Category Archives: Sports

Hate and Basketball

So the Los Angeles NBA owner gets a lifetime ban. I think the braintrust of a sport can do that to players–and they have. Mainly for gambling. Why wouldn’t they be able to do that to coaches? Or owners? The … Continue reading

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Bluebirds Of Unhappiness

For a sports league without playoffs, it sure has been exciting to follow the Premier League the past few weeks. Wales looks like a lock to lose one of its teams to relegation after that defeat yesterday. Just desserts, according … Continue reading

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Can “Owners” Be Disciplined?

I don’t think I’m asking this as a rhetorical question, or necessarily as a specific one, but more in the sense of taking a crack at the oligarchy-replaces-democracy meme in Western culture. Like NBA players, Mr Sterling has money. Unlike … Continue reading

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Jubilation and Pink Slips

About two months ago I began keeping an eye on the Championship (a heck of a term for a league that is essentially minor, AAA, and supposedly inclusive of only the 21st through 44th-best football teams in England) and its … Continue reading

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Union

The NCAA is feeling threatened by student-athletes unionizing. Good. No doubt, lawyers will be looking for a cut of the NCAA billions. I hope the student-athletes don’t allow themselves to be pushed around. The NCAA and member universities and colleges … Continue reading

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The Drop Zone

Both my teams in the English Premier League lost today. One is squarely in the drop zone to move down to the lower league–how European soccer teams are rewarded for futility. Not with high draft picks, but the demotion of … Continue reading

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Premier League A Plus

News piece on the success of the American presentation of the English Premier League. It’s been fun to watch live on Saturday mornings–I don’t get to the Sunday matches until the wrap-up programs in the evening. Program host Rebecca Lowe: … Continue reading

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March Madness

The NCAA and their corporate masters continue to expand the men’s Division I basketball tournament. Since I’ve followed it: 48 teams to 64, then 65, now 68. These days, I advocate for all 351 teams. It adds a week to … Continue reading

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American Football, Apex

American football was one of the first two sports I followed in what was then section D of the local newspapers. And Sundays after Mass, of course. I was surprised to learn sports pages kept track of wins, losses, points, … Continue reading

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Old Foes

I found this year’s Super Bowl match-up interesting. Since Seattle entered the NFL in 1976, they have played Denver 53 times, including one playoff game in 1983, according to this site. (Check page 38 for all-time scores.) The only more … Continue reading

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Swans 2, Man U 1

Favorite BPL teams in our household faced off earlier today in the FA Cup. Swans triumphant. The evil empire falls. Gloating aside, I enjoy watching teams from lower leagues take good shots at the top competition. The US has a … Continue reading

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Empty Cold Seats

Is it just over the peak of NFL popularity, or just a blip that between them, the Colts and Packers have over 14,000 unsold playoff tickets for the coming weekend? Two iconic teams. One iconic venue. Supposedly a lot on … Continue reading

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Good Football, Bad Football

I have to say, I cannot pick football teams. On either side of the Atlantic. Since a late 70′s rejuvenation, I’ve followed this team through thick and mostly thin. One of our grad students is from near my hometown of … Continue reading

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12 Days of Football

The young miss and I follow the goings-on of the English Premier League. This morning while I accompany the 10:30 Mass, she will be home following one of her two favorite teams (Everton) playing one of my two favorite teams … Continue reading

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Blizzard Ball

Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and outside of Boston all had horrid weather conditions for football today. Especially Philadelphia. I was speaking with another Buffalo Bills fan today. We are both hoping for lots of snow for February’s Super Bowl in … Continue reading

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