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Santa Claus, In.

Joe Flacco comes from a little slice of heaven (five minutes from’s house growing up) and – more likely than not – Colin Kaepernick comes from Jim Harbaugh’s imagination. All of that would be worth delving into if … Continue reading

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Watching Football in North Carolina.

Military serviceman have a reputation for being a brotherhood. They are the people, it is often said, that go to battle next to each other. For each other. They were far from brothers on Sunday in Fayetteville. In fact they … Continue reading

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Lausanne: The Olympic Capital

Somewhere along your journey the thought might cross your mind that it would be quicker to get to a remote jungle in half of the world than it is to get to Lausanne. The sensation is stronger if you don’t know French (or are forced to sit through Contraband). Continue reading

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Watching the Irish versus Italian soccer game at an Irish bar in Italy. *what the hells is that water doing there?  

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Pat Burrell

Pat Burrell retired this week. wrote a nuanced piece about him right after the Phillies won the World Series explaining Philly sports through the prism of Burrell. Since his departure, not everything said about Pat the Bat has been … Continue reading

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If the Phillies do something really important and isn’t present, did it really happen? This question doesn’t have to be answered, because apparently history doesn’t happen unless is there. Continue reading

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Philadelphia Sports before winning the World Series in 2008.

Unlike New York and Boston, you don’t celebrate championships in Philadelphia. You celebrate moments. Since 2000 there have only been a few of them. In 2001, Allen Iverson had one of these moments. In the finals, the Sixers were to play the highly favored Lakers who had come into the series as if they were going to play St. Mary’s JV girls. The Sixers out hustled the Lakers eventually winning the first game 107-101 not before Iverson
sank a jump shot over Tyronn Lue and tauntingly stepping over Lue after Lue fell to the wood. This is the kind of moment the blue collar city adores. Everybody has seen David beat Goliath by now, but few have seen it done with so much flair. This being a Philly story, the Sixers went on to not only lose the series, but do so without recording another win. Continue reading

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World Series Parade.

Two days later, though, the game resumed and the final few innings were played. It was a quick conclusion to a short series putting an end to a 25 year long championship draught for the city’s four major sports teams Just two days after that, on Halloween, the city known for negativity dressed up like winners. Continue reading

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How Pat Burrell Explains Philadelphia.

In the end, maybe Pat the Bat and Philly get along so well because they could relate. Having not won a championship since 1983, Philadelphians understood how hard it was to actually win. It was fitting then that Burrell, with his extended slumps, was never one to make the game look easy. Continue reading

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Why is Jamaica so Good at Running?

This mindset translates into culture, as well. When asked to name the top sports of Jamaica he said, “Sprints, Football, Cricket, Netball, then Others.” Not only did Gayle give it the top spot, but where as would refer to the number one sport as track or running, Gayle implies it’s all about the short distance race. Continue reading

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