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Doing (Sports) Journalism Right

My baseline assumption about sports journalists is that they’re essentially glorified stenographers engaged in nothing more than elaborate public relations campaigns dedicated to the preservation and exultation of athletic institutions. I am as confused by their desire to produce that work as I am by the musician who seeks nothing more than the production of…

Sports Media And (Incredibly Mild) Critique Is Making Me So Low

Hope Solo is angry. Although her team had won 3-0 today against an undersized Colombia, Brandi Chastain, an NBC commentator for the match, had criticized one of the team’s defenders. Solo, who counts on those defenders, wanted to make something clear: color commentators are there to approvingly praise American players. They are not to offer…

How To: (Re)Season A Cast Iron Skillet

I am thinking right now about purchasing a winter jacket. It is a parka, built of two parts, each which can separately be its own jacket. So maybe it is more accurate to say that I am considering purchasing two jackets which can, Voltron style, create a larger, better, warmer third jacket. My objection is…

The Penn State University Disaster

Almost Unreasonable Introduction I think that I’d like to write that almost everybody involved in the Jerry Sandusky scandal is a weapons grade asshole, that the insistence upon the superiority of a football program over the victimization of children is evidence of this, and that the entire school ought to be burned to the ground…

But We’ve Already Met

As a newly minted Ordinary Gentleman, I am required to introduce myself, although I’d like to believe that I’ve spent the last six months doing so in the both the guest posts that have been generously published here and in the comments section. More is required of me though; Erik and Tod both said so.…