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February 14, 2017

          However NFL commissioners are removed, this one needs to go, whether for mis- or malfeasance in office.           The attempt to hang Brady and, by extension, to hamstring the Patriots, was a put-up job from the beginning. Goodell’s not the only rat in this: other team owners went along when they should have spoken […]

Kill The Umpire!

September 29, 2011

    Two teams, the Red Sox and the Braves, have suffered colossal collapses and lose playoff spots for this baseball year.     Due to career mobility, mine is a serialized fan history, from the Cardinals to the Braves and Diamondbacks, and in these latter days I root for the dearly departed Sox from Beantown. So […]

The Myth of American Sports

April 12, 2011

Let’s please get over the fairy tale that sports in America are the cleanliness that is next to godliness, and that our children are better for their existence. It is but another piece in the myth of American “exceptionalism.” But if Freud was correct that we deal with our wrongheadedness by facing rather than denying […]

Despicable Them: Baseball Strikes Out

April 4, 2011

Ah, just listen to the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd. But it’s not a game anymore, only a newly-minted circle of the super-rich whose teams are wagered on in office betting pools and imagined to be gods by children. Kids always felt that way about their hardball heroes, back to […]

In Memoriam: How George Steinbrenner Compromised the Future of Baseball

July 15, 2010

The brain of a sports fan is not a rational one. One may be a loser, broken-hearted, and victim of bad luck, bad genes or bad temper, and all is well if his fave team wins a championship. Sports writers, announcers, SportsCenter jocks and their kin, of whom there seem to be a frightful number […]

Damn Yankees

May 9, 2010

[Baseball, sad to say, is a spectacle of all the other teams chasing the Rich Kids. It isn’t a miracle that the Yankees win so often, it’s a huge one that they ever lose] Given that it is  the rest of the baseball world’s perennial hope to beat the Yankees every year, a little objectivity […]

Baseball Is Not Too Big to Fail

April 9, 2010

Spring is in the air, as is the repulsive scent of performance-enhancing drugs–temporarily in disuse but awaiting the go-ahead to resume juicing. We used to think baseball was the cleanest of sports–certainly the easiest for fans to monitor: players are yards apart except for brief intervals– compared to basketball where players are always at push-and-shove […]

Return of the Tiger

March 19, 2010

The meaning of celebrity, and who ought to be whose heroes. The world is at odds with itself over the imminent return of Tiger Woods. Golfers are united in the conviction that it’s the best of all worst worlds–else, no one will care, let alone watch the PGA. All others are split over the morality […]

All Is Forgiven

July 11, 2009

“All Manny had to do, like A-Rod, was hit a homer or knock in a run, and all would be forgiven” Manny Ramirez was about to bat for the first time since his suspension for use of banned substances–a euphemism that means he’s a dirty rat who’s done his part, with others, to ruin baseball. […]