John Lackey Is A Cardinal, And The Red Sox's Rebuild Is Going Great

The Red Sox are apparently on some sort of accelerated turn-of-the-century-Marlins plan, where they win, bottom out, and rebuild, but it only takes them a year to go from peak to trough and back again. After landing Yoenis Cespedes earlier today, Boston has traded starter John Lackey to St. Louis for utilityman Allen… » 7/31/14 1:09pm 16 minutes ago

How Corey Kluber Started Kicking So Much Ass

Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber shredded the Seattle Mariners last night, shutting them out over nine innings and striking out eight, and taking just 85 pitches to do it. It wasn't an aberration, either: Kluber has been spectacular all year, which is hard to believe considering that he was a fourth-round pick… » 7/31/14 12:02pm Today 12:02pm

White And Needy: What I Learned From Richard Ford's Sportwriter Trilogy

Be they neurotic, tragic, horny, or (preferably) all of the above, white guys entering midlife have plenty of novels to reference on their journey. But John Updike's Rabbit series, Philip Roth's Nathan Zuckerman books, and the like don't offer real-world models of behavior any more than Slim Shady provides neat… » 7/31/14 11:34am Today 11:34am

Donnie Yen Is The Tom Hanks Of Kicking Ass In Ip Man

On a good day, Hong Kong's Donnie Yen is the greatest working movie star on the face of the earth. Even in bad movies, he has a light charm, a gracefulness that shines brighter than anything his Hollywood peers can offer. There's a warmth in his presence, a gliding dignity. The sparkle in his eye rivals Tom Hanks at… » 7/31/14 10:32am Today 10:32am

Jon Lester Traded To Oakland For Yoenis Cespedes

The A's, with the best record in baseball, are unequivocally going for it, acquiring starter Jon Lester from the Red Sox. But man, this was more than a typical deadline rental: the trade is reportedly Lester and Jonny Gomes for Yoenis Cespedes. » 7/31/14 10:01am Today 10:01am

There Are Just Two Real Bids For The Bills, But They're Big Money

The deadline for preliminary bids to purchase the Buffalo Bills has passed, and according to reports, a surprisingly low number of bids came in: of the 15 groups that have signed non-disclosure agreements, only three submitted formal bids, and only two of them appear to be serious. But even if it's just those two, the… » 7/31/14 9:19am Today 9:19am

Home Run Explodes In Woman's Beer Cup

At least three people tried to catch this home run—although "tried" might be a stretch for the guy in orange—and it eluded all of them. With all the hands in front of her face, this poor woman made no attempt whatsoever to catch the ball, and probably assumed at least one of the dudes around her was going to snag… » 7/30/14 11:11pm Yesterday 11:11pm

The Rangers Brought Out George W. Bush During Jeter Farewell Ceremony

Since everyone knows this is Derek Jeter's last season, teams are putting on special ceremonies (like they did with Mariano Rivera) for Jeets, where they give him gifts and make donations to his charity. Tonight is the last time Derek Jeter will be playing a regular season game in Texas (hey, you never know), so… » 7/30/14 9:15pm Yesterday 9:15pm

Manny Machado Threw Out Albert Pujols Because His Arm Is Outrageous

Albert Pujols isn't winning a 40-yard dash anytime soon but, still, Machado (not to mention all of his momentum) is halfway into the dugout by the time he's ready to throw this ball and Pujols still isn't anywhere near first base. The cross-diamond throw wasn't even in the dirt, it was at Steve Pearce's eyes. He… » 7/30/14 8:44pm Yesterday 8:44pm

Dumb Person Has Bad Idea For How To "Control" College Athletes

This, by Matt Hayes at the Sporting News, was actually published yesterday, but since I haven't seen any angry reaction to it yet, I can only assume it's because we're all still so taken aback by the strangeness of a screed that wouldn't be out of place scrawled on a bathroom wall in feces. But you need to see it.… » 7/30/14 6:54pm Yesterday 6:54pm