Checking out early today

Because I have some other stuff to do that, you know, might help me feed my family and stuff, we’re looking at a truncated posting schedule today. If this is troubling to you and you happen to own a commercial media company willing to pay a handsome sum for virtually unlimited and uninterrupted blogging, please […]

Baseball is not for everyone

I’m kind of a sucker for Bill Bryson, who initially made his name writing columns in the U.K. as the fish-out-of-water American. In large part Bryson went native, however, now makes his permanent home in the U.K., holds positions with British universities and, depending on what he’s writing, often comes off more British than he […]

Deep Thought

Why is it that we see several times more stories about a guy who hasn’t played for nearly three seasons than we do about scores of guys who are playing right now? Who is Bernie Williams’ press agent? The guy must never sleep.


I was going to write something long and critical about Ryan Howard asking for $18 million in arbitration, but then Melky Cabrera’s crazier arbitration demand came along. Darn, it now seems that Melky and the Yankees have come to an agreement, thereby mooting all of the snark I had stored up overnight. Still, this is […]

Poor Jon Miller

The Peter Principle holds that, in a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence. Steve Phillips did that long ago, yet somehow keeps rising and rising: One of the longest-running acts in TV sports is getting a new cast member. ESPN will formally announce Wednesday that Steve Phillips will join Jon […]

Today at THT

Things to read while recovering from a night of watching people go to parties on CNN: I’ve heard an awful lot from Blue Jays’ fans about how unfair it is that they have to be in the same division as Boston and New York. Just yesterday I even had a commenter complain about this in […]