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Bengals and Bulldogs

There hasn't been a whole lot to cheer about in New England Patriots country of late, and I'm not sure that this will fit the bill, but let's try it on for size.
Cincinnati's back on the sports-crime map. Plus, a Georgia alum fills in the blanks.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 05, 2010

United we stand

With the local AFL-CIO elections coming up, Phillipe and Jorge would like to make a rare union endorsement by saying that nothing would please us more than to have George Nee, current secretary-treasurer of the organization, win his bid to take over depa
A 'vote' for George Nee. Plus, euphemisms, bad sports, and the bucket
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 28, 2009

Magic man

Magic mushrooms may make for amusing Eminem lyrics, but are not and never have been a strong theme in the ongoing sports-crime story.
A former NBA scrub gets caught speeding. Plus, Patrick Kane is sent to the penalty box.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 21, 2009

Cry me an Old Man River

Readers of this column over the past two years (my mom and my Aunt Theresa, mostly) know that I rabidly support my alma mater's basketball team, the University of Memphis Tigers. This past April, our head coach John Calipari relinquished the Tiger rein
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 19, 2009

The dirty south

Normally, this is the time of year when a lot of pro football players get arrested — the weeks after the draft and before training camp, when new rookies get their first checks and end up blowing them at fancy nightclubs on eight-balls and escorts be
Florida footballers called for very personal fouls
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 08, 2009

Looking for Mr. Dunbar

Will Dunbar split town without saying goodbye, and now he's facing a pair of felonies.
The Justin Miller award race heats up. Plus, tough times in Fayetteville.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  March 18, 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

Blount's blunts

Let’s just say it’s been a while since we’ve seen a pound-worthy entry to the annals of pot busts, as we did this week.
Sports blotter: "Gone to pot" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 17, 2008

Shattered Plax

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


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

Bad idea jeans

Sports blotter: "You’re looking at some years, son" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 25, 2008


Magnum farce

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

He choked big time

Sports blotter: "Ugly incident" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 12, 2008

Quiet before the storm

There have been a lot of mysteries surrounding the Patriots in the Bill Belichick years, not surprising given the intense effort the team puts into maintaining airtight clubhouse and organizational secrecy in general.
Sports blotter: "Good call, coach" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 05, 2008

BBs and b-balls

A few years ago, it looked like college athletes shooting strangers with BB guns was going to be the boutique sports offense of the 21st century.
Sports blotter: "Inducing panic" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 29, 2008

Cursed Aztecs

San Diego State Aztecs basketball coach Steve Fisher lectures his players during the season about how to behave off the court, getting pretty specific about what he doesn’t want to see.  
Sports blotter: "Late-night shopping" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 22, 2008


Hello, Larry

Absolutely nothing is funny about the Lawrence Phillips case, so let’s not even go there — there isn’t a single laugh to be found in this past week’s news that the onetime Next Jim Brown was sentenced to 10 years in Cali.  
Sports blotter: "End of an era" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 16, 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

Husker don't

Details right now are still sketchy, but Thunder Collins, a former University of Nebraska running back who was once considered a sure-fire NFL star, has been charged with murder.  
Sports blotter: "Next Lawrence Phillips" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 02, 2008

Hello, old friend

There was a recent arrest of a onetime member of the Patriots defensive backfield — old friend Lawyer Milloy.
Sports blotter: "Past Pats" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 25, 2008

Zero hour

Everyone knows there is a double-standard in the NFL when it comes to arrests.
Sports blotter: "Credit where credit's due" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 17, 2008


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

Heightened anxiety

Look, it’s not easy being seven feet tall.
Sports blotter: "Attack of the seven-foot tall driver" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 03, 2008

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

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

Bang for T-Buck

Brett Favre walks into a bar.
Sports Blotter
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 13, 2008


Rural libertarians

For something so full of personal quirks and whimsical detail, John Brandon's first novel, Arkansas, is a sober, even dignified, read.
Disorganized crime, rendered elegantly, in Arkansas
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 30, 2008

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

Street cred

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

Bad times for kickers

Here’s a depressing-ass story that tells you everything you need to know about the life of a retired mediocre athlete.
Sports blotter: "Not so high on the hog" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 16, 2008