The Best Stuff We Read This Week: 3/5

USA Today: Understanding Yoenis Cespedes and the horse he rode in on, by Ted Berg

Yoenis Cespedes fled Cuba in search of the American Dream, and he found it. Unfortunately the trade-off includes old people admonishing you for driving flashy cars.

"To be Yoenis Cespedes right now is to be rich and free and great at baseball and enjoying the heck out of it. Cespedes very much appears to be living his best life, and it seems hard to imagine he should care much if the way he goes about it prompts some hand-wringing."

FiveThirtyEight: A Plagiarism Scandal Is Unfolding In The Crossword World, by Oliver Roeder

Aside from the widespread word game plagiarism, the most surprising thing here is how seriously crossword people take their craft:

"Parker has used freelancers but told me that he has an in-house team of 60 at Universal that helps him create the puzzles. He declined to put me in touch with any of them, saying that I could speak to him “as the editor” and citing 'trade secrets.'"

The A.V. Club: Gerard Butler scowls his way through the atrocious London Has Fallen, by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

A+ internet movie reviewing here.

"The surreal side effect of the wall-to-wall use of licensed stock footage—much of it featuring passersby—is that it makes it seem as though no one cares that half of London’s landmarks have been blown up and all of Europe’s heads of state are dead."

Complex: An Interview with Allen Iverson, The Realest Hall of Famer, by Gerald Flores

"What is it about [T.G.I. Friday's]?
Just that it’s not too uppity. It’s not bougie. It’s a down to Earth restaurant. I like doing things like that. Unless I’m like taking my girl out. I’ll take her to the real expensive, you know, exotic restaurants. Other than that, when I’m hanging with my friends, we just like to go to a spot where we can chill out. And we like the food there, so it’s always been love at Friday’s."

The New York Times Style MagazineAziz Ansari Goes to India, by Aziz Ansari

An Indian kid from South Carolina visits his extended family and eats some food.

"In Italy, you know you’ve found a truly authentic restaurant when they don’t have an English menu. In India, it’s when there are no utensils and you must eat with your hands. At Mubarak, there were no forks to be found."

Associated Press: 'Miraculous' cache of 7 century-old baseball cards found, by Andrew Dalton

For now, this is just a neat story. But the when the behind-the-scenes scandal inevitably bubbles up, this will make for a great 30 for 30|ES|


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