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Baseball’s New Organization Men

 

The tone of this Daily News article reflects the current order of things in Major League Baseball (and, I assume, the bushes as well), where the game is increasingly run by GMs and the computer geeks they’ve hired and not by field managers. Baseball men are increasingly being replaced by MBAs and number-crunchers. Spit cups are leaving […]

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Money for Nothing: Welcome to Goodellgate

 

For the NFL, it was more of the same last weekend. Another one of those “marquis players” going down with a season ending injury. In this case, Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks who blew out his Achilles tendon. Sherman was a media favorite for his reliably “provocative” quotes. He will be missed. Or maybe […]

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Justice and the Sporting Life

 

Harvey Weinstein is a pig, and Kevin Spacey is such a creep his excuse for his alleged pedophilia seems to be he was drunk at the time. Meanwhile, Louis C.K.’s new movie, a morality tale about a Woody Allen like comedian who is infatuated with young women, has been shelved as Louis C.K.’s real life […]

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The Rise and Fall — and Rise Again — of the National Pastime

 

Now that the baseball season has ended with a stunning victory by the Astros, two things are obvious. One — baseball is beginning to make a comeback. As NFL rating continue to plummet, more and more viewers are rediscovering our national pastime as an alternative to football. For the second year in a row, the World […]

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Hurting Season

 

Four days after his performance against the Seattle Seahawks had people saying Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans was on his way to the best rookie season of any NFL quarterback ever, he went down with a season-ending injury. It wasn’t so surprising that Watson would get hurt. First, because in the NFL just about […]

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Saints They Ain’t

 

Imagine you’re an NFL team and your league has been mired in a two-year slump of declining ratings and attendance and has been on the receiving end of a never-ending barrage of bad publicity over the players’ offensive action of protesting the flag and National Anthem. What would be the last thing you do so […]

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Jumpin’ Jack Socks It to ’em in Paris.

 

Jack Sock holds at love with a blazin’ ace to take the second game of the first set in less than a minute. Sock, who looks exactly like the all-American varsity athlete he is, is favored to win the Paris-Bercy tournament, the last Masters 1000 on the men’s tour, but ya never know. His opponent […]

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Vin Scully Takes a Knee on the NFL

 

During his long and distinguished career as a broadcaster, Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers (of both the Brooklyn and L.A. versions) for sixty-plus years, almost never said anything even remotely political. But those who listened to him over the decades could always tell that he was a patriot of the first water with […]

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Confessions of a Lapsed Astros Fan

 

Guilt, empathetic delight for Houstonians, a personal joy that was somewhat muted, and a great sense of wistfulness: All arose in me as I watched the Houston Astros build the solid Game-Seven lead that would make them World Series champions. Please forgive this somewhat rambling discourse, but please do understand what it shows about the […]

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In the Ring With Paul Beston

 

In The Boxing Kings, Paul Beston, managing editor of City Journal, gives a thorough and readable tour d’horizon of the heavyweight championship from John L. Sullivan in the late 19th century, when spectator sports were first capturing the attention of Americans, though the sad end of Iron Mike Tyson’s bizarre career, which featured a meteoric rise followed by near free-fall. The fall being caused by Tyson’s own thuggish behavior, which went so low as to include cannibalism. (See the second Tyson/Holyfield fight, where Tyson, seeking to avoid the whipping that was sure to follow, chose to end his night via disqualification by biting a chunk out of Evander’s right ear.)

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