The Clog en Off The Bat, Episodes 22 and 23: Cuppin' Cheeks <p dir="ltr"> In which co-host Chris DiStefano pervs on Anthony Rizzo, who is ostensibly his bro, and the entire internet pervs on co-host Melanie Iglesias. Very little actual baseball, per the usual.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Classical Recurrences David Ross Musk Melanie Iglesias And The Perv Army Off The Bat Television Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:58:23 +0000 David Roth 2072 at Footballz Talk Podcast, Week 4: Every Day Is Patriots Day <p> The Patriots. The Chiefs. The opportunity to listen to people talking and playing music instead of listening to ESPN employees talking about the Patriots or Chiefs.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Classical Recurrences Footballz Podcast Robert Kraft On Your Television Talking About Things NFL Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:57:43 +0000 David Roth 2069 at How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Tolerate Clint Hurdle <p> Every irritating thing you&#39;ve heard about Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh&#39;s bunt-happy and resolutely ancient-school manager, is true. Here&#39;s how one Pirates fan figured out how to deal with it.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baseball Clint Hurdle Managers Palpable Anxiety Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pirates Trusted Guts Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:03:29 +0000 David Roth 2066 at Footballz Talk Podcast, Week 3: Let's Get Jets-ed <p> Welcome Rex Ryan and Jay Cutler into your home on a Monday night. Trust our heroes to protect you. Welcome, welcome to Footballz Talk Week 3.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:39:39 +0000 David Roth 2061 at Off The Bat, Episodes 20 and 21: All The Way From Left Field <p> A consideration of the segment in which &quot;Off the Bat&quot; asks baseball players wacky questions, after thoughtfully removing anything remotely wacky from those questions.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bad Ideas Classical Recurrences Dillon Gee Is A Cookies And Cream Guy Off The Bat Television Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:57:45 +0000 David Roth 2057 at Footballz Talk Podcast, Week 2: Fluffy Iggles And Others <p> Another awful week for the NFL ends with a frankly pretty interesting Monday Night Football match-up. Join our heroes as they discuss something other than everything else that has happened in the NFL this week.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Andrew Luck Classical Recurrences Fluffy Iggles Footballz Podcast Philadelphia NFL Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:22:39 +0000 David Roth 2055 at Footballz Talk Podcast, Week 1: Live Through This <p> The NFL season is almost one week old, and wow what a shitty week! This definitely calls for talking over a Monday Night Football game with Mac and TD, and special guest-Davids Roth and Zirin.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bad Jobs Classical Recurrences Corporate Fun Ethical Considerations Extreme Corporate Wackness Footballz Podcast Ray Rice Talking About Things NFL Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:17:51 +0000 David Roth 2048 at Watching Serena Williams <p> Because they are so swift, so brutal, and so decisive, it can be difficult to appreciate a Serena Williams victory. But after another dominant win and her 18th major, what else is there to do?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Serena Williams Tennis The Problem With Being Dominant US Open Women's Tennis Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:54:01 +0000 David Roth 2047 at Introducing Classical Baseball Mag (Part Two) <p> The new Classical is here! The new Classical is here!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baseball classical magazine Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:44:07 +0000 Eric Nusbaum 2044 at The Washington Team Name <p> With the question now likely &quot;When&quot; and not &quot;If&quot; regarding a name change for the Washington NFL team, some nice folks have compiled a list of viable alternatives, along with a mock logo or two. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:02:19 +0000 Nick Bond 2039 at Cootball Fards Vol. 2: Football Cards, Spoonerized For Safety <p> Donrad Cobler, Larnell Cake, and other collectible and tastefully spoonerized NFL delicacies.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Classical Recurrences Football Cards Spoonerisms NFL Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:01:12 +0000 David Roth 2033 at Off The Bat, Episodes 18 and 19: Groundskeeping In Purgatory <p> In which Off The Bat&#39;s unlimited access and no-holds barred approach equal Fat Joe riding a groundskeeper&#39;s tractor in Miami and Nick Castellanos answering questions about pancakes.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Classical Recurrences Fat Joe Cheesing On A Tractor Off The Bat Television Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:53:33 +0000 David Roth 2029 at Cootball Fards: Priceless Spoonerized NFL Collectibles <p> Spoonerisms are stupid. So here are some spoonerized football cards for you to treasure. Respect, Mandy Ross.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Classical Recurrences Football Cards PhotoShoppery Spoonerisms NFL Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:32:07 +0000 David Roth 2027 at The Power of the Punch <p> Brock Lesnar&#39;s slaughtering of WWE&#39;s golden goose John Cena at SummerSlam has shoved -- violently -- reality back in the face of fans. And created a lie you can believe in.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:55:03 +0000 Nick Bond 2025 at Off The Bat, Episodes 16 and 17: Designated For Assignment <p> In which Craig Kimbrel is hilarious, the Off The Bat team is grating and willfully dumb in a familiar way, and our heroes are suddenly tasked with competing for ratings with George Stephanopoulos and David Gregory.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Classical Recurrences Jerks Being Rude To Closers MTV2 Off The Bat Suspect Eyelines Television Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:06:35 +0000 David Roth 2021 at Life On Earth, Or Goodbye <p> Sports On Earth was a good idea and a very good website. It is not fully gone, but it won&#39;t be what it was. What&#39;s left is a reminder of some things we all already know entirely too well, and a challenge.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Capitalism Extreme Corporate Wackness Internal Affairs Money Sporps Sports On Earth Sportswriting The Internet Wackness Fri, 08 Aug 2014 18:08:57 +0000 David Roth 2019 at A Peter King Story, And A Lesson About Pants <p> In which a young writer talks to Troy Vincent about best business practices and exorcises a decade-old memory of Peter King attempting to bigfoot said young writer while wearing inappropriate footwear.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coaching Shorts First Person Peter King Things NFL Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:38:01 +0000 David Roth 2017 at Off The Bat, Episodes 14 and 15: Let's Stop This, Please <p> It says a lot that Off The Bat&#39;s entire existence seemed to be building up to the Celebrities and Legends Softball Game during the All-Star break. It&#39;s unclear what purpose, if any, it serves now. Well, beyond grim existential metaphor, as usual.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chris DiStefano's Face Classical Recurrences Off The Bat Old Footage Of A Laughing David Ortiz Televised Narcotics for the Whole Family Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:55:12 +0000 David Roth 2011 at Off The Bat, Episodes 12 and 13: Rap Game Big Donkey <p> In which Adam Dunn&#39;s influence on Chief Keef is revealed, Brandon Moss looks a little like a buff George Saunders, and Fat Joe displays late movement on his fastball, sort of.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Classical Recurrences Off The Bat Television The Fat Joe Factor Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:11:06 +0000 David Roth 2001 at Into The Cauldron: Talking to Jamie O'Grady About Medium's New Sports Site <p> Medium looks cool, and can make a viable case for Future Of Internet Publishing status. It also has a new sports website, and an editor who was willing to answer some questions about it.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conversations Friendly Competition Sportswriting The Cauldron The Internet Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:02:36 +0000 David Roth 1993 at Literary Football, Or The Big Words Of The World Cup <p> A pitch of writing: some unexpected commentators have made the World Cup more of a Word Cup, with delightful results. Certainly more delightful than that wordplay!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Borges On Sports Horrifying failed puns right there in the teaser Literacy Soccer Various Reviews of Books World Cup Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:11:39 +0000 David Roth 1994 at Nike and the Evolution of Soccer Stardom <p>Over twenty years, Nike&#39;s soccer ads have traced a change in what global athletic celebrity means. Virtues like teamwork and unity are praised, but the praise is drowned out by the positioning of athletes as disposable corporate deities.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Advertising Mostly Genial Corporate Propaganda Nike Soccer World Cup Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:18:37 +0000 Pete Beatty 1989 at The Washington Reagans Way <p> The wit and wisdom of the only new name for the Washington NFL Team that&#39;s nearly as offensive as the old one. It&#39;s morning in Raljon, MD or somewhere.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mr. Snyder Tear Down That Wall Or Whatever Not Real Things Ronald Reagan Washington DC Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:39:27 +0000 David Roth 1986 at The Sound of Sporps: Classical Magazine Issue Ten/10/X Is Here <p>The latest, most triumphant return of America&#39;s most infrequently published Sporps Periodical. This issue is about the music of sports, from devotional <em>cumbias</em> about Maradona to the novelty recordings of a Yinzer sports bard.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> App-Related Internal Affairs Music Plastic Aged with Fire Sulfuric Honks The Classical Magazine Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:45:02 +0000 Pete Beatty 1985 at Off The Bat, Episodes 10 and 11: What's New Is Not New <p> As MTV2&#39;s flirtily bizarre collaboration with Major League Baseball reaches double digits, it enters its baroque/recycling-old-stuff period. Don&#39;t worry, Fat Joe is still around.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Classical Recurrences Did You Always Want A Maserati? MTV2 Off The Bat Television Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:26:49 +0000 David Roth 1982 at