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On the morning that the Celtics and the Lakers readied for Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals, framing one of the most storied and intense rivalries in pro sports, the police departments of Boston and Los Angeles geared up for the worst.
While Boston chilled, LA burned. What makes fans in some cities go wild — win or lose?
| June 25, 2010
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.
| March 19, 2008
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.
| December 21, 2007
Skell of the year
Much less funny than usual, was 2007.
Sports crime: 2007 in review
| December 18, 2007
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
| December 12, 2007
Do mess with Texas
The Houston Texans are like the soy cheese of the sporting world.
Sports blotter: "Houston has a problem" edition
| December 05, 2007
Bob's your uncle
When was the last time England was relevant at all in the sporting world?
Sports blotter: "Across the pond" edition
| November 28, 2007
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
| November 19, 2007
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
| November 14, 2007
We’ve had some real winners light up the crime blotter this year.
Sports blotter: "Genius of the year" edition
| November 07, 2007
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
| October 31, 2007
Lots of class being shown this year by New York–area point guards.
Sports blotter: "Celtics fans still hate this guy" edition
| October 24, 2007
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
| October 17, 2007
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
| October 10, 2007
Maybe we shouldn’t lament the sundry scandals that have made 2007 the Year of the Cheater.
Why steroids, spying, and all those other sports scandals are actually good for fans
| October 03, 2007
Remember Willie Williams?
Sports blotter: "Never fade away" edition
| October 03, 2007
Free the Juice
As you surely have heard by now, O.J. Simpson is up to his old tricks again.
Sports blotter: "Return of Orenthal James" edition
| September 26, 2007
The Texas Longhorns have been a real gift to the sports-crime-reporting industry of late.
Sports blotter: "Horns hooked" edition
| September 19, 2007
Tough, tough summer for the Houston Rockets, arrest-wise.
Sports blotter: "Houston hydroponics" edition
| September 14, 2007
Let’s play a game — it’s called “Celebrity Take-the-Hint.”
Sports blotter: "NBA Street" edition
| September 05, 2007
Zzzzzzz . . .
We get one of these about once a year, the jock-asleep-in-car-with-engine-running story.
Sports blotter: "Sawing wood" edition
| August 29, 2007
No one knows what got into Offerman — he’d never been arrested before.
Sports blotter: "Somewhere, Izzy Alcantara smiled" edition
| August 22, 2007
Home of the Braves?
Fifty years ago this fall, a Boston team beat the Yankees in the World Series.
50 years after the Boston Braves' departure, it’s worth asking: did the wrong team leave town?
| May 09, 2007
Number of the beast
It’s become the creationism v. evolution argument of baseball.
Baseball stats demystified
| April 26, 2007
Brains, balls, and a key to Fenway
Mnookin’s tale of unprecedented access lays bare the workings of one of the biggest and most beloved franchises in sports, during one of the most epochal eras of its 105-year history. Beyond "Dirty Water": Red Sox songs that don't suck. By Mike Milia
How one writer tried to set the record straight on the Sox’ past five years
| July 24, 2006
Revisiting the Zoo
There’s a whole slew of baseball fans who don’t remember a time when there was no DH in the American League, when there were just the two leagues and no divisions, there was no scoreboard in the corner of your TV screen, and when 50-home-run seasons were
Recalling the golden era when the Yankees were laughingstocks
| May 18, 2006
This is the type of story that gets Yankee fans’ blood boiling.
Building the best team money can buy
| May 18, 2006
Muckrakers in the outfield
Last week was an important moment in the history of American journalism.
It’s time for baseball — and all sports — to be covered just like any other multi-billion-dollar business
| April 05, 2006
Crossword: 'It's So Easy'
| February 09, 2006
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