House of Strauss

House of Strauss is a Substack exploring intersections between sports, business, politics, and culture. It delves into the evolving sports media environment, the impact of political and social issues on sports, coaching strategies, the influence of influencers in sports, and critiques of media handling of sports stories. It aims to provide insights into the dynamics shaping modern sports and culture.

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53 implied HN points β€’ 12 Mar 24
  1. The debate between Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the GOAT is ongoing, with arguments highlighting different aspects like championships and career longevity.
  2. Social media trends like 'We're done with the 90's' provoke discussions about basketball legends and the evolution of the game over time.
  3. Michael Jordan's impact and legacy as an iconic sports figure remain strong, transcending nostalgia and time, as seen through his enduring influence in popular culture.
37 implied HN points β€’ 09 Mar 24
  1. General managers and coaches in the NBA believe the league changed its rules midseason, causing scoring trends to shift abruptly.
  2. Statements from league executives prior to the scoring drop are now seen as ironic, given the sudden shift in average points per game by teams.
  3. There is a widespread belief within the NBA that the league's rules were secretly altered due to outside pressure, sparking speculation and questions among those involved.
33 implied HN points β€’ 14 Mar 24
  1. Success often comes from mastering the basics and being consistent rather than seeking flashy shortcuts.
  2. Persistence and commitment to tedious tasks can lead to significant growth and improvement over time.
  3. Embracing boredom and putting in the repetitive work can be a key factor in achieving long-term success in various aspects of life.
51 implied HN points β€’ 12 Feb 24
  1. Losing can be more interesting than winning because there's more to consider and manage.
  2. As a parent, it's important to maintain a calm and composed demeanor even during disappointing moments like sports losses.
  3. Family and responsibility take precedence over sports outcomes, teaching the value of emotional management and stoicism.
50 implied HN points β€’ 13 Feb 24
  1. Pat McAfee criticized Bill Simmons over Super Bowl parlay bets, not content or integrity.
  2. The conflict between McAfee and Simmons is about competing visions for sports media and the role of sports gambling.
  3. Some speculate that the criticism stems from McAfee giving a platform to Aaron Rodgers to criticize Simmons' friend, Jimmy Kimmel.
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41 implied HN points β€’ 19 Feb 24
  1. The NBA All Star Game was heavily criticized and considered uncompetitive, with even the commissioner showing concern.
  2. There is speculation that NBA commissioner Adam Silver's recent focus on the product's quality is driven more by business interests than personal enthusiasm.
  3. The NBA is in a critical phase of securing its financial future, but the current players seem disinterested in putting on an engaging performance.
25 implied HN points β€’ 18 Mar 24
  1. Younger referees in the NBA tend to call fewer fouls, possibly affecting game outcomes like total points scored.
  2. There has been a significant drop in the average total points scored in NBA games, contrary to the league's initial explanation of a "statistical anomaly."
  3. The NBA's handling of the decreased scoring and evasion in addressing the issue has left fans questioning the league's transparency and motivations.
37 implied HN points β€’ 23 Feb 24
  1. NFL teams prioritized public relations over on-field advantage by not signing Matt Araiza, which ultimately impacted their seasons.
  2. Media hysteria played a significant role in influencing teams' decisions on player signings, revealing the impact of irrationality in sports media.
  3. The avoidance of signing Araiza by Super Bowl contenders due to media pressures ended up hurting these teams during the season.
34 implied HN points β€’ 26 Feb 24
  1. The TV show Bluey is enjoyable and emotionally impactful for both kids and adults.
  2. Bluey's success lies in its focus on parenting, appealing to children as they are curious about boundaries and rules.
  3. Bluey stands out as a rare gem of quality entertainment that can be shared across generations, bridging the gap between childhood and parenthood.
31 implied HN points β€’ 26 Feb 24
  1. Professional sports should stick to familiar uniforms that fans love.
  2. Sometimes uniform changes work if a team lacks a strong brand image, but unnecessary changes can frustrate fans.
  3. Visual consistency and nostalgia hold significant value in sports uniforms, connecting them to history and fan memories.
28 implied HN points β€’ 01 Mar 24
  1. Politicians often rely on writers and intellectuals for ideas, while sports coaches do not look to the media for advice.
  2. Political leaders delegate the ideas portion of their projects to others, like writers, as they seek power for its own sake.
  3. In contrast to politics, sports coaches consider the media intellectually useless and mainly rely on internal expertise within their team for strategic decisions.
23 implied HN points β€’ 05 Mar 24
  1. Peter King outlasted his haters in the NFL world, proving his longevity and success.
  2. The write-up by Peter King in his final Football Morning in America focused on the late NFL reporter Chris Mortensen, showcasing the old-school style of journalism.
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45 implied HN points β€’ 12 Jan 24
  1. Nick Saban's retirement as a top coach at age 72 was a rare and thoughtful decision in sports.
  2. The concept of gerontocracy, where older individuals persist in power, is notable in both sports and politics.
  3. Recognizing one's limitations with age and gracefully passing responsibilities to the next generation is a wise and necessary practice.
24 implied HN points β€’ 29 Feb 24
  1. The Denver Nuggets surprisingly had four games reaching a viewership of 2 million this season on cable, which is a rare achievement in today's media landscape.
  2. Viewership for NBA games on ESPN and TNT can be challenging to reach the 2 million threshold, but the Nuggets achieved it multiple times.
  3. Reaching 2 million viewers on cable for NBA games is not common, making the Denver Nuggets stand out for their significant viewership numbers.
28 implied HN points β€’ 31 Jan 24
  1. Being a "homer" can lead to more accurate predictions about your favorite team
  2. Assess opinions based on substance, not on perceived bias or motives
  3. Interest in an outcome can enhance understanding and knowledge, outweighing potential bias
36 implied HN points β€’ 05 Jan 24
  1. Television and platforms like Youtube have different requirements and not all content works on both.
  2. The success of a media personality on one platform doesn't guarantee success on another.
  3. Hiring decisions in media can be risky and may have implications for a company's reputation and internal dynamics.
26 implied HN points β€’ 15 Jan 24
  1. The sports TV industry is experiencing a major transformation due to Peacockification.
  2. Peacock Game on NBCUniversal is influencing how ESPN and other sports rights holders operate.
  3. Fans are skeptical but the industry is evolving with potential watershed moments.
23 implied HN points β€’ 23 Jan 24
  1. The show 'First Things First' is highly praised and successful in captivating its audience through storytelling.
  2. Successful sports talk involves taking the audience on a journey through engaging narratives rather than just shouting or acting crazy.
  3. The success of 'First Things First' is attributed to its mix of entertainment, accountability for past opinions, and the show's ability to anchor viewers in the present moment.
19 implied HN points β€’ 16 Jan 24
  1. Matthew Stafford and Hakeem Olajuwon both saw their legacies defined after age 30.
  2. Both athletes received more attention and validation after certain career events.
  3. Late career success can significantly impact an athlete's legacy and recognition.
64 implied HN points β€’ 27 Apr 23
  1. The media can sensationalize and distort complex stories into soundbites for quick, angry reactions.
  2. Successful coaching often involves individualized management strategies and balancing structure with freedom.
  3. Phil Jackson's coaching success was rooted in understanding and connecting with players as individuals, even amidst societal and personal contradictions.
63 implied HN points β€’ 15 Jun 23
  1. The author reflects on a controversial article they wrote about the Cavinder twins, TikTok stars turned influencers.
  2. Despite facing backlash, the author stands by the intent and content of their article, emphasizing the journalistic process and context.
  3. The article aimed to delve into the modern journey and business aspects of the Cavinder twins but faced criticism from the subject for not aligning with their desired narrative.
53 implied HN points β€’ 27 Jul 23
  1. Bomani Jones is more popular and influential than perceived in broadcasting circles.
  2. Bomani Jones generates high subscription rates when appearing on podcasts, indicating strong public interest.
  3. Criticism of Bomani Jones from certain media outlets may be ideologically motivated and overlook his talent and success.