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Handicapping the 2013 ALCS, Private Investigator-Style

October 11th, 2013 · 824 Comments · Kibbitzing About TV, Pop Culture, Sports

Today the internet will be bursting with sabermetricians breaking down this year’s ALCS, where the phoenix-like Boston Red Sox will take on the comeback Tigers from Detroit.
So while others will be discussing how many starts Justin Verlander will be able to make or whether Xander Bogaerts will ever get to pinch hit for Stephen Drew*, [...]

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A Rough Week For the Young Boston Sports Fan

June 28th, 2013 · 1,435 Comments · Boston, Sports

Good thing it’s the last week of school, because here are the messages I had to deliver each morning this week to my young Boston Sports fans…

Monday: “Hey, I know it sounds impossible, but the Celtics traded their coach Doc Rivers. Remember that time we met him outside of the Colonnade and he was really [...]

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In Defense of Casual Fandom

February 3rd, 2012 · 2 Comments · Sports

The gravest insult that can be levied against any sports fan is to accuse them of “jumping on the bandwagon” – the act of becoming a vocal supporter of a team while they are in the midst of a successful run.
In Boston these fans are known as “pink hats” – an inherently sexist term that [...]

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Handicapping the 2012 NFL Playoffs

January 4th, 2012 · 3 Comments · Humor, Sports

The so-called experts will tell you that picking football games comes down to understanding schemes and match-ups. They’ll break down the magical “coach’s film” to identify tendencies and weaknesses. Then they’ll make their picks and still get more than half of them wrong.
I, on the other hand, am one of the last honest prognosticators in [...]

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The State of the Professional Sports Union

January 27th, 2011 · 94 Comments · Sports

Friends, Americans, fellow podcasters, it is with great pride and humilty – let’s call it primility – that I deliver the 2011 state of the professional sports union address.
The state of professional sports in America is strong….ly concerning.
Our greatest sport, American football, is under the dual threat of head injuries and a potential lock-out.  Even [...]

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2010 World Cup Handicapping for the Non-Football Fan

June 10th, 2010 · 88 Comments · Humor, Sports

Introducing…the World Cup
Every four years, like clockwork, the non-U.S. portion of the world re-commences their long-standing crusade to teach Americans about football, allegedly the world’s most popular sport. So desperate are our Euro-African-Asians friends to convince us of football’s greatness that they created an international tournament called the World Cup with the sole [...]

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The Red Sox Fan’s Guide to Delivering Snappy Responses to Yankees Fans if (when) the Yankees win the World Series

November 4th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Humor, Sports

If you’re like me, you grew up in the 1970s idolizing Pete Rose and rooting for the Reds, then moved to Boston when you were 15 and adopted the Red Sox as your team. In the subsequent 20-something years your love for the Sox has only deepened but your problem is the obnoxious Yankee fan [...]

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The NHL-NASCAR Merger: Not As Crazy As You Might Think

October 27th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Humor, Sports

As a sports expert of sorts (and by “of sorts” I mean “not at all”) I often find myself thinking long and hard about the future of two professional sports leagues that I care little about: the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR).
(For the record, my order of [...]

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The Boston Sports Fan’s Guide to Choosing a Jersey

September 24th, 2009 · 17 Comments · Humor, Sports

While traditionally reserved for children and actual pro athletes, we’ve watched with some interest over the last few years as the sports jersey has assumed an unanticipated level of acceptability in American adult wardrobes from coast to coast. Dare we suggest that the sports jersey has become somewhat fashionable?
In just two short weeks we’ll hit [...]

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Help Make Competitive Sleeping an Olympic Event!

September 17th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Humor, Sports

If you’re like me, one of your biggest regrets in life is that you never made it as an Olympic athlete. And even though you stink at sports, find the Olympics kind of boring and are afraid of angry old Romanian men, nothing can stop the dream of standing on the ceremonial riser, collecting a [...]

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