Archive for May, 2011

Yesterday’s Post ‘Pisses Off’ Alan Schwarz of The New York Times

Published May 27th, 2011, Uncategorized

Today I received the following email, with the subject line “what you don’t know.” is that all I did — based solely on the public-interest aspect of his message, and long before I was even an employee of the Times – was introduce him to a few people. And they quickly blew him off. He […]

Chris Nowinski, New York Times’ Alan Schwarz, and the Freakonomicization of Concussions

Published May 26th, 2011, Uncategorized

Chris Nowinski has done valuable work on the concussion crisis in sports. That work is also limited and flawed. He is the subject of a profile in today’s edition of the Harvard Crimson, the student newspaper of his alma mater, at Clearly and deservedly, Crimson reporters Emily Rutter and Scott A. Sherman take note […]

Connecticut Media Profiles in Caution on the WWE Independent Contractor Story

Published May 26th, 2011, Uncategorized

A prominent Connecticut journalist, in his wisdom, took the time to email me for the sole purpose of sniffing that my previous item on this blog was a “non-story.” For proof, he offered the analysis of James Caldwell of Pro Wrestling Torch ( $7,316 is a tiny drop in the bucket for WWE, so this […]

WWE Tries to Ring the Bell on Connecticut Labor Department Probe

Published May 26th, 2011, Uncategorized

In an obvious and ham-handed two-stage leak by corporate operatives, the Associated Press is reporting that the Connecticut Labor Department’s audit of World Wrestling Entertainment independent contractor practices laid a dud. The second and more-developed version of the story, under the headline “APNewsBreak: Contentious audit finds WWE owes $7K,” is at The upshot, according […]

Author Muchnick’s Montreal Radio Interview About Randy Savage on YouTube

Published May 24th, 2011, Uncategorized

Author Irvin Muchnick’s Monday interview with Dan Delmar of CJAD Radio in Montreal, discussing the death of Randy “Macho Man” Savage and related topics, is now at the WrestlingBabylon channel on YouTube ( The interview link is