Like most Smiths fans under 30, I think I heard about Morrissey being pissed off for some reason or another before I'd heard him croon over a single perfect Johnny Marr riff. He's a self-consciously difficult figure to ignore once he's wedged himself into the news, a stout British guy with a volumin ... More >>
Willie Mays turns 80 years old today. I didn't need ESPN to tell me either. When I was a boy, Mays's birthday was a High Holy Day. He was, and still is, my dad's favorite ball player. He still wears his New York Giants cap; still pines for the Polo Grounds; probably still dreams about The Catch.W ... More >>
Well, it seems like it.
If you're counting at home -- and I know you are -- after last night's 6-4 win over the Seattle Mariners, that's 13 homers in 32 innings for the Rangers. At this rate they'll ... man I'm really bad at math be really hard to beat.
You know things are going right when I ... More >>
While a lot of you are off work today, take time to remember and refresh the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The rest of us? Let's commemorate MLK Day with an impossible task: Selecting the world's all-time greatest black athletes.
First step, choosing the criteria. Sheer athleticism? ... More >>
The fans gave him a break, and even President Obama applauded Vick's return to the NFL. Tucker Carlson of Fox News? Not so much.10. Mark Teixeira says teammate Andy Pettitte's "probably leaning toward retirement," which is good news for the Texas Rangers and everyone else aiming to win the AL pen ... More >>
A combined 1,003 home runs. A combined 0% chance of getting inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.
The reason? Steroids, of course.
Both former Texas Rangers' sluggers are on this year's list of candidates and - sans the drug thing - could make a great case f ... More >>
Dave ChoateA few days ago I stumbled across a promotional video posted to YouTube by self-proclaimed "sports painter" Dave Choate, who lives in Shelton, Connecticut, and has had his work featured on MLB.com. I found his website and browsed his work -- very nice stuff. (My father would love the Wi ... More >>
North American Soccer League MemoriesJust left a message for Kyle Rote Jr. congratulating him on his pending induction into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, which was announced quietly last week but is making the rounds today. Suffice it to say, he was my childhood hero -- a native son (of ... More >>
Mission Accomplished Impossible.
In honor of February's Black History Month, I set out to pinpoint a pristine list of the world's all-time greatest black athletes. But using what criteria?
Sheer athleticism? Popularity? Accomplishment? Social activism? Transcendence? All of the above? ... More >>