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The heartbreak and hilarity of Rhode Island amateur baseball

By the eighth inning it's clear the Dodgers, a middling team in the 22-plus age division of Rhode Island's largest amateur baseball league, aren't going to win.
Endless summer
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  September 02, 2011

Pop-up pirate

I've written first-hand about trapeze lessons, smelt fishing, and cruise vacations (oh, my!), but as I headed toward surf lessons at Scarborough's Higgins Beach one morning in May, I had more butterflies in my stomach than usual.
A first-time surfer takes to the waves
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 18, 2010

Twilight of the superheroes

While riding the New York subway one warm night in 1922, Hotchkiss-schooled, Yale-educated Henry Robinson Luce conjured the name of his epoch-defining magazine after spotting an arresting advertising placard.
The ghost of Time Inc.’s Henry Luce haunts Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the New York Times
By PETER KADZIS  |  April 30, 2010

The ‘new Providence’?

WRNI political reporter and Casa Diablo regular Scott MacKay was the first pundit to make the observation to your superior correspondents in the summer of 2002 that we were “about to witness either the last election of the ‘old Providence’ or the first e
Angel rising. Plus, the IRS blues, after the flood, drilling Obama, and Tiger talk
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  April 09, 2010

Through a glass darkly

Predicting a Super Bowl winner doesn't make you a genius: after all, given a pool of 32 teams, one of them is bound to capture the trophy. But predicting the future for an industry that's been buffeted by new technologies and economic vicissitudes, and
Forecasting the media year to come
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 08, 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


Review: The Rocket that Fell to Earth

On July 18, 1992, in a celebrated post-game meltdown at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, the pitcher formerly known as the Rocket expressed his displeasure over a column I had written.
Roger Clemens's fall and rise and fall
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  April 01, 2009

Ol' Dirty's dirty side

Sometimes it takes an outsider to understand the inside.
Jaime Lowe's Life and Death of ODB
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 06, 2009

Blowing up

Everyone’s got the bad-economy blues these days — but the mood among peddlers of the printed word is especially bleak.
No longer the wimpy kid brother to sports-Radio powerhouse WEEI-AM, now has its own seat at Boston sports media’s grown-ups’ table
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 10, 2008

Magnum farce

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

All the ugly people

Why did Maine voters give overwhelming approval to a tax-repeal referendum on Nov. 4, while simultaneously returning to office even more of the Democratic legislators who passed the unpopular tax in the first place?
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 12, 2008

Flashbacks - February 24, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Chris Brook and Jessica McConnell.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 27, 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

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


The new guy showed up as a guest at the Lakeside Golf Club in 1932, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, he won the club championship the first time he entered it.
The thief who reinvented himself as a Hollywood celebrity
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  June 09, 2008

Stat man

Three decades ago, Bill James would spend the skeleton shift at the Stokely-Van Camp bean factory in Lawrence, Kansas, pondering baseball’s imponderables.
Bill James teaches the Sox to play by the numbers
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 02, 2008

Jump to it

Tax reform is the Evel Knievel of political issues. It gives us the most pleasure when it crashes and burns.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  March 19, 2008

Frankly speaking

Your superior correspondents were somewhat amused by comments made last week by Carlo Pisaturo in the Warwick Beacon .
Sore loser misses the mark on Ferri’s Warwick triumph
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 05, 2007

All the dark horses

Here’s what I like about the gambling industry: It provides suitable locations for sleazeballs and stupid people to hang out.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  November 20, 2007

Cheating rules!

Maybe we shouldn’t lament the sundry scandals that have made 2007 the Year of the Cheater.
Why steroids, spying, and all those other sports scandals are actually good for fans
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 03, 2007

Zzzzzzz . . .

We get one of these about once a year, the jock-asleep-in-car-with-engine-running story.
Sports blotter: "Sawing wood" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 29, 2007

Got game?

A guide to the city's best sports bars
By HEATHER BOUZAN  |  May 21, 2007

Readers' pick: Sports bar

You have to try really, really hard to avoid catching a game at the Sports Depot.

By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 17, 2007

Let the bad times roll

It was a night of workingman’s blues at the Paradise last Thursday.
Dave Alvin and James McMurtry, Paradise Rock Club, January 25, 2007
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 12, 2007

Yule logs

From $16 paperbacks to $120 collector’s items, we’ve come up with a range of selections that should cover everyone on your list — from former classics majors and music fans to future art critics and lovers of high-fashion soft-core.
Virgil, Ted Williams, Courtney Love, Bruce Springsteen, and other ideas for the giving season
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 07, 2006

Campaign follies

You can always learn something from watching television commercials.
Faster, GOP Senate candidates! Kill! kill!
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 17, 2006

10 sports stories that shook the world

From Ball Four to the bad trip
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  April 06, 2006

Muckrakers in the outfield

Last week was an important moment in the history of American journalism.
It’s time for baseball — and all sports — to be covered just like any other multi-billion-dollar business  
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  April 05, 2006

Bang the drum slowly

A staggering week-plus of losses in the Biggest Little.
Big losses in the Biggest Little
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 15, 2006

Do the Donald

Now that The Donald has emerged as the bankroller of a proposed casino in deepest Johnston — and wouldn’t the landfill be wonderful as a site, symbolic in so many ways — it’s time to get into full Trump mode.
Trump’s entry raises the casino sweepstakes
By  |  February 23, 2006