Charles Pierce over on Grantland has an outstanding column about Penn State and the larger problems we face as a society. "It is not a failure of our institutions so much as it is a window into what they have become — soulless, profit-driven monsters, Darwinian predators with precious little humanity left in them. Penn [...]
As much as I hated to relive Manchester United’s exit from the 2010 UEFA Champions League on the away goals rule at the hands of Bayern Munich, I have to credit 19-year-old Fabian Moritz for taking the hours requires to recreate Bayern’s two away goals…in Lego. As the Daily Mail explains: Some Bayern Munich fans [...]
This one-time Washington Capitals season-ticket holder (last row, I like the view from on high and the price was right) was very excited to see this video of the presentation of the 2009-10 President’s Trophy. May it not be the last silverware of the season.
Let’s do a quick review: the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament appears likely to expand to 96 teams from the current 64. CBS completely screws up the “One Shining Moment” montage by having it focus on the singer, rather than highlights from the tournament. Mattel announces upcoming Scrabble rule change to allow proper nouns. Did I [...]
Thomas Boswell once wrote a book titled How Time Begins on Opening Day. I do remember when I felt that optimism. Alas, for this fan of the Chicago Cubs, it is a watch that is perhaps left in the stopped position. The Cubs have adopted “Year 1″ as a mantra for the season. Right. As if [...]
FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver, who was known for his baseball statistics innovations and knowledge before taking over last summer’s presidential predictions beat, has taken his skills to the world of soccer. He has a new rating system, the Soccer Power Index, that he has used to analyze today’s World Cup draw for ESPN. Fans of the [...]
It was one of those days that remind a person of the frustration and beauty we can see in baseball. My friend Matt hosted me at his family’s outstanding seats at San Francisco’s AT&T Park today as the Giants hosted the San Diego Padres. Matt could not promise another no-hitter (the Giants were understandably still [...]
Yes, it’s a long season. But the Chicago Cubs’ 8-3 loss today to the St. Louis Cardinals highlights problems the Cubs have had all season. Bleed Cubbie Blue’s Al Yellen explains how another bullpen meltdown, bad defense, and rain delay mixed together to result in another dreadful loss: Even after Albert Pujols poked a wind-aided [...]
Talk about your unexpected headlines: as I was starting my almost-daily regimen of surfing the English newspaper web sites for Premier League news, I was initially quite taken back when I saw that Manchester United was on the verge of signing troubled/cursed/erstwhile Newcastle United striker Michael Owen on a free transfer. What? Then, after a [...]
Even for a fan of the Chicago Cubs, this day is full of hope. Right, Mr. Vedder?