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AP / Frank Franklin II

George Steinbrenner’s Evil Empire

The Boss didn’t leave his heirs a baseball team but a financial empire that can never be rivaled, villains you can depend on and a legacy like Sherman’s to Georgia.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE



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What ESPN’s Bill Simmons Superdeluxe Media Empire Means for Facts, Fans and Sports

Going bonkers, lionizing winners and dumping on losers is fun, even if the cycle is accelerating to absurdity and beyond with modern 24/7 reportage. That’s today’s price of fame. Privileged as they are, today’s starry-eyed young athletes pursue their dream through a driving shitstorm.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Julie Jacobson

How Baseball Became America vs. the Damn Yankees

Baseball has always proceeded according to the law of the jungle with the Yankees as King Kong, but in the past even they never dominated financially as they do now.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Gene J. Puskar

Role Models for the Id

If the conduct of sports stars represents “values,” there never were any. In any case, it’s better to raise your kids yourself.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / David J. Phillip

An Icon Without a Clue

Tiger Woods is finally getting on with his life, not that Tiger’s life can ever be what it was when he was the unquestioned, untainted, most famous, most admired, richest, greatest athlete of all time. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what he was raised to aspire to.

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Matt Sayles

March Mildness: How the NCAA Tournament Lost Its Swagger

The NCAA Tournament is the highest-level single-elimination event in basketball, making it special. Nevertheless, in the Big Dance’s present incarnation, other words come to mind, like bloated, over-commercialized and bland.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mikhail Metzel

The Winner and Still Champion, the Olympic (Ka-Ching!) Movement

In the wake of the just-concluded Winter Games—aka They Can Even Sell This Stuff?—it’s amazing to think how little was left of the Olympic movement in 1984, when it crawled into Los Angeles on its last legs.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Tony Gutierrez

All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Tony Gutierrez

All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Eric Draper

Shock and Aw: Getting Over the Sins of ’98

This just in: With all forgiven, Mark McGwire makes Hall of Fame. Who knows, it may even happen in his lifetime.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Evan Vucci

Bullets, Wizards and Too Much Love

It wasn’t the Gunfight at the NBA Corral that turned Gilbert Arenas’ life into a bittersweet story. That happened a long time ago—at birth—but that’s how it works in a subculture ruled by stars, in which everyone prefers the sweet to the bitter.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE


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