The San Diego Loyal forfeited a game they were winning in protest of what they allege was a slur, ending their season.
It is Monday, folks, and while we hope you and yours are safe and well, there is plenty going on in the world of politics and culture that we need to get into.
The most important aspect of this is that the scales, long tipped against the athletes in almost every way, have been slightly tipped back.
“Keep politics out of sports!” “Just report what happens on the field!” This isn’t how it works.
This week we have been discussing criminal justice reform and the need- or lack of need- to incarcerate non-violent criminals.
Sports and politics have that in common. People absolutely lose their minds over it, and their basic life skills and humanity tend to go with it.
What’s up with the Atlantic League experiments with the rules of baseball?
Perhaps the time has finally come for schools to recognize that they don’t need to distinguish between “ladies and gentlemen” when it comes to what team is taking the field, pitch or court.
Sports are not a salve. That said, an unexpected win still manages to feel awfully damned good.
Jon Bois is back telling the stories of additional sporting Bobs. He focuses most on Bob Beamon. Bois tells the story of Beamon’s 1968 Olympic Long Jump, one of the greatest athletic achievements ever.
Jon Bois tells the incredible story of Bob Gibson. For good measure, he tells the stories of a bunch of other Bobs too.
We do love redemptive stories in the third act, after the darkness of the second eclipses the high notes of the first.
One of the most thrilling BCS games I can remember was the 2007 Fiesta Bowl when an outmanned and outranked Boise State team upended the mighty Sooners. That’s the kind of thing I would want to see in an expanded playoff system. Not another chance for Georgia to blow a big lead against the Tide.
Alan Maloney made Andrew Johnson cut his hair. Although they disagree vociferously, everybody involved is absolutely certain as to why he did that.
Linky Friday is Ordinary Times’ Friday tradition of bringing you various links from across the web and around the world. This week, “All in Due Time” is the theme, with music interludes and plenty to read, share, and discuss.
With more strikeouts than hits, what, if anything, has changed? And what to do about it?
As is the case with every Conor McGregor fight, regardless of whether you love or loathe him as a fighter and character, his fight Saturday is must-watch television for anyone even casually interested in combat sports.