Time to update the amazing failing-upward saga of the UC Berkeley Intercollegiate Athletics program, because we have hit the front page of our local paper with another humiliating roundup. Just to review, we are talking about a $70m-per-year business that loses $10m sending athletes to compete against other schools in a couple of dozen sports […]
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The origin of the anthem of the European soccer Champions League.
There’s something arguably wrong with every sport; how could it not be so? Soccer doesn’t have enough scoring for game scores to be a good indicator of relative performance, football and flat racing hurt their players, NASCAR is climate-hostile, and on and on. The rules of life – laws – are perpetually flawed too, but […]
I suppose I should put up some film of his peerless batting…but this clip captures the boyish earnestness, kindness and lack of pretension that were just as much a part of his enormous appeal.
Apparently Brent Musburger is in all kinds of hot water because of comments he made during last night’s BCS championship game. When I read that it involved remarks about the Crimson Tide quarterback’s girlfriend, I really braced for something awful. The subject was not Alabama’s 42-14 victory, but comments made during the game by the […]
Most reports of Alex Karras’s death noted that he had dementia, but not that he attributed his dementia to his years playing in the NFL. Nor did they mention that he was one of the players suing the League for concealing what it knew about the long-term effects of concussion. These omissions do a disservice […]
A group of billionaires, in an effort to squeeze out more profit, destroys workers’ pension plans and creates chaos on the ground, destroying the integrity of an American institution as a result. Yep: that’s the Romney model, all right.
“Oh yeah?”, Baron de Coubertin might have said to the Bard. London beat out Paris’ bid to host the Olympic games. Biff! Then, President Hollande mocked the Brit’s poor performance in the early events. With France ahead in the medal count, he jibed “The British have rolled out the red carpet for French athletes to […]
The ecstasy of winning.