February 3, 2019

GOES DOUBLE (NEARLY) FOR BILL:

Yes, I'm Rooting for Brady Sunday. Because He's Old. (Matt Lewis, 02.03.17, Daily Beast)

At some point in your life, you will wake up and something horrible will have happened: Every professional athlete in America will be younger than you are. Nobody informs you of this. Nobody asks you about it, but it happens. When it does happen, so goes the pretense--and I'm not suggesting it's anything other than a pretense (although it is a powerful one)--that you could suit up and play, too.

This is a ridiculous conceit, but it's in everyone's interest to perpetuate this myth for as long as possible. At some point, however, it becomes untenable. Eventually, even some of the head coaches are younger than you are. This is a turning point--a rite of passage, of sorts.

That is exactly why I'm rooting for Tom Brady to win his fifth Super Bowl on Sunday. And if you're pushing 40 (and don't live in Atlanta), you should be, too.

At 39 years old, Brady is competing against guys half his age. He was playing football at the University of Michigan during the Bill Clinton administration, for crying out loud. He was scoring touchdowns while Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House.

If he can continue performing (and, let's be honest, all he does is win--just like his friend Donald Trump), then I can surely compete against those kids at BuzzFeed. Not to make too big a deal out of this, but at the end of the day, Brady's success is really all about our own mortality. As long as he keeps scoring, we keep living--we get at least one more season.


Is it time for an 88-year-old manager? Jack McKeon is ready if baseball is (Jayson Stark, Feb 1, 2019, The Athletic)

In case you missed it, the Washington Nationals hired one of those energetic, whiz-kid front-office guys the other day. Some kid named Jack McKeon.

That makes him the first 88-year-old front-office whiz kid ever, best we can tell.

"I don't look at myself as old," the distinguished whiz kid himself told us, when we tracked him down at an Atlantic City slot-machine emporium. "Heck, sometimes we'll go out to eat and I'll say to my wife, 'Look at that old guy.' And she'll say, 'You're older than he is.'"

Oh, technically maybe. But age, the whiz kid says, "is just a number." Nevertheless, nobody we've surveyed can remember any team hiring an 88-year-old executive in this or any sport.

But you should know that front-office history isn't the only kind of history Jack McKeon would be interested in making. Just when you thought everything that could possibly happen in baseball has already happened, here's a thing that has never, ever happened:

An 88-year-old manager. That's what.

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