Kanye West is a small player in a sprawling, decades old play that’s seldom seen for what it truly is. The Double Hustle’s features are 1) real and genuine oppression; 2) mass, mostly justified grievances; 3) white hot media fascination; 4) obsession with celebrities who use their “platforms” to speak on behalf of the movement; 5) black politicians following instead of leading; 6) the inevitable wane and disappointment; and, lastly, 7) "non-commensurate victory conditions," when “winning” for black people has a higher bar and a higher cost than it does for any other groups with which we claim solidarity.
"The 90s were a crucible for pitchers. Newer ballparks were smaller and had stingier foul territories. The strike zone was the size of a license plate. Two rounds of expansion drafts diluted talent. More power hitting followed, as well as more 300 strikeout seasons by elite pitchers. The “Colorado Effect” made a superstar of Larry Walker but was harsh on pitchers who had to survive at high altitude. Baseballs were allegedly juiced. And so were the hitters—allegedly."
Today: the root of The Root, fastball ceiling, gig schmig, pickleball politics, and high hanging fruit.
Long-term, a dearth of homegrown talent in the future puts more pressure on a good return from a Machado trade now. Hopefully the team has a greater capacity for spotting top line talent developed by other teams than developing its own.
Paywalls erode (or, their ability to gauge and adjust to price signals properly weakens) as the marginal value of the digital goods behind them decreases. The marginal value of digital good decreases when 1) too little money chases a surplus of content; or 2) other options (Netflix, Sling TV, piracy, or weak demand) become opportunities for greater value to consumers.
He was the greatest at what he did, and he stood up for what he believed in. Too many heroes are dying this year.