If you’re interested in a good long read that isn’t about football, Gabriella Paiella did an oral history of the Folgers coffee incest ad for GQ.
Ramble of the Day
Let’s make today a quick question type of day: What’s the last thing you streamed on Netflix (that is, if you have a Netflix account)?
For me, it’s Terrace House, the Opening New Doors season. I began watching the Japanese reality show on a friend’s recommendation, and have enjoyed it so far. Each season, they take six people and stick them in a gorgeous house — the season I’m watching, they’re in Karuizawa — and just let them do whatever. They don’t really give them tasks or anything, but encourage the cast members to get to know each other and form romantic relationships. Additionally, there are six presenters who, on a few occasions each episode, provide commentary on the lives of the cast members.
Because it isn’t a competition series — contestants can do whatever they want, and are free to leave the show when they feel it’s appropriate — it’s mostly light content. That doesn’t mean there hasn’t been drama — original cast member Yuudai basically pissed everyone off before he left because he never took responsibility for even small things. Still, it’s been enjoyable getting to know all of the cast members so far (I’m 13 episodes in), and can’t help but root for all of them. I’ve also found the analysis from the presenters incredibly entertaining; they mostly make fun of the cast members, but aren’t particularly nasty, and really make me envy their jobs.
tl;dr: What’s the last thing you watched on Netflix?
Links of the Day
MLS is expanding to Charlotte, N.C., with the team set to begin play in 2021.
David Squires covers the Club World Cup in his latest cartoon.
Today’s longer read: John Nicholson questions why ex-footballers have a monopoly on television analysis of football for Football365