The Day’s Reading, July 4, 2017

I’m back from the east coast, where I helped this man get married, and by helped I mean drank his beers, ate his food, and met his coworkers. We also knocked two more teams off the life quest: Hartford Yard Goats and Pawtucket Red Sox.

Movies

Joe Leydon, Variety, Film Review: ‘Reset’ (June 30, 2017)

Swimming

Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated, Sea of Dreams: How William Wrigley Jr. brought the Wrigley Ocean Marathon to life (June 4, 2017) — and then quickly to death

Basketball

David Roth, Vice Sports, The Five Bleakest ‘NBA Jam’ Pairings in the NBA Circa Now (June 30, 2017)

Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated, ‘I’m Ready’: The Text That Started The Warriors’ Dynasty (June 4, 2017)

Deford

Alexander Wolff, Sports Illustrated, ‘He wrote like he was shooting for something’: Remembering SI legend Frank Deford (May 4, 2017)

Baseball

Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, How the curveball’s resurgence is changing modern pitching (May 23, 2017)

Stephanie Apstein, Sports Illustrated, Aaron Judge has the power, but he just wants to blend in (May 9, 2017)

Jon Tayler, Sports Illustrated, Trea Turner is bringing the stolen base back (May 5, 2017)

Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated, Hunter Greene is the star baseball needs. First he has to finish high school. (April 24, 2017) — this isn’t an article, this is a regurgitation of talking points from MLB, Greene, Greene’s advisers, and whoever else. Not that you need to do a deep dive and destroy a teenager for the sake of it, but it really feels like Jenkins just did the MLB marketing machine’s work for it.

Michael McKnight, Sports Illustrated, How to Homer: One SI writer’s quest to go deep in an MLB park (undated)

Music

Austin Murphy, Sports Illustrated, National anthem inextricably bound with U.S. sports (July 4, 2017)

Media

Jordan Sargent, SPIN, MTV News: The Good, the Bad, and the Contradictions of an Ill-Fated Experiment (June 29, 2017)

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