Monthly Archives: September 2010

When the sports world went-a-changin’

TweetSteve Rushin points to the first three weeks in October 1975, punctuated by the Thrilla in Manila, the death of the reserve clause and an unforgettable World Series.

Got them Tropicana Field Blues

TweetJeff Passan isn’t incorrect that football’s dominance in Florida has badly damaged home attendance for the Tampa Bay Rays.
But their hideous home field environment does them no good either, especially since most of their games are played before the gridiron gears up:
“The Rays walked into an ambush. The idea of having a Major League Baseball [...]

Farewell to the ‘King of the World’

TweetGeorge Blanda played in the NFL to the age of 48, and on Monday passed away at the age of 83, giving hope to those in middle age that one’s best days — and memories — don’t necessarily occur while young.

The end of a glorious affair

TweetAfter John Updike was ditched by a woman with whom he was to have an adulterous tryst, he went to Fenway Park instead to see Ted Williams’ final game. The New Yorker story that stemmed from that outing, “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu,” remains a classic, as Chip McGrath writes:
“Most of all, Updike identified with [...]

With enough money, the problem will go away

TweetThis blog rarely agrees with Pat Griffin, a rather strident proponent of the sports-and-gender culture wars. But she sums up very well the cowardice of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis officials for firing women’s basketball coach Shann Hart without cause so they don’t have to explain what the hell’s been going on:
“An important object lesson is [...]

When being eight is always great

TweetSimon Kuper signs off on his sports column at the Financial Times by taking a stab at answering why so many love the games the way they do:
“For many adults, their one escape from worry is being a sports fan. Watching sport, you can become eight years old again. You have returned to the backseat. [...]

On self-righteous indignation — the good kind

TweetGeorge Washington University English professor Margaret Soltan writes about higher education run amok on her University Diaries blog, with the most heavily-posted category being — not surprisingly — “sport.”
Read through it and howl!
She’s now got her spot on this modest site’s blogroll.

How about that? A fine find among the wine

TweetWhen Pittsburgh Pirates minority owner Bing Crosby — yes, that Bing Crosby — was out of the country during the 1960 World Series, he had the full NBC broadcast of Game 7 recorded on several reel-to-reel tapes.
Those films were among the various non-alcoholic artifacts recenly found in the wine cellar of the late entertainer’s northern [...]

I’m feeling fine, coach, honest

TweetThe Wall Street Journal finds that Alabama is one of several major programs that hands out medical scholarships to players who may be just fine. Some who’ve taken them suspect the practice occurs in order to clear room for better incoming players:
” ‘I’m still kind of bitter,’ said former Alabama linebacker Chuck Kirschman, who took [...]

When sports is all there is, until it isn’t

TweetGreg Couch reflects on the apparent suicide of Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley and ponders the illusion of sports dreams shattered by painful reality:
“Football is the American Dream. At one point, football — and sports in general — was supposed to be about building character and learning about teamwork, personal responsibility and sportsmanship.
“Oh yeah, [...]