Welcome to this week’s links, which are ghost-written by our intern in Hawaii. Thanks, Laura. Love ya. Hope you’re feeling better.
* The New York Post broke the big story of the week: Subway footlongs are occasionally only 11 inches. This story doubles as being the Postiest of New York Post stories.
* Kim Kardashian showed up on Letterman the other night and Dave was, as NY Mag says, a “ballbuster.”
* The Esquire cover story by Stephen Marche about Megan Fox got a lot of attention this week, most of it negative. Celebrity profiles are always a bit bizarre and this one even more so. The Huffington Post says it “might be the most simultaneously rage-inducing and confusing piece of celebrity journalism in recent history.” Well, okay.
* Another celeb profile has gotten a lot of attention, but it’s mostly compliments. Stephen Rodrick wrote about “Here is what happens when you cast Lindsay Lohan in your movie.” It’s on the set of the movie The Canyons, with famed director Paul Schrader trying to get something, anything, out of the troubled actress. The George C. Scott part was especially amusing.
* The always-entertaining SI Photo Tumblr had a great gallery of classic Brent Musburger shots. Yes, there are such things.
* Grantland’s Brian Phillips wrote about the Top 10 Sports Apologies That Never Happened.
* Tips of the week! 13 Money Lies you should stop telling yourself by age 30. Why 13? Yahoo! help pieces always confuse me.
* Great interview from Chris Palmer with Kobe Bryant. Even those who dislike him might enjoy it. Read how he destroyed Tracy McGrady in one-on-one and much, much more.
* Damage to football players isn’t limited to concussions. Dan Le Batard tells the story of Jason Taylor and what he put himself through to stay on the field.
* Those loveable scamps at Grantland have taken their talents to the YouTubes, too, with a series of video shorts. The “House Eats” series – in which Bill Simmons chum Joe House, well, eats – is my personal favorite. Here he is crushing some Chinese food.