Winter Olympics, winter-induced cabin fever, and more! It’s the best and the worst of the week.
Worst Olympic Coverage. “Jon’s dispatches from Sochi, a place he is not at” by Jon Bois at SB Nation.
It seems like there are more and more Olympic host cities each and every year. But Sochi, the host of this year’s Winter Games, was clearly unprepared. Here is Jon’s report from Sochi. He is not there, and these photos are fake.
Best Cure for Boredom. “The Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony drinking game!” by Matt Ufford at SBNation.
The Olympics Opening Ceremony has everything a bored viewer staying home on a Friday night could possibly want: pageantry, bad outfits, people walking, and announcers reading facts from Wikipedia. In other words: you’ll need a drinking game to enjoy it.
Best Primer. “What you need to know about Olympic figure skating at the Sochi Games” by Roger Sherman at SB Nation.
Figure skating is America’s favorite winter sport, a beautiful art form we watch because somebody coated in glitter will have her life’s work shattered because she failed to land a triple axel. But what the hell is a triple axel?
Best Essay. “A Miracle Put on Ice” by Jeff Perlman at SB Nation.
Four years after the “Miracle on Ice,” the 1984 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team never had a chance.
An impossible goal doomed them before they ever began.
Worst Case of Cabin Fever. “Snow Days from Hell” by Evelyn Shoop at Momsicle.
… when the snow started falling on Thursday, I was giddy. There it was: quiet beauty with the promise of play time. Instead, I’m locked in a low-budget horror movie. Have you seen Despicable Me 2? You know how those cute yellow minions turn into feral, fuzzy creatures of death? That’s what happened around here.
Best Mental Escape from the Cold. “Isla Taboga: Panama’s Best Kept Secret” by Jane R. Stevenson at Go Nomad.
Best Admission (and Worst Schedule). “My So-Called Blogging Life” by Natalie Trust.
Or “how to spend a whole day not writing.” So funny, and so true.
Best Resource. “The Big Book of Black Quarterbacks” by Greg Howard at Deadspin.
This project started with my dad on Thanksgiving. He was reminiscing about Doug Williams, who in 1988 became the first black quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl. All these years later, he was still proud of Williams, whose name to some may be that of a half-remembered player from the past but to millions of others remains a powerful symbol of progress. It stayed with me, and it seemed that it was worth telling the story not just of Williams, but of everyone—of all those generations of players who struggled so that Russell Wilson could be, simply, a good young quarterback.
Best List. “4 Things Little Girls Need from Their Dads” by Thomas Blevins at Elevate Dads.
Maybe you are wrestling with this and don’t know where to start. Maybe being a dad isn’t natural. Maybe your dad was never in the picture. But you can make a difference right where you are. Here are some tried and true principals that every little girl needs from their dad.
Best Video. “Glove and Boots Product Testing: Rotato Express” by Glove and Boots (via YouTube).