Welcome to this week’s hottest — coolest? — links.
* The most interesting piece of the week to me — and an important story — was Patrick Hruby’s piece in Sports on Earth about money and sports, specifically looking into stadiums (how they’re financed, PSL’s, etc.). But it touches on everything from rental car fees to the fact the NFL is “considered a nonprofit outfit. Just like the United Way.”
* If you stayed up until 1 on Wednesday/Thursday, you saw Dave Grohl playing drums with other former members of Nirvana while Sir Paul sang with the fellas. That was fun. The Washington Post had a nice feature on Grohl.
* Courtesy of sportsjournalists.com, the worst job posting in history. If you’re in England and want to get into book publishing, here you go. Read the whole thing. But among the gems. “Any of the following will be grounds for immediate dismissal during the probationary period: coming in late or leaving early without prior permission; being unavailable at night or on the weekends; failing to meet any goals; giving unsolicited advice about how to run things; taking personal phone calls during work hours; gossiping; misusing company property, including surfing the Internet while at work; submission of poorly written materials; creating an atmosphere of complaint or argument; failing to respond to emails in a timely way; not showing an interest in other aspects of publishing beyond editorial; making repeated mistakes; violating company policies; DO NOT APPLY if you have a work history containing any of the above.”
* Here, according to New York Magazine, are the 10 best SNL sketches of 2012.
* In what might be the worst story ever about newsroom cuts, the Kansas City Star allegedly told two employees to decide amongst themselves who would get the axe. Great googily moogily. Too rich for my blood.
* In good news/bad news news, there’s a chemical in beer that can help people fend off a nasty respiratory virus. It’s just that you’d need to hammer roughly 30 cans in order for it to take hold. In other words, this only applies to Andre the Giant … if he’s still alive.
* The podcast of the week belong to comedian Greg Fitzsimmons and his FitzDog Radio. As you might expect it’s, well, funny. But part of what makes it funny is that – surprise! – the unimposing Fitzsimmons reveals himself to be a fighter, amongst other things.