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  1. games
    If You Could Play Any Sport, Which One Should You Choose?(I don’t think it’s football or baseball.)
  2. It Might Be Impossible to Be an Ethical Sports FanWhat should we do when good players are bad people?
  3. It Looks Like We Are Now, Officially, Over Steroid PanicWhat were we even freaking out about in the first place?
  4. games
    Nobody’s Going to Sports in Person Anymore. And No One Seems to Care.Which may be because it’s all by design.
  5. games
    The Sports World Needs Its #MeToo MomentUnfortunately, when fans don’t care, executives certainly won’t.
  6. sports
    Why I’m Excited for Baseball’s 2018 Opening DayHopefully #MeToo leads to change in Major League Baseball.
  7. Baseball’s Very Tepid Offseason Is Finally OverWhy was there so much less free-agent activity this year? Moneyball.
  8. select all
    A Guy Called wetbutt23 Scooped the Mainstream Media on Big Baseball NewsBooty, booty, booty, booty, scoopin’ everywhere.
  9. New York Sports Fans Have Learned to Love the Fire Sale and Embrace LosingFor one season, anyway.
  10. oh canada!
    Tenors Apologize for Singing ‘All Lives Matter’The group lays the fault on a “lone wolf” who they have since suspended.
  11. MLB Adopts New Sliding RulesCan’t just take out the fielder.
  12. The Cardinals’ Hacking Scandal Has Brought Sports Into the Surveillance EraAfter a century or more of semi-comic continuity, cheating has changed.
  13. Can Baseball’s New Commissioner Actually Change the Game?For Rob Manfred, the clock starts now.
  14. Concessions Made
    8 Absolutely Outrageous Concession Foods for the 2015 Baseball SeasonA nine-patty, 2,200-calorie burger is the warm-up pitch.
  15. Bloody Murder
    Blame the Minnesota Twins for This Bloody Mary Garnished With a Slice of ColdHaven’t their poor fans been through enough already?
  16. Are the Mets Big Enough for Matt Harvey?The next New York–size super sports star is finally back on the mound.
  17. Batter Up
    The Texas Rangers’ Fried-Everything Booth Sounds Like the Craziest StadiumChicken-fried corn-on-the-cob and something called a “S’mOreo.”
  18. What Bud Selig Hath Wrought — and Not Just in BaseballHe forever changed what it means to be a sports commissioner.
  19. Beer Me
    Stadium’s Self-Serve Beer Machines Pour Bud Light on DemandYou buy it by the ounce.
  20. The Worst Slurs in Sports, Ranked by PunishmentHow professional sports leagues respond to offensive words and gestures.
  21. With 2014 Suspension, A-Rod Joins ArmstrongBud Selig gets his man.
  22. Alex Rodriguez’s Juicy Lawsuit Against MLBHe’s seeking unspecified damages for having his reputation destroyed.
  23. male gaze
    Male Gaze: Happy Birthday, Matt KempTake a Fashion Month break with this sportsman.
  24. MLB Will Seek Suspensions for A-Rod, Twenty Other Players in PED ScandalBiogenesis clinic founder Tony Bosch is cooperating with the investigation.
  25. male gaze
    Male Gaze: David Wright’s Manly StubbleThis captain swings bats for a living.
  26. Wagers
    Marc Vetri Bets on a Phillies WinIf all goes as expected, the Phils will win, and Vetri’s going to have dinner at Eleven Madison Park.
  27. Fox, Cablevision Both Want You to Panic About Losing Your Sports, Bones RerunsForget the NLCS. What about those two re-broadcasts of ‘Seinfeld’ every night??
  28. Why Making the Playoffs Wasn’t the Best Part of Last Night’s Yankees WinAt least, not for A-Rod.
  29. Inside the Obama Team’s First-Pitch PreparationThe planning, the practice pitches … the conspiracy.
  30. Once Again, All-Star Picks Favor New YorkAnd somewhat delusionally, in the case of the Mets.
  31. Mark Teixeira Might Just Make Himself a Real Yankee YetLast night’s burst of emotion was just another sign of an emerging Yankee character.
  32. Leitch: Where Does Teixeira Fit Into the Yankees’ Fantastically Overpaid Four?Team fans are rejoicing. But what about fans of baseball in general?
  33. Hal Steinbrenner Triumphs Over Brother Hank!Prince Hal wins! The cool and calculating younger son seizes control of the Yankees from his blustering brother Hank!
  34. Pirates’ Renewed Deal With Pedro Alvarez Marks the Inwood Native’s First MLB ScoreIt looks like the Horace Mann–educated slugger has taken his smarts into the boardroom and won a better contract with the Pirates — and maybe changed baseball in the process.
  35. So Why Is the MLB Network Moving to Harlem?A desire to have a studio in New York City proper might not be the only factor here.
  36. Mets Slide Into First, But Is It Too Soon for Hope?Thanks to David Wright’s two-run homer last night, the Mets are tied with the Phillies for first in the NL East. But wait, doesn’t this feel familiar?
  37. Jason Giambi’s Mustache Has Been Vanquished!Despite the Yankees’ massive mustache push, the Bronx Bomber didn’t make it into the All-Star Game.
  38. Jason Giambi’s Mustache: Already OverhypedThe Yankees are pushing for Giambi to get into the All-Star Game, and their main strategy is all ‘stache.
  39. ‘Post’ Revels in Mets Manager’s Potty MouthDid Jerry Manuel call Shea fans a big pile of manure? The city’s tabloids disagree.
  40. Willie Randolph’s ‘Daily News’ Confessional: Class Act or Cry for Help?The fired Mets manager goes into exhaustive detail over his final days with the team. We’re just not sure why.
  41. Chris Smith: What Randolph RepresentedThe Mets hired Willie Randolph because of what he had come to represent. Four years later, that’s why they fired him, too.
  42. Hank Steinbrenner: More ‘Onion’-Like Every DaySee if you can tell which of these quotes is real, and which are from the ‘Onion.’
  43. Oye Johan Va!Johan Santana’s opening day debut with the Mets was solid but not mind-blowing. But that doesn’t stop the sports press from losing their heads.
  44. Yankee Stadium: The Long Good-byeAnd so it begins: the final season in the old Yankee stadium (built in 1923) begins today. The first regular game, against the Blue Jays, starts today at 1:05 p.m. What the press is wondering about on the big day.
  45. Chamberlain Takes Broken ‘Joba Rules’ in StrideAs the Yankees try to sort out their pitching lineup for the year, manager Joe Girardi announced yesterday that 22-year-old Joba Chamberlain won’t be in the starting role that Hank Steinbrenner noisily projected for him.
  46. Clemens Testimony Referred to DOJ for Perjury Investigation, After AllAfter hedging a bit, Congress has decided to refer Roger Clemens to the Department of Justice for a perjury investigation. They are concerned that his testimony over his alleged steroid use directly contradicts that of former trainer Brian McNamee and fellow Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte. You’d think this would be bad news for Clemens and his legal team, as a handful of U.S. leaders just basically called BS on his testimony. But we sort of suspect that his lawyers were a little bit psyched, because they got to deliver this line: “Now we are done with the circus of public opinion, and we are moving to the courtroom,” Clemens’ lead lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. “Thankfully, we are now about to enter an arena where there are rules and people can be held properly accountable for outrageous statements.” You can just hear the crack coming through between the words, as Hardin imagines himself hitting a PR homerun. No matter how good he is with words, it’s not going to fix all the damage Roger has done to himself by being bad with them. Congress Asks DOJ to Investigate Clemens [AP] Earlier: As Clemens’s Story Weakens, Congress Drafts Perjury Letter
  47. the sports section
    As Clemens’s Story Weakens, Congress Drafts Perjury LetterRoger Clemens’s congressional steroid testimony appears to be unraveling word-by-word and boob-by-boob just as the Times discovers that a letter is being drafted to refer Clemens to the Department of Justice for a perjury investigation. The Daily News reports that a famous Yankee locker-room story about Debbie Clemens, Roger’s current wife, comparing her breast enhancements with Roger’s previous wife, Jessica, at a 1998 barbecue at Jose Canseco’s house may be proof that the pitcher was lying about not being there. Meanwhile, the Times pokes holes in Roger’s claim that he needed to privately meet with his nanny before she talked to investigators because her English is “not that good.” According to the paper, she speaks the language very well, with just an accent, which indicates that Clemens may have wanted to prep her for another reason. The letter to the DOJ has not been sent, but its mere existence is a blow to Clemens. So far, Congress has not drafted one to recommend a perjury investigation on Brian McNamee, his former trainer who has supplied the steroid allegations. But more importantly, if there is an investigation, Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte will probably be dragged into all this again to testify. Leave our Andy alone! He’s trying to put all this mess with Clemens behind him. Can’t you just let him enjoy his rebound bromance in peace? Congress May Single Out Clemens [NYT]
  48. Derek Jeter Considers Himself Less Mickey Mantle Than Jim CarreyThe Yankees begin full-squad workouts tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean their focus has completely shifted back to baseball yet. Take Derek Jeter, who spent his off-season working on plans for a line of health clubs, the first of which will open this June near Madison Square Park. The Yankee captain says that not only will his name be on the front door, but he’ll often be inside working out. We caught up with him last week and asked whether he was afraid of this additional opportunity for fans to harass him for autographs. “Not at all,” the shortstop laughed. “The more you’re around, the more people get used to seeing you, and probably tired of seeing you.”
  49. Andy Pettitte Is Delightful, DoomedBreaking news: Andy Pettitte is adorable. He’s likable, he’s sweet, he’s honest, and he may just be the victim in all of this MLB performance-enhancing drug mess. Sure, he may have received injections of human growth hormone and been forced to throw his friend and mentor Roger Clemens under the bus, but isn’t he a peach? That’s the takeaway that many viewers and fans were left with after the Yankee pitcher’s hour-long press conference yesterday, during which he answered questions about his own drug experiences but avoided directly contradicting Clemens’s assertion that he “misremembered” a conversation about steroids with the older pitcher. (He did, however, pointedly say that trainer Brian McNamee, who claims to have injected Clemens and Pettitte, “told the truth about me.”) New York’s sports columnists, on the whole, were wildly impressed with Pettitte’s humble, endearing performance — if not entirely sold on his emotional honesty. • George Vecsey was impressed by Pettitte’s reference to biblical lessons on conscience. “[It’s] a word one does not hear on a daily basis, particularly in the big-time sports mill.” [Times] • Will Leitch thought the performance was similar to many other vaguely apologetic sports press conferences after past scandals. But he also thought Pettitte was being honest. “He’s completely full of bullshit,” Leitch wrote. “But we nevertheless agree with him, across the board.” [Deadspin]
  50. Digesting the McNamee-Clemens Testimony Before CongressIf you haven’t been watching today’s drawn-out congressional hearing with former Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens and his ex-trainer, Brian McNamee, then you’ve been missing a whole lot of awkwardness, lies, and frustration. As expected, Clemens began his testimony by insisting that he had never been injected with human growth hormone or steroids. Shortly afterward, McNamee (sitting two seats away) maintained that Clemens did. What has followed has been an incredibly tense grilling from cranky congressmen, in which one of the two men must be lying and both seem to be constantly contradicting small elements of their previous stories. One, if not both, will most likely be charged with perjury, according to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Henry Waxman. Below, we’ve summarized what we’ve learned so far during each of the grillings by various members of the committee.
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