Sports

The heart of Rod Carew

Featured image You may have heard that former baseball great Rod Carew needed a new heart after a massive heart attack in 2015. I was vaguely aware that he recently had a heart transplant. Listening to Rod talk in the booth during the broadcast of the Twins game against the Angels in Anaheim on Thursday night, I understood from Rod’s comments that the story behind the transplant had taken a few twists »

ESPN not cutting back on politics

Featured image We can think of ESPN’s “journalism” as falling into three categories: (1) in-depth analysis of games, teams, and players; (2) superficial high decibel debates about games, teams, and players; and (3) discussion focused not on games, teams, and players, but rather on sports and society — often sports and race. Which form of journalism do think is most affected by ESPN’s recent mass layoff? If you said (1), in-depth analysis »

Linda Cohn: Political slant has hurt ESPN

Featured image Linda Cohn regularly “anchors” ESPN’s SportsCenter show. I haven’t watched SportsCenter in many years, so I hold no opinion about her as an anchor. But having been an ESPN stalwart for almost 25 years, Cohn probably has a good sense of her audience. Thus, her views on the network’s woes are worth considering. Cohn expressed her views shortly after ESPN’s mass layoff last week. She cited the loss of cable »

ESPN’s radical chic

Featured image With its recent round of layoffs, ESPN has largely ceased serious coverage of hockey. Apparently it regards covering the fourth most popular sport in the U.S. as a frill. But in ESPN’s eyes, not all frills are created equal. Hence, its new site for woman ESPNW, recently ran a feature called ““Five Poets on the New Feminism.” The “world wide leader in sports” doesn’t have much time for ice hockey »

Is This Why ESPN Is Going Broke? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image ESPN is mostly losing money because people are turning away from cable television and the company paid far too much for the rights to various sports. But it hasn’t helped that ESPN has become a constant source of left-wing commentary. I don’t know what it is about sportswriters, but when they allow their politics to show, they are nearly always left-wing. It’s an odd phenomenon. Certainly you can’t say the »

Colin Cancer

Featured image News out of the sports world is that no NFL teams want to sign free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, not merely because he may be washed up, but because of his political stunts. An unnamed NFL insider told Bleacher Report: “[Many teams] genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did (kneeling for the national anthem). They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing »

Is ESPN unraveling?

Featured image I don’t know, but it’s certainly hurting. Clay Travis reports: Two years ago ESPN cut several hundred behind the scenes jobs to save hundreds of millions of dollars in yearly costs. Since that time ESPN’s subscriber losses have accelerated, averaging over three million lost subscribers a year. Now new jobs cuts are coming, only this time you’re likely to know some of the casualties — different sources [say] that ESPN »

Does the NFL combine violate the ADA?

Featured image If your answer is, “you can’t be serious,” you’re not fully in tune with the contemporary landscape. On the other hand, your common sense quotient is high. The NFL scouting combine is basically an audition by more than 300 of the best collegiate football players who are eligible for the NFL draft. They come to Indianapolis each year to undergo on-field workouts, medical testing, interviews, and psychological testing. The workouts »

An all-star weekend worth missing

Featured image This is the NBA’s all-star weekend. The NBA is holding it in New Orleans. Originally, Charlotte was to be the host city. However, the league moved it because it disagrees with North Carolina’s law regarding bathroom usage. The law in question nullified a Charlotte ordinance that required businesses to allow transgender individuals who have not taken surgical and legal steps to change the gender noted on their birth certificate to »

Popovich pops off on Trump

Featured image Gregg Popovich is a marvelous basketball coach; probably one of the three best the NBA has ever seen. His accomplishments with the San Antonio Spurs — a team he has led to five NBA titles — are remarkable. Lately Popovich has indulged in political commentary. To be more precise, he has taken to blasting President Trump. There is plenty to dislike about Trump, but Popovich’s comments are of the knee-jerk »

The Super Bowl in Pictures

Featured image Good grief, what happened? That was, as someone joked on Twitter, Atlanta’s best first half performance since Gone With the Wind. Another: Atlanta should have visited Wisconsin more often. Yeppers: the comparison to the election is irresistible. And Tom Brady is a Trump supporter! And finally, memo to Audi: This is the right kind of car commercial for the Super Bowl. »

A few Super Bowl story lines [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Well, that was exciting. There were so many story lines running in Super Bowl LI last night that it seemed to me impossible to keep up. This morning I am writing from mental notes that may reflect oversights or errors for which I apologize in advance. I trust readers will note them in the comments. We had the bid of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and the Patriots to a »

Has Liberalism Ruined College Football Bowl Season? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Anyone who watched either of yesterday’s BCS “playoff” games has to come away with disgust for whoever came up with the scheme to have a faux college football championship. Washington played creditably against Alabama for much of the game though the result never seemed much in doubt, but Ohio State didn’t even belong on the same field with Clemson. The Buckeyes took more black eyes than Rhonda Rousey in a »

Got the NFL Blues? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image As has been widely remarked, TV ratings for the NFL are down sharply this year. I don’t have an opinion about whether it is partly to to Colin Kaepernick’s capers, or other defects of the game today, but at least we still have NFL cheerleaders to cheer us up. Unless you’re a Cleveland Browns fan. There, apparently, even the cheerleaders can’t cheer up anyone. That’s the subject of our Video »

Season-ending “locker room talk” at elite colleges

Featured image Last month, Harvard canceled the season of its men’s soccer team because it found that team members were producing documents that rated members of the women’s team on their physical appearance and sex appeal, and that included vulgar comments. This practice had been discovered in 2012, but unbeknownst to college officials had continued up until the present. Harvard cancelled the season, as opposed to disciplining individual players, because it found »

Understanding Colin Kaepernick

Featured image Those who say that Colin Kaepernick is a patriot acting in the finest tradition of American dissent thoroughly misunderstand the outspoken quarterback. This view was probably a stretch back when Kaepernick was simply disrespecting America by kneeling during the National Anthem. Now, the view is untenable. Two recent developments show that Kaepernick’s behavior falls within the worst tradition of American dissent — the tradition of the totalitarian-sympathizing far left. Consider »

Colin Kaepernick, Political Commentator

Featured image Colin Kaepernick is a once-promising quarterback whose career has gone into the toilet–although, to be fair, he currently is starting for the San Francisco 49ers, the second-to-worst team in the NFL. These days, Kaepernick is known mostly for kneeling during the national anthem as a show of anti-Americanism. Beyond that, he is a garden-variety ignorant leftist. Kaepernick once wore a shirt featuring an image of Fidel Castro, and he praised »