Sunday Link-Off: Life in the Fastlane

ronda-rousey-si16-01bIt’s been an interesting week for me though I’m sorry that I let the blogging get a little lax as a result. I had a work trip that didn’t leave me any free time for most of last week and I came back to a bad cold/flu. I’ve spent most of the weekend either sleeping or laid up. It’s not exactly what one would call a fun time but I’m here with the weekend links so that’s got to count for something. 

Anyway, it’s Sunday so you’re here for the links. Let’s kick things off with one of three SI Swimsuit cover girls, Ronda Rousey.

The opposition is trying to do their job and stop Canadians’ honeymoon with Prime Minister Trudeau and the governing Liberal Party. That’s only resulted in a recent poll giving Liberals 49% of potential votes in a hypothetical election which would result in them winning 70% of seats. (Toronto Star)

I live on the border of the US. Before the bottom fell out of the dollar, a lot of people crossed the border to shop for damn near everything, exchange and duties be damned. That’s because competition among American business still made things cheaper over there. That same competitive spirit doesn’t exist as strongly among businesses. (CBC)

If you were to ask me if I would pack up The Lowdown and et geekera if BuzzFeed Canada offered me a full-time job analyzing video games, I would strongly consider it. They wouldn’t do that because I’m a white man and they aren’t interested in white men. (Mediaite)

Wine sales are coming to select grocery stores in Ontario. Unfortunately, it’s being done in a way that won’t make for much competition for the government-owned LCBO stores. (National Post)

The man who negotiated almost $300 million in public money for the new Detroit Red Wings arena now has a job with the Wings’ owner. Public money for private benefit is only good when there’s going to be a long-term economic benefit. Not sold on that here. (Deadspin)

Could Michael Bloomberg run for President and win? (Daily Intelligencer)

An employee at Yelp wrote an open letter documenting the stories of how the company’s low pay was affecting the lives of her coworkers. The company was kind enough to fire her in response. (Business Insider)

Wrestling’s famed Monday Night Wars have long since come and gone. Only now is competition returning to wrestling in the form of the Wednesday Night Wars between WWE’s NXT development circuit and Lucha Underground. (Rolling Stone)

And while TV ratings for wrestling are at near-historic lows, wrestling podcasting is a bustling industry. It’s been likened to group therapy for disillusioned wrestling fans. (Motherboard)

Apparently, Seth Meyers is doing a great job on his new show and no one is noticing. (Daily Dot)

The co-main event of Bellator 149 was Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000. It was a fight for the ages.

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