How do the pros motivate? By watching harrowing YouTube videos of 1980s professional wrestlers breathing coke-y fire. Try it! You will probably not like it very much, but it will almost certainly scare the hell out of you.
Never mind the practical consideration of trying to sleep while DeMarcus Cousins yells for the ball: all those easy jokes about the Sacramento Kings' newly re-named Sleep Train Arena are missing a much more intriguing angle. However odd the name might sound, this is a rare instance in which a pro team's sold naming rights could possibly provide some benefit for the community.
In part two of our series on Bob Hope's soft n' baffling college football zingers, we find the comedy legend collaborating with Brian Bozworth, Jerome Brown, a bunch of beefy white guys with Lego-man hair, and the rest of the 1986 College Footbal All-American team.
Chase Field in Phoenix and Seattle’s Safeco Field are perhaps the quintessential examples of what retractable-roof stadiums should be: baseball-only parks with roofs that are used regularly, and built specifically, to respond to their respective town’s beautiful - if unpredictable - climates. Whether or not that has translated to success on the field or at the box office is a different story.
David Young's sprawling, well-researched and amusingly scummy Arrogance and Scheming in the Big Ten: Michigan State’s Quest for Membership and Michigan’s Powerful Opposition is a history of two schools at their worst and most craven, but also a backhanded tribute to some not very good, but very stubborn priorities.
As we move up north for the third part of our series, we look at the what may be the best and worst retractable roof stadiums in the majors. Milwaukee's Miller Park have seen a resurgence of the Brewers, but the Blue Jays have seen a steady decline since moving into Toronto's SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) 23 years ago. What this means, and what it may mean in the future, could have an effect on the viability of baseball in the north, for better and worse.
With similar features and a shared designer, there's a lot Minute Maid and Marlins Park have in common. Including housing two of the worst teams in baseball: the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins. Is their futility a function of their fabulous home bases or based off of a string of bad luck and poor team planning?
The avage performance art that Philip Rivers' second half of football on Monday Night was, in its own horrible way, inspiring. At the very least, it inspired some admirably bold similes from Twitter's best and most wonderfully ridiculous minds as part of the #PhilipRiversExperience hashtag.
None of the six Major League Baseball teams that play in stadiums outfitted with massive retractable roofs found their way to the playoffs. Given the historical success (or lack thereof) of these teams in their bi-functional homes, the question remains: are these buildings the silver bullets modern baseball franchises would like you to believe or just expensive stadium accessories?