As you might have noticed, football – at least in practice form – is in full swing across the U.S. and A. Hooray.

The only question we’ve got is a logistical one: Do we go all in with the pigskin in terms of content in the interest of boosting hit numbers? Or keep throwing change-ups for the sake of diversity and individuality?

Time will tell. But it’s safe to say that we’ll wind up seeing more foo-baw games than Warhol exhibits over the next six months.

And, now, The Tapes:

  • Watch the Throne, the joint venture between Kanye West and Jay-Z came out Monday. Reportedly, the album will move 500,000 copies in the first week. (TV is responsible for one of those. And he doesn’t feel good about it. Sorry, indie musicians.)
    Frankly, it’s a fascinating story for several reasons: It was put out on iTunes before CD, the release felt like an event in a way that doesn’t happen much anymore – as pointed out by music writer, Toure – and it just might be the start of an NBA-like trend where stars hook up in order to spark massive sales.
    Our boy Andrew Miller delves further into the situation (no, not The Situation).
  • Real Madrid, one of the most powerful clubs in soccer, signed a 7-year-old to a one-year deal this week. This guy at Forbes (sort of) makes sense of it.
    A couple thoughts on this: I still can’t get over the fact that college basketball coaches offer scholarships to 14-year-olds, staking their livelihoods (and their family’s future) on the development of adolescents. And now this?
    Plus, I’m the father of a 7-year-old. Kids of that age are not – and I mean this in the nicest way – dependable in the least. I’m thrilled if my daughter brushes her teeth without being asked. This move has turned once proud Real Madrid into a defacto showbiz parent.
  • Fury here. Whenever I read absurd stories like the Real Madrid one, it makes me wish such shenanigans took place 35 years ago. When I was about 18 months old, I was probably the best 18-month-old football player in the country. I could run full speed across our living room and catch a nerf football thrown by my dad. Great hands, good feet on the sideline, knew how to get open. I was a mini-Steve Largent. Why couldn’t Notre Dame have offered a scholarship, either as a publicity stunt or because they really thought I’d develop into a dominant force? Instead, I became a quarterback in seventh grade, quit football after ninth grade and paid full price at St. John’s.
  • We are your New York City streetball leader (copyright Dan Barreiro) so here’s your video update. They held an East-West all-star-type game last week, with Brandon Jennings and DeMar DeRozan making appearances. One highlight went viral, when Jennings throws the ball off of 2 Hard 2 Guard’s head and goes in for a layup. But 2 hard (known in the real world as Adris DeLeon) actually lit up Jennings much of the night. But the world will remember him for having a ball thrown off his noggin’. Special appearances by Fat Joe and The Game.


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