The Clog en 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 We Were Gods: Notes On An XBOX Stanley Cup <p> On the experience of winning a Stanley Cup, without so much as one loss, from a very comfortable seat.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:35:25 +0000 David Roth 1975 at Off The Bat, Episodes Eight and Nine: The Keys To The MTV2 Kingdom <p> Off The Bat is now nearly ten episodes old, and still a long way from good. Instead of stressing over how and why Fat Joe still can&#39;t pronounce Yasiel Puig&#39;s name, maybe it&#39;s better to wonder how this is still on the air. The answer to that question lies in MTV2&#39;s similarly baffling existence.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> All Television Is Local Classical Recurrences Off The Bat Television Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:53:57 +0000 David Roth 1966 at The Polanco Conundrum <p> 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&#39;s broken Super Two system, but also something to do with the micro-scale workaday weirdness of the Pirates.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baseball Gregory Polanco MLB Pittsburgh Pirates Super Two Hijinkery The Pirates Tue, 10 Jun 2014 14:59:47 +0000 David Roth 1968 at Off The Bat, Episodes Five and Six: Now With Less Baseball! <p> In which our heroes more or less give up on the baseball aspect of things and focus more on Yo Gotti, junket-jumping, and violence against Tampa Bay Rays.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baseball Jon Hamm Would Just As Soon Not Kicked By A Maxim Model MTV2 Off The Bat Television Fri, 06 Jun 2014 19:32:24 +0000 David Roth 1964 at Doll Day At Sox Park <p> A Saturday afternoon White Sox game is usually a profoundly restful experience. On bobble head day, it&#39;s something else entirely.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baseball Being There Chicago Things Chicago White Sox Creepy Dolls Dispatches MLB Tue, 27 May 2014 19:27:57 +0000 David Roth 1957 at Off The Bat, Episode Five: Robinson Cano's Magical Memory Show <p> Five episodes in, &quot;Off The Bat&quot; throws a curve by delivering a really good segment. Also: crude sex idiocies and frappucino punchlines.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Classical Recurrences Off The Bat Speak Memory Television Fri, 23 May 2014 20:00:37 +0000 David Roth 1954 at Metta World Peace, Marc Maron, And The "All Wifed Out" Experience <p> Marc Maron, the defensive artist formerly known as Metta World Peace, and a bunch of mostly douchey-seeming dudes made a movie called <em>All Wifed Out</em>. There are no wives in it. It&#39;s complicated, and it&#39;s not.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Acting For Film DVDs Film Metta World Peace Podcasting Redbox Journalism Sex Take It Easy Becky You Take It Easy Becky Wed, 21 May 2014 19:30:33 +0000 David Roth 1949 at CC Sabathia And The Abyss <p> CC Sabathia visited Dr. James Andrews and escaped. And yet there is still the sense that the end is near, if not nearly here.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baseball CC Sabathia Does Not Do Accents Empires In Eclipse Humanity MLB New York Yankees The Passage of Time Fri, 16 May 2014 16:25:28 +0000 David Roth 1944 at New Coach, Same Old <p> The Knicks got outbid on Steve Kerr, which is probably fine. It seems to have happened for the same old Knicks reasons, and that is a less good thing.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Coaches Coaching James Dolan NBA New York Knicks Thu, 15 May 2014 19:20:51 +0000 David Roth 1943 at 4 Colombians (Barely) Enter Northern Ireland <p> Does the ghost of Pablo Escobar still loom over Colombian cyclists?&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Cycling giro d'italia pablo escobar stodgy britishness Fri, 09 May 2014 18:09:02 +0000 Eric Nusbaum 1931 at Footballz Talk Podcast, Special Emergency NFL Draft Edition <p> It&#39;s draft night ,which means that our heroes will be talking about talking for as long as NFL teams are making their picks. Or until someone gets hurt. Either way, it&#39;s going down.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:52:55 +0000 David Roth 1929 at Milwaukee Brewers, Troll Series Champions <p> The Milwaukee Brewers have been among the best teams in baseball thus far, both in terms of how well they play on the field and the exquisiteness of their troll-game. In both cases, though, there&#39;s room for improvement.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baseball Carlos Gomez Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Things MLB The Knockout Game But As A Nickname Trolls Wed, 07 May 2014 16:19:28 +0000 David Roth 1921 at Off The Bat, Episode Four: Hunter Pence's Omelet and Kick-Ass Robots <p> In which Hunter Pence quietly owns an overstated television host, gender roles are wince-inducingly reinforced, baseball players are again revealed as fairly basic dudes, and this misbegotten MLB/MTV2 collaboration persists in being on television.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Classical Recurrences Gender Hunter Pence MTV2 Off The Bat Televised Narcotics for the Whole Family Television Tue, 06 May 2014 05:53:21 +0000 David Roth 1918 at 28-15 Or Fight: How Shaq Hates Dwight <p> How much does Shaquille O&#39;Neal dislike Dwight Howard? Enough to hold him to a totally arbitrary standard for greatness, for starters.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arbitrary Standards Dwight Howard NBA NBA Playoffs Shaq Shaquille O'Neal Television The McAdoo Sanction TNT Up All Nite Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:58:05 +0000 David Roth 1911 at Off The Bat, Episode Three: At The Anthony Rizzo Meatball Derby <p> In which Anthony Rizzo hits meatballs with a bat, CC Sabathia is forced to do accents, and the end, mercifully, appears to be near.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baseball CC Sabathia Does Not Do Accents Classical Recurrences Flop Sweat In HD Italian Things MLB MTV2 Off The Bat Televised Narcotics for the Whole Family Television Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:00:14 +0000 David Roth 1908 at Shall I Compare You to a Summer’s Day, Memphis Grizzlies? <p>No, you fine Memphis ballers shall not fade.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies Non-Spam Poetry Sonnets Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:57:09 +0000 Pete Beatty 1909 at