Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Spam Stays Current

I'm impressed. Just 24 hours after the Spitzer scandal broke, I got an e-mail with this subject line:

"Janice is Eliot Spitzer whore"

Spammers are obviously going all-out to stay up-to-date.

Another book:

#6 -- "About Three Bricks Shy of a Load" by Roy Blount

An old football book I've wanted to read for a while. I'm a sucker for these inside-the-team books ("Ball Four," "The Game of Our Lives," "Thin Ice," etc) which seem to have died out (in terms of quality) by the early '80s, when players started being a little less open and more image-conscious. The '70s were especially fun for them, when you've got players talking about ... well, very '70s things.

In "Bricks," Blount tags along with the Pittsburgh Steelers in a season just before they started their run of Super Bowls. It's good fun, not great but good. There's some pretty great parts -- he's evocative in describing Pittsburgh's working-class identity, and there's a section on fans' and coaches' competing desires for beauty and wins in the sport that struck me as one of the most insightful things I've ever read about sports.

It always seems to stop just short of the depth I was looking for (I wanted John Matuszak wildness) but it's all good fun. Now I gotta get back to some of the tougher books I've been putting off...

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