The Mets Are Moving The Fences To Distract Themselves From The Fact…

Not so long ago (2009), the New York Mets opened a new stadium in Flushing. It was supposed to be a classy, exposed-brick-and-green-steel tribute to the franchise's ascendance. Instead, Citi Field has been a monument to the Mets' modern futility and clumsiness. » 11/03/11 6:10pm 11/03/11 6:10pm

Who Owns "Evil Empire"? The Yankees Launch A Proxy War For Control

Bridgehampton, N.Y., out on the East End of Long Island, is Red Sox territory. The bars along Main Street are decked out in red and will only show Yankees games if there's nothing else on. TVs receive the Hartford network affiliates. Carl Yastrzemski was born on a nearby potato farm and still holds a handful of records … » 8/17/11 2:20pm 8/17/11 2:20pm

The Hidden Message Of That Andover Rap Video

The Andover rap video that made the rounds this week is tacky and annoying, yeah, but to those of us who went to the school, there's more to it than the saccharine entitlement on the surface. When my class graduated from Andover two years ago, we marveled and fretted about the place: The kids are smart, the teachers… » 8/12/11 1:45pm 8/12/11 1:45pm

Total QB Rating: Everything Great About ESPN Multiplied By Everything…

It's been fascinating to watch ESPN roll out its new, proprietary Total Quarterback Rating over the past few days, and not just because we got to see Tirico, Gruden, and Jaws huffing and grunting and puzzling over the thing as if it were the first stone tool. ("This new measure of stats," Tirico called it, while Gruden… » 8/10/11 3:00pm 8/10/11 3:00pm

When Mays And Mantle Were Banned From Baseball: Putting A-Rod's…

As Alex Rodriguez stays in the headlines because he's Alex Rodriguez (even though he wasn't actually at the high-stakes poker game mentioned in the tabloids since he was playing in the World Series at the time), the real story is the re-emergence of baseball's complicated relationship with gambling. But if MLB were to… » 8/05/11 2:45pm 8/05/11 2:45pm

If Albert DeSalvo Wasn't The Boston Strangler, Who Was? Bill James…

During the years 1962-64, 13 women in the Boston area were molested and then strangled by an assailant who came to be known as the Boston Strangler. In 1965, Albert DeSalvo, a convicted sex offender and patient at a local mental institute, began telling people he committed the murders. With the help of superstar… » 8/04/11 3:00pm 8/04/11 3:00pm

The Preventable Annual Tradition Of High School Football Deaths

It's that time of year again: when America's high schoolers start dropping dead during football practice. It's become so regular and so common that we can't do anything but shake our heads and move on, as if this is an acceptable rite of passage for youth football as a whole. But these are actual kids, with names and… » 8/03/11 11:40am 8/03/11 11:40am

The Graceful, Oversized Legacy of Yao Ming

How long was Yao Ming going to last? That was the question about the seven-foot-six center long before he broke his foot for the first time in the NBA. When Yao joined the league nine summers ago, picked first overall in the 2002 draft by the Houston Rockets, he was the man who would bring the entire Chinese market… » 7/20/11 6:30pm 7/20/11 6:30pm