Dem bums, dem bums, dem mad bums.
There were Giants in the earth in those days.
As if a racially offensive nickname weren’t bad enough, now this.
All over the place.
It fails to happen every 90 years.
It was the 80s. Nobody’s hair looked good.
A decade of dynasties.
As with music, politics, and American society in general, in baseball the 60s don’t really begin until halfway through through the decade. 1960 What’s the most dramatic play in baseball? A walk-off home run. How do you make it even more so? It’s in the 7th game of World Series. That’s how Mazeroski’s blast that…
Yankee haters might want to skip this one.
No spoilers here. But in the post, yeah. Spoilers.
The San Antonio Spurs have won their fifth title in the last fifteen years, a remarkable level of achievement, especially considering the way that they’ve done it, winning with a mix of stunning international players, unexpected finds, and castoffs. And with Tim Duncan too, the greatest big man of his generation, easily one of the…
Mike Dwyer asked us to explain the appeal of soccer. Here’s my attempt, using a goal the Netherlands’ Robin Van Persie scored today. First watch the video of the goal, then I’ll break it down to show how it happened. Beautiful, right? In fact that’s going to be one of the highlight goals of the…
My wife and I took our children to the park. There was a newly poured concrete slab with a basketball hoop at one end. Nearby, a father and his son were eating sandwiches. On the table beside them was a basketball. “Can I borrow that for a few minutes?” I asked them, and the father…
What players do you need to tell the story of baseball?
I am not making this up.
Take Me Out to The Ball Game isn’t the only song about baseball.
Because people who “don’t care” if you’re gay don’t usually make laws making it illegal for your employer to keep you on.
Sam on Jason Collins, basketball, and bigotry.
Burt Likko fills in for Will Truman for this week’s aggregation of dozens of links to themed web randomness!
What Jim Leyland knows about baseball could save your life—or at least your sanity.
Gotta Love ’em.
World Cup draws. Early predictions. Frustrations. England fans singing vulgar songs. Cheering. Zero-zero ties. It’s a beautiful game.
You might have seen that Michael Jordan recently announced his idea of an all-time all-star basketball five, one that he thought would never lose a pickup game. It’s caused a lot of dissension, not least because it’s all contemporaries of Jordan’s, not an Abdul-Jabbar or a LeBron in sight, but what it led me to…
For the second year in a row, the voters have elected the wrong man for the American League Most Valuable Player award. Miguel Cabrera won his second MVP in a row, again besting Mike Trout — the best player in Major League Baseball. Thoughts?
With 8 weeks behind us, let’s re-assess the contenders and the pretenders in the NFL. The criteria are the same: I rank teams based on how I think they’d fare against one another in a 10 game home-and-home series.
Ways in which high school football is like litigation.
Mark Sanchez might not be so happy when he sees this week’s rankings.
FOOTBALL IS HERE! FOOTBALL IS HERE!!! HEY, EVERYONE… FOOTBALL IS HERE! Yes, I know, technically the season started on Thursday, but Sundays are what it is all about with the NFL. Even though my team is starting the season with lower expectations than they’ve had since I was in high school and doesn’t play until…
You probably missed it, because only mere mortals were involved, but Peyton Manning threw 7 touchdowns last night. Of course, that is just 41% of what Tim Tebow threw when he was with the Broncos*. And 0% of what the Anointed One accomplished on the ground.
For that matter, what will I?
How will it remain possible to separate enjoyment for the game from its unambiguous potential to harm its players?
On Monday, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will compete for college football’s national championship. This is the kind of thing that gets sportswriters in a tizzy. If you’re of a certain Age, Notre Dame is what college football is all about, so the school’s sudden (and entirely unexpected) reappearance in the sport’s championship is a…
I’m starting to wonder if the Mayans were at least in the right ballpark on the date of the whole end of the world thing. Last night my beloved and perennially hapless Seahawks destroyed the the San Francisco 49ers, currently the #1 team in the country, by a score of 42-13. And this comes on the heels of…
Last year, I posted the bowl preview I always write for a friend. Since I wrote it again this year, I figured I’d post the new version. I tried to edit for a more general audience, but it may still be pitched a tad toward Michigan and the Big Ten in general. As with last…
In which Conor Williams explains why he’s done with football.