Welcome to this week’s links. Which are even more amazing than the last time we did this.

* Dave McKenna has a piece in Grantland about a 16-year-old who was caught cheating in chess. It’s really interesting. Also brought up a good discussion on a journalism board about using the kid’s name. If he committed a crime at 16 — and wasn’t charged as an adult — his name wouldn’t be published. Now he’ll always be the guy who cheated at chess.

* Well, New York City did it. They banned giant sodas. I wrote about this a few months ago. It was approved on Thursday and will go in to effect next year. How will I survive on 16-ounce servings? How? In 2004, the late, great Christopher Hitchens wrote a piece where he flaunted many of the silly laws that exist in New York City – taking your feet off pedals, feeding pigeons. Wish Hitchens was around to write about this.

* Who doesn’t like Christopher Walken talking about Christopher Walken things in a Christopher Walken manner?

* For Titanic fans who have long thought Jack and Rose could have shared a raft — meaning Leo wouldn’t die! — James Cameron says, no. Not possible. (younger readers, please note: Titanic the movie was not a documentary).

* In a retroactive addition to The Tapes, Jeff Pearlman wrote last week about the way he was treated after writing a biography about the late Walter Payton. Hint: It wasn’t good. This is relevant now, of course, because Joe Posnanski is taking all sorts of heat for his Joe Paterno book. Both situations are reminders of how, like it or not, journalists often become linked to their subjects.

* This week’s podcast of the week is more of a one-time thing than a true series, at least as far as we can tell. Regardless, it’s good as writer/TV personality/radio man Dan LeBatard welcomes in former NBA coaches and current siblings Jeff and Stan Van Gundy to discuss sports media and the Dwight Howard fiasco that cost Stan Van his job. It’s as close to no-holds barred as two guys who hope to have NBA future can be. LeBatard facilitates nicely. Entertaining and insightful. Here’s the link.


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