Those are vegan links, by the way, which is why they look like they were freshly squeezed out of a dog’s butt. I’m Brandon Stroud, and for those of you who don’t know me, I’m your editor and paradigm-shifter at With Leather. I co-created The Dugout and have written everywhere from the Village Voice to Deadspin to X-Entertainment.com (not a porn site, I swear). “What makes you qualified to run a sports blog?” you might ask. Well, I don’t eat meat, my favorite hobby involves watching men pretend to fight in their underwear, and my favorite movies are either cartoons or Roman Holiday. So I guess the answer is “f**k if I know.”
If you’re going to run screaming away from me, here is a collection of Internet-style hyperlinks to other paragraphs of interest. The most important link is the Acknowledgements of Punte, who made this site awesome for two years. I know it’s the post below this one, but I’m linking it anyway. Josh, you’re an awesome guy and will be missed, even though you’ll still be writing here regularly-to-semi-regularly.
Sports Cards For Insane People: Score’s Early ’90s ‘Dream Team’ Subset - Jon Bois is one of the funniest guys on the Internet, and I’m not just saying that because I lived with him for a year and have been writing Dugouts with him for seven. Jokes about baseball cards, Casper Van Dien and Watchmen, as only Jon can deliver. [SB Nation]
Regress to the Meaningful - Jason Fry regularly accomplishes a scientific impossibility — making the New York Mets interesting, compelling and philosophically important. If the sports-o-sphere is a baseball team, Fry and Greg Prince are our Maddux and Smoltz. Or, to put it in Mets terms, our Doc Gooden and somebody else who pitched for the Mets when they were good. [Faith and Fear]