Monthly Archives: October 2012

And a man shall lead them . . . again

TweetThe U.S. women’s national soccer team has a new coach, one with plenty of international coaching experience and success.
But even before Tom Sermanni, a Scot in charge of the Australian women’s team, was hired Tuesday by the U.S. Soccer Federation, there were worries about a factor over which he has had no control.
His gender.
A few [...]

Call him Señor Octobre

TweetPablo Sandoval’s three home runs in Game 1 of the World Series have been matched only by Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols.
That two of these magnificent shots came off Justin Verlander is even more remarkable. Sandoval’s “Panda” nickname may also need an upgrade.

Because everything has to have a political angle

TweetI really wanted to like today’s SB Nation Longform piece, “Why Sports Matter,” because answering this question is the chief reason for me revamping this blog.
And then I clicked on the link to discover the following as the true headline: “Obama vs. Romney: The hot shot vs. the GM.”
For the love of God.
I feel tricked, [...]

A pause before the World Series

TweetOne day between the National League Championship Series and the World Series is what’s been allotted, enough time for the Detroit Tigers to fly west for Game 1 tomorrow night against the San Francisco Giants.
Time — television time, to be specific — is all that matters now.
This clip from the “Baseball’s Golden Age” series has [...]

To ‘cleanse’ cycling, but at what cost?

TweetIt’s official: Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and has been banned for life — even though he’s retired. UCI, the international cycling union, will not challenge the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s punishment, and the event will have no official champion from 1999-2005.
Says UCI president Pat McQuaid, long derided as [...]

Discovering the wonders of ‘cricklit’

TweetI’ve never watched an innings of cricket. Nor have I opened one of the many books written about it, both fiction and non-fiction, that reveal the long history and deep lore of a sport as synonymous with the peak of the British Empire as baseball is with the rise of the modern American nation.
But after [...]

The decline of a sporting icon

TweetIt’s a rare alignment of the solar system when three sportswriters as disparate in writing style and temperament as Joe Posnanski, Jeff MacGregor and Buzz Bizzinger exude a similar tone and sentiment about Derek Jeter.
That’s because the New York Yankees’ shortstop and captain is one of the few sporting figures to enjoy nearly universal respect [...]

Armstrong must be guilty if Nike bails out, right?

TweetI saw a Tweet this morning from a not-obscure sportswriter I know by acquaintance, moments after the news broke that Nike was terminating its endorsement contract with Lance Armstrong:
“Guilty.”
It was a retweet, with that single word as his response.
And the media self-righteousness took off from there, with some wondering when Armstrong might “come clean,” because [...]

The core problem with college athletics reform

TweetIvan Maisel penned a thoughtful, fair-minded piece last week on ESPN.com about the Knight Commission — whose motto he tongue-in-cheek describes as “Tilting at Windmills since 1989″ — and the increasingly difficult challenge of advocating college athletics reform in an age when more money is flowing into big schools and major conferences than ever before.
The [...]

If I ever started a baseball blog . . .

Tweet. . . I would call it Sid Bream’s Slide, after my favorite Atlanta Braves moment — ever.
It was followed by heartbreak, as the Braves got burned in walkoff fashion by Joe Carter and the Toronto Blue Jays in the World Series. The Braves’ 14-year postseason run, including the 1995 World Series crown, was something [...]