The Clog

Dontrelle Willis retires from baseball. But is that really the right way to think about his career, and the way it ended?

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Andy Griffith's breakout as an entertainer came via a monologue about a country preacher at a football game. It feels about 200 years old today, but for Griffith—who died today at 86—seeming of-the-moment was never a big part of the game.

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A photograph of Shaquille O'Neal in a stupid wig on the set of an Adam Sandler sequel, and the poetry it inspired.

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#MULTIPLE#

Notes from the annual Steve Nash Foundation Showdown game, where NBA players and sports journos alike are tolerated by world-class soccer players. All for the good of the kids.

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Our most recent installment in the Spam Poetics series relates to material privilege and bikini operation. And, as ever, to the power of absolute nonsense.

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Ever wonder what do Carmelo Anthony, Lowell from Wings and Paris Hilton have in common? You get one guess, and then you just have to read this find out. No peeking!

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Today's spam poesy is perhaps the most ambitious entry in the field yet: a simultaneous inversion of and tribute to an especially avant-garde Oakley-spamming comment, repurposed here into a tribute to Classical favorites and official minor league soccer team, The Baltimore Bohemians. You're crazy for this one, Logan K. Young.

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There are always more spam comments, which means that there is more poetry comprised of those spam comments. Today's poems come from the artist more widely known as @Classical_eBooks, and they are especially moving if you are into sneakers or despondent socialites or Nick Markakis.

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SYH

We get a lot of spam comments, we know. It's annoying, and we're going to continue to delete them. But not before we find the poesy buried in these blurps of crass incoherence.

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We have robots that make baseball omniscience possible, hungry algorithms ingesting pitch speeds and release points and excreting velocity charts and heat maps. Every MLB game c. 2012 is more thoroughly documented than the Spanish-American War. This is mostly a good thing.

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