Archive for November, 2013

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Read these while eating a turkey sandwich.

* The New York Times on a case involving a police officer’s girlfriend who supposedly committed suicide but might have been murdered by the officer.

* Three new J.D. Salinger stories apparently leaked online.

* ESPN the Magazine’s Kevin Van Valkenburg on the week of an NFL coach, specifically John Harbaugh.

* Bryan Curtis on some of the great sports hoaxes.

* One of the great traditions: Patrick Reusse’s Turkey of the Year.

* My old boss Doug Wolter writes in the Worthington Daily Globe about why it would be a mistake for my old school Minnesota West to drop its football program in the wake of an ugly end-of-the-game brawl that ended the season.

* Michigan State coach Tom Izzo isn’t high on the new emphasis on calling touch fouls in men’s basketball.

* There’s a riddle floating around the Ultrawebs and nobody seems able to crack it. (Editor’s note: If you find the riddle because of this link and subsequently solve it, TVFury shall be owed half your winnings.)

People know The Guardian as the paper that employed Glenn Greenwald when he landed the scoop about Edward Snowden and the NSA’s spying apparatus.

The Guardian made headlines again this week, with some more outlandish revelations. Critics from The Guardian and The Observer picked the Top 10 sports movies of all-time.

Lists like this are everywhere. There’s no right or wrong choices. At least that’s what I thought until reading this one.


Circumstances forced me to go outside in the cold Monday afternoon against my will. During my time out and about I walked about 15 blocks up and down Broadway and now present, in picture form, some of the sights from around Inwood in northern Manhattan. This is a very small stretch of Broadway, and this is the same Broadway that’s in songs, television shows and people’s imaginations. If you wanted, you could walk from the top of Manhattan to the bottom via Broadway. No one who works for TVFury has that much ambition so this is just a slice of maybe the most famous street anywhere.


Two turn one

Posted: November 25, 2013 by terryvandrovec in Uncategorized
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My twins turn 1 today, and my wife is feeling sentimental about it being that these will be the final first birthdays in our household.

Frankly, I’m not sure what to think and I certainly don’t know how to feel since I’m only half human. (The rest is robot.) Has the time gone fast or slow? Will I miss the baby stage or welcome the changes?

I am sure about a few things. (more…)

Welcome to this week’s links. Here are the links.

* It’s the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination and obviously there are countless stories and TV shows about the event (I also just rewatched Oliver Stone’s JFK for about the 97th time; awesome film, even if it, and its arguments, are insane). First I want to point out a little tidbit by my friend Greg Downs, a former guest writer at TVFury who, in his day job, is an award-winning short story writer and renowned historian who also makes appearances in the New York Times. On his website, check out No. 6 on this list, where he mentions his belief that “JFK’s assassination wasn’t even one of the 5 most significant assassinations in American history in terms of impact.” His list: 1. Lincoln. 2. Martin Luther King Jr. 3. Huey Long. 4. McKinley. 5. Bobby Kennedy. I could listen to Greg talk history for hours and maybe someday he’ll write an essay for us on this.

* Slate on why the best JFK conspiracies don’t make sense.

* Esquire on the three best novels about JFK’s death. 

* will rebroadcast original coverage on the day JFK died.

* The New York Times gives readers access to its original coverage.

* How would today’s media have covered the Gettysburg Address?

* David Blaine terrifies a bunch of celebrities with his sorcery. Harrison Ford, in particular, looks, I don’t know, in need of a home or a hug.

* Via David Grann, bad engagement photos.

* Fascinating story from a former writer on Roseanne, on what it’s like to be homeless.

* Adrian Wojnarowski on Kobe’s return.

* The New Republic on media diets: Our most pretentious obsession.

* You guys like analytics, right? The NBA does now more than ever. (Fury note: Thanks for putting this one here, Terry, but right now I’m not a fan of analytics because ESPN somehow used it to write multiple pieces about Chris Paul being better than Magic Johnson.)

* This Whitey Bulger fella isn’t worthy of our hate, according to Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen.

More foolishness on this week’s edition of the TVFury podcast as the guys muddle their way through Kobe’s return, building furniture from IKEA and buying birthday gifts for babies.

We dare you to listen to the full 23 minutes.

Here’s the link.

High school basketball started in Minnesota, and in related news I’m still dreaming about my last high school game. Had a good one two nights ago, though that game didn’t make an appearance. Made like 10 straight 3-pointers on picture night.

In preparation of the new season, a look back at some old games and highlights, found while crawling through the depths of YouTube.


The following is not the idea of a reasonable person. It is neither well-thought out nor plausible. Rather, it’s a desperate plea from a (largely theoretical) fan of the Green Bay Packers that could also apply to the Minnesota Vikings:

The NFL should allow teams that lose a starting quarterback to injury to steal the back-up from another team. This sort of exists already to an extent; teams are free to pluck practice squad players away from other clubs for use in the active roster. (more…)

Columbia University sports had a very Columbia University sports type of week. The men’s basketball team, which looks to have some talent, lost in bizarre fashion against Manhattan, when a 3-point lead in the final seconds turned into a loss after Columbia committed a foul on a 3-pointer. The player made one free throw, missed another and then missed the third on purpose. Manhattan ended up with the offensive rebound, scored and drew a foul. The ensuing free throw — completing a four-point trip — with less than  a second left sealed the victory.

A few nights later Columbia traveled to the likely No. 1 team in the nation, Michigan State. Unbelievably, the Lions led for much of the game and were still tied with 3 minutes to go until apparently forgetting that college basketball instituted a shot clock in 1986. But a 9-point loss against a national power on the road might actually be one of Columbia’s great games in school history.

The Columbia football team on the other hand? No victories — moral or otherwise.


This week’s links have some Oscar buzz. Let’s get to them.

* This story confuses me. A guy ate his dog to survive in the wilderness and a lot of people got really, really angry with him. Apparently he should have had the decency to die.

* The ACLU released a report about the 3,000 U.S. prisoners who are serving life without parole for nonviolent crimes. It’s an incredibly depressing report.

* Fascinating story by Jay Caspian King about former NFL player Brian Holloway and the events surrounding damage done to his house by local teens. 

* Also from Grantland, Mark Harris on the weirdness of the Best Screenplay award.

* Also from Harris, courtesy his Twitter, check out the roles this actress played a century ago.

* Derek Jeter is getting his own book publishing imprint. Okay.

* Participation in Pop Warner takes a big drop. Big drop. Concussions…

* A list! From New York Magazine, 30 great movies you probably haven’t seen. I’ve seen, uh, three of them.

* An old correction. Newspaper offers retraction from 1863 when it called Gettysburg Address “silly remarks”