Trump Disinvites Eagles To White House

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It is a sports tradition. The champion football/baseball/basketball/hockey team visits the White House. Not so, the Philadelphia Eagles.  Largely, because of Trump’s stance on NFL football players kneeling, fewer than ten of the Eagles have RSVPed that they would attend the Eagles celebration ceremony at the White House. So Trump dis-invited them to avoid the embarrassment, although of course, it … Read More

NFL Blows It

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New NFL policy advanced today: The NFL Players Association responds: I suspect the NFL brass thought their policy was a good compromise in that it allows players to remain off the field. But this of course only means that players cannot protest. My view?  The players should stand and raise a “black power” salute. It will confuse everyone.

The 2018 Red Sox Are Amazing

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The 2016 Red Sox are 16-2, just the seventh team since 1900 to win 16 of their first 18 games. The last two teams to start 16-2 — the 1984 Detroit Tigers and 1955 Los Angeles Dodgers — both won the World Series. Alex Cora is the only manager to go 16-2 in his first 18 games with a new team. Last … Read More

Why Is Trump Tweeting About The NFL?

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Thursday night in Alabama, at a rally, Trump went off on a tangent about the NFL and its bad ratings and how players who refused to stand for the national anthem (i.e., Colin Kaepernick) should be fired by the owners.  This got cheers from the Alabamians, because they are Alabamians.  And it made headlines on Friday (since he never says … Read More

Red Sox Opener 2017

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I feel good about this team.  David Ortiz is gone, but Leon, Bogaerts and most of the old gang back.  Better still, we have an ace pitcher in Chris Sale, and a hot rookie Benentendi in left field.  Pennant is a definite possibility, as is the World Series.

40 Years Ago Today — Game 6: Red Sox v Reds

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It’s arguably the best major league baseball game ever played, and it was played 40 years ago today.  The Reds-Red Sox rivalry revived national interest in the national pasttime.  And when you look back at all the hall-of-famers playing — Johnny Bench, Pete Rose (okay, not a hall of famer, but….), Carl Yastremski, Fred Lynn,. Luis Tiante, Carlton Fisk…. Boston’s Carlton … Read More

The Brady Decision and Deflategate

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The decision says that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could not act as an impartial arbitrator.  You THINK?!?  He also says no NFL policy says players can be disciplined and suspended for awareness of others’ misconduct. Footnote: On Twitter, the hashtag #DoYourJob relates to Kim Davis, the Kentucky law clerk who refuses to license same-sex marriages.  But with the Brady news, … Read More

Crazy Women’s Soccer Finals As US Scores 4 Goals In The First 20 Minutes

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Ultimately, the US won 5-2 against Japan in a lop-sided game.  Highlights here. One would hope this would generate an interest in women’s team sports, but I highly doubt it.  But The US Women’s World Cup match on Sunday was the most-watched soccer game in the history of the United States. According to the NYT article linked above, more Americans watched … Read More

Laura Bassett Pulls A Bill Buckner

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There’s not good video of this because of copyright blah blah blah; this Vine will have to do. England’s Women’s World Cup dream concluded in the cruellest fashion with England defender Laura Bassett’s stoppage time own goal.  Bassett was in tears after slicing an intended clearance into her own net.  England had been holding their own against a very strong and … Read More

The Verdict On Deflategate

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More than three months after the country was engrossed in an NFL scandal involving the New England Patriots and a bag full of allegedly underinflated footballs, America gets to experience the thrills of Deflategate all over again. Yesterday, the league released the investigation report by Ted Wells, of the law firm Paul, Weiss. It concludes, in careful language, that “it is … Read More

Red Sox Preview

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The Red Sox entered the 2014 season as the defending champions, having won the 2013 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, but quickly returned to their mediocre ways of 2012, finishing last in the American League East. They became the first MLB team to finish last in one season, win the World Series the next, and finish last again … Read More