Time for our weekly links, although we don’t actually do these every week. But we try.
* Bryan Curtis of Grantland did a piece on the infamous Piggyback Bandit, who made news by jumping on the backs of unsuspecting high school and college athletes or by just showing up and being creepy. It’s a tale with stops in Fargo and St. Cloud.
* The New York Times ran a cool piece from a guy who moved to the city and set out to discover New York by playing pickup basketball in as many parks as he possible.
Also, from the Times (that little publication just might make it): A piece about happiness as it relates to wealth. Turns out about $75K per year is all you need to make in order to maximize your joy. That partially explains why so many journalists (TV included) are such miserable bastards.
* This story is a few months old but is very relevant after Thursday’s Freeh Report about the Penn State scandal. It’s a story about Joe Posnanski’s upcoming book on Joe Paterno and the now seemingly impossible task of writing, well, anything close to the original idea.
* And then there’s the woman in Michigan – not Florida, really? – who kept her dead friend in the house for 18 months so she could watch NASCAR with him.
* Lots of moves in the NBA last week and likely more to come; Ray Allen going from Boston to rival Miami for less money is one of the more compelling. Adrian Wojnarowski of the increasingly formidable Yahoo! Sports offers a complex take on the situation. The piece is detailed and in-depth … yet I have no idea what is explicitly true and what was theorized (for lack of a better phrase). What’s more, I can’t decide if I like or dislike that lack of distinction, which seems to be a growing trend, particularly online.