I first got a whiff of the new Malcolm Gladwell essay when he engaged in a three part (part one, part two, part three) email exchange with Bill Simmons from ESPN. Gladwell looks at underdogs and innovation in sports and why the two don’t necessary follow each other, even though they probably should.
Both exchanges are worth reading, if for nothing else than they’re sports food for thought. The most memorable aspect is Gladwell’s thoughts on sports drafts and his suggestion that there shouldn’t be a draft, but rather college players should go on job interviews with their respective teams.
That suggestion alone, is worth wading through 20,000 words or so.