The Clog

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be in the playoffs. Everyone is welcome back into the cathedral, the exorcism is over.

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Here, in podcast form, is Footballz.org, a healthy, live-streaming audio alternative to listening to ESPN's broadcasters talk during Monday Night Football.

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And it's exactly as loud and tacky and complicated as it sounds. 

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SYH

#MULTIPLE#

As stupid late-night Twitter games go, Spoonerizing baseball player names -- Bob Welch --> Wob Belch, and that sort of thing -- is pretty good. Now, finally, finally, a spoonerism-crazed nation has the caseball bards it craves.

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The founder of Bleacher Report is a goon for the ages, but got very rich because he founded Bleacher Report. He's working on a woman-centric website now, and is no less goonish than he ever was. So why, beyond his goonishness and ridiculous wealth, is Bryan Goldberg so vexing?

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What coaches like Pete Carroll are selling is less their philosophies than their insane commitment to those philosophies. The medium is the message. It’s not hucksterism if you never break character. 

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The Negro League is a part of baseball history that's complicated, contextually bleak, and glorious in its own way. So, yeah: pretty deserving of some t-shirts, seems like.

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... and that's totally okay, and maybe even a good thing for one of the world's greatest (and most complicated) cities.

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After two decades of not doing it, the Pittsburgh Pirates will finish this season with a winning record, and quite possibly in the playoffs. It's a lot to take in. In a good way.

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There's a narrative about Tracy McGrady that paints him as a very specific type of disappointing player. And then there are the myriad individual memories that show him to be something else. Which would you rather remember?

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