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The Island of Misfit Sports

May 4, 2015 |

Rarely has so much attention been payed to sports that typically fly below the radar than was paid to boxing and horse racing on Saturday. The Kentucky Derby garnered its best ratings since 1992, and followed up with a race … Read More

Worth the Wait? Wait and See.

April 6, 2015 |

For Cubs fans, the best thing about night baseball in April is that it looks a lot like baseball in October when you watch on TV.  “Worth the Wait” proclaims a billboard on Clark Street, the words superimposed on … Read More

Screw It, I’m Becoming a College Basketball Fan

March 9, 2015 |

Picking a team to root for has never been a chore for me.  If a team or sport didn’t reach out and grab me, I’ve never bothered to make an effort to be a fan of a sport or … Read More

When the Replay Booth Becomes Judge’s Chambers, We’ve All Lost

January 11, 2015 |

It should come as no surprise, especially after the conclusion of Sunday’s Packers-Cowboys game, that the NFL’s most famous referee, Ed Hochuli, is a partner in a law firm when he is not turning NFL games into his own personal … Read More

The Worst of Sports in 2014

December 15, 2014 |

As we approach New Year’s Day and the new and improved college football postseason that awaits us in 2015, it’s time to look back at the year that was.  But why should we dwell on the positive?  Let’s say good … Read More

How Bout Dem Bears? 3 Answers to the Dreaded Question

November 17, 2014 |

The game clock was broken at Soldier Field on Sunday, so if you asked anyone in the stadium if they really knew what time it was, they would have to reply no.  Fortunately, with the Bears playing the Vikings in … Read More

I sat through six and a half hours of baseball, and all I got was this crummy Nationals column.

October 20, 2014 |

By the 16th inning, I was getting pretty cold.  My wife and I were in the midst of experiencing what was about to become the longest postseason game in baseball history.  Sitting in the third row from the top at … Read More

Four Items the Next NFL Commissioner Should Address

September 22, 2014 |

If anything has become clear in the wake of the train wreck that has been the last two weeks of news in the NFL, it is that the league needs a new commissioner. The reasons for this have been laid … Read More

Rethinking My Baseball Monogamy

August 25, 2014 |

Baseball’s most exciting team (of at least the last two weeks) is playing in my town, and I feel like I am being unfaithful. When I was a little kid, I wavered back and forth between the Cubs and the White Sox, but Sammy Sosa’s home run exploits of 1998 and especially the Cubs disasters of 2003 and 2004 scarred me as a Cub fan for life. In no way has my devotion to the Cubs been reduced, but living in Washington and following the Nationals at close proximity has me rethinking my baseball monogamy.

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The (Sometimes) Soccer Fan Who Knew Too Little

June 30, 2014 |

For all of its flaws, FIFA sure knows (Or is it FIFA sure know?  All rules of subject/verb agreement seem to go out the window when we are talking international soccer.) the right time to schedule a soccer tournament to capture the sports consciousness of the United States.  Baseball season has been here just long enough that the novelty has worn off, and we are finally without the winter sports playoffs to keep us occupied.  What, exactly, as someone asked me earlier this week, would we be talking about if it were not for the World Cup? Read More

Landon Donovan’s Reward: A Seat on the Couch

June 2, 2014 |

The American soccer world was rocked, or not, last week by the news that Landon Donovan will not be invited to join the Americans in Brazil for next month’s World Cup.  Not invited to join them on the field at least, … Read More

It’s ALIVE: Reawakening Basketball Fandom in DC

April 28, 2014 |

Washington, D.C. has experienced something special over the last week – a reawakening of a fan base.  The momentum had been building all season – in February, the Wizards pushed their record over the .500 mark for the first time … Read More

Forget Reality, and Give Me the Cubbie Blue Pill | Chicago Cubs Opening Day

March 31, 2014 |

Although the weather in the Eastern half of the United States continues to defy what the calendar proclaims, today is Opening Day.  For Chicago Cubs supporters such as me, this year promises to be the fifth straight season of following a team without contention aspirations.  Despite the promise of various minor league talents that could make their major league debuts this summer, the general expectation is that this Cubs season will closely follow this script. Read More

Yes, We Can End the Super Bowl Hangover

February 3, 2014 |

Super Bowl Monday.  Whether you were rooting for Seattle, Denver, or merely fulfilled your cultural obligation of watching the commercials, there is a chance you are hung over.  There is a better chance that you are exhausted, and an even … Read More

The Cardinals Way: Infuriating Success

October 21, 2013 | 2

Early last month, the Porch Drinking sports gang was asked to predict the World Series winner. I thought about it for a few minutes, and then realized that the answer was obvious.

“The Cardinals will win the World Series,” I … Read More

6 (Ill-Advised?) Predictions for the (Rest of) the NFL Season

September 9, 2013 |


With the NFL season underway for most of the league, and my undefeated Chicago Bears having taken their first step to an appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII this February, I’m finally ready to boldly make my prognostications for the … Read More