My older brother Eric graduated from Bowdoin College, which you’re probably not very familiar with because it’s in Maine. The people who go there have little interest in Model UN or many of the other endeavors that titillate more than a few Georgetown students. With what sort of intellectual extra-currics do they pad their resumes, you may ask? Bowling.
On Tuesday, Derek Jeter surpassed Lou Gehrig’s record of 1,269 hits at Yankee Stadium, a milestone that has stood since 1939. This latest accomplishment adds to a laundry list of honors, including nine All-Star selections and three Golden Gloves for the shortstop. But perhaps the greatest accomplishment of his 13-year career with the Yankees is that he has never failed to reach the playoffs. That streak will almost certainly end this season, the last at Yankee Stadium.
The NFL’s regular season starts on Thursday, which means that enthusiasts all over campus and the country will have finished drafting their fantasy teams and are now waiting to see how those investments will pay off. A 2006 study by outplacement consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. estimated that over the next seventeen weeks, thirty-seven million fantasy footballers will spend an average of fifty minutes a week tinkering with their accounts, costing employers nearly $18 billion in lost productivity. According to the same study, the average fantasy owner spends an additional thirty-four minutes a day thinking about his team and as much as $500 on software to give him an edge over his former friends.