Not a Kid’s game

June 4, 2010

For most people, I think Ken Griffey Jr. will always be identified as “The Kid” — the player who was always having fun and made it look like a game or some shit.

A lot of people credit him with bringing fun back to the sport, and his recent retirement has rightfully sparked great missives about his contributions to the sport and to Seattle and to life in general.

This is not one of those missives.

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Live Blog: 2010 WNBA Draft

April 8, 2010

I know, I know, it’s what you were looking for this Thursday afternoon: a running blog of the 2010 WNBA Draft.

Will Tina Charles go No. 1 overall? Probably. What about Jayne Appel?

Well, I am here to help you out. Can’t catch Carolyn Peck and Rebecca Lobo break down the draft? I am here.

Let’s get it started.

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One for the money

April 5, 2010

We stand a few hours away from Butler v. Duke for the national championship. A classic case of something versus something else! Throw out the record books! Donnybrook! Sporting event!

I am actively avoiding any extended commentary leading up to the game, because I am choosing to not be annoyed. Butler is really, really good. And I have no desire to read about the potential for a monumental upset brewing if Butler can outclass Duke.

And I don’t really care for the “return to glory” stories about Duke. We get it; the Blue Devils tend to be good at basketball. And they have been for about 20 years now.

Neither of those aspects are particularly interesting to me, nor is fact that seven white players will start tonight. It’s too obvious to be flippant about, and I don’t think it is important enough to be serious about. It’s just a thing.

But as fans enjoy the success of their respective programs, there is an equally large (media) contingent content to revel in the failure of some other teams.

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Fun with the Aughts, part II

December 23, 2009

Ed. note: This is the second part of a two-part series. Read the first part here.

As we get to the Top 5, I feel as though I’ve made a huge mistake. Maybe not huge, but noticeable, and I wanted to take time clear it up.

I have not included Lance Armstrong, and I don’t really have a good reason as to why. The dude won six Tour de France titles this decade. And, you know, he beat cancer and banged Sheryl Crow and was in that dodgeball movie and ran shirtless with Matthew McConaughey.

Really, he probably more than deserves to be on this list. But, you know, he’s not. And I am not going to waste time explaining why he is not; he just isn’t.

So, sorry.

It’s funny, because he could probably be substituted for No. 2, but I really like No. 2, so, um, not gonna happen.

On with the show!

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Fun with the Aughts, part I

December 22, 2009

Ed. note: I did not realize how long this was going to get. Therefore, this will be two parts. Part II will be coming soon.

Big picture, this little corner of the Internet is not much different from anywhere else.

And that is my reasoning behind doing a series of retrospectives. Yeah, they are everywhere else. But these will be different?


I thought about where I wanted to start with these, whether I wanted to go with “moments” or “athletes” or “stories” or “quotation marks.”

I decided on a somewhat stable schedule, and we will be starting today with the people I think were the Top 10 most important athletes of the past 10 years. In America, at least. I am trying to marry success with prominence, brilliance with import. Do ya kennit?

It’s the symmetry that makes this fun.

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Things that are all right: Dan LeFevour. Maybe.

December 5, 2009

As everyone gears up to deal with the daylong awesomeness that is Championship Saturday, I want to take a moment to look at Friday night’s game.

In the past, I have been, shall we say, prone to a little bit of hyperbole. Sometimes.


Which is why, after continued, half-serious popping off about how awesome Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour has been, I want to take some to look at his career in earnest.

I have been on LeFevour’s jock since 2007, when I refused to call him anything but LeFavour — like sexual LeFavours, GET IT? — and believed he should have won the Heisman instead of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. But after winning the MAC title for the third time in four years, I want to make sure that everyone else is as enamored as I am.

The Heisman will probably be awarded one of three white guys: Tebow, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy or Stanford running back Toby Gerhart. They are all fine college football players, and the latter two have been pretty awesome, maybe even more awesome than LeFevour this season.

And despite what the moron over here thinks, Tebow should not have a shot at the award. If being handsome and looking awesome were the only criteria for giving out the Heisman, then Jason Venson would win every year.

But LeFevour has a realistic shot at 45+ total touchdowns this year, and could approach 4,000 yards of offense for the second time in his career.

And despite all this, he remains lost behind Tebow and McCoy, which is an abomination.

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Business and College Sports

November 10, 2009

That is my BCS-ish pun for the day. No, I am not feeling particularly creative.

Deal with it.

My kinda, sorta uncle directed me to this Dan Wetzel column for Yahoo! about Boise State and its struggle to find an opponent for an open date in 2011.

The gist: Allegedly, Boise State is willing to play any team — on the road — without scheduling a return date to Boise in the future, which is pretty rare. As UCF fans are now supremely aware, non-conference series are normally set up in either as the home-and-home variety (the Miami series, for example) or the home-and-two-home kind (Texas).

The Broncos are, Wetzel writes, willing to play anyone anywhere, and the accepting team would not have to play an away game, which is a pretty good deal, except for, you know, having to play Boise State. So far, the athletic director says, they have been rebuffed on fronts. I am not sure I entirely believe that, but whatever.

The Broncos’ conundrum is one that shouldn’t be a surprise, considering the ongoing shift college athletics have been taking toward becoming business entities.

Winning remains the most important thing, to be sure, but a close second is making the most money. It’s why it makes no sense for big schools to schedule Boise State. The teams the Broncos want to play, they have no trouble selling out their home games, and most will rely on success within their respective conferences to increase chances of a favorable bowl bid for their share of conference-related earnings.

And playing Boise State doesn’t jibe with those goals.

There is no need to bring in challenging opponents to derail potentially profitable seasons. The only upside is beating Boise State in a non-conference contest, a win much easier to accomplish against, say, Coastal Carolina.

So Boise State might be right to be upset about not getting the opponents it says it wants, but those potential opponents are not wrong for not wanting to play them. And there is nothing anyone can do about it. Boise State wants to break out of the current business model, do something different and experiment.

The current establishment is, of course, reluctant to change its ways, considering how fucking rich everyone is getting.

But thoughts of business and college sports (it’s called a call-back, folks! *rim shot) always brings me to UCF, my kinda, sorta almost, maybe, but not really, alma mater.

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Greinke is the new awesome

October 5, 2009

Hey, so the baseball regular season is over. Kind of.

The Twins and Tigers are playing a one-game playoff, again, to figure out who will lose to the Yankees.

Or beat the Yankees. Who the fuck knows?

And that means I can post again. I mean, I guess I could have posted before, but I don’t really have the Internet in my current location.

I guess that is kind of my own fault, but I am not one to own up to my mistakes or shortcomings, so whatever.

But all that really means is that I can finally stop worrying about Zack Greinke’s starts.

Worry is the wrong word. Maybe follow with bated breath, or drift into daydreams or something equally flowery.

But now that he, and Felix Hernandez and CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander and Roy Halladay and any other man who matters who pitches in the American League is done, we can get down to the full-on ball-washing that Greinke deserves.

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UCF v. Samford live blog

September 5, 2009

The game just got underway, with Samford getting a first down and then punting. UCF followed with a three-and-out.

Nice to see such futility so early.

Live blog after the jump:

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Let me be Blount

September 4, 2009

The good news: College football is back.

The better news: LeGarrette Blount has a bright future ahead of him, although it might not be in football.

No. 16 Oregon shit the bed against No. 14 Boise State on Thursday night, gaining 152 total yards of offense and ending the first half with no first downs in a 19-8 loss. The Ducks were lame, if you will excuse my pun.

And Blount, a running back who set a school record with 17 touchdown runs last year, was neutralized. He ran eight times for minus five yards as part of an Oregon attack that lacked, well, any attack.

As awesome as he is at football, he had a bad game, one he compounded upon when Boise State’s Byron Hout tried to get fresh with Blount after the the final seconds ticked off the clock. Video after the jump.

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