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This piece on Ichiro stories is hilarious. From the opening:

Mike Sweeney, Royals first baseman: In 2000, I was part of the MLB All-Star team that went to Japan to play in the Goodwill Series against the Japanese all-stars. Ichiro didn’t play because he was preparing to sign with Seattle. Everyone knew about Ichiro. While we were in Japan, every time an American player got a base hit, you’d hear the term, “Nice batting,” in a Japanese accent over the speaker system. It would say on the jumbotron: “Nice batting.” I thought, “Wow, that’s a kind common gesture.” So in 2001, it’s the first few weeks of the season, and we’re playing against the Mariners. So, of course, he hits a line drive over the shortstop’s head for a single. With total respect, I didn’t know if he knew any English. So I looked over, and, in my imitation of what I heard in Japan, I said, “Ichiro, nice batting.” And he looks at me and goes, “Mike Sweeney, nice ass.”

Shawn Kelley, Mariners teammate: He’s hilarious. Absolutely hilarious.

Bret Boone, Mariners teammate:Opening Day, 2001. I’m taking my position at second base, and there was a veteran umpire out there, a guy that’s been there forever. He comes up to me and goes, “Boonie, what’s up, how are you doing?” And he goes, “What the hell’s up with your right fielder?” I said, “What are you talking about?” He goes, “He runs by me and I say to him, ‘Hey, Ichiro, welcome to America.’” And Ichiro looks at him and says, “What’s happening, home slice,” and keeps running to his position.
 

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This piece on Ichiro stories is hilarious. From the opening:
This was my favorite story:

Strange-Gordon: He had just signed with the Marlins, and we hit every day. You know me: I’m just watching everything. I go, “Ichi, question. At the beginning of the second half last year, they told me they wanted me to walk more, so I started taking pitches, but I started to strike out.” He said, “No, no, no.” I said, “So how do I walk?” He said, “You rake first, then they’ll walk you.”
 

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Informative yet depressing article in The Athletic about TV blackouts in baseball. There are no good guys, just more ways for us to get screwed due to greedy owners:

https://theathletic.com/2788096/2021/08/31/streaming-the-future-whats-behind-mlbs-tv-blackout-and-direct-to-consumer-woes/

One of the commenters had this to say, and I second and third it:
One of the items that bothers me the most from the above article is that the middlemen trying to suck any last dollar out of this sport are more important to the owners than the fans or the product. The RSN subscriber fee from customers who don't watch baseball is more important than the fans who do want to watch it. They're fighting to take dollars from people who have no interest in their product and this system is so important to them they won't just let fans stream games.
 

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Informative yet depressing article in The Athletic about TV blackouts in baseball. There are no good guys, just more ways for us to get screwed due to greedy owners:

https://theathletic.com/2788096/2021/08/31/streaming-the-future-whats-behind-mlbs-tv-blackout-and-direct-to-consumer-woes/

One of the commenters had this to say, and I second and third it:
One of the items that bothers me the most from the above article is that the middlemen trying to suck any last dollar out of this sport are more important to the owners than the fans or the product. The RSN subscriber fee from customers who don't watch baseball is more important than the fans who do want to watch it. They're fighting to take dollars from people who have no interest in their product and this system is so important to them they won't just let fans stream games.
Remember this article if anyone involved with MLB/RSNs/Cable decries pirating. The end of music pirating came about because tech companies dragged the record companies kicking and screaming to a model that was more appealing to than downloading music for free.
 

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Remember this article if anyone involved with MLB/RSNs/Cable decries pirating. The end of music pirating came about because tech companies dragged the record companies kicking and screaming to a model that was more appealing to than downloading music for free.
This is why I have zero issue pirating sports where they leave me no reasonable way of watching otherwise.

And I don't consider 'cable' reasonable in 2021.
 

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I read the entire NFL 100 series (ranking the top players in history) and found it really enjoyable. Having a bunch of different writers doing the write up was really good and led to a lot of variety in the entries. Some entries are oral histories, some are one-on-one features, some barely mention their playing career at all. They also didn't shy away from hard topics, and do go after the more unsavory details in some of the entries (how else could you include OJ on the list?) and overall it's very good.

IMO, the actual rankings were pretty good. They did as good of a job as any other list trying to balance the list between offensive and defensive players, and comparing players from throughout history. It's an impossible task, but I didn't find myself disagreeing with any of the rankings for the most part. This is a far contrast to the NFL 100 the NFL Network did two years ago, which I thought had a lot of issues. The list had real balls too, they put JJ Watt and 35 and Aaron Donald at 24 (The NFL 100 list left them off completely). Ranking current players like that (Brady aside) that high will rankle some fans who don't have the necessary perspective to understand the dominance of players like that in today's game, but I respect the outlook.

My only real issue was the list was pretty sparse on WRs and Safeties. Only nine in total for both positions, which meant some real snubs from the list: Terrell Owens, Paul Krause, Emlen Tunnell, Steve Largent, Brian Dawkins, Ken Houston, Marvin Harrison.

Full list is here:

https://theathletic.com/tag/nfl-100/?redirected=1