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The Iron Sheik has developed a new gimmick, one where he says outrageously racist and homophobic things for our amusement. It’s also entirely bullshit, which makes what was already pretty sad much, much sadder.
It’s like a Mad Libs game, where you add today’s most virally-trending pop culture story, and the rest fills itself in from a wordbank of ESL catchphrases about penises and fucking. And it’s hilarious! Well, it might be, if it were actually a drunk, unfiltered 74-year-old Persian pro wrestler saying any of this. Instead, it’s all a sad, weird sham being run by a couple of douchebaggy media hucksters.
Goalies are weirdos.
In the Canadian imagination, it has never been enough for goalies to just stop the puck. They must also be “characters.” They must vomit because of nerves, or (in the old days) smoke anxiously between periods. They must be philosophers, brooders, or driven in a way that makes them volatile. Goalies are supposed to be crazy, because who else would want the job?
MLB’s pitching model is broken because the benefit to teams of wrecking a player’s elbow seem to outweigh the risks.
The rise of year-round youth baseball is a popular theory among experts such as , and there is no doubt that the pitching regimens of year-round youth players make for an unsustainable strain on still developing ligaments. Optimizing biomechanics offers a theoretical solution, but is practically impossible to implement on a widespread, individual level. Besides, neither addresses the greater reality: Major League teams decide the market and they’ve accepted Tommy John as the cost of trading in power arms.
Douglas L. Martin of Hamilton sent this letter to his local paper.
Regarding the recent story about the final seconds of NBA games feeling like an eternity, the problem with all the commercial timeouts added onto team timeouts is that the very nature of the game being televised is changed. For example, no one (except the fan) gets fatigued. As Marshall McLuhan famously said, “The medium is the message.” It’s no longer a game, it’s a television show.
Who’s on third? Well, if the batter is a lefty pull hitter, probably nobody.
Last year there were 8,134 shifts on balls in play. Through the weekend, teams had already shifted 3,213 times, putting them on pace for nearly 14,000 for the season. Teams that shift regularly are lowering opposing teams’ batting averages by 30 to 40 points on grounders and low line drives.
Baseball has a serious elbow problem.
The big bosses do not want to hear the truth. Over the past two months, a handful of team presidents have called Major League Baseball’s offices on Park Avenue and asked what the hell the sport is doing to fix the epidemic of pitchers’ elbows blowing out. They want to hear that baseball is doing everything it can, that it recognizes this isn’t some trend likely to pass by, that the league will be diligent in its pursuit of a solution. And so that’s what they hear.
Down a level or two in management, inside the front offices bearing the brunt of ulnar collateral ligaments going off like landmines, they do want to hear the truth. It is ugly. It is troublesome. It is downright depressing. It is why when 21-year-old Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez, the best young pitcher in baseball, reportedly tears his ulnar collateral ligament and likely heads to the 34th known Tommy John surgery in organized baseball this year – that’s one every 2.5 days since the first on Feb. 18 – the GMs and assistant GMs cringe, fearful that their guy is next, that this isn’t going away any time soon.
MLB and Apple went after some of baseball’s most diehard fans for using “copyright infringing logos” in their podcast graphics. So stupid.
MLB.com’s team-based podcast empire is nonexistent, so I’d assume this is going to lead into a new surge of largely awful, beat writer hosted podcasts that spout the company line and don’t offer any real insight. How unbelievably ridiculous is it that MLB is silencing fans from talking about their favorite team?
And here’s a take from FanGraphs:
Whatever the legal issues, however, MLBAM’s effort to crack down on fan-created podcasts flies in the face of the league’s efforts to attract and keep new and younger fans. We’ve all seen the numbers. Baseball fans — folks who watch games on TV, listen to games on the radio, and buy tickets and merchandise — tend to skew older than fans of other professional sports. That’s why MLB launched the Fan Cave — to give baseball a hip, edgy look and feel that would attract younger fans.
How the 1978 Oakland Athletics managed to go 16–5 in April and still finish 24 games under .500.
I guess the simple answer is they were a bad team that had one hot month. The 1977 A’s went 63-98, finishing behind the expansion Mariners; the 1979 A’s would go 54-108. So the fact that the ’78 A’s finished 69-93 despite their 16-5 April maybe isn’t all that surprising or interesting. But the story of the ’78 A’s certainly is interesting, even beyond a good April.
Football’s college problem.
The N.F.L. draft is also the moment on the calendar when the intersection of college sports and capitalism comes into clearest focus, and this year brings into view a couple of timely, overlapping crises: one of health care, the other of inequality.
If the NBA hadn’t thrown the book at Donald Sterling, the Golden State Warriors were prepared to walk off the court. In a playoff game. Because that’s how important it was for the NBA to handle this thing correctly.
The Warriors were going to go through pre-game warm-ups and take part in the national anthem and starting line-up introductions. They were going to take the floor for the jump ball, dapping up the Clippers players as is customary before games.
Then once the ball was in the air, they were just going to walk off. All 15 of them.
Maison Neuve looks at the effort required to clean up at Skydome.
Most cleaners patrol the stadium with brooms and large transparent garbage bags; a handful of more seasoned employees take leaf blowers. With the motor slung across their backs and a long black nozzle pumping out air, they blow the garbage from two parallel seating sections into one aisle. The blowers weigh about 25 pounds. One worker described it as being like “carrying an obese baby around all night.”
How MLB treats children like commodities and how we’re kind of complicit in that behaviour.
Those who condemn players for lying about their age are the very same ones who fail to recognize the corrupt practices that bring those players to Major League Baseball.
What we’re essentially saying — by making a big deal out of one issue, and ignoring the other — is that it’s all right for the comfortable to use conditions outside of an athlete’s control against them to save money, but not okay for poorer individuals to attempt to game a system that’s entirely controlled by those who benefit by it most.