Posts Tagged ‘sports’

Donald Sterling, Clipped

May 2, 2014

Donald Sterling, Clipped

“Ball Is in the N.B.A. Owners’ Court,” Harvey Araton, New York Times

“The Clippers, Like Many NBA Teams, Have a Majority-Minority Fan Base,” Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight

“Why Would The NAACP Honor Donald Sterling Anyway?” Karen Grigsby Bates, NPR

“Head of LA NAACP resigns after Donald Sterling scandal,” AP via CBS News

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Tarnished Sterling

April 29, 2014

Tarnished Sterling

“The Non-Sports Fan’s Guide to Donald Sterling,” Jordan Sargent, Gawker

“Your Complete Quotable Guide To Decades Of Donald Sterling’s Racism,” Timothy Burke, Deadspin

“NAACP won’t award Donald Sterling,” Darren Rovell, ESPN.com

“Donald Sterling: Slumlord Billionaire,” Dave Zirin, The Nation

“The NBA’s Ownership Society,” Josh Levin, Slate

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College Sports

April 25, 2014

College Sports

“When the Texas Wesleyan Rams arrived here this month to defend their 10 straight national titles, the 14 players and coaches wore navy blue and gold track suits and carried matching bags. The walkie-talkies worn on the hips of tournament personnel crackled to life: ‘Texas Wesleyan has entered the building.’

The opposing teams,—most of whom brought only a handful of players, some in a mishmash of college sweatshirts,—stopped to watch in awe and dread.

‘We are the New York Yankees of table tennis,’ said Texas Wesleyan University Coach Jasna Rather. ‘Everybody hates our guts.'”

— “Don’t Call It Ping Pong: College Sports Rivalry Expands to Table Tennis,” Douglas Belkin, Wall Street Journal

So are college table tennis teams unionized yet?

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Baseball Bats & Bubblegum

April 13, 2014

Baseball Bats & Bubblegum

Double Bubble baseball bats filled with bubblegum. Because you can’t sell chewing tobacco to kids.

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Hot Dogs

April 7, 2014

Hot Dogs

“If the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council is right, Americans will eat enough hot dogs at Major League Baseball stadiums this season to stretch from Nationals Park to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field in Phoenix.

Nearly 21.4 million hot dogs will be eaten, the trade group says. And we’ll eat another 5.5 million sausages.”

— “Hail to the ballpark hot dog: We’ll eat 21M this year,” Jeff Clabaugh, Washington Business Journal

More:

“Hot Dogs Remain Top Dog For Major League Baseball Fans,” National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (press release) (Infographic)

“Hot dogs and beer: See what $20 buys at the ballpark,” CNN

The death of the hot dog & the weirdness of new ballpark food,” Stephen Mast, Fox Sports

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Combat Juggling!

April 1, 2014

Combat Juggling!

Combat Juggling. No foolin.’ It’s a thing:

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The Big Game

February 2, 2014

The Big Game

Sunday, February 2, 2014: Time for the Big Game. That’s right, Puppy Bowl X is on Animal Planet at the same time as Fox shows some kind of New Jersey sports spectacle.The cute canine competitors come from shelters, and always get adopted before the Puppy Bowl airs, but this year viewers can participate by picking Puppy Bowl Fantasy Teams.

So, if all dogs go to heaven, does God pick the winner of the Puppy Bowl? Maybe you should pray for your puppy team, just to be on the safe side.

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Super Bowl Stories You May Have Missed

February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Stories You May Have Missed

“In Brutal Contest of Strength and Strategy, a Culture Is Revealed,” Joshua Keating, Slate

“Company Attempts World Record For Largest Mozzarella Football,” CBSNewYork

“Groundhog Day and Super Bowl Coincide for 1st Time,” AP via ABC News

“8 NFL Facts That Will Piss You Off During The Super Bowl,” Nic Halverson, Discovery News

“Pot Will See Sales Spike For Super Bowl, Just Like Pizza,”  Sean Gregory, TIME.com

“How Your Pizza Delivery Guy Is Getting Stiffed This Super Bowl,” Dave Jamieson, Huffington Post

“An Advertising Legend Rates 2014’s Top Super Bowl Commercials (And One Instant Classic You Won’t See On Sunday),” Allen St. John, Forbes 

“The Best Super Bowl Drinking Games 2014,” Christopher Zara, International Business Times

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Message to the NFL

February 1, 2014

A message to the NFL from the National Congress of American Indians, oldest and largest American Indian and Alaska Native organization.

More:

“Over 200 Civil Rights Organizations Call For Washington, DC Football Team to Change Its Name,” NCAI.org

“The Epic Battle To Save The Most Offensive Team Name In Professional Sports,” Travis Waldron, Think Progress

“The Washington R*dskins’ Wily Mascot: Coach William ‘Lone Star” Dietz,'” Linda M. Waggoner, Montana: the Magazine of Western History

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Nationalize Pro Sports!

January 5, 2014

Nationalize Pro Sports!

Citizens arise! Pro sports league monopolies are exempt from anti-trust laws and pay no taxes. Sports team owners extort public funding for stadiums while charging outrageous prices for tickets, parking, and concessions.

“Owners are the worst thing about professional sports. Professional sports team owners, like most of the modern global mega-rich, tend to exhibit most or all of the following traits: General cluelessness about matters unrelated to the immediate field in which they made their fortune; unjustified faith, despite that cluelessness, in their own abilities and intelligence; the related belief that their expertise in money hoarding translates to expertise in all other fields of human endeavor; staggering greed and attendant unscrupulousness. There is no modern football owner who started a team himself and built it into a powerhouse, along the lines of the usual mythic entrepreneurial success story. These are men who made a lot of money and then bought a hobby. ….

And most of these men try their hardest to convince the average fan that it’s the players — you know, the people who actually make up the teams that play the sport — that are overpaid, in an industry in which various people ‘win’ Super Bowl rings merely for being lucky enough to have been born with the last names Mara or Rooney.

This is why we as a country must nationalize all sports.”

— Alex Pareene, “Hot sports take: Fire the owners and nationalize all sports!” Salon

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