Monthly Archives: June 2013

Sportswriters and numbers: An oil-and-vinegar reprise

TweetI concluded yesterday’s post with an observation that old media and new media seem hopelessly divided on the subject of steroids in sports. The same could be said, to some degree, about the subject of analytics, especially in baseball. While a number of high-profile sports journalists (Joe Posnanski, Bill Simmons) immediately come to mind as […]

Catching steroids ‘cheaters’ — by any means necessary

TweetAt the risk of sounding like a condescending scold — in other words, becoming like those I like to scold — I offer up a post from January written on the heels of media excuse-making about Baseball Hall of Fame voting (and in one case, the willful abstinence from casting a ballot). The reason was […]

Weekend arts: An ode to a baseball poem — or two

TweetGiven a previous rant here about baseball poets — most notably those who come out of hibernation in the spring — I may not be temperamentally suited to write about the most recent commemorations of “Casey at the Bat,” which turned 125 years old this week. (Is a centenary and a quarter even a noteworthy […]

Sports history files: Remembering Deacon Jones

TweetThe iconic figure of the Los Angeles Rams’ magnificent Fearsome Foursome may come to symbolize more than a truly roughneck era of the contemporary National Football League. It wasn’t long after the death of Deacon Jones this week at the age of 74 that at least one of his peers wondered aloud if the violent […]

Midweek books: American Pastimes and the pastime

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight a few noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author. All this week at The Stacks, Deadspin‘s new classic sportswriting blog, Alex Belth is featuring the work of Red Smith in honor of the recent release of “American Pastimes: The Very Best […]

A slow news relic passes: Pro Football Weekly, RIP

TweetWhen you click onto the Pro Football Weekly website nothing seems amiss. Scouting reports, analysis of draft picks and off-season personnel moves dominate the home page, as you might expect for the late spring/early summer months. But if you glance to the “top stories” index at the top right of the page and click onto […]

The surprising odyssey of putting women in charge

TweetThe future of Julie Hermann as the Rutgers athletic director — specifically, if she is to have a future at the New Jersey school — may be determined soon, with reports that she’ll be on campus this week ahead of her official June 17 start date. One of the most most important components of this […]