Category: Sports

  • You Don’t Need to Know the Name of Ohtani’s Dog. Or: Reporters Aren’t Normal, and That is Generally Okay

    ESPN’s daily podcast on Friday devoted itself to the then unfinished pursuit of Shohei Ohtani (he has subsequently signed with the Dodgers for 700 million dollars. For perspective, his annual salary is more than the annual salary of this year’s Minnesota Wild. If you want to be filthy rich, play baseball at the highest level.)…

  • The NHL Wants to Be For Bigots, Not Everyone

    The NHL has banned players from using Pride colored stick tape as part of its new policies to attempt to keep controversy from its game. (For non-hockey fans, players wrap portions of their hockey sticks in tape to improve their grip and comfort when holding the stick). This is bigotry, pure and simple. Until last…

  • Rocky Wirtz, Leadership, and the Death of Accountability

    Rocky Wirtz is dead. He passed on the evening of July 25th after a short illness. He is arguably the best modern owner of the Blackhawks and responsible for its most heinous failing. Mark Lazarus at the Athletic has an excellent column detailing Wirtz’s legacy and if you have a subscription, I recommend it fully.…

  • Harvard’s Women’s Ice Hockey and the Myth of the Assh*le Coach

    Harvard’s Women’s Ice Hockey and the Myth of the Assh*le Coach

    The head coach of the women’s ice hockey team at Harvard is under scrutiny for running a program that mistreats players: During the team’s annual “Initiation Week,” which concluded with “Freshmen Fun Night”, upperclassmen urged freshmen to, among other acts over the years, put condoms on bananas, fake orgasms and act out skits that referenced…

  • It’s Okay the Tell the Truth About the Dead: Or Bobby Hull Sucked

    It’s Okay the Tell the Truth About the Dead: Or Bobby Hull Sucked

    Bobby Hull was a great hockey player.  Bobby Hull was a Nazi.  Bobby Hull beat his wife.   Bobby Hull died yesterday. All of those things are true, and they should all be said now that Hull has passed away.   Instead, we get pablum and obfuscation, lies by omission.  We pretend that politeness or…

  • Time To Nationalize Professional Sports

    Time To Nationalize Professional Sports

    Okay, I can hear you saying, “Good one — that’s the hot take to end all hot takes.” But is it? What, precisely, do sports owners provide? They don’t inject capital into the teams — North American professional sprots are protected industries. Money is provided by the cartel like nature of the business. Once you…

  • Is Tanking Ethical?

    Is Tanking Ethical?

    The Chicago Blackhawks have made it abundantly clear that they have no interest in winning games this season. There one goal is to position themselves to win the draft lottery in the hopes of landing Connor Bedard, widely believed to be a sure-fire generational talent. Even if they don’t win the lottery, the draft is…

  • Sports are Run By the Worst of Us

    I love sports.  Even though I have no talent to speak of, I have loved playing pick-up games of all kinds.  I love watching sports.  Watching excellent athletes do things that normal people cannot is the same thrilling experience as listening to a great musician, watching a great actor, or reading a genius author.  The…