Keith Hernandez is many things: one of the better first basemen of his era, one of the better Seinfeld guest stars of any era, and an American original. First and foremost, though, Hernandez is a mustachioed man. Or was: before Thursday's game against the Mets, Hernandez shaved his mustache in front of CitiField, for charity. SNY's Ted Berg was there.
The NFL's hilariously (or depressingly) overmatched scab refs have, after three weeks, belatedly handed a game from one team to another. This is worth shouting about, but the problem at the eye of the shitstorm—and the reason we keep having this conversation—hasn't changed, and isn't changing.
Among NFL goofballs, New York Giants TE Martellus Bennett stands out not just for his extreme goofery and progressively less-untapped on-field capacities. There's that, of course, but the player who nicknamed himself "The Black Unicorn" is also probably the only NFL player both willing and able to put his love for specific types of breakfast cereal into rap form. It's a compliment, mostly.
There are memes, and then there are memes. While anyone can put some LOLCAT letters over a picture of an athlete or fuming coach, only Brandon Freeberg was astute enough to recognize just how much photos of Jay Cutler can be improved—can in fact be perfected—by a Photoshopped-in cigarette dangling off his frowny mug.
Guillermo Rigondeaux is more than just the WBA super-bantamweight champion, although he's that, too. The Cuban defector is both one of the best fighters to come off the island in years, and a reflection of that star-crossed, Castro-afflicted islands contradictions and conflicts. In short, he's a great topic for a movie, which is why Brin-Jonathan Butler is making Split Decision.
Back in July, Blank On Blank was one of our favorite Kickstarter campaigns. Today, they're already doing great stuff, starting with this lost interview from 1966 between heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali and some very ambitious high school students from Winnetka, Illinois.
The Lions and 49ers play in San Francisco this weekend, where Lions coach Jim Schwartz and Niners coach Jim Harbaugh will revisit their botched, aggro handshake from last season. They probably will not go to Arby's together, but it's nice to think about.
A couple weeks ago, human veal chop and sports radio legend Mike Francesa was screaming like someone who really cared about the New York Mets. Yesterday, he fell asleep on camera while a guest talked about the New York Yankees. It's all pretty much the same for this guy.