“Mauville City only looks grander in your dreams, now pass the incubator”

This article is about Pokémon. It’s not okay. You can’t just walk from the center of the street into the depths of the heartland and stare into simulated wilderness, expecting to find meaning. My childhood notions have become the mindless acquisition of online capital. Everything about the past has been warped into a low-intensity game […]

Jason Kipnis, the Latest Second-Base Power Surger

In some respects, this has been the Year of the Veteran Middle Infielder Who Suddenly Starts Hitting Homers (YVMIWSHH for short). Daniel Murphy passed his season-high for homers before the All-Star Break. Neil Walker already has 16 homers and it’s only July 19. Walker’s best single-season total is 23. Eduardo Nunez has nearly doubled his […]

USA Olympic Trials Recaps: July 7-8, Jump!

After a few days off for athletes (and writers), we’re back with more semi-knowledgable comments about Olympic Trials.  STEEPLECHASE – THE ONLY CHASE YOU NEED! Ah, it’s time to recap the finals of my favorite event, the 3000m steeplechase. There’s just something heart-palpitating about the sight of 14-16 runners trying to jump over a pool […]

USA Olympic Track & Field Trials Review: July 3-4, TRACK IS EXCITING!

After taking a day off to write a strange piece of parody/baseball analysis, I’m back with more commentary on the USA Track & Field qualifiers. Women’s 800m And people say track is boring. This race was unbelievable. Go watch the full race now if you haven’t. It’s the best two minutes of sports you’ll watch this week. […]

I was James Shields, and I would not have traded for me

I have a long-running thesis that cross-country teams and pitching staffs are very similar. In both cases, you have 5 starters who are the most important. In both cases, you can get an “ace of the staff” but also have trouble finding a No. 4 and No. 5 guy. In races, as in baseball regular […]