Recent Posts by rumple

January 21, 2022

Robot Umpires Moving up to AAA Baseball Next Year: Seasonal employees to operate the system are being sought.

posted by rumple to baseball at 02:45 PM - 1 comment

December 31, 2021

I Investigated Bonds and Clemens. Yes, They Belong in Cooperstown: Friday is the last day for voters in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to submit their 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame ballots. Listed on those ballots are two players in their 10th and final year of Hall of Fame eligibility who truly dominated their era but haven’t been voted in: Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. (archive link)

posted by rumple to baseball at 02:50 PM - 4 comments

October 21, 2021

The Raiders Had More Black Players Than Any NFL Team: Then Jon Gruden Took Over The Roster.

posted by rumple to football at 05:43 PM - 4 comments

June 15, 2021

‘The Silicon Valley of Turf’: They used to look like quagmires, ice rinks or dustbowls, depending on the time of year. But as big money entered football, pristine pitches became crucial to the sport’s image – and groundskeepers became stars. How the UK’s pursuit of the perfect pitch changed football

posted by rumple to soccer at 09:17 PM - 4 comments

October 25, 2020

The Complicated Relationship Between Latinos and the Los Angeles Dodgers: A new Smithsonian book and an upcoming exhibition, ‘¡Pleibol!,’ recounts the singular importance of baseball in Latino history and culture

posted by rumple to baseball at 09:59 PM - 0 comments

April 16, 2020

Roy Halladay performed stunts and was on drugs before fatal plane crash: Halladay had amphetamine levels about 10 times therapeutic levels in his blood along with a high level of morphine and an anti-depressant that can impair judgement as he performed high-pitch climbs and steep turns, sometimes within five feet of the water, the report says.

posted by rumple to baseball at 11:58 AM - 2 comments

March 26, 2020

Harlem Globetrotters' legend Curly Neal dies at age 77: After a 6,000 game (!) career. A great collection of his finest moments can be seen in videos tagged with his name at the Globetrotters youtube channel.

posted by rumple to basketball at 09:22 PM - 6 comments

October 12, 2019

A very analog hobby finds a way to thrive in the digital age: How Baseball Cards Got Weird : The Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani appeared on at least 2,700 distinct rookie cards manufactured by just two companies, Topps and Panini. That might not sound much like scarcity, but nearly all of the variants were produced in limited runs—the more limited, the more valuable the card. The rarest, most coveted Ohtani sold for $184,056 last September, before his rookie season was over.

posted by rumple to baseball at 12:45 PM - 1 comment

June 30, 2019

BIRGing and CORFing: The Unique Neurology of the Sports Fan’s Brain or, why we get off on the game—and are better off for it.

posted by rumple to general at 03:06 PM - 5 comments

March 18, 2019

7ft 6in Tacko Fall has scorched college basketball – but is he too tall for NBA?: At 538, they say he is breaking basketball. But there is much more to this Computer Science major, who aspires to become an Engineer and help make lives better in his native Senegal.

posted by rumple to basketball at 02:34 PM - 3 comments

July 29, 2018

Kirk Gibson,and the character of Parkinson's disease: "I had heard about Gibson’s calmer demeanor first as a coach with the Diamondbacks and then as their manager, about his 2015 diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and the endearing way he calls his new opponent Parky. I’d read sympathetic takes on his ongoing—though reduced—performance as a color analyst on TV, seen the startlingly sweet graduation speech he gave at Michigan State in May 2017, weeks before turning 60." (longform)

posted by rumple to baseball at 02:52 PM - 4 comments

June 19, 2018

In its typical invocation, chemistry is a cop-out: an after-the-fact explanation of why a team won, especially against the odds. It lets us avoid uncomfortable truths: that baseball, like the workforce, is not always a meritocracy; that mediocre teams can capitalize on luck to beat very good ones; that the sport can be cosmically unjust. In the postgame twilight, chemistry coalesces as a narrative—the “It’s not you, it’s me” of baseball heartbreak. It rings hollow, but is not provably false.

posted by rumple to baseball at 07:03 PM - 1 comment

May 17, 2018

Come Watch the Warriors-Rockets Series With Us From an Expert’s Couch: I'm not a basketball fan because play seems so random, but this article and video clips made it make sense to an extent.

posted by rumple to basketball at 02:21 PM - 1 comment

February 27, 2018

LeBron James: NCAA is Corrupt: "I do know what five-star athletes bring to a campus, both in basketball and football. I know how much these college coaches get paid. I know how much these colleges are gaining off these kids. [......] Me and my mom was poor, I'll tell you that, and they expected me to step foot on a college campus and not to go to the NBA? We weren't going to be poor for long, I'll tell you that. That's a fact."

posted by rumple to basketball at 06:21 PM - 8 comments

February 18, 2018

How Haudenosaunee women are overcoming stigma to earn a place in lacrosse: it gives girls a chance to be lifted up, and given a chance to do something that is unique because it originated in North America and it originated with their own people. And it becomes part of the weave of the fabric here.

posted by rumple to other at 10:20 PM - 2 comments

February 07, 2018

The Film the NFL doesn't want you to see: In addition to the torn ACLs and MCLs, in addition to all of the horrible broken bones, the NFL diagnosed at least 281 traumatic brain injuries this season. And no document has ever quite displayed the horror of it all like “Concussion Protocol,” [an experimental, reverse motion] film by Josh Begley and Field of Vision. First link also includes audio discussion with Begley, Sean King, and Donte Stallworth, and a trailer for the film itself.

posted by rumple to football at 02:35 AM - 3 comments

February 04, 2018

The search for Jackie Wallace: I climbed the pier with my camera and made a few frames of the scene, then climbed down and woke him. He wasn’t startled in the least. I guess when you sleep under bridges, you learn to expect the unexpected. ... We talked for a minute or two, about my editor’s idea and journalism in general. After a brief pause, he said, “You ought to do a story about me.” I’ve heard this line many times before, and many more since. “And why would I want to do that?” I said. “Because,” he said, “I’ve played in three Super Bowls.”

posted by rumple to football at 05:48 PM - 2 comments

December 16, 2017

Why don't we care about the biggest sex abuse scandal in sports history?: “The case of Larry Nassar, certainly the largest [sports sexual abuse] scandal in scale, has generated a fraction of the mainstream media coverage that was devoted to the Sandusky and Baylor stories. Why that is is worthy of inspection.”

posted by rumple to culture at 03:19 PM - 7 comments

November 27, 2017

In the pantheon of American baseball, Satchel Paige has always occupied a special place.: "He was one of the game’s all-time greats and also one of its most shameless and storied self-promoters. A whole mythology surrounds him and his exploits; he talked almost as fast as he pitched. In photos his mischievous smile made him seem invincible. A few years ago I learned, by chance, that he had played for one of the most infamous Latin American dictators who ever lived. It struck me as the kind of story only Paige himself could concoct, a tale so gaudy as to seem camouflaged in the annals of sports. I decided to investigate what happened when these two outsize individuals collided."

posted by rumple to baseball at 04:30 PM - 2 comments

November 19, 2017

What to Read when It's Time for Sports:: "Here is a list of books that tackle the complexities of sports in America, from nonfiction to poetry to fiction. ... And just a “heads up” (as they say in the sports world): this isn’t your average sports list."

posted by rumple to culture at 03:55 PM - 2 comments

September 21, 2017

Aaron Hernandez had a severe case of CTE, autopsy shows: Researchers at Boston University, the leading center studying CTE, found pronounced signs the disease in Hernandezs brain. It was the most severe case they had ever seen, said attorney Jose Baez, who successfully defended Hernandez in the double-murder case this year. It was an advanced stage.

posted by rumple to football at 07:26 PM - 3 comments

September 05, 2017

Red Sox found to be stealing signs from the Yankees: using an Apple Watch.

posted by rumple to baseball at 04:53 PM - 0 comments

I doped like Maria Sharapova: and it was actually pretty great.

posted by rumple to tennis at 03:54 PM - 1 comment

April 20, 2017

Former Bull Craig Hodges on Jordan, Kaepernick, and dissent:: "Jordan didn't speak out because he didn't know what to say". He was one of the NBA's finest sharpshooters and a two-time champion alongside Michael Jordan, but was run out of the league for his outspoken views. A quarter of a century on, Craig Hodges is still fighting the good fight.

posted by rumple to culture at 10:27 AM - 7 comments

April 14, 2017

Aaron Hernandez found Not Guilty of double murder: Hernandez will continue to serve a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013.

posted by rumple to football at 11:53 PM - 3 comments