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Let Us Now Praise… Nick Foles

 

It was a perfect setup for cynics. If you were a hater of fairy tale endings, then you had to be looking forward to this one like the crocodile lurking at the waterhole when the wildebeests begin to arrive. Bob Ford, sports columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, put it to the hometown fans straight. Not […]

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Nations and Cups

 

Twenty thousand berserk fans watched the starting Bleus doubles squad hold off a tenacious Croatian comeback on Saturday to win a round in the weekend meet, giving another day of hope to France. The venue was the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Lille; the occasion the finals of the Davis Cup. Meanwhile in Paris, a tax revolt morphed […]

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A World Series for the Ages?

 

It starts tonight. And there’s every expectation it will be a dandy. I speak of course of the 2018 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, two of the most storied franchises in the Grand Old Game. Both teams are loaded with talent. Neither team won its league championship by […]

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Buehler, Buehler

 

In the Fall of 1973, I was fortunate enough to work as a speechwriter for Richard M. Nixon, the Peacekeeper, at the White House. My father, Herbert Stein, worked there in a far more exalted position as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (sic). In those Halcyon days, William L. Safire, one of the […]

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Among QBs There’s Only One Brees

 

The Louisiana Superdome was rocking Monday night as only a New Orleans venue can rock, celebrating not just a 43-19 slaughter of the Washington Redskins but the epic accomplishment of quarterback Drew Brees setting the all-time NFL passing yardage record. It was a civic lovefest for the ages. Yeah, yeah, I know: Fans love star […]

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An Easy Ryder to Like

 

The Ryder Cup begins Friday with the most impressive U.S. team since 1981, after three straight golf seasons of dramatic storylines and an exciting cast of superstars, capped by a return to the winner’s circle by some guy named Tiger. If you care a whit about sports spectacle, be sure to tune in as the […]

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A Sporting Question

 

Let’s take a Spectacle break from the depressing spectacle of an honorable man (and our judicial process into the bargain) being knee-capped by a bunch of political gangsters. For a moment at least, pray consider a much less important but more pleasing diversion than politics, to wit: football. I have to wonder if other TAS regulars have […]

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The U.S. Open Teaches

 

Commenting on our U.S. Open coverage, a reader observes that a penalty is not the same as a warning during match play and we spun the beginning of the drama in the women’s final, when the queen of Queens — six-time winner Serena Williams — scolded umpire Carlos Ramos for enforcing the rules and turned […]

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Yanks Sweep Doubles at U.S. Open

 

In a major boost for American tennis in the year’s last Grand Slam, it was Yankee Doodle Dandy in the three doubles draws. Mike Bryan won in the men’s doubles, ably aided by Jack Sock standing in for injured brother Bob. This makes it two Slams in a row for the team that also won […]

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Duty, Honor, Love: Arthur and Johnnie Ashe, Champions

 

The United States Tennis Association, owner of the U.S. Open, held at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows-Corona, by tradition honors our servicemen on the tournament’s second Monday, Labor Day with a ceremony at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Ashe himself needs no special day of remembrance, but the rest of us do: a […]

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