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The Year of the Nerd

Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 23, 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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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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The old neighborhood

Some call Charles “Teenie” Harris’s five decades of photos of Pittsburgh one of the grandest chronicles of African-American life ever assembled.
Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris at Gallery Kayafas, plus videos at MIT
By GREG COOK  |  December 12, 2007
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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?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 09, 2007


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Play ball, Rhody-style

Baseball fans in New England view spring’s wispy introduction through a different lens.
Nine innings’ worth of stuff you don’t know about Rhode Island and baseball
By IAN DONNIS  |  April 06, 2007
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Pride

Predictable and rickety, yet heartfelt, Pride dips into the rage of civil rights.
Hope floats, and so does Terrance Howard
By TOM MEEK  |  March 21, 2007
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In the right field

In his third year as resident composer and professor at the University of Southern Maine, Daniel Sonenberg is making his mark in the field.
Daniel Sonenberg gets everyone into the compositional league
By BEN MEIKLEJOHN  |  March 12, 2007
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Lowering the bar

Here’s a bit of information for those of you who have recently arrived on Planet Earth: people don’t like lawyers.
New standards for lawyers? We don’t need no stinkin’ standards!
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 07, 2007

A real stunner

Bob “The Bad One” Probert would have been proud.
Sports blotter: "The tasing refuses to stop" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 21, 2006


The Boston Red Sox

This article originally appeared in the August 17, 1976 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Are they racist?
By TOM SHEEHAN  |  November 14, 2006
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Nice shot

No home run in baseball history is as famous as Bobby Thomson’s “shot heard round the world.”
Joshua Prager revisits the home run
By WILLIAM CORBETT  |  October 24, 2006
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Political stock report

Charles Baker is the party establishment’s favorite, and with good reason. GOP RIP: Arguably at its lowest point ever, can the Massachusetts Republican Party rescue itself from its leaders? By David S. Bernstein
Who’s got the best chance of filling the Mass. GOP’s leadership void?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  October 11, 2006
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Yankee Hating 101

“Hate” is such a harsh word.
All you need to know about this national pastime
By CHRIS YOUNG  |  May 28, 2006
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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
By CHRIS YOUNG  |  May 18, 2006


Crossword: 'Thirty Thoughts'


My time has just come, too
By MATT JONES  |  March 27, 2006
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Game on

Dodgers win the Series! Bird plays H.O.R.S.E.! Congressman Canseco! We have seen the future of sports (and its name is Tony Graffanino).
Our 2006 predictions for New England's teams
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  January 06, 2006