Well, last night the scrappy team of papists fell to the thugs of P-Hill to end our quest for a trophy and the greater glory of God, which means that in upcoming weeks I might actually get the links ready to publish on Saturday morning. While defeat at the hands of the forces of evil takes a little bit of joy out of the week, I did find a few stories for your enjoyment:
Last Breaths in a Spanish Bullring - SBNation
This Is Our Youth: The Olympic-Industrial Complex and Katie Ledecky - Charles Pierce
European Soccer's Poor Little Rich Clubs - Wall Street Journal. I'd like to see the Big Ten and the MAC promote and demote teams from one conference to the other. B-G beats Indiana? The next year, B-G is in the Big Ten while Indiana battles Ball State for conference superiority. That would be fun.
In Search Of A Drought Strategy, California Looks Down Under - The Salt
Eight Reasons Why the Iowa State Fair is The Best - Modern Farmer and Eating Healthy At The Iowa State Fair Means Salad On A Stick - The Salt. Not for this guy.
When the Great Alpaca Bubble Burst - Priceonomics
Deere Profit Tumbles Amid Glut of Used Farm Equipment at Dealers - Wall Street Journal. The next few years are going to be pretty rough in rural areas.
A River Runs Yellow - The Atlantic
Will the Pope Change the Vatican? Or Will the Vatican Change the Pope? - National Geographic
Earth on Track for Back-to-Back Records for Highest Temperatures - Bloomberg
What We Don't Know About Canada Might Hurt Us - FiveThirtyEight. About the damage caused by conservatives' disdain for government statistics-gathering. A major pet peeve of mine.
21 Questions for Donald Trump - National Memo. About a month old, but gaining attention.
Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny - Matt Taibbi. Reminiscent of the late days of Campaign 2008. The ugliness of dumb, white America (or 'Merica) is never far below the surface.
Presidential Sensation Deez Nuts Is a 15-Year-Old Iowa Farm Boy - The Daily Beast
Are You an Angry Voter? Take a Deep Breath - Bloomberg View
Where the population of Europe is growing - and where it is declining - Berliner Morgenpost
This is the most common job held by immigrants in each state - Vox