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A Gallery of Forgettable Sports Cards

A Gallery of Forgettable Sports Cards

Ephemera, Sports
I can't begin to calculate the number of hours I spent as a lad collecting, storing, and trading sports cards. I never cared about their monetary value (unlike many of my friends). I simply enjoyed the experience of opening the packs, looking at the pictures, and filling in holes in my collection. It's a good thing too, as 99% of my collection isn't worth the paper it was printed on. I got out of the sports card scene right about the time it became more of a business venture than a hobby. And now thanks to unscrupulous manufacturers, collectors, and dealers the industry exists now as a shadow of its former glory. There are many reasons for this decline, but as I dug through the remnants of my collection the other day the common denominator occurred to me - most of the cards flat out suc...
Random thoughts on the Mitchell Report

Random thoughts on the Mitchell Report

Sports
My thoughts on the report, as I skim through it. If you want to follow along, you can download the entire thing here: It took a whole eight pages (SR-8) before we got to the first cry of "won't someone please think of the CHILDREN!" $20 million and they couldn't tack one page at the beginning that just lists all the names? Lame. Holy crap, did Mitchell just compare MLB's steroid problem to Northern Ireland? (SR-34) This has got to be the most expensive term paper ever produced. p. 22 - "In 1988, androstenedione became the subject of national attention after a reporter observed a container of the supplement in the locker of Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals during his pursuit of the single-season home run record." Pretty sure that was 1998. Again, $20 million and they ...
They called what?! NFL rules you never knew about.

They called what?! NFL rules you never knew about.

Funny Stuff, Sports
With the recent dust-up over Spygate, more attention is being focused on what is and isn't allowed in the NFL. And let's face it, American football can already be a confusing sport to follow, what with it's myriad of well-known rules and regulations. Not to mention the fact that at least once a season, some poor team gets screwed by a seldom-cited section of the NFL rulebook (think the Oakland/New England "Tuck Game"). In an effort to shed light on some of the league's more arcane infractions, I bring you illustrated, genuine examples of some penalties you might never see called in your lifetime, but can nonetheless win bar bets by knowing. The illegal horse-collar tackle is well-known by football fans, but slightly less well-known is the ol' "righty tighty, lefty loosey" tac...
London’s 2012 Olympic logo is awesome

London’s 2012 Olympic logo is awesome

Funny Stuff, Sports
And by awesome I mean craptacular. Seriously, did they even try? They've had two years to put this together, and it looks like something my six-year-old nephew could put together in Microsoft Paint with a blindfold on. Ooooh, it says 2012 if you look closely! OMG!!@@#! (Actually, it looks like Lisa Simpson giving something that rhymes with 'snow job'.) Seriously, I think London really dropped the ball on this one. What they needed to do was to create something more appealing and lasting -- something that speaks to the rich heritage of Great Britain, as well as its many contributions to world culture. Since it's not too late for them to change their minds, I've come up with a few ideas (with all respect to my readers from across the Pond, of course). I just hope the roya...
Sports Illustrated is consistent

Sports Illustrated is consistent

Sports
If there's one thing I love about Sports Illustrated's website (other than the usual mind-numbing bloviations of Peter King), it's their editorial unity. Why, take a pair of today's NFL headlines for example: Why thanks, Sports Illustrated! I feel more enlightened already!  It is clear now why you are the league leader in in-depth coverage of professional, local, college and international sports.
Nanananananana… PAC-MAN!!!

Nanananananana… PAC-MAN!!!

Sports
I try to stick to original content here when I can, but this is too good to not share. The geniuses at Bang! have released a new Flash cartoon, and it may just be the most awesome thing in the history of the internets. It stars everyone's favorite NFL miscreants, Adam "Pacman" Jones and Chris Henry. For non-football fans who aren't familiar with these two pillars of the earth, read this article before watching the cartoon.
Uniformly bad

Uniformly bad

Sports
I'll never understand the need for sports franchises to mess with a good thing. Well, I probably do. Over the years, countless teams have ditched tradition and updated their duds in the name of progress. In recent years, "progress" means adopting a soulless, slick look designed to boost merchandise sales. The latest franchise to hop on this visually offensive bandwagon is the San Diego Chargers. OK, so maybe this isn't as bad as it could be. But to me, it's a totally pointless change. It looks more like one of the crappy uniforms found in the Arena league than the NFL. The key to this new design seems to be the totally slick and in-your-face number design. But the inexplicable placement of the bolts around the shoulders doesn't help things. My main question is - why? What ...