Weekly Recap — #Sportsbiz, Superfights, and super fast citizens


Sorry I’m a day late on this. Started to write this post Sunday morning but got off on a tangent about SAE bros, n-bombs and whether hip-hop makes white people say racist things. Anyway, folks keep telling me they’re working to keep track of everything I publish. It doesn’t always come up in their Facebook … Continue reading

Robert Mathis: Please shut up about your positive test


Late last week Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis earned a four-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, but instead of accepting the punishment he and his agent launched a media counterattack. Over the weekend they explained Mathis flunked a drug test not because he knowingly embarked on a doping program, but because … Continue reading

Jeff Demps: Back on Track and 21 Forever


Really gloomy times in my profession, but Olympic silver medallist and New England Patriots kick returner Jeff Demps just brightened my day by announcing he intends to return to the track this spring and summer. This is big news for a track nerds like me, and for anybody else who wonders whether the U.S. track … Continue reading

Manti Te’o: Reflections and more questions


A week after Deadspin broke the news that the most heart-wrenching story of the college football season — the tragically shortened romance between Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o and leukemia-stricken girlfriend Lennay Kekua — was in fact a massive hoax put over on media and football fans alike, we still have more questions than … Continue reading

Jeff Demps sprints to the NFL at the perfect time


The track nerd in me rejoiced when I saw former University of Florida two-sport star Jeff Demps settle into the blocks to run the leadoff leg for the United States’ 4 x 100-metre relay team in the semi finals at the Summer Olympics in London. Most American sports fans probably knew him as a powerfully-built … Continue reading

More predictable than an Usain Bolt victory? The NFL question


About an hour before the men’s 100-metre dash final at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games I tried to pre-empt a conversation we all knew would  arise about whichever man triumphed in the most intense (less than) 10 seconds in sport. It’s the same discussion that crops up every four years, as the mainstream sports world … Continue reading

Extreme Makeover: NFL Combine Edition


The NFL scouting combine is here, and when you try to imagine the kind of degenerate football addict who would devote precious weekend hours to watching football players run, jump and lift weights while a team of announcers fill air time by analyzing everything from a player’s college stats to his hand size… well, just … Continue reading

About this weekend: Three thoughts


1. THE UFC NEEDS A NEW SUPERSTAR — STAT Saturday night kickboxing ace Alistair Overeem toppled Brock Lesnar with a series of shots to the midsection, but minutes after the bout, when the WWE star-turned UFC cash cow announced his retirement from the Octagon, the folks running the world’s fastest-growing sports league probably felt like … Continue reading

Race matters…because Cam Newton says it doesn’t


I can empathize with Cam Newton if he doesn’t want to be that guy. You know him. The one who screws up on the job, draws criticism for it and then blames racism rather than confronting his own shortcomings. Nobody likes that guy because his antics desensitize people to actual racism that demands real remedies. So … Continue reading

I AM CANADIAN — And my people drive me nuts


For a group of people bellicose enough to accept and encourage bare-knuckled fighting on skates as a normal part of the sporting experience, Canadians are amazingly crystal-chinned when it comes to American criticism of the Great White North. Excuse me, perceived American criticism of the land of socialized health care. American readers, understand this about Canadians: As … Continue reading

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