Monthly Archives: May 2012

It’s The End Of The Closer As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

When Mariano Rivera went down in center field of Kauffman Stadium, clutching his knee and writhing in pain, he not only crushed the 2012 World Series hopes of New York Yankees fans across the world, but he also may have effectively eliminated the closer position as we know it.

It sounds extreme, but Rivera was one of the last legitimate closers that we have left in a league that is increasingly devaluing their role. Continue reading

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Ridiculous Video: Surfer Garrett McNamara Sets Record By Riding 78-Foot Wave

Next time you’re thinking about a nice little beach vacation, you might want to rule out Nazaré, Portugal as a possible destination.

Last November at that very location, a surfer named Garrett McNamara (who has been described as “legendary” several times) rode what was unofficially called the largest wave ever surfed. Last week that claim was substantiated, and McNamara now holds the Guinness World Record after riding the wave that was measured at 78 feet by the Totally Tubular Big Wave Surfing Division at Guinness. Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Scottie Pippen Schools A Bunch Of 1950s White Dudes

One of my favorite pastimes is looking through old sports clips on YouTube. They give us a sense of what the cultural values were at the time when they were produced and show us the ever-changing landscape of pop culture.

But more importantly, they’re all extremely high on the unintentional comedy scale. So on Fridays I’m going to try to take us back to revisit some vintage clips of our favorite athletes. If nothing else, it will help you get to the weekend with a smile on your face. Continue reading

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Outlawing Baseball’s Third-To-First Move Makes No Sense

My wife is Canadian, and had probably watched a grand total of three hours of baseball in her entire life by the time I met her. I, on the other hand, had probably averaged three hours of baseball per day since I was eight years old. Needless to say, the first time we watched a baseball game together I had some serious explaining to do.

She prides herself in being a quick learner, able to pick up foreign concepts swiftly and effectively—and my baseball tutorial was no exception. She figured out things like the infield fly rule, the dropped third strike, and the check-swing appeal with significant aplomb. Continue reading

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The Best And Worst Of Kobe Bryant…In A Matter Of Seconds

Kobe Bryant is one of the most polarizing figures in the history of sports. His supporters worship him, citing his unparalleled work ethic, desire, and willingness to take big shots no matter what the consequences. His detractors claim that those very traits cause him to be selfish and stubborn, keeping him a step below Michael, Magic, Larry, and Russel on the Mount Rushmore of NBA legends.

Tonight, as the Lakers climbed back into the game against the desperate Denver Nuggets, we saw the best and worst of Kobe Bryant. Continue reading

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