Tanya Gold's take on the royal family's ability to project an impression of thrift while spending vast sums of public money is, in my humble republican opinion, the most entertaining published response to the appeal court's ruling that Prince Charles's correspondence with Tony Blair's cabinet should be published. The Guardian's leader on the topic of the so-called 'black spider' memos is also a stimulating read. I suspect the attorney general has a real fight on his hands. His argument appears to be that we must not know what Prince Charles's most passionate political opinions are because he is not supposed to have political opinions, and that his correspondence must therefore be suppressed because it might compromise the public's impression of his political neutrality. Convoluted or simply deluded? You choose.
The NFL has been rocked by the "bounty" scandal in which New Orleans Saints defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams paid players to injure the opposition. The saga took a new twist last week when audio was released by documentary-maker Sean Pamphilon of Williams ordering his players to "go for the heads" of players who had a history of concussions and to injure the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) of a player who had a previous knee injury. The problem was that Pamphilon was only in the room to hear those words because he was filming a documentary on former Saints player Steve Gleason, who has a terminal illness. In releasing the audio Pamphilon has ruined his relationship with Gleason. ESPN spoke to Pamphilon, who himself doesn't know if he did the right thing.