What to Watch: I’m a longtime fan of HBO’s Real Sports. It continues to be one of the best, most informative, and most interesting shows on television. And you definitely don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy it. In the latest edition, the excellent Soledad O’Brien explores a new business that treats baseball players as investable commodities. I am a baseball fanatic and an investor, and I had no idea. And in a segment from earlier this year, available on YouTube, Real Sports covered a local high school team and the group of police officers that coached them into becoming a powerhouse. (This story brings together many of the threads covered in today’s top story, making it a must watch.)

+ What to Chew On: I chew ice constantly. But for most of my adult life, I’ve been chewing plain old ordinary ice from my freezer. That changed when my wife got me an Opal Ice Machine that’s now sitting on my kitchen counter. Yes, it’s five hundred bucks. But for me (and thousands of internet reviewers), it’s worth that and then some. For the last year, I stayed home for the pandemic. For the next year, I’m staying home for the ice.