Gender Imbalance

Gender Imbalance

5

Oct

2017

I don't remember the Battle of the Sexes; I was far too young for it to penetrate my consciousness at age five, or to make anyone in the suburban enclave where I grew up to have much of a stake in it.  But I do remember hearing about it, and, given the time and place, that's pretty impressive; for people like my mother a ...
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Hey Ladies

Hey Ladies

26

Jun

2017

Today's question:  how good can a show about wrestling be if the wresting in the show isn't very good?The answer, at least if the show under discussion is Netflix's new series GLOW, is...well, pretty good, actually!  Maybe that's because of the show's many other strengths, or maybe it's because of the extremely game natu ...
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Mania

Mania

7

Apr

2017

The results, so far, of the latest 'season' of my long-running fantasy wrestling league.  Enjoy, nobody!INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING 2017 EVENT SCHEDULESeason 57:  Colluctatio Ergo SumFriday Night Fights I:  Sic InfitFriday, Jan. 6th, 5:00am CST; Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan (Al ...
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Put the X in Specs

Put the X in Specs

7

Feb

2017

In professional foot-ball's "Super Bowl", the New England Patriots, owned by a man who vocally supports a rich, horrible billionaire authority figure, defeated the Atlanta Falcons, vocally supported by an owner who is a rich, horrible billionaire authority figure.  This brings to a close America's most recent sporting sea ...
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Game Recognize Game

Game Recognize Game

4

Nov

2016

In this spot, which all three of you have been breathlessly refreshing all throughout the election cycle, I've spent a lot of time talking about the sportification of politics -- the way that people, especially ones with the least to lose from the actual policies being enacted by winning parties, tend to treat politics with ...
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Impossible is Nothing

Impossible is Nothing

6

Jun

2016

Imagine the boy.He is twelve years old.  Like many victims of poverty and racism, he has learned early on that there is very little space for him in the great white world.  He knows that those who get out are able to get out because they can either make the white man laugh or beat him in a game.  He is already a charisma ...
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Put Me In, Coach Hooterlips

Put Me In, Coach Hooterlips

2

May

2016

The Funny Names Foundation has often faced accusations of excessive focus on each year's new crop of professional athletes, while ignoring the rich historical vein of people in sports-related support positions who, while not necessarily athletes themselves, still have names that sound like they should instead have been a po ...
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Until There Were Lists

Until There Were Lists

28

Apr

2016

SERGEANT’S DUTY LOGWeek ending 04/29/201631 incidents of jawin’ with intent to slanderfy26 incidents of reported sinful doin’s involving minors, blood kin, livestock and tree hollers16 incidents of a-whoopin’ and a-hollerin’9 lynchings without a permit8 incidents of Katie-bar-the-door Saturday nig ...
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Gone Yard

Gone Yard

13

Apr

2016

It's baseball season, and that, friends, is the best of all seasons.Baseball writers, who, given their love of a game that has historical weight over all other American sports, tend to be a poetic and sentimental lot, even more obnoxious than people who mark out over other sports.  They're not quite as obnoxious as footbal ...
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Bowling for Dollars

Bowling for Dollars

1

Jan

2016

It's New Year's Day.  For millions of people, it is a day of resolutions:  of promises to one's self or one's loved ones to be healthy, to meet new goals, to expand one's understanding of the world.  Many will make today the day they dedicate themselves to becoming better spouses, better parents, better people.  It is ...
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Rooting Interests

Rooting Interests

23

Nov

2015

It's time we all sat down and had a little talk about rooting interests.Now, I warn you in advance:  this is all completely subjective.  What I am going to say here -- what I am going to lay down as universal law that should be followed, with the punishment for deviation being social alienation at best and a light thrashi ...
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Bleeding Cubbies Blues

Bleeding Cubbies Blues

22

Oct

2015

Last night, the Chicago Cubs were swept out of baseball's post-season after being completely manhandled by the New York Mets, and today, they will prepare to do what they have done for the last 107 years:  watch two other teams play in the World Series.I enjoyed watching the Cubs lose, because it's the second most fun thin ...
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Fun in Games

Fun in Games

4

Aug

2015

It's the dog days of August, when baseball teams are either in the head of a pennant race or sweating it out in meaningless late-season games after falling out of contention.  Basketball and hockey are over, football seems like a cold, distant winter mirage, and Americans still don't give a shit about soccer.  So that mea ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: No No, A Dockumentary

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>No No, A Dockumentary</i>

24

Jul

2015

One of the advantages of making a sports documentary, at least in theory, is that you avoid the pitfall of so many other types of non-fiction film: the lack of footage. If you’re making a movie about a band or a performer, there may be relatively little filmed evidence of them working at their craft; if you’re making a ...
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Forever Blowing Ballgames: Eight Men Out

Forever Blowing Ballgames:  <i>Eight Men Out</i>

12

May

2015

When you ask people what they think was the greatest baseball movie ever made, you usually get one of three answers:  the charming, effusive Kevin Costner vehicle Bull Durham; the treacly, sentimental Kevin Costner vehicle Field of Dreams; or the moronic but enjoyable Major League, which at least has the advantage of no ...
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