University of Michigan professor Andrei Markovits is a world class sports bullshitter. Which is to say, he's an expert on the sports discourse. Along with former student Emily Albertson, he's explored the whys and hows of the way we talk about them, and what makes women take longer to learn the language.
In São Paulo’s Museu do Futebol, is a small, coffin-like room, on one wall of which grainy footage of the final game of the 1950 World Cup is played while an amplified heartbeat pounds. If there is an American approximation of this place, it’s the Baseball Reliquary, which doesn’t physically exist as much more than a peripatetic series of displays in SoCal libraries and occasional gatherings of fans to celebrate everything that makes baseball worth celebrating: Communist agitators, showmen, Jim Bouton teaching the knuckleball to fans, bubblegum cards and above all what it feels like to pick up a ball and throw it.
What if we told you that former WWE champion Dave Bautista had a possibly rigged fight against a Maytag repairman this weekend and that didn’t even register on the scale of absurdity next to what Tim and Tomas have on their minds? Come, denizens of Yak country, and hear tales of Dana White, Jeremy Stephens and the logistics of transporting possible felons across state lines.
UFC 152 is in the books; but what do Hall & Oates and Super Soldier Serum have to do with the NFL replacement referee of fighting promotions?