Michael Brendan Dougherty

Michael Brendan Dougherty is a contributing editor of the American Conservative.

Satter Up!

 

I was raised on the baseball highlight reel. As a kid, SportsCenter was my breakfast. Eat a little Cinnamon Toast Crunch, watch a few dazzling catches, laugh at Craig Kilborn and Keith Olbermann, see Ken Griffey, Jr. hit another homerun—what a swing! On really special mornings, there might be something crazy. When I was in college […]

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Beyond the Basics

 

The Dilemmas of American Conservatism Edited by Kenneth L. Deutsch and Ethan Fishman (The University Press of Kentucky, 212 pages, $40) Order or Liberty. Tradition and Innovation. Every year young conservatives of an intellectual bent are introduced to the great debates of their forebears. The colloquies and conferences by groups like the Intercollegiate Studies Institute […]

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Nothing But Net

 

Last May 12, I fell out of love with the NBA. The league that I had loved in the mid-nineties was gone. Bird and Magic were a distant memory, of course. But that era was full of surprises: Reggie Miller’s killer three point shots and taunting of super-Knicks fan Spike Lee; Hakeem Olajuwan, the classy […]

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Root, Root, Root for Your Own Team

 

My name is Michael Brendan Dougherty and I have a problem. You see, spring training is over. The old songs and poems about baseball are dutifully repeated over AM sports radio stations. The grass is cut and smells fresh. At this time of year I join thousands of others and welcome in the new season […]

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King of the New York Yankees

 

The place that invented the “Bronx cheer” doesn’t cotton to its baseball players easily. Yankees fans took years to warm up to the best player in the game, Alex Rodriguez. People still call up Mike and the Maddog on WFAN 660 to debate whether A-Rod is a “true Yankee.” Even the long-beloved bombers like Derek […]

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Dunkless in Seattle

 

The Seattle SuperSonics have died. The team bequeathed one NBA championship title and several YouTube videos of Shawn Kemp dunks to their Starbucks-addicted fans. They are survived by the Seattle Storm, a WNBA franchise whose popularity ranks somewhere between venereal disease and drought. And now, the autopsy is going to be ugly. Like many small-city […]

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What a Drag

 

In pop culture, drag racing had given us idiotically romantic images like James Dean in his Porsche 356 Speedster bolting down an empty California Highway. And also cheeseball ones: think John Travolta driving his Greased Lightnin’. The reality is more grubby and sometimes decidedly unfunny. In my hometown in the Hudson Valley, one racer bought […]

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The Waxman Cometh

 

Imagine sitting in front of Henry Waxman and explaining that the man who accuses you of taking an illicit substance — a demonstrably creepy man who was your trainer for years — is lying. Furthermore, imagine explaining that you didn’t really know anything about his drug promotion, even though you admit that he was sticking […]

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Anger Management

 

One reel of film will be played thousands of times on ESPN this week to mark the surprise midseason retirement of Texas Tech basketball coach Bobby Knight. In his white and black striped polo shirt, Knight stalks across the Hoosiers’ bench in 1985. Purdue’s Steve Reid prepares to take a technical free throw. As the […]

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Barry Ball

 

On the morning of October 28, 1986, Darryl Strawberry knocked on his friend’s door. No answer. “Doc, c’mon.” Then he started pounding on it. Still no response. He shouted. Nothing. Later that day, Jay Horwitz, the team’s media relations man gave the official word, “Dwight Gooden wasn’t feeling very well… that’s why he was absent.” […]

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