Recent Posts by rumple

October 12, 2019

A very analog hobby finds a way to thrive in the digital age: How Baseball Cards Got Weird : The Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani appeared on at least 2,700 distinct rookie cards manufactured by just two companies, Topps and Panini. That might not sound much like scarcity, but nearly all of the variants were produced in limited runs—the more limited, the more valuable the card. The rarest, most coveted Ohtani sold for $184,056 last September, before his rookie season was over.

posted by rumple to baseball at 12:45 PM - 1 comment

June 30, 2019

BIRGing and CORFing: The Unique Neurology of the Sports Fan’s Brain or, why we get off on the game—and are better off for it.

posted by rumple to general at 03:06 PM - 5 comments

March 18, 2019

7ft 6in Tacko Fall has scorched college basketball – but is he too tall for NBA?: At 538, they say he is breaking basketball. But there is much more to this Computer Science major, who aspires to become an Engineer and help make lives better in his native Senegal.

posted by rumple to basketball at 02:34 PM - 3 comments

July 29, 2018

Kirk Gibson,and the character of Parkinson's disease: "I had heard about Gibson’s calmer demeanor first as a coach with the Diamondbacks and then as their manager, about his 2015 diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and the endearing way he calls his new opponent Parky. I’d read sympathetic takes on his ongoing—though reduced—performance as a color analyst on TV, seen the startlingly sweet graduation speech he gave at Michigan State in May 2017, weeks before turning 60." (longform)

posted by rumple to baseball at 02:52 PM - 4 comments

June 19, 2018

In its typical invocation, chemistry is a cop-out: an after-the-fact explanation of why a team won, especially against the odds. It lets us avoid uncomfortable truths: that baseball, like the workforce, is not always a meritocracy; that mediocre teams can capitalize on luck to beat very good ones; that the sport can be cosmically unjust. In the postgame twilight, chemistry coalesces as a narrative—the “It’s not you, it’s me” of baseball heartbreak. It rings hollow, but is not provably false.

posted by rumple to baseball at 07:03 PM - 1 comment

May 17, 2018

Come Watch the Warriors-Rockets Series With Us From an Expert’s Couch: I'm not a basketball fan because play seems so random, but this article and video clips made it make sense to an extent.

posted by rumple to basketball at 02:21 PM - 1 comment

February 27, 2018

LeBron James: NCAA is Corrupt: "I do know what five-star athletes bring to a campus, both in basketball and football. I know how much these college coaches get paid. I know how much these colleges are gaining off these kids. [......] Me and my mom was poor, I'll tell you that, and they expected me to step foot on a college campus and not to go to the NBA? We weren't going to be poor for long, I'll tell you that. That's a fact."

posted by rumple to basketball at 06:21 PM - 8 comments

February 18, 2018

How Haudenosaunee women are overcoming stigma to earn a place in lacrosse: it gives girls a chance to be lifted up, and given a chance to do something that is unique because it originated in North America and it originated with their own people. And it becomes part of the weave of the fabric here.

posted by rumple to other at 10:20 PM - 2 comments

February 07, 2018

The Film the NFL doesn't want you to see: In addition to the torn ACLs and MCLs, in addition to all of the horrible broken bones, the NFL diagnosed at least 281 traumatic brain injuries this season. And no document has ever quite displayed the horror of it all like “Concussion Protocol,” [an experimental, reverse motion] film by Josh Begley and Field of Vision. First link also includes audio discussion with Begley, Sean King, and Donte Stallworth, and a trailer for the film itself.

posted by rumple to football at 02:35 AM - 3 comments

February 04, 2018

The search for Jackie Wallace: I climbed the pier with my camera and made a few frames of the scene, then climbed down and woke him. He wasn’t startled in the least. I guess when you sleep under bridges, you learn to expect the unexpected. ... We talked for a minute or two, about my editor’s idea and journalism in general. After a brief pause, he said, “You ought to do a story about me.” I’ve heard this line many times before, and many more since. “And why would I want to do that?” I said. “Because,” he said, “I’ve played in three Super Bowls.”

posted by rumple to football at 05:48 PM - 2 comments

December 16, 2017

Why don't we care about the biggest sex abuse scandal in sports history?: “The case of Larry Nassar, certainly the largest [sports sexual abuse] scandal in scale, has generated a fraction of the mainstream media coverage that was devoted to the Sandusky and Baylor stories. Why that is is worthy of inspection.”

posted by rumple to culture at 03:19 PM - 7 comments

November 27, 2017

In the pantheon of American baseball, Satchel Paige has always occupied a special place.: "He was one of the game’s all-time greats and also one of its most shameless and storied self-promoters. A whole mythology surrounds him and his exploits; he talked almost as fast as he pitched. In photos his mischievous smile made him seem invincible. A few years ago I learned, by chance, that he had played for one of the most infamous Latin American dictators who ever lived. It struck me as the kind of story only Paige himself could concoct, a tale so gaudy as to seem camouflaged in the annals of sports. I decided to investigate what happened when these two outsize individuals collided."

posted by rumple to baseball at 04:30 PM - 2 comments

November 19, 2017

What to Read when It's Time for Sports:: "Here is a list of books that tackle the complexities of sports in America, from nonfiction to poetry to fiction. ... And just a “heads up” (as they say in the sports world): this isn’t your average sports list."

posted by rumple to culture at 03:55 PM - 2 comments

September 21, 2017

Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of CTE, autopsy shows: Researchers at Boston University, the leading center studying CTE, found pronounced signs the disease in Hernandezs brain. It was the most severe case they had ever seen, said attorney Jose Baez, who successfully defended Hernandez in the double-murder case this year. It was an advanced stage.

posted by rumple to football at 07:26 PM - 3 comments

September 05, 2017

Red Sox found to be stealing signs from the Yankees: using an Apple Watch.

posted by rumple to baseball at 04:53 PM - 0 comments

I doped like Maria Sharapova: and it was actually pretty great.

posted by rumple to tennis at 03:54 PM - 1 comment

April 20, 2017

Former Bull Craig Hodges on Jordan, Kaepernick, and dissent:: "Jordan didn't speak out because he didn't know what to say". He was one of the NBA's finest sharpshooters and a two-time champion alongside Michael Jordan, but was run out of the league for his outspoken views. A quarter of a century on, Craig Hodges is still fighting the good fight.

posted by rumple to culture at 10:27 AM - 7 comments

April 14, 2017

Aaron Hernandez found Not Guilty of double murder: Hernandez will continue to serve a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013.

posted by rumple to football at 11:53 PM - 3 comments

December 02, 2016

Friday Night Lights Out: Russell Davis has been called a "dork," a "pussy," a "gay," and a "nanny state liberal" who's "almost as krazy as Hillary" .... the reason Davis has attracted attention and ire is simple: he wants to eliminate public high school football.

posted by rumple to football at 10:51 PM - 3 comments

October 31, 2016

Last Chance U: the college that gives young players a final route to the NFL: "The tiny town of Scooba sits in Kemper County in the vast state of Mississippi. Its quiet streets are home to under a thousand permanent residents and there is little excitement to be found. An isolated Subway sandwich shop is the social hub. East Mississippi Community College stands incongruously in Scoobas streets. The college houses some of the countrys finest student American football players who dream of making the NFL. They find themselves in sleepy Scooba for two reasons: their grades arent up to scratch or they need more playing time to prove themselves to larger colleges. For almost all of the players on the Lions playing roster, this is their last chance at football redemption." Their story is also a Netflix documentary.

posted by rumple to football at 02:22 PM - 0 comments

October 30, 2016

Wisconsin football fan dresses as Donald Trump, holds caricatured dummy of a lynched Barack Obama: The fan is not removed and the University defends his right to free speech.

posted by rumple to football at 01:48 PM - 1 comment

October 19, 2016

Video games are changing how professional soccer is played:: "Ibrahimovic said that he would often spot solutions in the games that I then parlayed into real life as a young player. Mats Hummels, the Bayern Munich and Germany defender, has suggested that maybe some people use what they learn in FIFA when they find themselves on a pitch.

posted by rumple to soccer at 12:32 PM - 2 comments

August 22, 2016

The Great Sports Myth: the widespread assumption that sport is, inherently, a force of gooddespite the fact that it can both empower and humiliate, build bonds and destroy them, blur boundaries and marginalize.

posted by rumple to culture at 06:07 PM - 2 comments

June 10, 2016

The false hope of Tommy John Surgery: "Nearly 30 percent of pitchers in Major League Baseball have undergone Tommy John surgery, the revolutionary elbow-ligament replacement surgery named after the pitcher who first underwent it in 1974...... Tommy John surgery, it turned out, was a paradox, the procedure that worked too well."

posted by rumple to baseball at 07:46 PM - 0 comments

April 23, 2016

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's career was propelled by wrestling: which also allowed him to abuse, and get away with abusing, boys for many years. "When calls for his removal from office reverberated through the capital a decade ago, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert struggled to explain why he had not aggressively investigated allegations that a Florida lawmaker had sent flirtatious messages to a teenage boy who had served as a House page. At that perilous moment, an impassioned group of supporters stepped forward to speak up on Mr. Hastert’s behalf: wrestling coaches."

posted by rumple to culture at 01:09 PM - 0 comments