So I'm Rubin Sierra, but those of you who know me probably know me as "that guy who's always talking about how much he likes Ray Ratto." But I don't just like Ray Ratto; I like sportswriting in general, and I'm rather opinionated about what I like. While I don't generally agree with AN as to what constitutes good sportswriting (see above), the opinions of AN have expanded the number of columnists I read a bit. Years ago, somebody in AN turned me on to ESPN's Bill Simmons, who I've since read pretty regularly, even if he is a bit long-winded and a bit too much of a frat-boy. More recently, I've gotten hip to the stylings of The Kansas City Star's Joe Posnanski. I like.
And then, most recently, I got hip to the writings of Chuck Klosterman. Although Klosterman is, for the most part, not a sportswriter, although he does write the occasional sports piece for ESPN's Page 2. But he's a good writer, and as I was pouring through his archives I came across this piece about Harry Potter, which I enjoyed especially after having read this long AN thread about HP the day before. Klosterman's take on the HP phenomen:The bookish kids reading Harry Potter novels may not go on to control the world, but they will almost certainly go on to control the mass media. In fifteen years, they will be publishing books and directing films and writing broad jokes for unfunny situation comedies that will undoubtedly be downloaded directly into our brains. And like all generations of artists, they will traffic in their own nostalgia. They will use their shared knowledge and experiences as the foundation for discourse. So I wonder: Because I don't understand Harry Potter, am I doomed to misunderstand everything else?
So you see, AN, how your patience with me has allowed my horizons to expand beyond Ray Ratto. Tis a great joy. Oh and hell, here's the latest from Ratto. Sifting through the snark, I deduce that its main point is to remind us that the A's are collecting revenue-sharing money this year, while the Giants are not. Almost enough to make you want to start a "Zito" chant.
One more link: want to commit a CGV? This is the thread to do it in! Amazingly still not deleted as of 1 p.m. Sunday, some 14 hours after it was started.