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As I thaw out my South African wife experiencing her first dose of a Minnesota winter in six years, here are some links.

* Arrests have been made in the famous Lufthansa heist, immortalized in Goodfellas.

* A little family connection on this one. Nice piece in the Worthington Daily Globe by my old boss Doug Wolter on my uncle Mike Fury, the longtime women’s basketball coach at Minnesota West, and his assistant Rosalie Hayenga.

* Quiz: Guess famous SNL quotes from just an image or GIF.

* Story about George Orwell’s race to finish 1984 before he died.

* Ryan Leaf sabotaged his chances to get drafted by the Colts with the first pick.

* Everything that happened in Dr. Strangelove could actually have happened in real life.

* Is Justin Bieber turning into Corey Haim? I don’t know.

* Richard Sherman has gone from despised to respected this week. Here’s another take on the Seattle CB.

* The New York Times claims that ultra-marathon runners aren’t like normal people.


Typing this from a chilly Minnesota as I visit the family. This week’s links.

* Here’s the whole Dan LeBatard Hall of Fame kerfuffle. Deadspin reveals LeBatard is the one who gave away his vote. And then LeBatard lost his Hall of Fame vote.

* Sid Hartman had an estate sale.

* This was unique. JR Smith fined for untying the shoes of opposing players.

* Mein Kampf has become an e-book bestseller.

* Open offices are terrible for workers, decrease productivity and likely make them sick.

* Meryl Streep is not a fan of Walt Disney.

* At one point in time the Cincinnati Bengals were good.

* While we’re not bringing back the podcast of the week feature, we do suggest that you listen to – or maybe avoid? – the latest edition of This American Life. Among the topics: The legend that people are being sold calamari that’s actually pig rectum.


If you’re reading this I survived the East Coast snowstorm. Although I guess that’s not necessarily true. Anyway.

* The Nets season continued to be a success. They didn’t have enough players to finish the game against the Spurs. Fortunately there were only .2 seconds left.

* Grantland with its wish list for the NBA for 2014.

* How did Isaac Asimov do 50 years ago when he predicted what the world would look like in 2014?

* People are mad about The Wolf of Wall Street but they should realize Martin Scorsese is no stranger to controversy.

* Screenwriters from this year’s Oscar favorites on the toughest scenes they wrote.

* O.J. Simpson might have brain cancer.

* How corpses shaped the London underground.

* A Breaking Bad fan who won a chance to hang out with the cast was busted on a drug charge.


A few links for life after Christmas.

* The New York Times with its year in pictures.

* How would the media have covered Jesus’s birth?

* The best crime-writing of the year.

* Three friends get three DUIs on the same night.

* Former Fury Files guest Peter Richmond has a new book out on Phil Jackson. Here’s a fun interview Richmond did with Alex Belth.

* The NBA might eliminate the lottery in favor of a wheel of death type system, the same thing you saw in Thunderdome.

* In Italy, Brad Pitt’s face was the main feature for the posters for 12 Years a Slave.

* The AP’s Jon Krawczynski on the coaching path of Portland’s Terry Stotts.


It’s the last links before Christmas. Exciting.

* Patrick Reusse with another of his classic pieces on a Minnesota legend, this time Chisholm’s Bob McDonald.

* SI’s Lee Jenkins with a great story about the final 29 seconds of regulation in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and how Ray Allen pulled off his game-tying shot. 

* The Huffington Post talks to the music supervisor on American Hustle, which is a great movie with an incredible sound track.

* Hank Stuever on Saturday Night Live.

* It’s a 2013 version of Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire.

* Shia LaBeouf as a serial plagiarist continues to be a bizarre tale.

* Michael Lewis gets $8,000 for a 1,200-word column in Bloomberg View. 

* The hackers who hit Target and stole credit card info were really smart. That makes it better.

* R. Kelly has some issues and at least one journalist thinks the public should know that.

* Could I interest you in this pair of self-healing shoes?

* Long form is not necessarily the best way to go when it comes to blogging. (Whew.)


Links!

* Jason Segel will play David Foster Wallace in a movie co-starring Jesse Eisenberg. Sounds sort of horrifying at first. But it’s going to be based on David Lipsky’s Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, which was an outstanding book. So…remain hopeful.

* The cockroach that’s invading Manhattan and is immune to the cold. And now my family will never visit again.

* Is the world ready for Real Basketball Moms of Kentucky. Probably not.

* Guess the Seinfeld quote based on a GIF. That’s an order, Private.

* Reassessing Oliver Stone’s JFK. I just watched this again for about the 40th time. I don’t believe any of the conspiracy theories in it but it’s just an amazing movie that I’ll watch 40 more times.

* The bizarre story of the guy who was faking sign language at Nelson Mandel’s memorial got stranger when the man claimed he suffered a schizophrenic episode during the service and that’s why none of his signs made sense. Oh, and the guy who was next to heads of state is an accused rapist and murderer

* Top literary feuds of 2013, courtesy of The New Yorker.

* From Grantland, why are ACL tears on the rise?

* For the headline alone: Queen irritated by Buckingham Palace police nibbling on royal nuts, court told. 

* This New York Times series on a homeless 11-year-old is soul crushing.

* Salon claims that straight white men don’t have any friends. No argument here.


Put down the shovel and read some links:

Nelson Mandela’s death is somehow shocking — even though he was 95 and in extremely ill-health. I can’t imagine what it’s like for South Africans like my wife and in-laws.

* Here is The New York Times obituary.

* Mandela’s struggle in posters.

* The Mexican golf course that overcame the drug cartels.

* Mandela’s impact on sports.

* And his life in pictures.

* Free samples of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of the Year.

* Video of George Saunders and his office hours.

* Great, short NFL Films piece on Dr. Z Paul Zimmerman. And The Boston Globe on how the film came together.

* Noel Gallagher is mad. Sort of dog bites man, but still.

* The crazy tale of how T.J. Quinn eavesdropped on Barry Bonds’ grand jury testimony.

* Bryan Curtis on Jameis Winston.

* The World Cup draw will be held today. The New York Times explains how it works and why it matters.

* Grantland takes a look at the way people mourn, using the death of Paul Walker as the jump off.


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Read these while eating a turkey sandwich.

* The New York Times on a case involving a police officer’s girlfriend who supposedly committed suicide but might have been murdered by the officer.

* Three new J.D. Salinger stories apparently leaked online.

* ESPN the Magazine’s Kevin Van Valkenburg on the week of an NFL coach, specifically John Harbaugh.

* Bryan Curtis on some of the great sports hoaxes.

* One of the great traditions: Patrick Reusse’s Turkey of the Year.

* My old boss Doug Wolter writes in the Worthington Daily Globe about why it would be a mistake for my old school Minnesota West to drop its football program in the wake of an ugly end-of-the-game brawl that ended the season.

* Michigan State coach Tom Izzo isn’t high on the new emphasis on calling touch fouls in men’s basketball.

* There’s a riddle floating around the Ultrawebs and nobody seems able to crack it. (Editor’s note: If you find the riddle because of this link and subsequently solve it, TVFury shall be owed half your winnings.)


Welcome to this week’s links. Here are the links.

* It’s the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination and obviously there are countless stories and TV shows about the event (I also just rewatched Oliver Stone’s JFK for about the 97th time; awesome film, even if it, and its arguments, are insane). First I want to point out a little tidbit by my friend Greg Downs, a former guest writer at TVFury who, in his day job, is an award-winning short story writer and renowned historian who also makes appearances in the New York Times. On his website, check out No. 6 on this list, where he mentions his belief that “JFK’s assassination wasn’t even one of the 5 most significant assassinations in American history in terms of impact.” His list: 1. Lincoln. 2. Martin Luther King Jr. 3. Huey Long. 4. McKinley. 5. Bobby Kennedy. I could listen to Greg talk history for hours and maybe someday he’ll write an essay for us on this.

* Slate on why the best JFK conspiracies don’t make sense.

* Esquire on the three best novels about JFK’s death. 

* CBSnews.com will rebroadcast original coverage on the day JFK died.

* The New York Times gives readers access to its original coverage.

* How would today’s media have covered the Gettysburg Address?

* David Blaine terrifies a bunch of celebrities with his sorcery. Harrison Ford, in particular, looks, I don’t know, in need of a home or a hug.

* Via David Grann, bad engagement photos.

* Fascinating story from a former writer on Roseanne, on what it’s like to be homeless.

* Adrian Wojnarowski on Kobe’s return.

* The New Republic on media diets: Our most pretentious obsession.

* You guys like analytics, right? The NBA does now more than ever. (Fury note: Thanks for putting this one here, Terry, but right now I’m not a fan of analytics because ESPN somehow used it to write multiple pieces about Chris Paul being better than Magic Johnson.)

* This Whitey Bulger fella isn’t worthy of our hate, according to Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen.


This week’s links have some Oscar buzz. Let’s get to them.

* This story confuses me. A guy ate his dog to survive in the wilderness and a lot of people got really, really angry with him. Apparently he should have had the decency to die.

* The ACLU released a report about the 3,000 U.S. prisoners who are serving life without parole for nonviolent crimes. It’s an incredibly depressing report.

* Fascinating story by Jay Caspian King about former NFL player Brian Holloway and the events surrounding damage done to his house by local teens. 

* Also from Grantland, Mark Harris on the weirdness of the Best Screenplay award.

* Also from Harris, courtesy his Twitter, check out the roles this actress played a century ago.

* Derek Jeter is getting his own book publishing imprint. Okay.

* Participation in Pop Warner takes a big drop. Big drop. Concussions…

* A list! From New York Magazine, 30 great movies you probably haven’t seen. I’ve seen, uh, three of them.

* An old correction. Newspaper offers retraction from 1863 when it called Gettysburg Address “silly remarks”