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  • Every irritating thing you've heard about Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh's bunt-happy and resolutely ancient-school manager, is true. Here's how one Pirates fan figured out how to deal with it.

  • June 10, 2014
    The Polanco Conundrum The Clog

    Super-prospect Gregory Polanco is finally on his way to Pittsburgh. How and why this well-deserved call took so long to come has a lot to do with MLB's broken Super Two system, but also something to do with the micro-scale workaday weirdness of the Pirates.

  • In which a lawyer and a... non-lawyer figure out what an NLRB ruling means for the future of the NCAA, and the whole weird feudal endeavor that is college sports.

  • September 24, 2013
    Pirates In The Promised Land The Clog

    The Pittsburgh Pirates will be in the playoffs. Everyone is welcome back into the cathedral, the exorcism is over.

  • By most reasonable assessments, the Pittsburgh Pirates really and truly are a good baseball team after 20 years of really and truly not being one. There's no harm in believing that, right? Um, right?

  • March 22, 2012
    The Saints And The Sin

    The NFL has finally handed down the punishments due to the New Orleans Saints' bounty-hunting regime. The penalties will sting, but they're also a combination of severity and irrelevance that should surprise no one. There's money to be made, after all.

  • Early last week, Charles Star analogized the Saints defense to an excreta-gobbling remora hitching a ride on a megashark offense. On Friday afternoon, a NFL report revealed that this remora was something of a predator in its own right.

  • The New Orleans Saints defense, during the reign of departed defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, was offensive in any number of ways. But, when viewed in terms of evolutionary biology, it makes a strange sort of sense.

  • February 17, 2012
    On David Brooks On Jeremy Lin The Clog

    Or "what we talk about when we talk about David Brooks talking about Jeremy Lin in the same goofily high-handed way that he talks about pretty much everything." David Roth and Charles Star talk about that, in this post.