Roger Angell: A Baseball Companion

On Saturday in Cooperstown, Roger Angell was given the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, the baseball Hall of Fame's writing writing honor. His sports writing career is a happy accident that began in 1962 when Angell went to spring training to write about New York's new team, the Mets. He was a 41-year-old fiction editor at » 7/28/14 8:25am 14 minutes ago

Here's Frank Thomas's Emotional HOF Induction Speech

On the other end of the Hall-of-Fame-Speech spectrum, Frank Thomas gave a pretty touching speech today at the Hall of Fame and spent almost the entire time either crying or fighting off the tears. He spoke fondly of his parents and family and got very emotional when speaking about his father (which he was worried… » 7/27/14 4:35pm Yesterday 4:35pm

Hall Of Fame Eligibility Rule Change Bones "Poster Boys" Of Steroid Era

As the Baseball Hall of Fame congratulates itself today, let's talk about how it just boned baseball players. Yesterday, it was announced that the eligibility rules had been altered from 15 years, to 10. So, once he becomes eligible, a player has 10 chances to have the magical 75 percent of precious votes bestowed… » 7/27/14 3:40pm Yesterday 3:40pm

Miralem Pjanic Scores 65-Yard Goal A Day After Hitting 50-Yard FG

AS Roma's Miralem Pjanic had a pretty solid couple of days in Denver. On Saturday, he scored the absurd goal you see above in a friendly against Manchester United at Sports Authority Field. United kept a clean sheet until the 75th minute, when Pjanic boomed a ball from behind midfield as goalkeeper Ben Amos made a… » 7/27/14 1:43pm Yesterday 1:43pm

Lady In "I Love Big Sacks" Shirt Gets Picture With Will Muschamp

The whole shirt actually reads "I Love Big Sacks And A Gator D" and Muschamp is just smiling like the nicest guy in the world while the woman is pretty straight-faced. There are a few explanations, which we've narrowed down to (a) he didn't read the shirt and is just naturally charming and amiable, (b) he did read the… » 7/27/14 12:25pm Yesterday 12:25pm

Dodgers And Diamondbacks AAA Teams In Sprawling, Benches-Clearing Brawl

Tempers flared in the second inning with the first pitch of the at bat between Reno Aces (AZ) pitcher Mike Bolsinger and Albuquerque Isotopes (LA) shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena. Bolsinger threw up and in and Arruebarrena had to duck out of the way, as the pitch hit his bat for a foul ball. Arruebarrena hit a… » 7/27/14 11:30am Yesterday 11:30am

Greg Maddux Had A Running Gag Where He Insulted A Reporter's Mother

Since he was voted into the Hall of Fame, there's been a bit of a cottage industry of Weirdo Greg Maddux stories and, flood the market, we say; the more Maddux stories the better. Yahoo's Tim Brown has a nice profile of Maddux that you should check out, but we'd like to point out the part where Maddux and another… » 7/27/14 10:53am Yesterday 10:53am

Jim Irsay Handing Out $100 Bills At Colts Training Camp

Jim Irsay is a wealthy man. He's got the kind of wealth where one drives stoned out of one's face with a briefcase full of $29,000 in cash—a totally normal amount for him to be carrying—and pills and escapes with only two misdemeanor charges. He also has the kind of wealth where one passes out $100 bills to Colts… » 7/26/14 8:07pm Saturday 8:07pm

Stephen A. Smith Leaving ESPN Radio For SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio

In an interestingly-timed move, the New York Daily News is reporting that Stephen A. Smith will be leaving his ESPN Radio gig in New York and head to the uncensored airwaves of SiriusXM. And, also interestingly, he will be joining Chris "Mad Dog" Russo's stable of hosts on Mad Dog Radio. » 7/26/14 7:45pm Saturday 7:45pm