Boston, Newtown, Challenger: How To Talk To Kids About Awful Things

I was in fourth grade at Myrtle Schumann Elementary School in Orono, Minn., when the Challenger exploded. I didn't see the shuttle explode live on TV. We were in our class doing our usual lessons as word of the disaster spread. I remember a little kid named Jason broke the news to me personally. » 4/18/13 4:00pm 4/18/13 4:00pm

Jim Boeheim Closed His Press Conference Last Night With A Call For More…

Last night, Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim earned his 900th career victory when his team defeated the University of Detroit Mercy 72-68. After the game, though, Boeheim seemed to have the tragedy in Newtown on his mind, as he ended with some spirited words about gun control. Boeheim asks why anybody… » 12/18/12 11:35am 12/18/12 11:35am

"Take That Nigger Off The TV, We Wanna Watch Football!": Idiots Respond…

NBC pre-empted the first quarter of tonight's 49ers-Patriots game to show President Obama's speech at the Newtown memorial for victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. As you might expect, many football fans didn't take kindly to this. (So, too, some Bob's Burgers fans.) Here are those idiots, led by someone who claims to… » 12/16/12 12:57am 12/16/12 12:57am

Tonight's Saturday Night Live Cold Open: The New York Children's Chorus…

Given yesterday's devastating events in Connecticut, it seemed impossible for NBC to put together a Saturday Night Live cold open that could be seen in any way as appropriate for the mood. In the end, they eschewed any attempt at making the audience laugh—instead going with a touching performance from the New York… » 12/15/12 11:46pm 12/15/12 11:46pm

Former ESPN Outdoors Producer: "Most Of The People I've Met From The…

For several years I worked for the now defunct ESPNOutdoors.com and on a number of ESPN Outdoors TV shows. A couple of times a year the website would cover these massive annual trade shows that affected hunting, and we'd descend on giant convention center halls in Orlando and Las Vegas that were packed with camo and… » 12/15/12 7:00pm 12/15/12 7:00pm

Among About A Billion Candidates, Cleatus, The Dancing Animatronic NFL…

When the mascots of corporations send out painfully canned condolences—our thoughts and prayers, seriously, from this ridiculously stupid dancing robot—people always say, "Oh man, I pity the poor intern that had to write that B.S." I've got news for you: It probably wasn't an intern. It was probably a well-compensated… » 12/15/12 11:55am 12/15/12 11:55am

Kevin Durant Memorialized Sandy Hook Last Night With A Message On His…

It must be hard for professional athletes to figure out to respond to national tragedies like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary yesterday. In times of national mourning, sports can seem pretty starkly trivial, and the juxtaposition between the day's news and the night's sporting events has a way of making us… » 12/15/12 9:20am 12/15/12 9:20am

Jovan Belcher And Adam Lanza Were Not Militias: Shut Up About The…

Two weeks ago, in the aftermath of the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide, Bob Costas went on national television and said some sensible things about guns, and lots of people—some of them on this very site—responded with all the predictable idiot lowing. This was bad enough, but the true measure of how fucked up we are as a… » 12/14/12 8:02pm 12/14/12 8:02pm

When Will People Stop Telling Other People To Stick To Sports? Today Is…

As everyone is aware, at least 27 people were killed in a school shooting in Newtown, Conn. this morning. Unsurprisingly, many writers and commentators who usually operate exclusively within the world of sports have reacted to this horrifying news by discussing the details or expressing opinions about gun laws or… » 12/14/12 5:10pm 12/14/12 5:10pm