This week Dave and Steel are joined once again by Dave’s old neighbor Matt Brown. Together the trio discusses Matt’s vinyl collection, the best and worst American sports teams owners in recent memory, give their recommendations for book of the year, play great music by Pavement, Jonathan Candido, Andrew W.K., The Baseball Project, and Barrett Strong, and share book wisdom from Don DeLillo’s first novel, Americana.
Recommended Record Labels
OTC Sport Team Owners
- Frank McCourt [Dodgers]
- Marge Schott, the racist, chain-smoking cheapskate who used to own the Reds.
- Bill Veeck, the best owner of all time. Just watch the first 2 minutes of this if you need proof:
- Mark Davis and his amazing hair cut. He co-owns the Oakland Raiders with his mother.
- Dan Snyder [Washington Redskins]. I may not be an expert in this but the name seems racist.
- Jim Irsay [Colts] and his ‘shadow life‘.
- Green Bay Packers, Inc., the only community owned team in major American pro sports.
- Donald Sterling [LA Clippers]. This guy’s whole life. Holy crap.
- Steve Ballmer [LA Clippers]. Amazing everything. THIS COMPANY YAAAAAAAAAAAASSSS!
- Jim Dolan [NY Knicks]. Amazing musician, bizarre friendship with Isiah Thomas
- Mikhail Prokhorov [Brooklyn Nets]. Just read this. Yikes.
- Ozzie and Daniel Silna [Spirits of St. Louis]. These brothers and former ABA team owners worked out a deal guaranteeing them a fixed share of TV money in perpetuity for giving up their team. Best legal deal of all time?
Books of the Year
- Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn: The Final Empire [Dave]
- Charles Reznikoff’s Testimony [Steel]
- William T. Vollmann’s The Dying Grass [Matt]
Unchained Melodies: Sports Owner Theme Songs
This week’s passage came from Don DeLillo’s 1971 debut novel, Americana.