Weekly Wednesday Links + 2 Books


The Brain in Spain (The Blizzard) A philosopher with questions.

The thing is, you have to be able to reduce without impoverishing. And that goes for everything. You can’t take things out of their context because they are no longer the same thing, even if you then plan to piece things back together again.

A Definitive Ranking of the Best Athletes Turned Coaches (The Complex)

Women’s Soccer

Coach says Canadian women up for U.S. challenge at CONCACAF U-20 tournament (The Star) Speaking of athletes who become coaches..

The two North American rivals face off Wednesday in the Dominican Republic in quarterfinal action. With only the semifinal winners qualifying for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in August, Wednesday’s loser is out of luck.

How to watch:

Analysing Neville’s England: how much do his tactics need to change? (The Athletic)

Neville had made a major alteration to cope with a player who wasn’t involved. So how did things go?

She Believes Tournament kicks off tomorrow.. Here’s the TV schedule

Women’s Sport: Drama at the death as England brace gives Chelsea first silverware of the season (Givemesport.com)

Heartbreak for Arsenal but ecstasy for Chelsea who, in their first Conti Cup final, add to only domestic trophy missing from their cabinet thanks to sheer resilience and taking of chances.

The inside story of how Sam Kerr and Vivianne Miedema became some of the game’s deadliest strikers (These Football Times)

NWSL News: Becky was traded, a commissioner was hired, the schedule released and preseason starts soon. Have you bought your tickets yet?

What’s Your Story?

Twins strength coach Andrea Hayden blazes her own path (Duluth News Tribune)

“I can build this ‘first female in the majors’ and guess what? There’s going to be another one hopefully soon and now what’s my story?” Hayden said. “I want to be attached to this organization because it’s an awesome organization and I’m proud to wear ‘Twins,’ and I’m proud to be here every day, and I want my success based on that.”

Book Break

I’ve been rereading this gem of a book this past week. I often inadvertently re-title books in my own mind as they grow in meaning to me. The title of this one has shifted to, “Why guess when you can know?” Steve Ingham has extended this question past the simple prescription of using data to remind us about the quality of the questions we are asking, the openness of each of us to being questioned, and the depth by which we consider both.


Links Continued

The Minimalist’s Strength Workout (Outside) I’m back on the road quite a bit for the foreseeable future so here’s part of my plan to staying healthy.

Focus on the positives in life (Daily Monitor)

There was a time I focused on my flaws Seemingly, all human beings are wired to only see their faults. Perhaps it is because of our upbringing. We must see the beauty within us all the time. Over time, you will see a richer and more reaffirmed self.

Its Not Capitalism, its Crony Capitalism (Ritholz.com)

Here is some advice to real capitalists: You best recognize that Socialism is the symptom, but the underlying problem is cronyism.

This is not how to fail at failing (Fast Company)


I’m currently reading The Godfather and enjoying it, but by far the best novel I have read in a very long time is The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. Worth your time. Will stick with you.

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