Friday, May 25, 2018

Jim Delany takes his pimp game to the Beltway

I understand that Big Ten hoops are a big business. The men’s iteration of the sport more or less carries a TV network on its own in addition to providing compelling, well-rated content for ESPN, CBS and anybody else who pays Conference Commissioner/mustaches-as-eyebrows enthusiast Jim Delany’s bulbous contract. It only makes sense that conference and TV executives are openly floating the...

NFL to step up testing for substances players have no interest in taking

NEW YORK Attempting to bolster his tough-guy image as steely sheriff of the nation's most lucrative league, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell clarified his hard-as-nails approach to testing for drugs players aren't really interested in using today. Goodell said today if a player in his league is dumb enough to get caught doing a drug that won't turn him into a raging...

The Scalper Diaries: UCLA vs. Oregon at the Rose Bowl

I got up and out of the house about 7 a.m. for a noon kickoff in Pasadena for the Oregon/UCLA game. My drive time to LA can vary from 2.5 to 7-plus hours depending on whether the traffic monster is slumbering. Saturday mornings are about the only time the drive is bereft of having to stare idling at the...

Why Cal Poly has already won the tournament of life

I was having lunch yesterday with a work buddy who went to Cal Poly. We were watching the first half of the Oregon/BYU first-rounder and enjoying tri-tip wraps. We're eat wraps now, because we're older. He was transfixed — and not just because Oregon's uniforms are colored the same as the pages of a used textbook, or because they're now called the...

May is Money, not a legend

I won’t ever pilot an X-Wing. By Kyle Magin My Star Wars fantasy is relevant, so bear with. I’m never going to join Red Squadron in an attack on the Death Star. Luke Skywalker will never throw me a bro nod at an awards ceremony. I’ve made my peace with that. Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs to do the same with his desire to be remembered...

The market value of Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner’s statistics are overwhelming to the point of off-putting. It’s like hearing about $65 billion Madoff pilfered or the trillions spent on the endless wars in the Middle East. At some point, numbers so overshoot expectation or reality they become not just untenable but unrelatable. By Andrew Pridgen Bumgarner finished the 2014 World Series allowing just one run over 21...

Exclusive: Q&A with Fantasy Football Guy

Ever since he exploded onto the fantasy football scene in August 1999 with the first overall pick of Eddie George, who would go on to rack up 1,304 yards and 9 touchdowns—Fantasy Football Guy has put together a seamless blend of trash talking, personal barbs, terrible waiver moves, controversial trades and zero championships. Of late, Fantasy Football Guy has...

Final Faux: Finding flaws in the four-team BCS playoff

When I was born, all four Beatles were still alive. There was no such thing as Excel. Phones had dials and cords. TVs were expected to break and be repaired—not replaced. A peanut farmer and humanitarian was president. He established a national energy policy and said the government should be "competent and compassionate." Back then, bankers made about the...

Boxing Photographer Stephanie Trapp on Shooting in the Squared Circle

Beyond the Press Box is a regular feature profiling the folks who color outside the lines of sport. Interview by Kyle Magin Stephanie Trapp eats, sleeps and breathes boxing (and photography.) The San Francisco-based shooter has photographed both sides of Saturday's tilt between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos 'Chino' Maidana as well as a host of world-ranked fighters in big time...

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: How I make $44 million a year running a nonprofit

(applause) Thank you. Thank you. My name is Roger Goodell and I work to promote the most lucrative publicly funded scam of this century. I run the National Football League. (applause) I have to tell you, I love being here. I feel energized and excited. Who's excited? Who is ready to get excited today? I'll tell you who's excited. Well, one person I...