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Why Phillies Fans Still Hate Danny Tartabull

Why Phillies Fans Still Hate Danny Tartabull

Phillies pitcher Clay Buchholz had surgery earlier this week to fix a torn flexor tendon in his right arm. His 4-to-6 months of recovery will keep him out for the rest of the season. Read more...

John Leguizamo’s ‘Latin History for Morons’ Is a One-Man Comedy Riot

John Leguizamo sets the record straight on Latin culture, swearing, swooping and swaggering around the Studio 54 stage in his one-man show, 'Latin History for Morons.'
In Unloving Memory Of HawkVision, A Low Point In Sports Owner Shamelessness

In Unloving Memory Of HawkVision, A Low Point In Sports Owner Shamelessness

The story of professional sports is, among other things, the story of cheap bastard owners doing cheap bastard things. Charlie Comiskey charged his White Sox players to launder their uniforms. Jeffrey
The 1987 NFL Players Strike Created The Modern NFL

The 1987 NFL Players Strike Created The Modern NFL

The darkest day in NFL history began with several Philadelphia Eagles players arriving at Veterans Stadium at midnight, some 13 hours before the scheduled kickoff of a game against the Chicago Bears.
Climate, Plague, And The Fall Of The Roman Empire

Climate, Plague, And The Fall Of The Roman Empire

The Roman Empire in the west fell for a great many reasons. We could cite a lengthy series of breakdowns in its political structures, feckless leadership by a series of child-emperors and
Revolution at the polls: How Italy made Steve Bannon’s “ultimate dream” come true

Revolution at the polls: How Italy made Steve Bannon’s “ultimate dream” come true

Steve Bannon’s “ultimate dream” came true last night in Italy: Anti-establishmentarianism, isolationism, xenophobia and populism won the country’s general elections on March 4. On March…
Loyola-Chicago's Been Here Before

Loyola-Chicago's Been Here Before

Loyola-Chicago punched its ticket to the Final Four on Saturday by handing out its first decisive ass-kicking of the tournament after all those heart-stopping wins. If you saw them thrash Kansas
The Wizards Of Aughts: The Post-Millennium Washington Wizards And The Bloggers Who Immortalized Them

The Wizards Of Aughts: The Post-Millennium Washington Wizards And The Bloggers Who Immortalized Them

The late-model Washington Wizards are broadly competent, secretly mediocre, spotty, and more boring than they are not. They could be nutshelled as an equal and opposite reaction to their counterparts
Treat Yourself To Bartolo Colon's "Batters Faced" Page On Baseball Reference

Treat Yourself To Bartolo Colon's "Batters Faced" Page On Baseball Reference

If he hadn’t out-pitched Justin Verlander and completely baffled the defending world champions for seven innings on Sunday Night Baseball last week, there is a decent chance that Bartolo Colon might
The RGIII™ Brand Is Dead, And Here's The Death Certificate

The RGIII™ Brand Is Dead, And Here's The Death Certificate

Want to see something really sad? Look at what’s become of Robert Griffin III’s stable of trademarks: Read more...
Let's Remember Some Guys, Early '80s Fleer Mustache Dudes Edition

Let's Remember Some Guys, Early '80s Fleer Mustache Dudes Edition

The Rememberer’s art is, for the most part, a lonely one. That is kind of portentous and serious-sounding, but it also seemed like a better way to begin this post than the thought it was intended to
Big League Bullying: The Conspiracy To Humiliate MLB Umpire Steve Fields

Big League Bullying: The Conspiracy To Humiliate MLB Umpire Steve Fields

Baseball consensus holds that umpires only get noticed when they make a bad call. Steve Fields’ career as a major league ump was bookended by two calls that put him in the spotlight. But he went to
Wrestling Magazines Were Bloody, Dumb, And Sleazy, And I Loved Them

Wrestling Magazines Were Bloody, Dumb, And Sleazy, And I Loved Them

A couple weeks ago at an independent wrestling show in New York City, the promoter, Jac Sabboth, arrived with a treasure trove of old magazines. Sabboth also owns a pro wrestling memorabilia store,
WWE Released A Failed 1989 Wrestling Pilot And It's Awesomely Terrible

WWE Released A Failed 1989 Wrestling Pilot And It's Awesomely Terrible

The WWE Hidden Gems section of WWE Network’s on-demand library is one of the more reliably enjoyable things that the promotion offers, a weekly release of unseen or rarely seen footage from their vast
The one time Americans really rallied to welcome asylum seekers

The one time Americans really rallied to welcome asylum seekers

America’s attitude toward refugees is hardening. After banning refugees from war-torn countries like Syria and Yemen, the US this week launched tear gas at Central…
Twenty Years Ago, The Rock Beat Mick Foley About The Head And It Was Fucked Up

Twenty Years Ago, The Rock Beat Mick Foley About The Head And It Was Fucked Up

What still stands as quite possibly the most viscerally memorable match in the modern history of World Wrestling Entertainment took place 20 years ago this week at Royal Rumble ‘99. How much of a
40 Years Ago, Antonio Inoki Maybe Possibly Almost Wrestled Against Idi Amin

40 Years Ago, Antonio Inoki Maybe Possibly Almost Wrestled Against Idi Amin

As a mainstream athlete, Antonio Inoki is probably best known for battling Muhammad Ali to a draw in an actual on-the-level fight—albeit one restricted by last-minute rule changes—after The Greatest
An MLB Strike Threat Might Be The Players’ Only Leverage

An MLB Strike Threat Might Be The Players’ Only Leverage

There hasn’t been a strike in Major League Baseball for nearly 25 years. Not coincidentally, MLB’s owners and front offices are at this moment in arguably the strongest position they’ve occupied since
How The Crooks, The Cons, And The Legends Built America's Largest Stadium For The Beating Of The Century

How The Crooks, The Cons, And The Legends Built America's Largest Stadium For The Beating Of The Century

Toledo was a place where you could fight a man for money. Read more...
Today's WWE Began With A Tragic Injury And A Devastating Legal Defeat

Today's WWE Began With A Tragic Injury And A Devastating Legal Defeat

It’s a cross between a family value and a corporate one, but WWE is notorious for not settling lawsuits. They will when they have to, as in the fight over the rights to the gimmick of the Demolition