When you think of the times and places throughout history where sports and politics have intertwined, the first images that come to mind are probably presidents throwing out ceremonial first pitches at baseball season openers, or commanders-in-chiefs quipping one-liners while Continue reading Book Review: Power Players: Sports, Politics and the American Presidency by Chris Cillizza
When I first saw that Nick Taylor (no, not the one from Duran Duran) had sunk a 72-foot-putt on the fourth sudden-death hole to capture the Canadian Open, I didn’t think of how miraculous a sports feat this was. I Continue reading The day that sports changed forever
“We mock what we don’t understand.” Dan Aykroyd as Austin Millbarge, Spies Like Us, 1985 There seems to be some confusion regarding my recent “Miami Heat future/Derrick White putback/Heat have no chance to win Game Seven” post, so here I Continue reading Successful “reverse jinx” ploy results in mass confusion
There’s a general rule of thumb amongst superstitious gamblers that you don’t talk about wagers while they’re still in play. Of course, logic would tell you that the wager you’ve placed (or for heaven’s sake discussed with others) has nothing Continue reading Derrick White awakens the long, hard jinx
At the beginning of these NBA playoffs, I was as excited as a kid in a candy shop. 16 teams, most with a legitimate chance to win it all. Some familiar faces, a smattering of new talent, this post-season boasted Continue reading NBA Playoffs: The Great, Wart-Exposing Equalizer
“This one hits a little different.” -Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors, four-time NBA Champion With minutes left to play in Game Six of the NBA Finals, on the infamous parquet floor some 3000 miles from where he plays his home Continue reading Celtics no answer for Steph Curry’s greatness
I read some comments on Twitter the other day that got me thinking about two things. One is that I need to stay off the internet. The drivel that’s eroding cyberspace these days is mind-numbing. The second thing I thought Continue reading Jimmy Butler solidifies “superstar” status, gives internet one less thing to argue about
During a mid-game interview, smack dab in the middle of the third quarter of a Game Seven, with his team on the verge of ousting the Milwaukee Bucks, first year Celtics coach Ime Udoka took not-so-subtle jab at the defending Continue reading Ime who?
I’m so disappointed in myself. Clearly, I have not been listening to enough Public Enemy. Once again, with the glacier-headed Titanic that is the Brooklyn Nets, I fell victim to believing the hype. Memo to self: cue up Fear of Continue reading Celtics Embarrass Nets, Remind Me I Know Nothing About Basketball
I placed my lone wager for the day early Tuesday evening. Nothing over the top, just twenty bucks on a two-team parlay: Celtics minus the two, Denver Nuggets plus the seven-and-a-half. The twenty bucks, if it hit, was to come Continue reading Bam Adebayo is a baaaaad motha… shut yo’ mouth! I’m just talkin’ about Bam!