Must. Go. Down. Hard.

Now would be a good time to review a little bit of what we learned from last year’s Super Bowl, when the Atlanta Falcons blew a ridiculous lead and lost to the New England Patriots.

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More getting to the quarterback is how the Eagles will fly

As noted then, the Falcons were doing the right thing, and then they stopped doing the right thing, and then they lost. And what was that right thing?

Cheating, of course. Continue reading Must. Go. Down. Hard.

Connecting The Links

I’m about to inject a bit of logic into sports discussion, and that’s always dangerous–but I find myself unable to resist the temptation.

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Tiger Woods: a sport unto himself?

Tiger Woods is back on the course, and there’s been a lot of heavy breathing in the various media outlets because of it. He made the cut yesterday, in a real-life, honest-to-goodness PGA event, which is fine and good. It’s right to hope that Woods can find some happiness in his chosen field, so to speak–though expectations that things will soon be just like 2005 are weirdly out of joint at this point.

But that’s not the point I want to make here. I come not to praise nor bash Woods; previous posts in this space have taken care of that. No, this is about the implications of all that heavy breathing–and the lack thereof during the past few years.

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The World Turned Right Side Down Under

Got a look this morning at the women’s semifinals at the Australian Open. No. 1 Simona Halep vs. No. 21 Angelique Kerber. No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki vs No. 36 Elise Mertens. And I couldn’t quite make sense of it.

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Caroline Wozniacki: not just another pretty face, finally?

“But those…those…wait–the top two seeds and a former champion? But those are the women who are supposed to win this thing. What’s going on here?” Continue reading The World Turned Right Side Down Under


There is a Hopi term, Koyaanisqatsi, that has had some cultural currency for a while now, thanks to a unique film with that name made a few decades ago. The term translates to “unbalanced life,” or, as the film’s tagline had it, “life out of balance.”

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Myles Jack and Calais Campbell of the Jacksonville Jaguars: definitely NOT playing for New Mexico State

I mention this because one of our favorite sports, football, has kindly given us in recent weeks a sterling example of the difference between balance and lack thereof, in terms of the game’s competitiveness.

For one side of that coin, the NFL, its purposeful cultivation of competitive balance may turn out to be the league’s saving grace; on the other hand, college football’s decided lack of balance, while it may not spell the game’s doom, is certainly a part of what holds the whole enterprise back.

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Time To Man Up In Melbourne

This space has been enthusiastic over the years at laying into players on the women’s tennis tour for being, as I’ve put it, the “Famously Feckless Females.” The fact that so few of the ladies have stepped up over the years and provided a real challenge to Serena Williams’ dominance has been regular grist for the DFR mill.

But I haven’t been quite so jaundiced towards the men’s side of the tour. That ends today.

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Grigor Dimitrov: OK, kid, time to rise and shine

I acknowledge that last year’s unexpected revival by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer made for a great storyline and exquisite viewing experiences. However, the plain fact is if it happens again this year, that means not that those two are just too impossibly great–it means that too many of the “other guys” just aren’t stepping up and challenging the legends. Continue reading Time To Man Up In Melbourne