Maiello: Defeat the Press
Wolraich: Obama at the Gates of... Gates
Over the last two weeks, I got to watch a fair number of matches from the Sony Ericsson Open - another big tournament near a wealthy enclave, combining both the men's (ATP) and women's (WTA) tours. It has had a number of different sponsors and names - Lipton, Ericsson, and now Sony Ericsson - but is also known as the Miami Masters, or just Key Biscayne. CBS commentators called Key Biscayne the unofficial fifth major today, but the Tennis Channel called Indian Wells the fifth major a few weeks ago, so enough of that. There are only four majors, but there are other big tournaments with a lot of prestige, and Key Biscayne is one of them. [Read more]
Q: What do the NBA, Major League Baseball, PGA Tour, NFL, Major League Soccer and NHL have in common?
A: Spacious closets.
Yes, friends, the six biggest male professional sports leagues in America share one major thing – not a single one its athletes is openly gay. Not one.
In between the Wisconsin protest coverage, Pale Rider and A Fistful of Dollars, I watched the ATP Marseille final, in which world #4 Robin Söderling came back from losing a close first set tiebreak to defeat world #21 Marin Čilić 6-7 (8-10), 6-3, 6-3. I know sportswriters try to vary the terminology, but I was surprised to read this headline in the UK Mirror:
Robin Söderling too smart for Čilić
Here we have a short tale on Twitter of how professional NFL Player Reggie Bush handles a fire at his neighbor’s house.
Reggie Bush - @reggie_bush
Damn my neighbors house is on fire!!!!! Whoa!!
Brand new house he couldn’t have been living in it more than a month! This is crazy!!!!
Critics of higher education in America generally present themselves as modernizing reformers. They claim America's universities are hidebound, outmoded, and fundamentally inefficient. Maybe, maybe not. It's an easy charge to make about an institution, like the Western university, which is several centuries old, and tends to sound plausible no matter the merits of the particular case. "It's the 21st century," the standard argument goes, "so it's time to get rid of anachronisms like tenured faculty/four-year bachelor's degrees/foreign language departments/semesters/public funding for state universities." This "out with the old, in with the new" argument sounds logical when it actually is logical, but also when it's not. [Read more]
We must stop all leaks. [Read more]
Here’s to lighting a fire under your ass on a Monday.
Peace Between Palestine & Israel: Well, not quite yet. Feel free to hold breath.
There Hugo: The opposition takes another small bite out of Hugo Chavez’s hold on Venezuela.
David Beckham cheated on Victoria with a hooker!!!
Now, before you jump on me for sensationalizing this, remember, I was, and still occasionally am a sports writer. It's a position I take seriously. It's an honorable profession.
The NFL and its players have a reputation problem. It seems that every 10 minutes or so, an NFL player or former NFL player is being accused of assaulting a woman or worse. As problem’s go, it’s not a good one. But with the incredible popularity of the game, thus far things like rape and domestic abuse have barely made a dent in the game.
New York Jets reporter Ines Sainz has a reputation problem as well. She’s just too damned hot. She’s so hot, in fact, that any type of sexual harassment against her must be her fault. Combine a misogynistic landscape with a sexy woman and what do you expect, anyway? [Read more]