I've been kind of busy lately, but here's a few quick links that I should have posted on Sunday.
- Malcolm Gladwell writes a really long article that basically comes to this conclusion: A team has a better chance to win if it presses its opponent. The piece is definitely worth a read and is intriguing, but I disagree. That strategy might be successful in women's youth basketball or work if executed properly at the right level, but basketball isn't that simple. Good ball-handling teams just don't throw the ball to the other team for no reason or struggle that mightily in breaking a press. [The New Yorker]
- Jason Whitlock isn't a fan of Selena Roberts or her journalistic ethics -- or lack thereof. [Kansas City Star]
- Bill Simmons discusses the difficulties the media currently has in getting in-depth stories and information on athletes with technology such as Twitter, Facebook, and individual blogs that allow athletes to connect directly to their fans without the middlemen. [ESPN]
- Michael Lee breaks down the risk involved when trading a top-three draft pick. [Wizards Insider]
- Sam Huff doesn't really care for Michael Vick: "I think they ought to turn him loose with the dogs. That's what I think of Michael Vick." [Charlotte Observer]
- Need a potential NFL player to root for? Here's one. [Shutdown Corner]
- So Dan Snyder might actually be a good guy? Now that's hard to believe. [Washingtonian]
- Are you a Matt Millen fan? Me neither. But it sure looks like he's going to stick around for a while:
Former NFL player, executive and broadcaster Matt Millen is joining ESPN's football coverage as a game and studio analyst.
Millen will work as a college football game analyst and will contribute to ESPN's NFL studio coverage throughout the year, appearing on "Monday Night Countdown," "NFL Live," "SportsCenter," ESPNEWS and other programs.
As part of Millen's NFL studio responsibilities, he will travel to the site of each week's "Monday Night Football" game, where he will appear on "Monday Night Countdown" and the pre- and postgame editions of "SportsCenter."
Well, that's just great. Is it too late to get Emmitt Smith back? [ESPN]