This week in amalgamation, we’re going full-on diverse.
First, ESPN the Magazine had their Analytics Issue and most of it was meaningless numbers to a math idiot like me, but they did have a great profile of the best [publicly admitting] sports gambler in the world, Haralabos “Bob” Voulgaris. Scott Eden tells the story.
Next, it’s not gambling, but Dylan Murphy of The Classical chronicles what it’s like to be a compulsive player of the greatest sports video game franchise of all time, in his article, “The Beautiful (Video) Game: Confessions of an XBOX FIFA Obsessive.”
ESPN and Bill Simmons has their documentary film series “30 for 30,” which chronicles some of the best stories in sports and presents them in an entertaining and digestible way. For those stories that aren’t cumbersome enough for an hour doc, “30 for 30” has a series of shorts. This one is the story of the most valuable baseball card of all time, the “T206 Honus Wagner.”
Finally, I’m back in Alabama for a week and will be visiting one of my favorite college football/food writers’ BBQ joints, Archibald’s in Northport, AL. I’ll be going there on Monday and will attempt a piece similar to the magical quality that is Heaven is a Buffet, but until then, read Staples’ rankings of best college football foods by school.