Category Archives: sports

In Enemy Territory

NBA Playoffs 2019: Bucks make a statement to the rest of the Eastern Conference with Game 1 destruction of Pistons (CBSSports.com) Growing up in Toledo has a way of making you painfully aware of whatever Ohio State-University of Michigan sports rivalry is dominant at any particular moment. There used to be a whole chain of stores in Toledo devoted solely to clothing and other merchandise from the two colleges; it’s down to one location now, but it’s still a testament to how Northwest Ohio and…

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You Cannot Be Serious

US Open 2018: Serena Williams’ claims of sexism backed by WTA (BBC Sport) In her anger, in defeat, Serena Williams starts an overdue conversation (Washington Post) My interests in sports when I was very young were all over the place. A lot of them were influenced by what I had access to knowledge about; even though I’ve never cared that much for soccer, I still remember reading about PelĂ© a lot simply because my local library had lots of books about him. My early love…

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Avoiding Americanization of Aussie Rules

Since I mentioned my beloved Detroit Red Wings in my last blog, I suppose that some of you are wondering how I feel about them missing the playoffs for the first time in a quarter-century this past season. First of all, given that Mom passed away less than a month into the regular season, it was pretty much impossible for me to feel any kind of emotional attachment to the team in the wake of everything else that was going on around me. Honestly, I…

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Sports, Still as Stupid as Ever

Why can’t Jason Collins find an NBA job? (sfgate.com) Deadspin raises the blacklisting question about Chris Kluwe (blogs.citypages.com) I won’t deny feeling quite a bit of pleasure earlier this year when NBA player Jason Collins, shortly after his season was over, came out in Sports Illustrated as a homosexual. Coming on the heels of the military finally allowing non-heterosexuals to serve openly (and the colossal non-story integration was, with only two chaplains resigning in protest instead of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers predicted by the…

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The Littlest Victims of Fanatic Competition

‘Bounties’ split Tustin Pop Warner club (ocregister.com) As a culture, modern America is not very self-reflective. Maybe it’s a natural outgrowth of our previous national tumults, or maybe it’s a symptom of our ever-shortening attention spans, but when something bad happens to us as a nation, we usually don’t spend any significant amount of time after the problem to think about the underlying circumstances that might have caused it, and how we might go about altering those circumstances so that future problems are at least ameliorated,…

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