Cool Things I Read This Week
Football, Parks, and Ultramarathons
I wanted to start sharing some of the stuff I read/watched/otherwise consumed recently. So I’m going to try to post once a week with some of the things that I liked, or that made me think, or what have you. Some might be new, some not so much, but hopefully it’s all stuff you haven’t seen yet. I imagine most of it will be at least sport-adjacent, unless of course it isn’t.
Football ‘destroyed my life’: Ex-Giant declines Montana Hall of Fame
As far as I know, this is an unprecedented move by retired NFL player Corey Widmer, who declined his own induction into the Montana Football Hall of Fame this week. Like all of his ex-coworkers now experiencing the consequences of their past employment, Widmer’s story is tragic. “If someone could’ve explained all of this to me when I was 14, I would’ve given it all back in a heartbeat. I would’ve wished for something else.” Football obviously is terrible in all sorts of ways, and the more people, especially players, that come out and say so, the better.
BOZEMAN, Mont. - Former New York Giants linebacker and Montana State star Corey Widmer has declined his nomination to…torontosun.com
The Masochist’s Marathon
This Esquire article on the Barkley Marathon is from last fall, but the 2018 iteration of the race took place this past weekend so I wanted to share it again. For the uninitiated, the Barkley Marathon is a 100-mile race through the Tennessee woods that needs to be completed in less than 60 hours. Many of the world’s best ultra-marathoners and mountain men make the pilgrimage here every year, but the Barkley sends all but a few home defeated. It’s a little long, but it’s quite the read.
A man is begging on the side of a Tennessee mountain. He's crumpled on the ground, his clothes are soaking wet, and…classic.esquire.com
Freedom, power and water: turning the community pool into a transgender safe space
Since their invention in the late 19th century, pools have long been a space where opposing social forces meet, and that holds true today. “A lot of us experience depression and anxiety, and that’s not because we’re trans, that’s because we want to feel safe and we’re not.” This video from Aeon examines a group of trans people reclaiming the pool as a space for themselves.
The phrase 'a safe space' emerged from the women's and LGBT movements of the 1960s and '70s, and has since been taken…aeon.co
I don’t know particularly how to describe this last one but it’s a really cool celebration of our public spaces and you should watch it.
Combining vertical strips of video of Central Park on a single sunny Sunday, Green Play is 'a joyful orchestration of…aeon.co
See you next week!