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You Can’t Simply “Be The Dodgers”


We discuss various things on the podcast, if perhaps not fairly as many alternative issues as we should always, however even these variously wide-ranging conversations are inclined to resolve to issues of some fundamental questions. These are usually not the large questions, as that idea is mostly understood; one of many inquiries to which this present often turns and returns is “what are some issues which can be good to eat for lunch?” However whereas that query is (as soon as once more) addressed on this episode as properly, the one which Drew and I spent essentially the most time on is extra explicitly sports-related. That query is “what makes good groups good,” and if it’s not one which we’re fairly pretty much as good at answering because the lunch-related one which I discussed earlier, it’s for certain one which we have now each considered, principally within the context of the not-that-great sports activities groups we care about. This time, in an episode so filled with highly effective insights that we didn’t even have room for a visitor, we tried to take a barely much less myopic strategy.

For some time, anyway. If permitted to speak to one another for a sufficiently lengthy time frame, Drew and I’ll invariably wind up speaking about Our Groups, and there’s a little bit of that in right here. However the query of the Los Angeles Dodgers—how their preposterous and long-running success is even attainable, and the place it comes from—is totally attention-grabbing sufficient each in itself and in its implications for groups that Drew and I care about extra urgently to fill a podcast. It doesn’t fairly fill this complete one, however I can’t say I didn’t do my finest on that entrance. We nonetheless have one other couple weeks of regular-season baseball and fairly presumably all of October to determine how finest to understand (or bitterly rue the existence of) the Dodgers, although, and so the choice to observe the query outwards—to try to quantify the distinction between good organizations and unhealthy ones, and to determine how way more there may be to constructing a successful workforce than simply spending cash on good, costly gamers—appeared like a superb one. So we did that.

Following some discuss the joys of Aaron Judge season and fond recollections of the ridiculous 1998 Sosa/McGwire homer chase, and an honest quantum of Spouse Man Chat and a number of the requisite materials about getting previous/grouchy, we allowed ourselves a deal with—returning to contemplate Nathaniel Hackett’s implausibly poor, impossibly pleasant, completely overmatched stint as a NFL head coach. This led in some sudden instructions—first to the Washington Publish‘s blockbuster report on the NFL’s shamefully anti-black hiring and firing practices, then to the sources and unusual self-sustaining practices of institutional mediocrity, and eventually and maybe inevitably to how all this backslapping, accountability-averse failure manifests itself elsewhere within the tradition. By some means Invoice Maher is talked about, and whereas that’s my fault I feel it’s necessary to keep in mind that Invoice Maher actually is terrible. Simply horrible! Nonetheless my fault for bringing him up, however it’s one thing to keep in mind.

After that, there was nothing left however the dumb stuff. We remembered some New Orleans Saints receivers, and I fondly remembered some formative days watching Aaron Brooks’s avant-garde quarterbacking in my pal Mike’s house. We harvested some gems from the Funbag, addressing each the hygienic finest practices in terms of visiting a health care provider’s workplace and the best way to televise cool sports things. In some unspecified time in the future in there, I did a barely too-energetic Christopher “Mad Canine” Russo voice, however I gained’t let you know the place. I did this not as a result of “why is Christopher ‘Mad Canine’ Russo like that?” qualifies as one of many everlasting inquiries to which our podcast often returns, though it could actually be a legitimate one, however as a result of it felt proper. There’s a time for the large questions, and there’s a time for foolish voices imitated poorly. Fortunately, the episodes are usually lengthy sufficient to include each.

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