Good morning, and thanks for spending part of your day with Extra Points.
Today is a slightly different newsletter. But this is going to be a slightly different week.
First, I’d really love it if you took a second and filled out this brief survey. Extra Points 2.0 launches next Monday, and I’m trying to get a better idea of the things my readers think are really important, so I can make sure we serve those over the coming months. Letting me know what you like and dislike about this current newsletter will really help me deliver a better product.
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Finally, I wanted to do something a little different with this newsletter. Paid subscribers get access to one podcast a month (plus the entire Extra Points archives). But some stories and interviews are better in audio format, in my opinion.
Today, I wanted to bring you a conversation with two of my dear friends and former colleagues.
Many of you followed SB Nation’s college football coverage. Most of my friends that helped make that coverage were bought out. Without a home, they decided to make their own thing. So my buddies Richard Johnson, Jason Kirk, Spencer Hall, Tyson Whitting and Alex Kirshner are writing a really interesting book, called The Sinful Seven.
The Sinful Seven was a real college football group, but this book isn’t exactly a work of non-fiction. There’s a lot of stuff in there that is completely true. But it’s also a Western. There are some outlandish jokes. It’s…weird. But in a good way.
I’m no good at explaining this thing, so this conversation with Alex and Tyson talks about the craziness of college football history in the wide open 1950s, what exactly their project is, what they’ve learned, and more. I hope you enjoy it.
I’ll have some new posts later this week about conference realignment, Under Armour and more, so stay tuned!
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