The Clog

Basketball is a growing thing in Turkey. And given that basketball is often used as a trope to bring underprivileged minority communities together in America,. it should be no surprise that it can do the same elsewhere. Energetic lanky kids need something to do indoors the world over, and it only takes a clever person and a bouncy orange ball to do that.

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In the fourth installment of our ongoing series on Bob Hope's gently baffling and profoundly cornball college football zingers, we rejoin our hero in the year 1984, when George Orwell's dystopian vision of a Brigham Young national championship was realized, and Bob met future star Billy Sims, future pro wrestling bad-ass Ron Simmons, and Steve McMichael, who was sort of both.

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ESPN's QBR may or may not take off as the next great advanced football metric. But the stat-heads who helped design the proprietary stat were very willing to explain its most controversial aspect, the much-debated (and confusingly named) "Clutch Index."

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Metta World Peace takes another step forward in his acting career, starring opposite Jennie Garth in a Lifetime original film. Unfortunately for all involved, this particular step forward is also a step in the direction of monster-souled cable news persecutrix Nancy Grace. Be careful, everyone.

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In anticipation of continuing to get worked over by Hurricane Sandy, and in the assumption that we're likely to be without power for at least some of Tuesday, we're going to power down until Wednesday, or whenever we're next able to power up. Be safe, all of youse.

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A dispatch from The D, where a city gets excited about the Tigers, promptly and painfully runs up agains the limits of fan-power, and retires to the casinos.

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Talking to the libertarian activist who's currently among the NFL's most wanted streamers. "There's no way to take anything down since I'm not saying it myself. I'm still not sure how it's illegal to post a link to a website you don't own that has copyrighted material."

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In the third installment of our ongoing series on Bob Hope's soft n' baffling college football zingers, we find our hero doing shtick with Mark Bavaro, ribbing a hulking and extremely country Bruce Smith, and looking small next to the giant, puffy steroid specimen who would later become "The Patriot" in the WWF.

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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.

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As part of our (apparently) ongoing series on amazing old-ish videos of baseball people doing non-baseball things, here is Jim Leyland, in a white turtleneck, singing "Betcha By Golly Wow" very seriously and quite well.

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