J.J. Watt’s microaggression

Featured image J.J. Watt, a defensive end for the Houston Texans, is arguably the best player in the National Football League. Andy Dalton is the red-headed star quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. Some call him “The Red Rifle.” Last night, after Houston upset previously undefeated Cincinnati and held the Bengals to six points, Watt said this: Our goal was to come out here and make the Red Rifle look like a Red »

Every Sports Press Conference Ever

Featured image Weird Al Yankovic is an unappreciated comic genius, and here he does the perfect send up of every postgame press conference you’ve ever watched on ESPN. A nice interlude before tonight’s debate. Which prompts a thought: Al—can you do one of these for the presidential debates? Why let Saturday Night Live have all the fun? Come to think of it, this looks a lot like every think tank panel discussion »

Affirmation of God as unsportsmanlike conduct

Featured image Sportsmen have been praising God and crediting him for their achievements since before the days of the Gipper. But now, such praise has been deemed unsportsmanlike conduct by a high school referee. Fox News reports: A Christian high school quarterback was flagged by the referee when he showed a simple sign of faith by briefly raising a finger to the sky after scoring a 73-yard touchdown. 17-year-old Dante Turo of »

A die-in to kill for

Featured image The Twin Cities Marathon went off without a hitch yesterday. The perfect weather didn’t hurt a bit. The Star Tribune reports that Kenyans placed first, second, and third among the men competing in the race. An Ethiopian joined two Kenyans in the top three among the women. A good time was had by all. Black Lives Matter could not be reached for comment. As you may recall, the local Black »

Don’t disrupt this!

Featured image The Twin Cities Marathon is a spectacular event. It is scheduled in early fall, soon enough to catch the trees changing colors. The course is spectacular (map here), taking runners from downtown Minneapolis around Minneapolis’s lakes, down the Mississippi river, across the river into St. Paul, down St. Paul’s most beautiful street, ending at St. Paul’s Capitol Grounds. The Marathon promoters brag that it is “the most beautiful urban marathon »

Disrupt this

Featured image The Black Lives Matters crowd is opening a new front in the war on racism this weekend in St. Paul. The local crew has announced its intent to disrupt the Twin Cities marathon on Sunday. The Star Tribune reports the story on page one in “Black Lives Matters marathon protest stirs fears, spurs backlash.” I hear that in journalism school they teach reporters to cover the the who, what, when, »

Yogi Berra, RIP

Featured image I’ll let Paul comment if he wishes on the baseball field greatness of Yogi Berra, dead yesterday at the age of 90. But Berra was always my favorite modern metaphysician. The folks at Newsmax have collected 53 of the Yogi’s greatest aphorisms, including such gems as “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.” And: “It’s deja vu all over again.” Or perhaps my favorite—what I’ve always called “Yogi »

Remembering Moses Malone

Featured image Moses Malone died this week at the age of 60 due to cardiovascular disease. Malone ranks 5th on the list of all-time NBA rebounders and 3rd on the combined NBA/ABA list, behind only Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. In scoring, he’s in 8th place in the NBA and 7th if you count the ABA, where Moses played during his first two years as a pro. When it comes to offensive »

A Late-Night Post With Zero Redeeming Social Value

Featured image Those who come to Power Line only for serious commentary MUST skip this post. Because it has to do with marching bands behaving badly, and what could be more frivolous than that? This halftime performance by the Kansas State marching band has gotten a lot of attention. It shows the Starship Enterprise attacking a Kansas University Jayhawk. Some–the dirty-minded, apparently–have deemed this innocent video NSFW: To which I can only »

Federal Judge Vacates Brady Suspension

Featured image This morning, Federal Judge Richard Berman made good on his courtroom observation that he didn’t think much of the NFL’s case against Tom Brady: he found that Commissioner Goodell’s arbitration decision with respect to Brady exceeded his authority, and vacated the decision in its entirety. It is rare for judges to overturn the decisions of arbitrators. I have no opinion on whether Judge Berman’s decision will survive the appeal to »

Why baseball players have a more effective union than football players?

Featured image Clark Griffith explains why he thinks “Tom Brady will lose and baseball players win.” It’s because “in Major League Baseball, grievances are heard and decided by an impartial arbitrator. In the National Football League, the person who hears and decides grievances is the commissioner.” I want to focus on a more general question: Why has the Major League Baseball Players Association consistently negotiated more favorable contracts on a full range »

Political incorrectness is alive and well at FIFA

Featured image Will the demise of Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA, the corrupt outfit that governs world soccer, produce meaningful reform? Maybe. But Francois Carrard, the man in charge of leading FIFA’s reform task force has a lot in common with Blatter. Both are 77 years old; both are Swiss; and both hold views that are out-of-fashion, at least when it comes to expressing them. Blatter’s insensitive comments are legendary. They »

Nick Saban offers a life lesson

Featured image Nick Saban, the hugely successful head football coach at the University of Alabama, offered some interesting dating advice to his players, according to an excerpt from a new biography by Monte Burke. “Ultimately,” the coach reportedly told the team, “you never want to sleep with anybody who has less to lose than you do.” Saban found a colorful way to drive home the point. “So, ultimately, if I’m ever going »

Sports Scandals, Major and Minor

Featured image A bombshell in the world of professional baseball: the St. Louis Cardinals, probably baseball’s most respected organization, are under investigation for hacking into the Houston Astros’ computer network to steal information: Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built, according to law enforcement officials. Internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports were compromised, »

When a sports cliche was literally true

Featured image Did you know that Bruce Jenner was selected in the 1977 NBA draft? It’s true. The Kansas City Kings (now the Sacramento Kings) took Jenner, then the reigning Olympic decathlon champion, in the seventh round. Jenner hadn’t played basketball since high school. He declined to join the Kings. Why did Kansas City pick Jenner? Because, quipped a Washington Bullets staffer, he was the best athlete available. »

The Patriots Strike Back

Featured image This morning, the New England Patriots issued a detailed rebuttal to the Wells report, which was the basis for the sanctions imposed on the team and quarterback Tom Brady by the NFL. In my opinion, the Patriots’ rebuttal is quite devastating. It confirms, as I wrote here and here, that the Wells report fails to prove its case. Particularly noteworthy is a report by Nobel Prize winning chemist Roderick MacKinnon, »

Britain’s excellent new sports minister

Featured image Fresh off of his electoral victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron has named MP Tracey Crouch as Minister for Sport. Crouch is an FA (Football Association) qualified soccer coach. She has coached a girls’ team for the past eight years, and is described as “a keen footballer herself.” During a Tory-Labour match she reportedly embarrassed Labour’s shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy by putting a penalty kick through his legs. As »