- Dec 30, 2003
Looks much much better, in fact.
That's a great article. And I love the picture of the 6'6 265 guy looking decidedly normal next to Hafthor.This story on some Vikings' players going to Iceland to learn how to be actual Vikings and drinking beers with The Mountain is my favorite story of the NFL off-season.
The Ringer has grown on me. I don't find their political pieces and many of their social justice articles particularly enlightening, and I don't care about most of their pop culture articles, but the sports coverage has been pretty good. They have a good NBA team, the NFL team might be an improvement thanks to a lack of Barnwellism, and the MLB team is better than I expected (no one is touching Keri imo but they are solid).I think The Ringer, in general, has been pretty solid overall. Their Podcast network is fantastic and there are often great columns on the site. I find myself visiting it daily. I can't imagine they are making any money but it's been a pretty good year for The Ringer.
Truth.Shea Serrano is a jewel; I loved his column a couple of days ago about the 30 best Rockets in history.
Rewatchables is entertaining and the Point Break one was the best so far because of the talent they had (Serrano, Concepcion, and Titus) but Bill not every movie needs to be compared to a basketball team.
I'm also interested to see what the next Binge Mode is. They were hinting at Harry Potter when Mallory was on recently which would be fine and a lot less intensive for the hosts. However I was hoping for something like Deadwood or Sopranos. Something early in the "Peak TV" era that missed the modern internet coverage would be fun to rewatch with some commentary.
Jason Mantzoukas seems like someone who I should have gotten sick of about 5 years ago but I still laugh at almost everything he does. That podcast was incredible. I'm glad Greenwald just went with itIf you're a fan of Nick Kroll and Jason Mantzoukas, the most recent podcast of the Watch is absurd and hilarious.
I liked his little disclaimer at the front. "Sorry guys, I tried to keep them on topic, but . . ."That podcast was incredible. I'm glad Greenwald just went with it
They used to have one when they first launched but quietly have seemingly gotten rid of them. My experience reading them was that they often were not filled with positive comments about the articles.It appears there's no comment section or ability for articles on the Ringer. Or I can't find it, which is entirely possible. If this is the case, was there ever a stated reason for it? It's better concept in a lot of ways (avoid providing the cess pool for internidiots to play in), although that section can always be ignored. But sometimes the articles skew one way politically, and make assumptions or assertions that are challengable/questionable where a comment section might be useful.
When they switched from Medium to Vox, the comment section went away. I don't know if it's web host specific or if they decided to get rid of the comments at the same time they switched.They used to have one when they first launched but quietly have seemingly gotten rid of them. My experience reading them was that they often were not filled with positive comments about the articles.
Yeah I thought they may have gone away during the switch but wasn't sure. Like you said, the comment section was pretty tame and there would only be about 20 comments on a story, and most of them were like "This is stupid, why is this a story?"When they switched from Medium to Vox, the comment section went away. I don't know if it's web host specific or if they decided to get rid of the comments at the same time they switched.
In general, however, the comment sections on The Ringer were pretty mild and not aggressively used.(the medium interface didn't help, it was abysmal to both navigate and use) It wasn't like, say, Yahoo comments, which is an absolute cesspool.
Chris Vernon on the other hand is still awful. Luckily he seems to be down to only once a week now with Kevin O'Connor, whose eyes you can almost hear rolling during their podcasts.
Paraphrasing them discussing Lebron's comments on the Knicks
CV: So what do you think of his comments?
KOC: I think it's too early to tell anything. I ranked them right around each other. They've both shown flashes but still look like rookies.
CV: So who would you have taken?
KOC: I had Smith Jr. ranked higher by 2 spots and I haven't seen anything to change that yet.
CV: WOW! So you agree with Lebron. You don't like Frank?!
KOC: ....that's not what I said.
Vernon belongs as a Felger in some city with an NBA team spitting his hot takes. Not on a podcast with a smart, analytically driven cohost. It's uncomfortable how little chemistry they have.
Me too. I can’t say I care much for either guy on their own but I find them interesting together and always listen to the podcast.That's funny. I really like Vernon and O'Connor together.
I think O'Connor is very good, not quite Zach Lowe level but better than most mainstream basketball guys. I usually learn something and he's entertaining enough.Me too. I can’t say I care much for either guy on their own but I find them interesting together and always listen to the podcast.
O’Connor and Lowe are my favorite 2 Simmons-unearthed basketball writers.I think O'Connor is very good, not quite Zach Lowe level but better than most mainstream basketball guys. I usually learn something and he's entertaining enough.
In case you care, it's Litman.I love Kevin O'Concert. I also love the daily podcasts for the NBA; they are fun. I even like when Chris Ryan is defensive. I think it's just a great group.
Vernon is a little annoying and hot-takey and so I completely see the point but they seem to actually like each other, so I think they do have great chemistry and Vernon is there to draw out takes from O'Bomber, which he does so I think it works. That said, I'm kind of glad Vernon is only on that one.
I fucking love Juliet Lipman and Chris Ryan together; they have amazing chemistry and Lipman is hilarious.
In case you care, it's Litman.
The Ringer podcasts, in general, are universally awesome. Because the NFL pod is as good as the NBA one, which is to say both are must listens. Achievement Oriented, the Rewatchables, The Watch, Simmons' podcast and House of Carbs are all phenomenal. Even Against All Odds is good when I listen to it, but I don't care about that topic that much.
I might have to listen to that more often. I don't gamble either, so going into detail about random bets doesn't really entice me but Sal is a pretty great dude and very funny.Sal in his element is worth a listen. At least for the first 20-30 minutes. I don't gamble and Sal's pod is one I hardly ever miss.
I might have to listen to that more often. I don't gamble either, so going into detail about random bets doesn't really entice me but Sal is a pretty great dude and very funny.
The Rewatchables was a great idea, those are consistently entertaining.
Curious, how/why is that a newly popular term?If you view the gamblers as sports analysis with 'skin in the game' to use a newly popular term, it becomes a sports pod as much as a gambling pod.
Curious, how/why is that a newly popular term?