David Brooks, New York Times op-ed columnist and America's Most Reasonable Unreasonable Person™, is much better at making up names for different types of people than he is at anything else, which probably explains how he came up with "ESPN Man" as a way to describe President Obama. But the problem of bad sports metaphors in political writing is bigger than just one doofus.
Adam Yauch grew up in public as an artist and a person. He also grew into a pretty good filmmaker, and leaves behind a legitimately fascinating basketball documentary—and basketball document—alongside all those classic Beasties records.
Junior Seau, who was like no other football player, is now like a great many ex-players who were, in varying ways and to various degrees, destroyed by the game they played. More importantly, though, his death is a reminder that he is like all of us.
With all due respect to Topps and them, Amelie Mancini makes the world's most interesting baseball cards. The French-born artist's hand-printed cards—dedicated to baseball's victims of weird injuries and ill-advised facial hair—are unlike any other. On the occasion of the debut of her new set, "Marvelous Mustaches," we talked baseball, and baseball cards.