The Clog en Classical Bracket Buddies Year Six: Deeper Into Error <p> If you never give up, you&#39;ll still never figure it out. But consider the alternative, right?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A Celebration Of Wrongness Classical Bracket Buddies Classical Recurrences College Basketball NCAA Tournament Wrongness Tue, 14 Mar 2017 20:21:32 +0000 David Roth 2643 at Out of the Blue(line): Dispatches on an NHL Season—The Pacific Division <p> As the NHL approaches the trade deadline, who are the difference-makers in the Pacific Division?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> fancy stats for good reason Jeff Carter NHL Peter Budaj silky smooth mitts Hockey Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:58:21 +0000 wendt 2636 at Rudy, A Sports Story And A Christmas Legend <p> Do you recall the famous reindeer of all? Probably, but the whole story&mdash;from his prep years through his recruitment and pro career&mdash;is most likely not what you remember.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Canada Christmas Reindeer Santa Claus Sportswriting Vocational High Schools Sun, 25 Dec 2016 19:36:41 +0000 David Roth 2632 at EXCLUSIVE: Previously Unknown Joe Maddon Motivational Masterpieces <p> Everyone knows Joe Maddon is uniquely adept at using creative, unconventional methods to motivate his team. No one knew exactly how creative he was until now.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aroldis Chapman Baseball Chicago Cubs Chicago Things Jocks In Silly Clothes John Lackey John Lackey As The New Del Close Kris Bryant MLB Motivation Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:56:28 +0000 David Roth 2622 at Out of the Blue(line): Dispatches on an NHL Season <p> The NHL season starts today. Let&#39;s take a deep dive into the Metro and see what there is to see.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> ch-ch-ch-changes depth is everything Evgeny Kuznetsov HBK line NHL season preview Shayne Gostisbehere two-goalie problems Hockey Wed, 12 Oct 2016 01:18:26 +0000 wendt 2621 at Talking To Andrew McNeill Of "Game Point", A Big Handsome Quarterly Magazine About Basketball... <p> ...that is <a href="">currently raising funds on Kickstarter</a> in order to become a real thing. We talk about how and why one goes about starting a quarterly magazine in 2016, and also about how basketball is good.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 24 May 2016 17:52:03 +0000 David Roth 2579 at Unfair in the Fairest Way Possible: A Modest Proposal for the NFL Draft <p> There has to be a better way to do this.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:34:59 +0000 wendt 2568 at Twenty Things More Efficient At Shooting Than Kobe Bryant <p> This is an incomplete list, admittedly.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A Great Many Missed Jumpers Barry Sonnenfeld's Wild Wild West Historic Numbers Of Missed Jumpers Kobe Bryant Kobe System Missed Jumpers NBA Basketball Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:38:07 +0000 David Roth 2564 at Classical Bracket Buddies 2016: Once More Into Unreason <p> A tradition like no other. Or a tradition utterly like many others, except that this one&mdash;this effectively prize-free bracket challenge, this celebration of wrongheaded certainty, this particular delving into pure partisanship and speculation&mdash;is ours and ours alone. EXPERIENCE IT.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A Celebration Of Wrongness Boats Against The Current Borne Back Ceaselessly Classical Bracket Buddies Classical Recurrences College Basketball David Roth In A Corliss Williamson Jersey Non-Professional Basketball Punny Names Wrongness Basketball Wed, 16 Mar 2016 05:16:01 +0000 David Roth 2548 at 33 Yards and A Cloud of Smoke <p>A short story featuring B-Wack, the star character of the novel &ldquo;Circus Catch&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:38:30 +0000 Nick Bond 2516 at Footballz Podcast Season Finale: Live, For Today <p> With the end of Monday Night Football&#39;s season comes the end of another triumphant Footballz campaign. Let us celebrate the journey as Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden cannot&mdash;by sort of paying attention to the game, and enjoying a live broadcast from Parlor Sports, in scenic Somerville, Mass.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 100% Gruden Free Footballz Podcast Monday Night Football Podcasting Talking About Things NFL Football Mon, 28 Dec 2015 22:35:22 +0000 David Roth 2507 at Footballz Podcast Week 14: Tom Coughlin's "Assignment: Miami Beach" <p> From Tropical Tom Coughlin and the vexingly still-in-the-mix New York Giants to the torpid n&#39; flubby Miami Dolphins, tonight&#39;s Monday Night Football game promises to be some pretty drowsy stuff. All the more reason to listen to Footballz LOUD.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Footballz Podcast Gruden-Free Experiences Miami Dolphins Monday Night Football New York Giants Tom Coughlin's Bright Red Face NFL Football Mon, 14 Dec 2015 23:22:24 +0000 David Roth 2501 at Footballz Podcast Week 13: The Return Of The Washington Football Debacle <p> There is only one football game left in Week 13, and it is between the charred and mostly loathsome husk of the Dallas football team and the even less appealing team from Washington. This, friends, is when we need Footballz.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dallas Cowboys Footballz Podcast NFC East Ongoing National Disgraces Podcasting Talking About Things Washington R*dskins NFL Football Mon, 07 Dec 2015 22:03:54 +0000 David Roth 2498 at Footballz Podcast Week 12: Out Of The Blue, And Into The Brown <p> After a Footballz that danced up to the edge of psychosis in Week 11, TD is joined by his fellow Footballzers and the smooth, soothing comfort of a totally hideous Monday Night Football game.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Classical Recurrences Footballz Podcast Monday Night Football Podcasting Talking About Sports NFL Football Mon, 30 Nov 2015 21:59:41 +0000 David Roth 2493 at Spam Poetics: "Guys This Is Fastidious" <p> <span style="font-size: 14.4px; line-height: 24.48px;">Spam comments are back at The Classical by, um, popular demand. As is the custom, we are taking their nonsense words and trying to turn them into poems. This is one of those.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Classical Recurrences Poetry Spam Poetics The Internet Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:03:43 +0000 David Roth 2490 at Footballz Podcast Week 11: The Grievance Bowl Returns <p> The Buffalo Bills are trying to settle a bunch of weird and opaque scores with the entire rest of the world. The New England Patriots are the best football team on the planet, and somehow even angrier. Oh hell yes it&#39;s time to turn up the Footballz.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Buffalo Bills Classical Recurrences Footballz Podcast Monday Night Football New England Patriots Talking About Sports NFL Football Tue, 24 Nov 2015 01:14:00 +0000 David Roth 2488 at Footballz Podcast Week 10: T-Shirt Cannon And More <p> In response to a less-than-thrilling Monday Night Football match-up, our heroes respond with a full slate of in-studio guests, a special call-in guest, and basically anything else necessary to distract you from the Houston Texans.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Classical Recurrences Footballz Podcast Monday Night Football Podcasting T-Shirt Cannons Talking About Sports NFL Football Tue, 17 Nov 2015 01:29:08 +0000 David Roth 2484 at Footballz Podcast Week 9: Rivers, Cutler, Action <p> The strangest quarterback rivalry in the NFL takes center stage on one of those moderately depressing Monday Night Football games. This is why we need Footballz, and when we need it most.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chicago Bears Footballz Footballz Podcast Jay Cutler Monday Night Football Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers Talking About Things NFL Football Tue, 10 Nov 2015 01:47:46 +0000 David Roth 2480 at Footballz Podcast Week 8: Smash-Mouth, Back-To-Basics Football-Related Digression <p> In which our heroes pass on all the newfangled tricks and gimmicks, say no-thanks to all the finesse stuff, and go forward with an old-fashioned, no-guest, power-Footballz approach for Panthers/Colts on Monday Night Football.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Classical Recurrences Footballz Podcast Podcasting Talking About Sports NFL Football Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:35:26 +0000 David Roth 2475 at They Can't All Be Winners, Part 30: Golden State Warriors <p> In which some things come to an end and others keep going, at least for a while.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:59:00 +0000 mcgowan 2471 at Footballz Podcast Week 7: Ya Teams Are Birds <p> In which TD drowns out the spectacle of the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals pecking ineffectually at each other with some help from comedian Sarah Boatright and Onion AV Club EIC John Teti. As ever, a Gruden-free experience is GUARANTEED.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arizona Cardinals Baltimore Ravens Classical Recurrences Footballz Podcast Monday Night Football Talking About Things Ya Teams Are Birds NFL Football Mon, 26 Oct 2015 22:43:25 +0000 David Roth 2470 at They Can't All Be Winners, Part 29: San Antonio Spurs <p> In which we lie to ourselves about how the world works.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:00:40 +0000 mcgowan 2469 at They Can't All Be Winners, Part 28: Minnesota Timberwolves <p> In which Andrew Wiggins is a great shining beacon.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 15:54:15 +0000 mcgowan 2467 at They Can't All Be Winners, Part 27: Portland Trail Blazers <p> In which Dame Lillard is praised, compared to a king in waiting.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:36:00 +0000 mcgowan 2466 at They Can't All Be Winners, Part 26: Orlando Magic <p> In which the author posits that maybe fans should just give up.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wed, 21 Oct 2015 16:20:57 +0000 mcgowan 2461 at