Topic: Bad Ideas

September 16, 2014

A consideration of the segment in which "Off the Bat" asks baseball players wacky questions, after thoughtfully removing anything remotely wacky from those questions.

April 9, 2014

... Well, besides Major League Baseball's latest, strangest and most Fat Joe-aided attempt to cast itself as a Young People Thing, and television's finest source for uncomfortable Bryce Harper chuckling.

November 2, 2012

The New York City Marathon is off, which is as it should be. But that it came so close to being run with the city still devastated in the wake of Hurricane Sandy speaks to a number of daunting divisions and distances.

October 25, 2012

Further revelations of ridiculous and ill-advised Navy SEAL-style training practices haven't made the Pirates look any less sad, bad and unintentionall comic. But there is a positive side, in that these practices might get the Pirates sued someday. We can hope.

August 21, 2012

Credit is due, belatedly and meh-ly, to both Augusta National and Condi Rice. They did, after all, break one of the longest-running and most embarrassing ass-backwards anti-traditions in sports. But did  Augusta National's first female member really have to be a war-boner'ed former Secretary of State?

July 20, 2012

The night that Bobby Valentine donned the worst disguise in baseball history wasn't exactly the most important moment in the New York Mets' odd and almost-wonderful 1999 season. But, as this excerpt from Matthew Callan's e-book Yells For Ourselves proves, Valentine's eye-black-aided transformation into "The Lurker" had a goofy significance of its own.

July 18, 2012

Since the first emergence of the awful story surrounding Jerry Sandusky's sex abuse at Penn State, we've been pretty quiet on the story. That's not because it isn't outrageous, or because we're not outraged. It's because there is, by definition, not much to say about the unspeakable. And because it's noisy enough as it is without us.

July 16, 2012

A Minnesota Timberwolves fan does his best to remove his fan's blinders and figure out just what we talk about when we talk about Kevin Love. And why Kevin Love seems so unwisely, stubbornly moved to keep talking about it.

June 18, 2012

Mark Judge's paean to Bryce Harper, 19-year-old baseball prodigy and "conservative hero," has been kicked around the internet since it made its falling-down-the-stairs-and-then-catching-on-fire debut on the Daily Caller last Friday. It's absolutely as bad as you've heard, but not necessarily for the reason you might expect.

June 12, 2012

If it's true that there are no second acts in American life, then what is former Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas doing putting his name on a high-alcohol specialty malt liquor? And, more to the point, why is anyone drinking this stuff?