The commissioner Bob Ryan and other links

A neat way of understanding your week is measuring the gap of time between sending your last e-mail one day, and your first e-mail the next. At no point this week has that period been more than six hours, so you can imagine there wasn't much reading for pleasure!

The Commissioner
I'm an unabashed fan of Bob Ryan. Most sportswriters (especially columnists) grow tired over the years; at different points I've actively read Peter King (whom I hate now), Peter Gammons (hasn't aged well), Bill Simmons (just okay), and, of course Dan Shaughnessy (always been a complete hack). Bob Ryan has been excellent since I first read his Celtics columns as a kid. This is a great homage to a dying breed, and a guy who did it better than anyone.

The return of the Washington Post
Two journalism articles this week! The NY Times put together this piece on the Post's return to journalistic prominence. I have a soft spot in my heart for journalism, especially print, and its great to see these positive stories (since they're so few and far between). Interestingly, it doesn't seem to be the Bezos acquisition that's driving this rebirth, just good newsroom management.

Run, Jeb, run!
Bloomberg has a look this week at Jeb Bush's presidential aspirations. It seems as though he's truly on the fence about running. Forgetting his family for a second, a successful governor who can reach out to Latinos, embraces immigration reform, and believes in education reform as well is a candidate we need to be lining up behind. We don't need another embarrassing group of performances from Perry, Santorum and the like. If Mitt's not going to go a third round, Jeb's a guy I can get behind.

What's really happening with unemployment?
All economic numbers reported by the government have a slant based on their political outcome. This administration has repeatedly skewed unemployment numbers to give the appearance of recovery (I'm always amused when people tout falling unemployment without also realizing the number of working age adults withdrawn from the work force!). There's something fishy with the latest numbers out of the South, which seem to paint a very different picture than what's being reported on the ground.

The same-sex marriage fight is over
And thank God! The Atlantic examines what the Supreme Court's decision to not hear the same sex marriage cases this week means, and it's encouraging. It sounds like all the justices (even the most conservative four) recognize this fight is over, and it'll only be a matter of time before it's legalized everywhere. The politicians who have fought against gay rights will look as ugly in hindsight as the segregationists of the 50's and 60's do today, and I'm glad to see the nation moving toward a point where this issue is resolved (correctly!) and we can move forward.

A final note: Erin got me a copy of the Bob Gates book, Duty, for my birthday. I'll probably scale back my endless trolling of the internet the next two weeks in an attempt to push through that.

Have a great weekend.