The FDA, Tainted Supplements, and Drug Testing
Whenever athletes test positive for steroids, the excuses come flying. My least favorite has always been that they didn’t knowingly ingest steroids or other banned compounds. Somehow, the vitamins or protein shakes must have been tainted.
I’ve been ...
An Unhappy Night at Fenway
What an odd feeling — to be at the ballpark when you’re angry at your team.
The Boston Red Sox have been a frustrating blend of arrogance, pushy salesmanship, and mediocrity since September of last year. They have driven me ...
Re Jet Skis and Romney, the Media Is Out of Touch
So this whole jet-ski thing isn’t going away, is it? There are those comparing Romney on a Jet Ski on Independence Day to the unforgettable pictures of John Kerry windsurfing off Nantucket. This is nonsense. Here’s why:
The President Misses Four Threes
I was right. He is LeBron.
LeBron only made one of his three-point attempts yesterday, too.
Bill Belichick Is the Emperor of Ice Cream (Apologies to Wallace Stevens)
The Dynasty is dead now.
Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Vince Wilfork has had his day. The linchpin of the Patriots’ meager defense has whipped ...
“Well . . . the goddamn thing is over now; it ended . . . with all the grace and meaning of a Coke bottle thrown off a third floor fire escape on the Bowery.” – Hunter S. Thompson
The NBA lockout ended over Thanksgiving, ...
Who didn’t love the ’85 Bears? I did. Even when they beat my Patriots in the Super Bowl. That was one of the most entertaining NFL seasons ever. I remember it so vividly compared with other years: Walter Payton gliding ...
Why Your Brain Loves the NFL
The NFL is by far the most popular sport in America. USA Today reported record ratings for last weekend’s opening games as baseball continued to slide. The viewership for the Sunday-night prime-time football game was a 16.9; the Sunday night ...
Redskins Lose: Another Election Indicator
I spent Sunday being thankful that my beloved Patriots had their bye week. I would not have been able to follow the game. The fate of the Union was at stake, to be decided as it is every four years, ...
Were the Super Friends the Inspiration for Team USA?
Watching the USA Olympic basketball team has been an exercise in dejà vu. There’s something so familiar about how this group operates. My son thought I was reminded of the original ’92 Dream Team.
But today I realized what this ...
Andy ‘Pentangeli’ Pettitte
This was a risky case all along: The word of two teammates and friends against one another.
Roger Clemens was sunk. He had seemingly not been truthful when testifying before a congressional committee about steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Stories ...
All I Want for Christmas Is Tebow
I know it’s early for my letter this year, but I really can’t wait this time. I’m only asking for one little thing, and if you make it happen, I won’t ask for anything ...
Tom Brady: Using the Wrong Part of His Brain Since 2008
“He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.” — Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar
“Don’t think — it can only hurt the ballclub.” — Crash Davis, Bull Durham
The Patriots are back in the Super Bowl, but here in ...
Putting Boston’s Bad Week in Perspective
Last Sunday, the Boston Red Sox lost a pretty-much-must-win game against the Yankees in New York while the Patriots lost to the Buffalo Bills because Tom Brady (Tom Brady?!?!?) threw four interceptions.
The Sox lost again on Monday but won ...
Steroid Testing and the Death of Moneyball
The commercial for the movie version of Moneyball is airing pretty regularly during baseball games this week. Seeing it reminded me how much I enjoyed the book. So I pulled it off my shelf to take a fresh ...
The President Isn’t Tiger, He’s LeBron.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman published an op-ed comparing Preident Obama to Tiger Woods. His thesis is that both men are natural winners, but external events have caused each to lose his swing.
Friedman is mistaken. Obama isn’t ...