The 2022 European Tram Championship

I cannot think of a better example of competition than the 2022 European Tram Championship. Teams of tram drivers from all over Europe compete in a series of six challenges to see which team is the best at driving the tram.

Each challenge is clearly designed to demonstrate a complete understanding of how to drive safely and with care for the passengers and other people around them, that is why the Trams simulate billiards, bowling, and other challenges. Ultimately the team must also do it quickly by racing between each tram and for the buttons to start and stop the timer.

Some day I hope it will be safe to travel again so I can attend the European Tram Championship in person.

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They’re Right About One Thing

Amos Barshad, writing for Grantland, has this fascinating tale of the gangs of young t-shirt vendors outside of Fenway who created an empire by selling a simple but true shirt that says “Yankees Suck.”

I don’t like the Red Sox, but we can all agree on disrespecting the Yankees.


Jon Bois Gives Us 3 Takeaways

Jon Bois of SB Nation has this great video up talking about the 1987 Eagles and the way the players handled the NFL Players Association strike that year. Here is what I took away from it:

  1. Fuck the Cowboys
  2. Fuck Anti-Union Assholes
  3. Fuck the Cowboys

The Future of Football

I’m more of a baseball guy, but, Jon Bois and friends over at SB Nation have this great article on the future of football.

It’s clear that the sport of football needs to change. And the $64,000 question, my friends, is simple: “how?” Something is terribly wrong. The writing’s on the wall: youth participation in the sport is down, thanks in large part to their parents’ concern for their health.

I highly recommend that you keep reading the article.


Homer J. Simpson in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Major League Baseball inducted Homer into their Hall of Fame and commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Homer at the Bat episode, which is honestly one of the best episodes of any television program.

MLB’s Joe Posnanski reporting on the induction ceremony and quoting Al Jean, that episode’s executive producer:

When Bart and Lisa chant “Darryl, Darryl,” at Darryl Strawberry, their mother says they should stop because it’s mean. Lisa explains that as a professional athlete, such insults just roll off their backs. There is then a closeup of Strawberry, and a single tear falling from his eye.

“I didn’t know whether to tell Darryl we were going to do that,” Jean said. “I decided not to tell him.”

I still find myself singing the closing theme song: