Sports Articles

The Pro Bowl Should At Least Resemble an Actual Football Game

A modest proposal.
1:09 PM, Jan 30, 2016
My friends accuse me of having a fetish for hopeless causes that interest no one and have no hope of ever being accomplished. Which brings me to my plan for fixing the Pro Bowl. Read more

Meet the Jets

...same fate as the Mets
10:23 AM, Jan 06, 2016
In this week's edition of the boss's email newsletter (sign up for free!) - Bill looks back on the sad fate of his New York Jets: Read more

Kill the Rams Stadium Deal

A year-end letter to Missouri lawmakers.
12:15 PM, Dec 23, 2015
Should St. Louis taxpayers fund a new stadium for the Rams to keep their NFL franchise? Read more

Playing Hurt

The casualties of football.
Dec 21, 2015

In the National Football League, it is the year of the orthopod. Football, the cognoscenti like to say, is a game of injuries, but this year, it sometimes seems as though that's all that it is. That, and the blown call, anyway.

ESPN recently did a little segment on the casualties suffered by one of the teams playing in its Monday night game. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had torn two tendons in his knee a couple of weeks earlier. But he managed to engineer a game-winning drive before leaving the field and heading to the OR and a long, painful rehab. Earlier in the season, Flacco's favorite pass receiver, Steve Smith Sr., had gone down with a torn Achilles tendon. It was the end of his season and, probably, his career.

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Why We Gamble on Sports

Because that’s where the money is.
Nov 02, 2015

The same government that warned you off whole milk and urged you to load up on carbs may now be moving to protect you from the snares of fantasy sports wagering. And the people who worship at the temple of government believe this is the just and proper thing to do. Presumably they will put the same people who ran Fannie and Freddie on the case.

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LSU, Utah, and Michigan State Are #1, #2, and #3

The Spartans’ win deserves accolades, not an asterisk.
9:41 AM, Oct 19, 2015

On a crazy college football Saturday that saw Michigan State pull out about the most improbable win since Stanford’s band came onto the field against Cal 33 years ago, the LSU Tigers beat previously undefeated Florida and claimed the top spot in the Anderson & Hester Rankings.  In three weeks, the undefeated Tigers and star sophomore running back Leonard Fournette will travel to Tuscaloosa to play the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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Squash: A Global Game for an Increasingly Global Washington

10:26 AM, Oct 05, 2015

This summer, EastBanc W.D.C Partners, a prominent development company, announced the construction of two residential towers with retail space in the West End of Washington, D.C., not far from George Washington University. Included in the development are plans for multiple squash courts. The squash facility, which will go by the awkward appellation “Squash on Fire,” (it rests on top of an old firehouse) will consist of eight courts totaling some 20,000 square feet.

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Regulate that Fantasy

Congressman shocked, shocked to find gambling going on out there.
Oct 05, 2015

Pick Eddie Lacy. That was the advice of at least one expert back in the summer. Not a single play of the regular NFL season had been run, but it was already a busy time for those who play fantasy football and the gurus who advise them. “Lacy’s mix of stability and upside over a full season” is unmatched, the expert wrote.

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This Will Help . . . Right?

1:46 PM, Aug 27, 2015

The Boston Red Sox are nearing the end of a woeful season, running last in their division, thirteen-and-a-half out of first, leaving the taste of wormwood and gall in the mouth of every member of Red Sox nation. 

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Poor Excuse for a Brawl

1:59 PM, Aug 21, 2015

The Yankees’s C.C. Sabathia is not having a stellar season.  With a 4-9 record and a 5.24 ERA he could be forgiven for feeling a sense of frustration. Even one serious enough to get him into a near brawl with fans in, of all places, Toronto. 

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It's How They Fold

9:33 AM, Aug 21, 2015

The Washington Nationals’s winning streak ended Thursday night in Colorado. After two games. But when recent performance includes a six game losing streak that helped the team fall from first place, by 4 and a half games in their division, to trailing the Mets by four, then you take what you can get. With the loss last night putting an end to a 3-7 road trip, the Nats are plainly a team that is not hitting on all cylinders.

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Day's Day

9:37 AM, Aug 17, 2015

If he were a race horse, then up-to-now the smart play would have been to bet him to show. On six occasions, Jason Day had finished among the top five in the big golf tournaments known as the "majors." But never first.

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Ready For Some Football?

Hell yes.
12:11 PM, Aug 14, 2015

How much do Americans love football?  Enough that more of them will tune in to a meaningless exhibition game in August than viewed the Stanley Cup finals.

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'What You Give Makes a Life'

Tennis and civic striving in the nation's capital.
11:14 AM, Aug 10, 2015

Washington, D.C.,'s Rock Creek Park Tennis Center—site of the week-long Citi Open tournament that wrapped up Sunday—is more formally known as the William H.G. Fitzgerald Center after its major benefactor, a living monument to success and generosity. Fitzgerald, who died nine years ago at 96, was a Bostonian who made a great deal of money in Washington and gave most of it away for education, and civic improvements, at home and in Africa. A graduate of the Naval Academy, he served in World War II and, past 80, as ambassador to Ireland.

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Sexism at the World Cup

10:21 AM, Jul 29, 2015

The Factual Feminist exposes the fallacy at the heart of the claim that female athletes face a “grass ceiling.”

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How to Follow the British Open

8:39 AM, Jul 17, 2015

Technically, we are told, it is simply “the Open.”  Or, perhaps, “The Open.”  Maybe even “The Open.”

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Coolidge 2016?

12:36 PM, Jul 06, 2015

Another big-headed candidate is running for president. And no, this one isn’t vying for the GOP nomination.  

Instead, this new candidate raced along the warning track at Nationals Park last Friday night, competing against the likes of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, William Howard Taft, and Theodore Roosevelt in the Presidents Race. 

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Can Tiger Woods Find the Magic Again?

7:26 AM, Jun 18, 2015

When he steps onto the first tee today, Tiger Woods will be coming off some of the worst rounds of his career and a last place finish in a tournament that he was accustomed to winning. In golf, as in all sport, anyone can have a bad day. But for Tiger Woods, this was something different. You wonder if he even bothered to pick up the check for his winnings of $12,276.

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Cleveland Is Going to Lose (Update: Cleveland Loses)

Tomorrow's news today.
4:15 PM, Jun 16, 2015

People not from Cleveland often ask us natives during the rare instances when one of our sports teams is in a championship, “are you nervous?”

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Among Fans

David Bahr, sports fan*
Jun 01, 2015

I used to watch sports on television in the same episodic and grudging manner I would tune in to C-SPAN. The proceedings mattered little, but I picked up useful information. It made me better at water cooler conversation—I got passing references to Monday night’s game. 

Then something changed. It happened during the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, and it’s been converting me into a fan of televised sports—admittedly, a fan with an asterisk.

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Forgive Him Lord, For He Knoweth Not What He Says

Gleanings and observations.
9:04 AM, May 28, 2015

Assuming the WNBA approves, Isiah Thomas will be part owner and coach of the New York Liberty, the women’s team owned by James Dolan, the man who brought the Knicks to their current position in the NBA. Thomas, general manager of the Knicks, was convicted of sexual harassment in 2007. Not to worry. Thomas assures us the press that he has a daughter, and always respected his mother (both women), while fighting racism. Isiah played the mother and race cards, one jaded reporter wrote.

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Casual Podcast: Among Fans

1:05 PM, May 23, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Casual Podcast, with David Bahr reading his casual essay "Among Fans."

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Washington Wants the Redskins

And is prepared to spend your money to get them.
3:07 PM, May 21, 2015

They are a lousy team with perhaps the worst owner in all of professional sports, but the Imperial City wants the Redskins nonetheless.

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News from the World of Sport

Gleanings and observations.
12:38 PM, May 15, 2015

Alex Rodriguez hit his eight homerun. 653 more and he will pass Willie Mays for third most non-steroid-propelled homers, and earn a $6 million bonus from the Yankees. Tom Brady refused to turn over his cell phone and email records to the team investigating his possible involvement in deflating footballs below league standards, earning rapturous applause from Massachusetts fans who will surely turn their state’s electoral votes over to Hillary Clinton.

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Say It Ain’t So Tom: Winners Sometimes Cheat

3:49 PM, May 10, 2015

What to do about Tom Brady? The consensus among the sports class seems to be that something must be done. You even hear people saying that he should be suspended for an entire season.  Kieth Olbermann of ESPN did a rant recommending just such a punishment. (One day for the crime and 364 for the stupid way he dealt with it.) Of course, the ESPN culture has a weakness for suspensions.  The sports network likes “edgy” and considers it part of the brand.  Olbermann, himself, being exhibit #1.

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Say It Ain't So, Tom

1:10 PM, May 07, 2015

So it appears that Tom Brady did know that he was throwing softballs. As John Branch of the New York Times reports

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Mayweather's Magnificent Fight

8:30 PM, May 06, 2015

A few days after the Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao fight, the reviews are still coming in, and most are negative. Perhaps the harshest assessment is a class action suit filed against Pacquiao by boxing fans who are angry that the Filipino southpaw fought with an injured right shoulder and now want their money back. The Las Vegas Gaming Commission is also displeased, and is contemplating disciplinary action against Manny for not disclosing his injury.

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To Throw a Fish

Notes on the FloraBama Mullet Toss.
1:35 PM, Apr 28, 2015

It was the biggest weekend of the spring, with people coming from all over to a little strip of beach known as “Perdido Key,” for a gathering known as the FloraBama Mullet Toss. It has been going on for three decades and every year it grows; it now claims to draw numbers in the “tens of thousands.” Hard to know if that is an exaggeration, but there is no denying the traffic along the beach highway or the multitude

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Tiger, Tiger Chunking Chips?

12:28 PM, Apr 09, 2015

Today, at 1:48 EST, Tiger Woods will be teeing it up at the Masters.  It has been a long time since he has played in a tournament.  Longer still since he has won.  His round today will be closely scrutinized by fans of golf and millions of others whose interest in the game pretty much begins and ends with Woods and how he is doing.

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Winners Sometimes Cheat

The scandal of soft footballs.
4:44 PM, Jan 21, 2015

So did the New England Patriots actually cheat last Sunday when they beat the Indianapolis Colts in a 45-7 laugher? Well, the game was certainly important.  Winning meant another trip to the Super Bowl for the Patriots.  And, then, the Patriots have a history.

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