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Ballz

28 Jan

Let me be up front about this whole thing: I don’t care. I really don’t. It’s stupid. I love football. And I hate cheating. But this? It’s fucking stupid. And I don’t care about it. Ok, maybe a little. Let me explain, First, a primer, for those blessed few to be living blind to the […]

On Losing

2 Jul

I’ve published exactly one short story, I mean besides the book. One short story in a magazine over ten years ago. I had written a bunch of shorts and sent them out to literary magazines around the country. Every few days I’d get a rejection slip. “Thank you for your submission to American Onanism Quarterly, […]

Disassociated Thoughts on Association Football

25 Jun

First, I hate the fact that for the next few weeks when I reference my love of football, I have to qualify it with, “I mean, you know, American Football.” I then get someone who tells me that football, meaning soccer, is so much better than American Football, to which I disagree, to which he […]

The Power of Place

23 Apr

To get to the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago you have to go to Lower Michigan Avenue. Upstairs in regular, normal Michigan Avenue you have the Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building. If you continue north there’s a bunch of hotels, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, the Water Tower, and the John Hancock building. […]

The Intangibility of Derek Jeter

19 Feb

Derek Jeter is the most important Yankee over the past two decades. Those were the words echoed on the front and back pages of the major New York papers the day after Jeter announced that he will be retiring at the end of the 2014 season. Basically every sports writer in the city, not to […]

Adult Victims of Adult Bullies

7 Nov

Have you ever told a joke in poor taste? Like a Jewish joke, or one that makes fun of women, or gay people, or black people? Most of us have. Not out of any hatred of those groups, but in a sort of meta-ironic manner. Many of us have said things that, had we actually […]

A Tale of Two Players

7 Aug

In 1961 a man was booed, reviled, and generally lambasted by fans and press alike for doing a good job. He was Roger Maris, and he was en route that summer to breaking Babe Ruth’s single season home run record. Even baseball commissioner Ford Frick was against him, stating that Maris’ record could not be […]

Mmmmm…….Steroids

26 Jun

Any sports fan, and specifically any baseball fan, should read this article by Jacob Beck. In it he discredits many of the arguments that are used to ban performance enhancing drugs, then comes up with one that he claims holds water. I agree with many of his points, but because I like a good argument, […]

More Confessions of a Born Again Cubs Fan (Bottom of the Ninth)

27 Feb

I hate baseball. In the beginning of Spring it teases me with promises of autumnal joy. Sometime in May or June my team suddenly looks good and my heart explores the notion of hope again. And then the baseball gods pull the rug out from under me. If they are kind they do so before […]

Confessions of a Born Again Cubs Fan (Top of the Ninth)

20 Feb

On June 23, 1984, the St. Louis Cardinals played the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. It was NBC’s Saturday game of the week which was a big deal back then for this would be a rare national broadcast. In Cub lore this is known as The Sandberg Game after our Second Baseman, Ryne Sandberg. It […]