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2008 Stories by Allen Barra

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  • COWBOY JUNKIES

    published December 31, 2008

    Yee-hawwwww!!!! The Professional Bull Riders 2009 Invitational is billed by the group as “the toughest sport on dirt”—no artificial... More >>

  • Allen Barra: Mangini Wasn't the Problem -- Favre Is

    published Dec 31, 2008

    "I don't think it was one thing," said Jets owner Woody Johnson after firing head coach Eric Mangini last Monday.  "There's nothing specific. It's just a call we made. Hopefully, it's correct." Wr... More >>

  • THIN ICE

    published December 31, 2008

    Some say the Rangers and the Penguins make the best rivalry in sports, and that may be correct—there’s always more than just... More >>

  • TEEN SPIRIT

    published December 24, 2008

    For "the best junior high school basketball tournament in New York City"—that's what the New York Gauchos claim and that's what they... More >>

  • DRAUGHT PICK

    published December 10, 2008

    This might be the Giants' biggest game of the regular season. The Carolina Panthers are fighting for the lead in the NFC South, and they... More >>

  • ALLEY-OOP

    published December 3, 2008

    If you're a fan of Don Imus's favorite women's-basketball team, here's your chance to catch the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (ranked No. 15 as we go to... More >>

  • SLAM DUNK

    published November 26, 2008

    This is the first meeting of the season of these mediocre Atlantic Division rivals, the New York Knicks at the New Jersey Nets. (Both should be at... More >>

  • STORM WATCH

    published November 19, 2008

    You like college hoops? We've got a deal for you. The St. John's Red Storm men's basketball team plays in New York twice in four... More >>

  • WONDER WOMEN?

    published November 12, 2008

    The Lady Rams lost all their 29 games last year—in fact, they haven't won in their last 34, dating back to February 6, 2007. But... More >>

  • LION’S DEN

    published November 5, 2008

    New York’s Ivy League football team is up against it this week—but then Columbia is up against it almost every week. In their last home... More >>

  • KNOCK-OUT

    published November 5, 2008

    Old-time boxing excitement returns to Madison Square Garden for one night when Roy Jones Jr. seeks to cement his legacy (56 fights, 52... More >>

  • SADDLE UP

    published October 22, 2008

    The Giants and the Cowboys, as you know, are the fiercest rivalry in pro football, and coming off the big emotional game with the... More >>

  • TAILGATE TIME

    published October 22, 2008

    Let’s admit this up front: The first six games have proven conclusively that Brett Favre is mediocre, that the Jets (3-3) are mediocre, and... More >>

  • Jet Engine Brett Favre

    published September 10, 2008

    My favorite quote from Brett Favre—the one that I think defines the man and his values—came in the spring of 2006, when the Green... More >>

  • Talking Strategy with Mets' Manager Jerry Manuel

    published August 19, 2008

    This needs to be said one more time: Willie Randolph was shafted. I don't mean the way he was fired, on California time. I mean that he was... More >>

  • The Houses That Ruthlessness Built

    published July 9, 2008

    What's the worst baseball season in New York history? Most fans, if asked that question, wouldn't cite the really bad years, the... More >>

  • Rest In Peace, George Carlin, and Thanks for Disturbing It

    published Jun 26, 2008

    One small detail that wasn’t mentioned in the obituaries following George Carlin’s death on Sunday, June 22, was that he loved to read The Village Voice. At least he did back in the late 1980s. ... More >>

  • The Mets and Yankees Seek an Armed Revolution

    published March 25, 2008

    Admit it, you've already forgotten about the Giants. (Those Super Bowl commemorative books you didn't buy are on the half-price tables.) The... More >>

  • Softballs for Pettitte; Beanballs for Clemens

    published February 26, 2008

    Andy Pettitte's February 18 press conference was an afternoon of softball questions from a friendly home-crowd press. Sample: "If you had to do... More >>

  • Why the Giants Shouldn't Be in the Super Bowl and Ways They Can Win It

    published January 22, 2008

    If the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots this Sunday in the Super Bowl, historians may peg the turning point of the 2007 season to a... More >>

  • 50 Years of Pissing People Off

    published January 1, 2008

    Sometime in the late '80s, during a typical internecine squabble at the Voice, I took a cheap shot, in the form of a letter to the... More >>

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