting read.

Why Technology Favors Tyranny

A growing fear of relevance, a new useless class, the rise of digital dictatorships, and the transfer of authority to machines are the reasons Yuval Noah Harari believes that “artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality,”

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