Hope your weekend was great. I told you Friday we had more craziness in store. I wouldn't steer you wrong. Below, perhaps the most robust array of links I've doled out in 2013. Many good ones, some may take you a day or two to get to, but they're worth it.
Around the World
A collection of arresting and cool time-lapse videos of the blizzards. || Google could have its own airport terminal. || Virginia could be printing its own currency, but don't worry, Dave Matthews won't be on the bills. || This is a really long but really engrossing read on Aaron Swartz, the ambitious 26-year-old who was a beacon for many in the tech world before he killed himself last month. || Which occupations drink the most cups of coffee per day?
- The latest Top 25 (and one) doesn't even have Duke in the top two spots.
- The NCAA is, as I expected, taking another look at the eligibility standards coming in 2016 that would greatly alter the structure of college athletics.
- The two must-reads following the Louisville-Notre Dame classic can be found here and here. Great deadline work from talented colleagues.
- One of the most shared pieces from over the weekend was the Greg Bishop profile of Jay Williams, who opens up about suicide and casual drug use he saw happen during his brief time in the NBA.
- Clark Kellogg might've delivered the description of the year on Sunday.
- A good stat, one I'd wondered about. There have been -- as of Saturday morning -- 53 game-winning or -tying shots made in the final 15 seconds of games this season, by this count. So now closer to 55 or 56.
- UNC has possibly found a fall guy for its academic fraud, and it's not the professor who was propping up the phony classes.
- A longform story I'd wanted to write, but now won't, because this version is way too good to compete with.
- St. Bonaventure endured no power, hot water or hot food and in general took it on the chin due to the winter storm. Yet it still managed to get a road win against Rhode Island.
- Meanwhile, Kansas has lost three straight, its season and the direction it's going shaking on the compass.
- Also on Kansas: damn good research and analysis.
- I do very much enjoy Big Apple Buckets' NIT bracketology.
- This was a solid profile piece on Andrew Wiggins from last week. Wiggins is the No. 1 2013 recruit who's reported to be leaning to attending Florida State over Kentucky, UNC or Kansas because he's not a big fan of all the attention he gets.
- Bob Knight: still as petty as ever. Was this necessary? And why'd OSU administrators allow it?
- Donovan, Few and Smart will coach the U19 team again; will Krzyzewski make another run at Olympic gold in 2016? I think he's done.
- Donovan, by the by, will apparently be starring in an upcoming commercial directed by a renowned fella who was involved with some of Michael Jackson's greatest videos.
- Nerlens Noel is so solid a defender, he needs a new stat invented for him.
- I don't see this happening, frankly.
- Data showing the Big Ten was in fact better in 2011 than it is this year. Hmm?
- Your annual reminder that the National Letter of Intent isn't necessary and in fact is a big part of the problem when it comes to recruiting.
Moving Pictures and Music
»» As you can see, there were so many good/long links dispersed across the sports web over the weekend. This story is as strong as any of them. Read the story and then watch the video, or vice versa, but make sure you find the time to do both. Simple yet inspiring stuff.
I was tipped off late last night to Cold War Kids' latest single. The Kids' previous record was a little shaky. This is not. This is a really fun one. Many plays from me coming this week.
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