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Texas stranger

Gilbert Arenas, you might've started something.
A Dallas fullback plays cowboys and valets; Plus, the Laird brothers learn from their elders
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 12, 2010
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Big story

On July 30, the New York Times revealed that David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez — heroes of the Red Sox' 2004 and 2007 World Series wins — are on the (supposedly) secret list of a hundred-plus major leaguers who tested positive for performance-enhancing d
Did the Globe drop the steroid ball?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 07, 2009
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Luis's Lost Years

It had been nearly half a century since Luis Tiant stood on the Cuban soil where he was born, and where he first learned the skills that would see him become one of the greatest and most beloved pitchers in Red Sox history.
After five decades of exile, Red Sox great Luis Tiant journeys back to Cuba
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 24, 2009
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What's in a name?

Hey, look everybody: Dane Cook got arrested!
Okay, not that Dane Cook.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 04, 2009
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Last of the Redskins

The Scarborough School Board changed from “Redskins” to the “Red Storm” eight years ago, at a time when high school and college teams around the country were trending away from using Native American mascots.
What can sports mascots teach us about Native American relations today?
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  November 26, 2008
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More bad news for the Mets

Look, it just isn’t seemly for us non–New Yorkers to laugh too much about the continued suckdom of the New York Mets, specifically their bullpen.  
Sports blotter: "Very bad times" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 09, 2008


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Mobile-home game

The intersection of Brookline Avenue and Lansdowne Street, in the hours before, during, and after a Red Sox game, is not unlike a trading floor on pre-crash Wall Street: it’s chaotic, teeming with people, and everyone’s trying to make a buck.  
Cross the Mayor of Lansdowne Street at your peril, Sox fans: you might be jinxing your team in the process
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 01, 2008

Bought and paid for

Boston haters will say that the Celtics purchased their 17th championship.
Balls and pucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 18, 2008

The O'Reilly factor


Letters to the Boston editor: June 6, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  June 04, 2008
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‘Great’ is definitely the wrong word

When I come across an obvious factual error in a book, my initial inclination is to wince in sympathy for the soon-to-be-embarrassed author. Unless, that is, the mistake is infuriatingly egregious, in which case I’m more apt to throw the book up against
Richard Bradley’s fact-challenged book on the Sox-Yanks’ ’78 season finale is filled with Buckner-esque errors.
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  May 28, 2008
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Naming names and naming rights

P+J are keeping a close eye on the US District Court trial of the two former CVS execs accused of illegally hiring John “My Sharona” Celona, the disgraced former state senator.
What lies ahead in the trial of two former CVS officials?
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  May 21, 2008


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Bases very loaded

Even as the sun rises on the new Major League Baseball season, skies are cloudy for the game we love.
Spurred by fans’ ’roid rage, new books focus on our national pastime’s dark side. Meet baseball’s seven deadly sins.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 19, 2008
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Ticket shock

When NESN periodically broadcasts a historic Red Sox game during the off-season, the vast swaths of empty seats are enough to cause a sharp sense of wistfulness for many fans.
Fans are paying the price for the Sox success: inside the Fenway fiasco
By IAN DONNIS  |  March 10, 2008
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Dance, Monkey: Lavell Crawford

With all the steroids in baseball, I’m gonna have to give it to the Minnesota Twins.
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  February 19, 2008

You could look it up

This article originally appeared in the February 8, 1983 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

The all-star alternatives


By ALAN LUPO  |  February 07, 2008
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The needle and the damage done

Our country’s national pastime is a game stolen from the Brits, perfected by the Cubans, Dominicans, and Japanese, and best enjoyed while eating the cuisine of the Teutons.
After the steroid debacle, how can America’s pastime possibly recover its dignity? By looking to the South African truth and reconciliation model.
By LANCE GOULD  |  December 21, 2007


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Not-so-instant karma

No matter what happens over their next two games, the Patriots will not have gone undefeated in 2007.
After decades of curses and calamities, Boston’s sports fortunes are at an unprecedented high. So can we stop the whining?
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 19, 2007
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Skell of the year

Much less funny than usual, was 2007.
Sports crime: 2007 in review
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 18, 2007
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Can't drive 55

This past week, we snared an early candidate for the next Justin Miller Award, given to the athlete who most bollockses up his professional-draft status with an avoidable pre-draft arrest.
Sports blotter: "Sammy Hagar" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 12, 2007
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Do mess with Texas

The Houston Texans are like the soy cheese of the sporting world.
Sports blotter: "Houston has a problem" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 05, 2007
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Bob's your uncle

When was the last time England was relevant at all in the sporting world?
Sports blotter: "Across the pond" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 28, 2007


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Bonds away

This Barry Bonds thing is going to be a big story, no doubt, but trust me: even bigger news is probably coming.
Sports blotter: "Barry's indictment" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 19, 2007
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Tennessee two-step

Tough week for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where two football players were busted within a span of three days.
Sports blotter: "All offensive linemen" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 14, 2007
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In a bit of a jam

To suck at an electronic endeavor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, of all places, is analogous to sucking at, say, making soup at cooking school.
The follow-up to video-game smash Guitar Hero lets everybody play — even the weakest link
By RYAN STEWART  |  November 14, 2007
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Pure idiocy

We’ve had some real winners light up the crime blotter this year.
Sports blotter: "Genius of the year" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 07, 2007
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A leafy, green substance

Just when you thought the “supernaturally large quantity of marijuana” sports bust was a thing of the past.
Sports blotter: "Copious amounts of pot" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 31, 2007


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Off point

Lots of class being shown this year by New York–area point guards.
Sports blotter: "Celtics fans still hate this guy" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 24, 2007

When rushing the field was considered charming

Rushing the field to help your favorite team celebrate a pennant or championship used to be as de rigueur as the spraying of sideline reporters with Champagne.
Fenway frenzy
By PETER VOSKAMP  |  October 24, 2007
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Surely you can't be serious

Early nomination for collegiate crime-dweeb of the year goes to Fresno State defensive lineman Jason Shirley.
Sports blotter: "Don't call me Shirley!" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 17, 2007
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Brown out

A few years ago it would have seemed unlikely that former No. 1 overall pick Kwame Brown would leave any legacy at all, but that situation has clearly changed.
Sports blotter: "All people named 'Brown' " edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 10, 2007