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Three-point stance

With Green Bay and Pittsburgh squaring off on Super Bowl Sunday, three things about the current state of pro football keep occurring to me that I'd like to share with you, gentle reader.
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 28, 2011

Smear tactics

In the world of sports crime, there are two kinds of arrests. In the first, an athlete causes a public scene in some way, the police come, and the athlete is eventually squeezed into the back of a cruiser and taken away. The other kind of crime happen
Accused athletes unleash their attorneys
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 28, 2009

Dale Bozzio's life is so strange

With her bold style, high-pitched voice, multicolored mop-top, and MacGyver-like ability to make mesmerizing bras out of things like electronic parts and bubble wrap, Missing Persons frontwoman Dale Bozzio planted herself firmly in the spotlight in the
Can an '80s pop icon find peace in New Hampshire in a house full of feral cats? Apparently not.
By BY ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  April 24, 2009

NFL follies

Not only was Donte Stallworth officially charged with DUI manslaughter, but another former AFC East star, former Buffalo Bill running back Travis Henry, reached a plea agreement on drug charges.
Pro football gets tossed around. Plus, Kirk Snyder goes to the dentist.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 10, 2009

16. Plaxico Burress

How does a man who catches for a living lose control of a loaded glock? Ever the overachiever, New York Giants wide receiver Burress was unsatisfied with the mere unsexiness of wearing sweatpants to a nightclub, and opted to lose control of the firearm i
How does a man who catches for a living lose control of a loaded glock? Ever the overachiever, New York Giants wide receiver Burress was unsatisfied with the mere unsexiness of wearing sweatpants to a nightclub, and opted to lose control of the firearm in the waistband. While no Ron Mexico, Burress remains a limping declaration of near-fatal stupidity.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009

Skell of the year 2008

Man, this was a tough one.
Four out of five dentists recommend Plaxico as 2008’s worst sports criminal
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 23, 2008


Dance, Monkey: Chrissy Kelleher

No one over the age of 22 should wear butt-revealing pants.
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week’s victim . . .
By MARC HIRSH  |  July 30, 2008

The silent rapper

One of the most influential hip-hop MCs of all time, Rakim brought rap from its sing-songy beginnings into its late-’80s golden era with his dense lyrics and virtuoso internal rhyme structures.
What the hell has Rakim been up to?
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  July 21, 2008

Death at the Derby

Is horse-racing's white-gloved, mint-julep-drinking image morphing into something more widely considered animal abuse?
Animal-rights groups are targeting horse racing
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  May 21, 2008

Bringing sexy back

I give you serious props for listing all-time douche Roger Clemens at the number-one slot, as well as for giving Tom Cruise, Tom Brady, and other unsavories their, uh, “due.”
Letters to the Boston editor, April 11, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 09, 2008

A smack to the head

McCain’s pants-ing moment, as he entertained a typical GOP (all-white) AARP rally, was highly entertaining.
Pow! Chafee gets McCain right in the kisser
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 20, 2008

Surging insurgent

Over time, I think Steven Stark has been the most astute observer of the political scene.
Letters to the Boston editor, January 18, 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 16, 2008

Bronx bum

Man, there sure must have been some serious drinking going down on those great Yankee teams of the 1990s.
Sports blotter: "Hero to zero" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 09, 2008

On the hot plate

To forecast food trends for Portland in 2008 is to prophesy the nation’s in 2009.
Portland's food gods smile on 2008
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 26, 2007

Skell of the year

Much less funny than usual, was 2007.
Sports crime: 2007 in review
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 18, 2007


With its virtual monopoly on video-game football in place, the Madden franchise has become less essential with each successive iteration.
Yet another Madden
By RYAN STEWART  |  September 04, 2007


Dance Monkey: Jeffrey Ross

She’s not dead. I could swear I saw her working in the make-up department of Filene’s Basement.
A visiting comic in the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  August 07, 2007

Too high

One wonders, at times, if there is some kind of Norse God of sports crime.
Sports blotter: "T-High" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 25, 2007

Murder most foul

Man, just what the hell is going on in the sports world?
Sports blotter: "This isn't funny" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 20, 2007

Texas trouble

Some college-football positions just seem to be cursed, arrest-wise.
Sports blotter: "When's he going to talk about Michael Vick?" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 06, 2007

When sportscasters attack

Each sports season carries a relatively small number of sportscaster arrests, but the ones we do get it are usually memorable.
Sports blotter: "From downtown!" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 24, 2007


Pre-NFL Draft arrest watch

Get ready, Phoenix readers, for the dad-gum funnest week of the sports-crime year!
Updating the big board
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 12, 2006