Weekly readings 25th May 2019

Inside Google’s Civil War. An interesting story on the internal rift between employees and management over controversial projects.

What makes ramen noodles so special? As a fanatical fan of Japanese food, it’s a very interesting read on one of the more known Japanese dishes

Lower pay and higher costs: The downside of Lyft’s car rental program. The ugly truth about ride-sharing business.

Skift Analysis: Amazon’s Travel Strategy Comes Into Focus

Shark Tank deep dive: A data analysis of all 10 seasons. I am not a huge fan of the show, but it’s cool to look at it from the data perspective

Carmageddon Sinks Tesla’s Bonds. I have been pretty bearish on Tesla and this article doesn’t do much to change my opinion.

An incredible story about a woman who was brave and incredible enough to go out on her own terms

How Data (and Some Breathtaking Soccer) Brought Liverpool to the Cusp of Glory. A fascinating read on how Liverpool used data to enable performance on the pitch.

The Legal Argument That Could Destroy Uber. A really interesting read on what can be a serious legal threat to Uber.

Liverpool delivered a sensational comeback. Football is so amazing

I am referring to the sport watched and loved by billions of people on Earth, the one in which Ronaldo and Messi are gods, not Tom Brady.

The second leg of a Champions League semi-final took place today between Liverpool and Barcelona. Barcelona, a Spanish 7-time world champion, beat Liverpool at home in the first-leg 3-0. They came to the game today as an overwhelmingly strong favorite. One goal at Anfield, Liverpool’s stadium, would require the home team to score at least 5 to advance. And if you follow football a bit, you’ll know that stopping Barcelona from scoring is exceedingly challenging, especially when they have arguably the best player in the history of the sport, Lionel Messi.

But Liverpool did it anyway. They delivered a magnificent upset for the ages today by winning 4-0. I am not a Liverpool fan, but it was epic.

Liverpool vs Barcelona (Semi-final 2nd leg)

This season’s Champions League has featured some of the most dramatic games I have seen for a while such as Manchester United vs PSG, in which the deciding penalty was awarded in the dying minutes

Or Tottenham’s unlikely win against Manchester City, in which the fans’ emotions went on a roller coaster in the last seconds.

I heard some in America say that they don’t like the real football because it’s not as unpredictable as American football. The three games above, only three out of so many, proved that it wasn’t the case. Yes, admittedly, there is a sense of boring predictability in some cases such as Bayern’s dominance in Germany, PSG’s reign in France or Juventus winning year after year in Italy for the past 7 years. But do watch Champions League. It will take your emotions to the new heights or sink them down to the new lows that you didn’t know before.

I love football. It’s amazing. I have been watching it for over 20 years and I don’t imagine I’ll stop doing so for the rest of my life.

I’d like to finish the post with an inspiring photo of Mo Salah, a Liverpool player who couldn’t play today because of injury. Indeed, never give up!

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