October 2009

Basketball

How Chris Bosh and Lady Gaga reinvented Earth

In his book “Hip: A History”, John Leland argues that hip is a result of the mixing of cultures and ideas, each of which builds off the other. It’s why yesterday’s crime is today’s cool and tomorrow’s passe. He also argues that the image of cool “has pushed steadily towards androgyny. Nothing is cornier than a dumbly masculine jock, a frat boy, company man or golf buddy”. It works the other way, too. Singer Lady…

Baseball

Mutiny cries premature in Blue Jays clubhouse

The Toronto Blue Jays entered the 2009 campaign with a bang, but finished with a near mutiny. Through the first 41 games of the season, the Jays owned the best record in the American League (27-14), while showcasing some brilliant young talent in Travis Snider, Adam Lind and Ricky Romero. Manager Cito Gaston once again looked like the wise skipper that guided the club to its only two World Series Championships. By season’s end, Toronto…

Basketball

Can’t anybody here call this game?

Legend once has it that as manger of a hapless New York Mets team destined for over 100 losses, their manager Casey Stengal rhetorically asked “can’t anybody here play this game?” After watching some of the NBA’s pre-season I know how he felt. Not about the players, most of which have been playing pretty well, but about the replacement officials who are calling the games. Or should I say calling the free throw contests? This…

Baseball

Pittsburgh’s Pirates Revealed

The Bucs are one of the oldest teams in Major League Baseball. But what ever happened to them? This is a franchise that has produced stars Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Bill Mazeroski and Jason Bay and on top of that they play in (arguably) one of the best ballparks in baseball. Yet sadly, all of this – the tradition, the All-Star talent, the prestigious digs – seems to be lost in a sea of futility….