No, we hate you because you suck.

>> Thursday

Not because you're black.

But nice try.


Black is Beautiful, if not Plentiful

>> Tuesday

You knew you weren't going to get anything resembling rational thought in an article entitled "25 more things we miss in sports," basically a chance of old-timer sportswriters to have a wank about what sports were like when they were 9 years old (No ads in stadiums, wood drivers, "the perceived innocence of college sports," etc.)

But this one took the cake

24. Non-black college uniforms
They were neat for a while, a break from the norm, a variation on the typically retro throwback. But now that nearly every NCAA program has trotted out a variation on all-black uniforms, school colors have become all but obsolete.

The purpose of uniforms is to identify a team or program -- heraldic devices of a sort. While most schools have historically employed a neutral color (black, white or gray) to serve as the signature shade for home games, a number of programs have lately taken to wearing all-black as their primary uniforms. Therein lies the problem: If everyone does it, everyone looks the same, negating the purpose of uniforms in the first place. Only a handful of athletic programs remain true to their roots -- Southern California and Penn State are two that come to mind -- and while they may not sport the prettiest pairing of hues, at least we can tell them apart. -- N.J

Well, just among the D-1 Football programs without black jerseys (let alone all-black jerseys), I also count...

  1. Michigan
  2. Michigan State
  3. Ohio State
  4. Illinois
  5. Indiana
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Minnesota
  8. Northwestern
  9. Syracuse
  10. West Virginia
  11. South Florida
  12. Pitt
  13. UConn
  14. North Carolina
  15. North Carolina State
  16. Georgia Tech
  17. Clemson
  18. Miami (FL)
  19. Duke
  20. Boston College
  21. Virginia
  22. Virginia Tech
  23. Florida
  24. Mississippi State
  25. Kentucky
  26. Tennessee
  27. LSU
  28. Ole Miss
  29. Arkansas
  30. Alabama
  31. Auburn
  32. Texas
  33. Kansas
  34. Kansas State
  35. Texas A&M
  36. Oklahoma
  37. Oklahoma State
  38. Nebraska
  39. Baylor
  40. Iowa State
  41. Washington
  42. Washington State
  43. Arizona
  44. Arizona State
  45. Cal
  46. UCLA
  47. Stanford
of 65 BCS Conference teams.

So by my count, only 16 BCS Conference College football programs have black jerseys or black alternates (Iowa, Purdue, Cincinnati, Louisville, Rutgers, Florida State, Maryland, Wake Forest, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Texas Tech, Colorado, Missouri, Oregon, Oregon State).

Oh, don't forget Notre Dame and Navy. But why let facts get in the way of a good argument?


A hazy shade of winter

A good way to be sure the curtain is closing: Your home run calls sound like, "Ken Griffey Jr.! Number 625!" It may be true that Griffey is, in fact, coasting along the final few miles, the odometer turning evermore slowly until the friction of the road brings him to a halt. But I make it a point not to eulogize the living, and I wish other people would do the same.

Ok, so that was a lot of lame aging metaphors, but seriously--let the man play, and don't genuflect every time he goes yard. If that's how you're gonna be, just come out and call him The Doughy Shell of Ken Griffey Jr., why doncha.



>> Friday


Hitler Chimes in on Cubs Collapse '09


Hard to imagine Fratelli d'Italia being played in Oakland, but OK

>> Thursday

The US Bid Committee for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups (whose awarding is less than 2 years away), has released through its site the cities who are still in the running to host a World Cup game should the United States be awarded either tournament. This list is down from a prior list of 70, which frankly included just about every NFL and major college stadium in a town with more than two stoplights.

Did anyone really think Fayetteville, AR would host the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Fernando Torres?

The list has been narrowed to 27 cities, of which likely 12-14 will likely be chosen to host matches.

Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York City, Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia, Glendale-Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.

Just a few notes
12 cities on the list host MLS teams in their metro areas (Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC). The only US Cities with an MLS team that failed to make the cut are Columbus, Salt Lake City, and Portland.

All 9 sites of the 1994 World Cup are still eligible (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Orlando, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, New York, Boston)

Should each city use the venue that most would assume they would use, then 22 of the 27 potential host cities are using venues constructed or substantially renovated in the 15 years SINCE the 1994 World Cup.

21 of the 27 potential host cities have hosted a major soccer event (MLS game, International friendly, Club friendly, World Cup Qualifier, Gold Cup game) since 2006.


Two things on which Hugo Chavez and I agree:

>> Wednesday

1) Everything bad in the world is America's fault.

2) Golf is for jerks.

Seriously, golf is for jerks.


There is but one reasonable answer:



Black Thursday... or Monday... or whatever day it was

Someone get me a 1994 calendar and settle this. Just in case August 12 doesn't immediately ring familiar for you, today is the 15th anniversary of the start of the 1994 MLB strike. Because numbers that end in 0 or 5 are more important than the other ones, I thought I'd reminisce a little. I was ten at the time, and as I recall, our family was on vacation in Florida when the official news broke. I was all like, "That sucks!" to which my mom was like, "You shouldn't talk like that," and then my brother laughed at me, so I called him a jerk. Then we went and played in the pool, and some old lady started complaining that we were splashing and making too much noise. Then we got out and drank some Publix sodas.

Anyway, before you go to bed tonight, say a prayer for Matt Williams, Tony Gwynn, and all those Expos diehards. I'm sure they're hurting today.


Props To YCS Writer Mike's Little Brother

>> Tuesday

Dave Sever has gotten off to an excellent start in his pro baseball career, posting a 3.13 ERA in nine outings (seven starts) with a WHIP under 1.00


Calling all MLB utility players

>> Monday

Sophisticated Ivy League research.

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