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SRSLY?

I fully recognize that the MLB All-Star Game is primarily an exhibition, in spite of the Commissioner’s attempt to “make it count” instead of just doing what the NBA and NHL does and just assign home-field advantage in the championship round to the team with the better record*.  And I get that the MLB All-Star Game MVP matters even less. But awarding it to Mariano Rivera for the impressive task of throwing a single shut-out inning, a feat 5 other […]

No-no!

Tim Lincecum has had a rough couple of years. After winning the Cy Young award his first two years and helping to lead the Giants to a championship the next year, he somehow lost it. Last year he was bad, in fact the worst starting pitcher in baseball. He still struck a lot of hitters out, but also gave up for too many walks and home runs. He was generally lucky to last through the sixth inning. For the post-season, […]

Bodies!

Last year, I shared some of the images from ESPN the Magazine’s annual “The Body” issue.  The joke then was that the seemingly perfect specimens they were offering us should make anyone a sports fan.  But this year, ESPN included a number of non-traditional “bodies”, an effort for which I applaud them. You’ve got 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s almost entirely tattooed torso. Golf legend Gary Player in his 77-year-old glory. Motorcross racer Tarah Gieger and her stacked thighs. And perhaps most amazingly, and beautifully, […]

Seattle Pride

Last Sunday, the Seattle Mariners became the first-ever American professional sports team to publicly fly a Gay Pride flag during a game.  Mariners spokeswoman Rebecca Hale had this to say about the decision: “We’re a part of this community. Our fans are a reflection of our community.  We thought this was an appropriate gesture on…

Doping, Blade Running, and Wheelchair Basketball

Andrew Sullivan criticizes Jeremy Rozansky’s condemnation of steroid use by claiming that steroid use is perhaps less morally arbitrary than genetic inheritance of athletic ability. I agree with Sullivan that there is no question that part of any person’s athletic ability is not due to choices she actually made, and is indeed morally arbitrary. But,…

Sad Songs

they say, so… so much. This is the saddest “sad sack” story you will ever read if you’re a sports fan.  Mets fans don’t have anything on this.  Nobody has anything on this. CLIPPER fans don’t have anything on this. To quote my nephew, ‘This is why I’m a Laker fan”.

The Costas Rant

I expect that this is going to be a somewhat unpopular post, judging by the feedback I’ve gotten on Twitter for suggesting it in the first place, but I want to hear what other people think. First, the background. During halftime of the Steelers/Chiefs game on Sunday night, Bob Costas took to the air to…

A Legacy Tarnished

Last night, after a week of horrifying revelations, Penn State’s Board of Trustees decided to show Joe Paterno the door (along with university president Graham Spanier). If you haven’t yet, you should read E.D. Kain’s post about this scandal over at his other home. It’s good, and it draws an interesting parallel between the Catholic…

Gripes

I’m not feeling super-motivated to write about politics these days – the two debates and the job speech over the last couple weeks have left me too exhausted to even bother – so instead I’m going to channel all of that disappointment into talking about things I hate. This is not an interesting post, but…

Super Bowl Open Thread

I don’t have a real rooting interest, but I am anticipating a great game. My tentative pick: Steelers over Packers, 28-24. Feel free to throw out any predictions, gambling tips, or jokes at Ben Roethlisberger’s expense in the comments. We may finagle a prize for anyone who guesses the final score before kickoff (Unlimited guest…

New Media Playground

Even if you’re not a sports fan, GQ’s profile of Deadspin editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio is worth reading because it’s such a perfect distillation of the clash between old and new media cultures. Deadspin’s raison d’etre is remarkably similar to the founding rationales of many politically-driven blogs and news sites. It exists to provide an alternative…