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The City of Detroit v. Nickelback

Apparently Detroit Lions fans are so appalled by the decision to have Nickleback — yes, Nickleback — as the halftime show of their Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers, they’ve started a petition, which is, well, kind of hilarious. As UMich grad student/Michigan native/Lions ticket holder Dennis Guttman explains it:

This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the US to associate Detroit with Nickelback? Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?! Does anyone even like Nickelback?

Want to sign it?

ocandrew1 asked

Will you be doing a story about Al Davis' passing and his imprint on football?

We ran a short item on The Daily Beast’s Cheat Sheet when he died, but I’m unsure of any edit plans for a larger tribute or story. If it happens, we’ll be sure to post on the tumblr. In the meantime, here’s a fantastic Sports Illustrated profile on the genius of Al Davis from 1974.

TIL: Saints fans buy 520 Crawfish pies, 645 Shrimp platters, 750 Alligator sausages, and 2,500 orders of jambalaya at the Superdome during home games.
[Newsweek Infographic by Liz Meyer; See it full-size here.]

TIL: Saints fans buy 520 Crawfish pies, 645 Shrimp platters, 750 Alligator sausages, and 2,500 orders of jambalaya at the Superdome during home games.

[Newsweek Infographic by Liz Meyer; See it full-size here.]

What Makes Marion Jones Run?


That first day in the minimum-security prison, Jones was determined that other inmates not see her in tears, so she went out to the prison track. Eventually she would buy sneakers and several pairs of shorts and T-shirts from the prison commissary. But on that day, she wore what penitentiary officials gave her after taking away her clothes: a pair of cotton slipper shoes, a worn T-shirt and pants several sizes too short. Then she started running.

This is a really nice read, for those of you wondering what happened to MJ.

I can’t count the number of times that I have picked up the newspaper at a time of crisis and found whole swaths of the front page given over either to the already known result of some other dull game or to the moral or criminal depredations of some overpaid steroid swallower. Listen: the paper has a whole separate section devoted to people who want to degrade the act of reading by staring enthusiastically at the outcomes of sporting events that occurred the previous day. These avid consumers also have tons of dedicated channels and publications that are lovingly contoured to their special needs. All I ask is that they keep out of the grown-up parts of the paper.
Chris Hitchens, sports hater.

Prince’s new Vikings fight song. Personally, we would have just gone with Uptown

The Case for 3-D

Though we’re not totally convinced that people are going to want to pay $2,000 to sit around their living rooms in goggles that make them look ridiculous, Summers makes a good argument for why 3-D TV is the future:

Why does anyone born after 1980 still pay for cable? That brings me to ESPN 3-D. For me, the only reason is sports. Mad Men, 30 Rock—if I canceled, I could still get these shows on iTunes and Hulu, and save a truckload of money while doing so. (One writer for The New York Times who cut the cable cord estimates he pockets $1,600 a year.) But sports, delivered live and in large-format HD—that’s something the Internet is not yet capable of.

That’s why it’s key that ESPN is staying ahead of the curve and offering sports in 3-D. Anyone who has seen James Cameron’s Avatar in that format will attest that 3-D video deserves its hype, that the quality of the experience really is that good. Making the visuals more awesome, to use a highly technical term, is the only way to compete with what video delivered over the Internet offers in choice, convenience, portability, and cost. I would love, love, love to ditch my cable payment. But I would also love to see Alex Ovechkin  tearing down the ice in three dimensions.

Today in Media Criticism by Our Staffers

From our Sarah Ball:

The best part of this artest-hennessy story is the way bloomberg is writing it up:

Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) — Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest said he drank alcohol during National Basketball Association games while a member of the Chicago Bulls, according to Sporting News magazine.

Artest, who began his career in Chicago in 1999 and played there until being traded in February 2002, told the magazine he drank during games in part because the Bulls lost so often. The team went 32-132 during his first two seasons and 21-61 during the 2001-02 campaign.

“I used to drink Hennessy at halftime,” Artest told the magazine. “I (kept it) in my locker. I’d just walk to the liquor store (near the stadium) and get it.”

Hennessy, made by luxury goods maker LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, is a cognac.