The Clog

Erik Kratz of the Phillies is a pretty good backup catcher, but his real strengths lie in his ability to effectively pitch turkey bacon opposite a cartoon turkey in local TV ads.

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On Opening Day, there's hope and promise and all kinds of other good things. Even for Pirates fans, if only for a little while. The first in a periodic series of diaries on following the 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Pete Gaines said something stupid on Twitter over the weekend, then spent the better part of the day being cyberbullied by a sure-thing first-ballot Hall of Famer and his online sycophants. This is his story.

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Things didn't go well in the tournament for Gonzaga. But by one telling and not-terribly-advanced metric, they weren't nearly the worst one-seed of all time.

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Come with The Classical to the frozen north, where roam the bears.  You've seen the bears: they rumble-bumble, eat Cheetos, sit on couches. And sometimes they do other human-like things, like play hockey and destroy the entire planet for hockey reasons.

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#MULTIPLE#

The very term "Cinderella Team" is a reminder of the cinematic aspect that's inherent to NCAA Tournament upstarts. But in the case of Florida Gulf Coast University, an epic upstart with a beachfront location, casting the movie adaptation is almost too easy. The hard part is traveling back in time to 1985 to make it.

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In loving memory of the strange, short-lived ghost Twitter feed of supremely opinionated CBS Sports basketball commentator Doug Gottlieb. File under: MAJOR SCOOPS.

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The homemade rap anthem for Florida Gulf Coast University's upstart basketball team is, finally, just what it is: proof that someone can sound less impressive over Tyga's "Rack City" beat than Tyga, that young women are doing gremlin-y Nicki Minaj imitations into dorm-room mics, and a reminder the YouTube has a lot of stuff on it. But, in its giddy and glorious jankiness and just-in-time opportunism, it's also just about perfect for the NCAA Tournament's greatest upstart team, and kind of perfect in general.

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It was announced yesterday that Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will have surgery and miss 10 weeks after injuring his thumb diving for a ball. For most fans, this was a hilarious story about the most underachieving member of the most underachieving team in the league. For fantasy owners, it was time to grieve. 

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There's no real reason why the dolphin in the Miami Dolphins logo needed to be wearing a football helmet. But that doesn't mean there's a reason for the Dolphins' new logo to take that helmet off. Will no one think of the aquatic mammals?

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