Rule 21(d)

You know, until I read this story, the historical weirdness of baseball — the most anti-gambling of all of the major sports — holding one of its biggest events in a casino hadn’t occurred to me. Really, it was not that long ago when Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays — Mantle and Mays! The two […]

In case you need to buy a Prius during the Winter Meetings

Ryan Ludwick, who played college ball at UNLV, gave some Sin City entertainment and dining advice to Derrick Goold of the Post-Dispatch: Favotite hotel: The Venetian. Favorite show: Lance Burton. Favorite restaurant: Piero’s. Favorite mexican food: Roberto’s Taco shop. Favorite burger: obviously In and Out burger. Favorite auto dealer: Findlay Toyota, got to get my […]

Great Moments in Half-Baked Populism

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is uncomfortable with the symbolism of the Winter Meetings in the fabulous Bellagio Hotel and Casino: Reporting from Las Vegas — It’s the symbolism, stupid. As Americans lose their jobs and homes at a frequency unseen in decades, baseball convenes today for its annual holiday shopping spree in […]

Sam Zell’s Nightmare Continues

The Tribune Company could be heading for bankruptcy: The Tribune Company, which is in danger of falling below the cash flow required under its bonds, is trying to negotiate new terms with its creditors and has hired advisers for a possible bankruptcy filing, according to people briefed on the matter . . . . . […]

The earflap caps are coming!

It’s been over a month since I predicted that they’d be all the rage this winter, and now finally they’re available: Next weekend, fans will finally be able to buy Phillies ear-flap caps, like the one Jimmy Rollins wore during the victorious World Series homestand in late October. At first, however, they’ll only be sold […]

Depression Porn

Forgive me for yet another non-baseball thing, but Virginia Postrel has an excellent post noting how journalists seem to be really getting off on “Depression Porn“: The Boston Globe’s Drake Bennett asked a bunch of people, including me, what a 21st-century Depression might look like. The results sounded pretty damned good to some people–a sure […]

Go with MoFo

You lawyers in the audience may be curious to hear which law firms are representing which potential owners’ groups in the sale of the Chicago Cubs. If so, AmLaw Daily has you covered: Jeffrey Samuels, a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, is a lifelong fan of the New York Mets, but over […]

Faint praise

A New Jersey sports consulting firm conducted a sports “brand loyalty” survey, in which they asked fans to offer some phrases which describe their favorite professional sports teams, among other things. The Cincinnati Business Courier is interested in the results regarding the Reds and Bengals: Cincinnati sports fans think of the Reds as “professional” and […]