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  • Coetzee Does Coetzee (Sort of)

    published December 25, 2007

    "Rhetoric is heard," Yeats said. "Poetry is overheard." The truth of that statement and the friction created by J.M. Coetzee's noble effort to... More >>

  • Baseball Shoots Up

    published December 11, 2007

    After the George Mitchell–Bud Selig show last week about baseball players and needles, what was it, exactly, that we learned? Beyond, I mean,... More >>

  • Unmanning the Flock

    published December 4, 2007

    The New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles may not be the best rivalry in New York sports, but for sheer rancor it makes Yankees/Red Sox seem... More >>

  • Hall of Shame

    published November 27, 2007

    Seven years ago, writing for The New York Times, I polled numerous baseball luminaries on whether former Major League Baseball Players... More >>

  • The Winter of Baseball Discontent

    published November 20, 2007

    We hate saying, "We told you so." Well, actually, that's not true—we do like saying "We told you so," particularly because we told you before... More >>

  • A-Rod U-Turn?

    published October 30, 2007

    We may not know who exactly is running the New York Yankees right now—Hank Steinbrenner, Brian Cashman, or who-is-Randy Levine—but we at... More >>

  • They Might Be Giants

    published October 23, 2007

    In 1814, the British burned Washington and bombarded Fort McHenry in Baltimore while Francis Scott Key, watching the fireworks from a jail cell,... More >>

  • Time to Cash In the Cashman

    published October 2, 2007

    First of all, let’s leave aside, for the time being, the question of how much of the blame for the Yankees’ recent postseason debacles... More >>

  • Son of a Pitch!

    published September 25, 2007

    There's a rumor going around that when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was refused a chance to lay a wreath at Ground Zero, he offered instead to bring one... More >>

  • The Long Ball

    published September 18, 2007

    For fans of a team that (as we go to press) hasn't yet caught the Red Sox for the lead in the AL East or even clinched the wild-card... More >>

  • New York's Fumble Recovery

    published September 11, 2007

    Some sportswriters are fond of saying that New York isn't much of a college-football town, or at least hasn't been since around the time the... More >>

  • A Darling of Jazz

    published September 4, 2007

    A few weeks ago, I was startled when, in the middle of a broadcast, pitcher turned commentator Ron Darling declared, "I'm a huge Coltrane... More >>

  • The True Homer

    published August 14, 2007

    There was one thing missing from most of last week's reams of tribute to the late Phil Rizzuto: a second dimension. Everyone was pretty much in... More >>

  • Staining Names

    published August 7, 2007

    The connection between Alex Rodriguez and steroids popped up all over the place late last week, best illustrated by a Daily News back-page... More >>

  • Arms and the Men

    published July 31, 2007

    The postseason fortunes of New York's big-league baseball teams hinge on two right arms belonging to the once and future kings of the sport. The... More >>

  • Hoop Screams

    published July 24, 2007

    For New Yorkers old enough to remember Harry Truman, the sight of Columbia Law School grad David Stern standing in front of TV cameras and looking... More >>

  • Rehabilitating Barry

    published July 10, 2007

    It's a sad situation when the tabloids are on higher moral ground than the mainstream press, but that's what Barry Bonds has driven us to.... More >>

  • Bronx Bumblers

    published July 3, 2007

    The idea that the Yankees don't have enough talent to make a run at the Red Sox," wrote Mike Lupica in the July 3 Daily News, "is... More >>

  • A Yankee, a Senator, and Gnarly Bud

    published June 19, 2007

    Last Thursday, we were informed of the terms under which sidelined Yankees problem child Jason Giambi will speak to Major League Baseball's head... More >>

  • Bandwagon, Anyone?

    published June 5, 2007

    The Mets have just gone through their first bad stretch of the season, and if this is the worst it's going to get, it's still going to be a great... More >>

  • Speed on the Bases

    published May 22, 2007

    Trying to dope out—if you'll pardon the expression—what's going in the Jason Giambi drug opera is like trying to figure out the plot of... More >>

  • Doing Pennants

    published May 8, 2007

    Professor J.C. Bradbury of Kennesaw State University in Georgia tells the Voice that Roger Clemens isn't worth it. In his new book, The... More >>

  • Bring Me the Head of Joe Torre

    published May 1, 2007

    In his 1997 Guide to Baseball Managers, Bill James noted the positive effect of changing sergeants, which he had observed during his stint... More >>

  • Debunkers Strike Out

    published April 24, 2007

    In front of KeySpan Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones on Coney Island, there stands a statue of Brooklyn Dodger shortstop Pee Wee Reese with... More >>

  • Eddie Robinson's Unlikely Pal

    published April 17, 2007

    The obituaries for Grambling State football coach Eddie Robinson, who died on April 3 at the age of 88, had a strained, distant tone, as if their... More >>

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