What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): Game 5 of the World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers is at 8 on Fox. The Ravens and Jaguars meet on Monday Night Football on ESPN at 8:30. And the Pan-Am Games are on ESPN2 at 9.
The Woody Allen vault: "When it comes to long-form writing, few figures have played more roles over the years than Woody Allen. He's the subject of countless profiles; his catalog often gets the full think-piece treatment; he's a great interview (whether the topic is his work or his relationship with Soon-Yi); and, oh yeah, he writes long pieces, too." [Slate]
Oct. 24, 2006: That'll Be All, Bill
The all-name team: "Who will be this year's SirValiant Brown? The next God Shamgod? After the jump, you will find the best 100+ names in college basketball." [Ballin' Is A Habit]
Where did the seven-game series come from?: "To trace the origins of the seven-game playoff series in America, you have to hearken back to the 1880s, to a time when baseball was played by men with nicknames like Heinie and Kid, to an era when obdurate moguls like Brush and William Chase Temple bankrolled the sport. The first World Series—originally called ‘The Championship of the United States'—was three games played in 1884 between the New York Metropolitans of the American Association and the Providence Grays of the National League, and from then until 1890 a variety of formats were utilized: In 1887, the series went 15 games; in both 1885 and 1890—in a triumph of Seligian logic—the series ended in a 3-3-1 tie." [Grantland]
Your Farhad Darya Tajikstan Commercial Interlude:
Occupy newspapering: "Forget about occupying Wall Street; maybe it's time to start occupying Main Street, a place Gannett has bled dry by offering less and less news while dumping and furloughing journalists in seemingly every quarter." [New York Times]
Wake up the quitters: Quarterback Matt Barkley did not back away from assertions by his USC teammates that Notre Dame quit in the final minutes of their game Saturday in South Bend, Ind., although the Trojans did later apologize for the statements on Monday. ‘I would agree with that,' Barkley said on Monday during an interview with Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on 710 ESPN. 'I was shocked that they didn't use the (fourth-quarter) timeouts because we got on the field with ... about seven minutes left, and I thought they were planning on stopping us and saving their timeouts for the end when they had the ball.' He added: ‘It seemed from our sideline and our perspective that they did give up. It seemed uncharacteristic of Notre Dame. I wouldn't have wanted to have been on that sideline.'" [ESPN]
Merch: Managing editor Tom Scocca and contributing editor Drew Magary have both written books. You can buy Scocca's Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future here, and Magary's The Postmortal here. Now do it.
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