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Let’s recap

With the decade drawing to a close, it's fitting to reconsider the moments and developments of the last 10 years that forever changed sports in Portland and New England.
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 01, 2010

Personal fouls

The biggest story in sports media last week was the discovery of surreptitiously shot nude-video footage of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, whose comeliness has made her a favorite — and sometimes a fetish — of the online sports commentariat.
ESPN's odd double standard on sex
By ADAM REILLY  |  July 31, 2009

Hit streak

Another day, another Yankee-dynasty hero hits the sports-crime blotter.
Jim Leyritz does it again. Plus, double-barreled stick-ups in Texas.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 10, 2009
palin list

The Iquitarod

Phillipe and Jorge wish they could claim to have coined that headline about professional loony Sarah Palin's resignation as governor of Alaska prior to her first term being completed, but full points go to Geoffrey Dunn of The Huffington Post .
Sarah says 'no mas.' Plus, the United States of Goldman Sachs.
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  July 10, 2009

Flashback: Sox Populi

The October wind plays tricks on a man when the last breeze of summer meets the first chill of winter in the stands at Fenway Park. When other teams in other parks are playing out the World Series, the air in the Fens hangs heavy.
A short story for opening week

Post-steroid baseball

The bunting is hung. The chalk lines are laid out with Euclidian precision.
Nine questions that will shape the new season
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 01, 2009


Interview: Mitch Fatel

Given that he was once an intern for Howard Stern, it's not too surprising that comedian Mitch Fatel is all about clits and tits, and assorted lady bits – not the stuff that feminists would gleefully shave their legs over.
Fatel hates the Yankees, loves stand-up
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 18, 2009

Batter up

When I saw your cover about shaking up sports, I thought, "Cool idea." Then, I opened up the paper and saw that your first idea was a salary cap for baseball.
January 30, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 28, 2009

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

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

Shattered Plax

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


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

Magnum farce

Sports blotter: "CSI: Binghamton" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 19, 2008

Carter’s cajones

The Republican Party is rife with classic wimps and bullies.
Jimmy makes Dubya look like a wimp
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  October 27, 2008

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

Mound wisdom

The first pitcher/catcher cartoon in the New Yorker was also the simplest.
Cartoons of pitchers and catchers talking are a New Yorker staple. What is so funny about rubbers?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 13, 2008


Bad sports

When historians trace the rise of the blog as the dominant journalistic form of the 21st century, they’ll pay close attention to two recent developments.
While old and new media are mending many fences, they’re still squaring off in jockland
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 18, 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

Man of the Century

Bo Diddley, a particular favorite of Lupo, was the first “name” performer to play the club.
The late, great Bo Diddley helped put Lupo’s on the map
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  June 04, 2008

The O'Reilly factor

Letters to the Boston editor: June 6, 2008

‘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


Can’t anybody here play this game?

The need to reinvent Rhode Island’s economic infrastructure — which remains anemic compared with most of its neighbors in New England — is more urgent than ever.
Rhode Island remains trapped between economic distress and missed opportunities
By IAN DONNIS  |  May 21, 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

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

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

Skell of the year

Much less funny than usual, was 2007.
Sports crime: 2007 in review
By MATT TAIBBI  |  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
By MATT TAIBBI  |  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
By MATT TAIBBI  |  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
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 28, 2007

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