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Ultimate 6er | 2016 Rio Olympic Events

August 10, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Zika virus. Contaminated water. Unsuitable living conditions. Terrorist threats. The 2016 Rio Olympics are surrounded by depressing headlines. We at PorchDrinking like to view life on the brighter side, so we paired six Summer Olympic events with six seemingly-perfect craft beers.

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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

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

Welcome to the InterNEAT! Volume 56

September 23, 2014 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

What’s cookin’, you guys? I had a notion for a new InterNEAT theme.

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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 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

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 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

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

Cautious Optimism for Cubs Fans

June 23, 2014 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Hope. Excitement. Optimism. These are words I haven’t used when talking about the Cubs for the past few seasons, but I’m ready to use them now.

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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

Embrace MLB Instant Replay – It’s Here to Stay

April 14, 2014 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Ah, baseball is back. I love America’s pastime. From the crack of the bat to the pop of the mitt to the stoppage in play because of an official review – baseball is great. For the first time ever instant replay is being used throughout MLB stadiums and everyone has their own opinion on whether it’s good for the game. While there have to be some tweaks to the system, and players will have to change the way they play the game in some instances, I think instant replay is a great thing for baseball and will only improve.
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Four Things to Drink In This, The Worst Time of the Year for Sports

February 20, 2014 | 4 Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

February– it’s the worst, right? A month so devoid of meaning, fun, and intrigue that it was docked two days and given a holiday on which couples flaunt their happiness over single people (this is said with all due respect to Black History Month, which we can all agree got the shaft by being placed in February). The Super Bowl has occurred, thus ending football and now all that is left are some college basketball games of marginal importance before March Madness, a bunch of utterly meaningless NBA action, and the scrapbooking convention of sporting events that is the Winter Olympics. Oh, and hockey, I suppose, though here in Ohio I’m more likely to be hit by a Justin Bieber-expelled loogie than meet an ardent supporter of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Preview

November 11, 2013 |

Regular Season Conference Predictions

With NCAA basketball tipping off officially this weekend, conferences have been shuffled, created and reduced. The biggest winner being the ACC, with the addition of Syracuse, Pitt and soon Louisville, look for plenty of exciting conference … Read More

How to fix the NBA

November 4, 2013 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

With the NBA starting last week a lot of people got excited—I wasn’t one of them. It’s not that I don’t like basketball, but of the four major sports, I just don’t get excited for professional basketball. I’m a huge fan of college basketball, so it must be something that is going on with the NBA specifically. Here are a few suggestions I’ve come up with to help improve the league.

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Queasy? Worst Sports Injuries of All Time

September 30, 2013 |

In the past week, Baltimore Oriole Manny Machado’s knee buckled as he rounded first base and Arizona Cardinal Rashad Johnson lost part of his finger mid-game. These injuries produced gruesome pictures and video. It’s the type of injury you don’t … Read More

What American Sports Can Learn from English Football

August 19, 2013 | 3

The start of the American football season almost coincides with the start of the English football season, and with it optimism, high expectations, and hope that this will be your team’s “year.” In American football, that means the year … Read More

Five Bowl Games to Watch This Season

December 17, 2012 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

December is a great month for sports. You have the NFL in the home stretch and just about to start the playoffs, basketball and normally hockey are in full swing and maybe the best part of the month – college football bowl games.

Starting on the 15th and going all the way until January 7, 35 bowl games will be played across the country. While the debate goes on if there are too many games and if many are meaningless sponsor-driven events, it’s still fun  to watch teams from different conferences play each other for nothing but pride.

This year provides a slate of great match-ups from day one until the national championship in Miami on the 7th. Here are five games all college football fans should settle down for and watch in their entirety: Read More