Here are a few interesting stories for your long holiday weekend:
Wojo's Pigskin Picks: UM, OSU keep sights on rivalry - Detroit News. This is an OSU-Michigan tradition, but not one of his best efforts. Michigan's decade of struggles have taken some of the fight out of him.
Bandwagon: Once a national TV staple, Grey Cup now restricted to specialty channels - Ottawa Citizen. Ottawa notices once they have a team again which makes the Grey Cup (Ottawa vs. Edmonton for those of us in the States).
Cold Turkey - SB Nation. In which a man tries to avoid football for an entire season.
The Central Valley is sinking: drought forces farmers to ponder the abyss - The Guardian
How Long Can Florida's Citrus Industry Survive? - The Salt
Fattest-Ever U.S. Cattle Herd Signals End to Record Beef Prices - Bloomberg
Don't Try This At Home: Cincinnati's Legendary Beer Gulpers - Cincinnati Magazine
How potatoes rule the US, in 2 charts - Vox
The Miserable Life of the Presidential Turkey - Priceonomics
Palm Oil Facing 'Powerful Cocktail' of El Nino, Fuel Demand - Bloomberg
Making a Great Wool Blanket Is Harder Than You Think - Bloomberg. US made.
Bertha: The big risks may lie ahead - Crosscut. Example number one of a massive infrastructure project gone bad.
How an ugly, brutally effective warplane won the battle for its future - Reuters. The A-10, of course.
The pretend war: why bombing ISIL won't solve the problem - Andrew Bacevich
Over There - Texas Monthly. A little more optimistic than I might be about the "War on Terror."
How Chicago tried to cover up a police execution - Chicago Reporter and The Corrupt System that Killed Laquan McDonald - The Atlantic
Who Turned My Blue State Red - New York Times. Democrats will be challenged to turn out lower income voters while Republicans consolidate gains among traditionally Democratic working-class whites (who are still employed).
How America's Demographic Revolution Reached The Church - National Journal
Who said it: Donald Trump or Mr. Burns from 'The Simpsons'? - Washington Post. Harder than I anticipated. Satire has been eclipsed by reality.
Some Parts of America Are Aging Much Faster Than Others - FiveThirtyEight. Very interesting maps. This one doesn't bode well for the Great Plains, although some areas also lead in population under 20 (I would guess that skews Hispanic in the Texas Panhandle and Kansas, while it is Mormon in the Mountain West, Catholic in Mercer County, OH, Amish in Holmes County, OH and NE Indiana, and Dutch Reformed in Sioux County, IA and Holland, MI ):