Simmons picks an EPL team: Soccer has officially turned a corner in the US.
Perfection in Losing: Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) gives us the backstory of Blake versus Federer.
Barry is 2 legit 2 quit: Every story written about steroids means nothing to us in the know...You are loved by many. I love you. Hammer, don't hurt 'em.
Darren Daulton, Moonbat: "Reality is created and guarded by numeric patterns that overlap and awaken human consciousness, like a giant matrix or hologram," writes the .245 lifetime hitter.
Who is William Wesley?: Is he flying under the radar while running the NBA? And, if so, where does he stand on the most important issue facing the league, specifically Mark Cuban's bright blue blazer.
Detroit is the best sports town in America: I get the feeling some folks may take issue with Jason Whitlock's evaluation. Like maybe folks in that little New England town with both the Super Bowl and World Series champions...
T.O. was second choice for dropping the towel: First choice: John Madden. Rumor has it their third choice was Ostertag in a cheerleader outfit. Class act, those ABC execs.
Spoon. Eye Socket. Gouge.: Or as Chris Webber put it: "I hope little kids don't get to see that, man. That would ruin my whole childhood. I saw it up close and personal. Seven-foot man, 300 and something pounds with thongs on. Not cute."
Maurice Taylor drives a '72 Monte Carlo: Normally this would be a wise choice give Taylor's penchant for totalling cars at 5 am. But this is no ordinary '72 Monte Carlo. Thanks to his buddy, Detroit Piston Lindsey Hunter, it's all pimped out with a Scarface theme. Presumably this will match his crib. It also makes him the year's front runner for The Jose Jimenez Embodiment of a Racial Cliche Award.
The legend of Latrine Sprewell grows: Dude is building up a Tyson-esque resume. Excellent timing considering the current public image of the NBA.
Guess who's back? : Ricky reinstated this year? What would you do if you were the Dolphins management?
Washington Senators version 3.0: The Expos go to DC. Angelos gets a floor to his investment. Probably many cheers inside the beltway today. All that's left is to build a $400 million dollar publically financed stadium in the next 3 years (perhaps Marion Barry should consult on the financing). In related news, a 10-year-old child was sentenced to death yesterday for eating peanuts and crackerjack on the DC Metro.
What Olympics?: Apparently the masses of people swarming to Greece from all over the world for this grand spectacle never showed up, so now they’re giving tickets away. Lucky the Athenians spent all those years and all that money getting ready for this. This is not the first time -- the same thing happened in Sydney and Seoul. So tell me why it's such an honor to host these games again?
Caught in the web.: Spiderman 2 propaganda will be featured at baseball stadums thought the country, including ON THE BASES. Is anyone not bothered by this? On the other hand, is anyone surprised? Maybe Theo Epstein can find a corporate sponsor for Pedro's next contract.
Convention wisdom holds that in baseall, the rich feast while the poor (small markets) can only hope to catch some crumbs. Maybe not. The last three champs have been Arizona, Anaheim and Florida and, according to Rob Neyer, we are in a golden age of competitive balance.
The Sports Guy's 20 Questions: about the NBA playoffs. He may be giving his "A" material to Jimmy Kimmel, but Simmons remains the most entertaining sportswriter in the business. BTW, he picks Spurs over Pistons in a GRUELING final.
Whither Forrest Gump?: "...table tennis is an intense sport with all the earmarks of big-time athletics -- steroid scandals, colorful characters, Byzantine romances and groupies. Also, there's a lot of glue sniffing."
Tigers snag Pudge: Looks like Pudge is going to Detroit. Don't whether to feel happy for the Tigers or sorry for Pudge. He obviously isn't aware that the Tigers are where talented players go to play like minor leaguers until they can force a trade.
You need to read these three articles following a top high-school linebacker as he goes on recruiting trips to various schools (FSU, Auburn, Miami). You may find they are a horrible example of how young athletes are innapropriately fawned over. Personally, I think they skyrocketing to the top of the unintentional comedy scale. (Links courtesy of the Sports Guy, naturally.)
'roid rage; that explains it.: McEnroe claims he was unknowlingly taking horse steroids for six years. No horse comparisons were forthcoming from Tatum O'Neal.
Three words: Not Gonna Happen: The 5 pm deadline has passed. Looks like the union put the kibosh on A-rod in Beantown.
Chat Room vs. Babe Ruth: The Sports Guy discusses how a Red Sox chat room called Sons of Sam Horn influenced Schilling's decision.
I'm betting jerseygirl is a member.
Is Baseball No. 1?: This discussion over at ESPN wiriters bloc started out as "Is baseball better than football?" -- the archtypical perpetual argument, the winner always depending on which sport had the most compelling recent season. For now that would be baseball -- there was more drama in one inning of the last baseball playoffs than there has been in this entire football season. There can be no debate about that -- the highlight of this football season so far has been Parcells versus Belichick. Doesn't quite have the juice of Yankees versus Red Sox, does it? It then devolved briefly into "What is the best sport?" where it was good to see a couple of writers made arguments for the NHL -- certainly the fastest and, at playoff time, most intense sport. Someone even came out in support NASCAR (riiiiight). No one had anything positive to say about basketball. (Yes, this is a North American centric article.) After years of football ratings primacy and basketball cool-quotient primacy, is baseball the hot sport again?
NBA realigns: Each conference split into three divisions. The New Orleans Hornets move to the Western Conference and the East gets the expansion Carolina Bobcats. Just what we need, the West gets even stronger and the East gets a team of cast offs. Why not just name the conferences Varsity and Junior Varsity?
Thursday morning quarterback?: Football Outsiders has published the results of their Homage to Tuesday Morning Quarterback, a pseudo TMQ column compiled from entries submitted by their readers. Most notably, the introduction was submitted by Easterbrook himself.