Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

What I’m reading:

  • David Hume Kennerly’s photo essay about the final days of Vietnam. (Politico)
  • ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ 15 Years On: How Eminem’s Stark, Violent Portrait Of American Life Shook the Mainstream. (NME)
  • Far From Home: A brief history of Central American immigration to the U.S. (Global Post) Full Disclosure: I am a graduate of the USC Annenberg School, which contributed to this project. 
  • Stephen Curry’s next stage: MVP has Warriors closing in on the NBA Finals. (Sports Illustrated)
  • 60,000 Irish expats traveled home to vote on same sex marriage ballot initiative. (Vox)

Soccer Theatrics

Posted: July 6, 2014 in Sports
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In light of the amazing World Cup tournament that is winding down in the next week, and all the controversy about Arjen Robben’s flopping that led to the game-winning penalty against Mexico, here are a few other clips of flopping and other shenanigans which should win awards for bad acting or flat-out chutzpah:

  • The Hunt for MH370: Courtney Love is all over this story, offering her own analysis of satellite imagery as to the possible location of the plane. Internet hilarity predictably ensues.
  • Photographing Chernobyl: Interesting read and amazing photographs of the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster by Gerd Ludwig, who has made multiple reporting trips there over the past two decades. You can also support Ludwig’s upcoming photo book by donating via his Kickstarter page.
  • The Big Kahuna: This guy may well have pulled off the greatest surfing trick of all time.
  • The New Pravda: Buzzfeed has an excellent look at the propaganda editorial standards and management practices at Russia Today.
    On a related note, see this Twitter flame war between former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul and RT staffers over the network’s coverage of the events in Ukraine.
  • Your Next Vacation Spot: I’ve added Navagio to my bucket list based on the photos at this Huffington Post article alone. I still hate myself for the fact that I lived in Italy for four years and never went to Greece in all that time.
  • It Was Twenty Years Ago Today: One of my favorite albums of all time, NIN’s The Downward Spiral, turned 20 last week! They grow up so fast… One more year and TDS will be able to drink legally.
  • Game of Bieber: It turns out the two most insufferable people in popular culture have a lot in common… E! compares Justin Bieber to Joffrey.
    On a related note [SPOILER ALERT], somebody at Buzzfeed compiled the 14 most brutal deaths on Game of Thrones as animated 8-bit GIFs. Take a wild guess which is number one.

I’m not a Yankees fan by any stretch of the imagination, but LIFE Magazine dug up some amazing previously unpublished color photos of Babe Ruth, taken a few months before his death in 1948. Check them out.

Update: Worth noting is the fact that today is the 65th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s death, hence the reason LIFE is publishing these photos.

Anybody who’s ever been to a Washington Nationals home game is familiar with the race of the presidents that takes place at some point during each game. Nats fans are also familiar with Teddy Roosevelt usually losing the race because of some calamity or other, a situation not unlike Charlie Brown and the football.  The last time I went to a Nats game, it was a Sharknado that body blocked the other four presidents, which effectively gave the race to Abe Lincoln.

Well, here’s a new one, courtesy of the Nationals’ Tumblr blog:

And if you haven’t seen David Ortiz’s meltdown from a few nights ago, you absolutely must:

A Joe Paterno apologist has written a Facebook posting demanding that ESPN publicly apologize for dragging the school, Paterno, Jerry Sandusky’s victims, and Penn State fans, families and alumni “through the dirt.” As of this writing, the posting has close to 72,000 “Likes.”

Where the author reaches new highs (or lows, depending on your perspective) of revisionism is when he writes the following, regarding the controversy over the now-removed Joe Paterno statue (emphasis in the quote is mine):

You should be man enough to face your past. We do not remove the Lincoln Memorial because he started the Civil War, rather we leave it as a reminder of the good he’s done. To some, the statute may remind them of the Sandusky Child Molestations, and I understand that. However, how are you to move forward in this life if you do not know where you’ve been? We study history to remind us to not allow it to repeat itself.

Reminds me of the words of the great historian, John Blutarsky:

h/t to Deadspin.

Yes, He Did

Posted: February 13, 2009 in Humor, Sports
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This cartoon from Newsweek is priceless.



Posted: October 19, 2008 in Sports, USC Football
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This is painful, even for me as an unabashed USC fan.

Mark Sanchez became the first USC quarterback to throw five touchdown passes in a half and the focused No. 6 Trojans dominated this time as a huge favorite, beating Washington State 69-0 on Saturday a month after they were upset by Oregon State.

USC’s defense, ranked first in the nation coming in by allowing just 9.4 points per game, ended the Cougars’ streak of scoring at 280 games dating to Sept. 15, 1984, when Ohio State beat Washington State 44-0. That scoring streak was second-longest in the nation to Michigan’s 295 games.

“Our guys had a ball playing football today, from the locker room on out,” coach Pete Carroll said. “Right from the start, we wanted to find that focus that we really hadn’t had yet.”

It was the largest shutout victory for USC (5-1, 3-1 Pac-10) since a 69-0 win over Montana in 1931.

“Our intention wasn’t to come out and beat these guys by 80 points. Our intention was to come out and play a great football game,” star linebacker Rey Maualuga said.