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Friartown, redux

Phillipe and Jorge have always had a problem with Providence College basketball’s advertising campaign, which refers to the area as “Friartown” in a delusional suggestion that the squad has support throughout the local community.
PC players foul out. Plus, helping Johnny Mac, a Supreme shift, and ‘Monbo Time’
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 16, 2010
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Kelly's zeroes

Like Bob Beamon's long-jump record or Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak, it was once thought that no organized sports team would ever approach the string of arrests racked up by the infamous Portland Jail Blazers club of the early 2000s.
Oregon Football makes the leap and pays the price; plus, taser fun on the Bayou
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 19, 2010
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Strange tales

Freaky. That's really the only word to describe the story of Amalia Tabata Pereira — the wife of top Pittsburgh Pirates prospect (and former Yankee farmhand) Jose Tabata.
Deportation and baby-napping collide in Florida. Plus, a badger double DUI shakes up the Justin Miller Award standings.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 01, 2009

Bring back Maris

Alex Rodriguez, media lightning rod and three-time American League MVP, was never my favorite, even before he wore pinstripes.
 Balls, Pucks and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  February 25, 2009
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Busting Balls: 20 ways to improve sports

College football is stupid. Everybody knows it.
We blow the whistle on the ridiculous rules and quirks that make the games lame
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 07, 2009
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Shattered Plax


Sports blotter: Burress edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 10, 2008


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Surprising

You do a thing often enough, you tend to get good at that thing.
Sports blotter: "Absolutely fell out of my chair" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 03, 2008
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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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Magnum farce


Sports blotter: "CSI: Binghamton" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 19, 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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Astro naught

Always a darned shame when we hear that the Clemens family has fallen on hard times.
Sports blotter: "More trouble for the Clemens family" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 10, 2008


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Revenge of the toad

Some sports-crime stories aren’t funny in any way — they’re just plain violent and tragic. But every now and then you get a story that’s just pure fun.
Sports blotter: "Irabu!" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 27, 2008
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Tiger trap

There are a lot of famously troubled college sports programs out there, the majority of them football teams.
Sports blotter: "Walking in Memphis" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 20, 2008
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Return of the U

Remember the days when the University of Miami dominated college football?
Sports blotter: "Plant City, indeed" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 30, 2008
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Street cred


Sports blotter: "This year's Xbox" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 23, 2008
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Lemon laws

The University of Georgia Bulldogs football team has a fun fall to look forward to.
Sports blotter: "Go Dawgs" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 09, 2008


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Zip line

There was an extraordinary incident in Akron, Ohio, this past week involving 20-year-old Rydell Brooks, a sophomore guard on the UA Zips basketball team.
Sports blotter: "Guns and skimasks" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 28, 2008
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We got next

Two members of the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team were arrested for offenses that seem worthy of the best that men’s collegiate basketball has to offer.
Sports blotter: "Title IX edition"
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 16, 2008

The void recedes

So I say, to hell with the opener. Catching up with the Sox when they finally get to Oakland is fine.
Balls and pucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  March 26, 2008
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We're not going to talk about it

We start off this week with a crime that occurred some place other than Arizona, a/k/a the place we do not mention, where the sports tragedy that did not happen did not take place.
Sports blotter: "Super Bowl? What Super Bowl?" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 06, 2008
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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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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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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
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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