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Allen Barra

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    October 17, 2014

    Ten Things to Do for $10 or Less This Weekend, Oct. 17-19, 2014

    If you just want to kick back and watch TV, but can't shake off the FOMO, this weekend features tributes to The X-Files, Lost, and Modern Family. Also: Party like it's 1999, hear poetry like it's 1925, and eat pickles like it's Lower East Side Pickle Day, any year.

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    October 10, 2014

    Ten Things to Do for $10 or Less This Weekend, Oct. 10-12, 2014

    This weekend, the co-founder of OkCupid may tell you what your dating habits say about you, but he won't tell you to go bat-watching in Central Park. That's our job.

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    October 17, 2011

    Those Glorious '86 Mets — Hey, Where Are the Celebrations on Their Silver Anniversary?

    Strawberry!Did I miss it, or has someone written tributes to the 1986 Mets that I didn't see? October 18 marks the 25th anniversary of the first game of the great 1986 World Series, and we just passed the 25th anniversary of perhaps the greatest division series ever, the one with the Houston Astros ... More >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Yankees' Wallet is Fat, But So is C.C. Sabathia

    Sabathia: Big dramaC.C. or C.J.? Does it come down to that for the Yankees? We still don't know who's going to the World Series, but the internet is abuzz with speculation about whether the Yankees are going to try to re-sign C.C. Sabathia or Texas Rangers left-handed ace C.J. Wilson — or both ... More >>

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    October 7, 2011

    Yankee Post-Mortem: A-Rod Not the Only Cause of Death

    ‚ÄčLet's look on the bright side ... no, scratch that. There is no bright side. Let's try to take in the big picture ... no, skip it. That's crap, too. The Yankees' 3-2 elimination loss to Detroit on Thursday night was as ugly as a one-run defeat can be. They were a better team than the Tigers, not ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Justin Verlander Just In Case

    If you were about to play what could be your last game of the season, would you use every weapon you had? If we are to believe Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, he wouldn't. Leyland has repeatedly said he "probably wouldn't use Justin Verlander in relief" in tonight's Game Five against the Yanks, ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Victor Cruz's Big Play? Sorry, Giants Fans, the Refs Blew It.

    "Stupidity." That's how former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira, now an analyst for Fox, cut through the crap surrounding the Victor Cruz play in yesterday's Cardinals-Giants game. The Giants sealed a 31-27 victory over the Cards when Cruz took a pass from Eli Manning for a 19-yard gain and then ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    José Reyes Got a Bum Rap

    So, what's the answer to the only question Mets fans really want to know right now? Will the Mets sign José Reyes? Never mind that the way Reyes ended the season produced more sour press — unjustifiably — than almost anything else done by anyone on the Mets all season. Is that re ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    Fright Night for Yankee Fans

    If I were a Yankees fan, I'd be afraid — very afraid. Of course, as I've said all season, whenever I look at the pitching staff I'm afraid. But in addition to being afraid all season, I've also been wrong all season, so maybe I'm wrong now. Maybe there's something I'm not seeing here, but the ... More >>

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    September 26, 2011

    Joe Girardi Must Have Done Something Right

    GirardiI'll be honest: I didn't think the Yankees would win the AL East, right up to the day they won it. Yet they did it, and in fact by a wide margin. Before we even consider the problems of the playoffs, we should acknowledge the gutsy job turned in by everyone, particularly manager Joe Girardi, ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Brad Pitt Aside, Here's a Baseball Quiz: Why Does Moneyball Leave Out Steroid Ball?

    Billy BeaneIt's a Moneyball media fest out there — the articles on the book Moneyball, the movie Moneyball, the stars of Moneyball and the articles about the articles about Moneyball have created a light industry. Everything you always wanted to know about Moneyball is currently available on ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    The Day The Yankees Tried to Trade Mariano Rivera

    Yankee savior RiveraHere's a story from the November 17, 1997, Seattle Times that's making the rounds: Not even the New York Yankees' offer of reliever Mariano Rivera, rated one of the American League's top closers, could entice the Mariners to give up Randy Johnson. ...

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    September 12, 2011

    Tony Romo Throws Up; Jets Clean Up

    Is Tony Romo the dumbest mo-fo in the National Football League? "It was a dumb decision," he said of the throw that lost the game to the Jets last night. "I should have made sure, and that was my fault. We win that football game if I don't do what I did ..." Well, Tony, that's not exactly corre ... More >>

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    September 6, 2011

    Mark Teixeira's Acting Chops; NY Sports Stars Finally Debut on Entourage

    Why did it take Entourage eight years to put New York sports stars on the show? Since 2004, the boys from Queens — Vinnie, E, Drama, and Turtle — have been wearing Yankees, Giants and Knicks sweatshirts (though, unless we missed it, not Mets or Jets). Sunday, one week before the HBO s ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Memo to Yanks: Pitch By the Numbers, Not By the Salaries

    After C.C., who?​To sit through the plethora of stories about the Yankees' starting rotation you'd think they had pitching to burn. "Logjam" is the most common word used to describe the starting six, and, incredibly, we're also seeing "embarrassment of riches." It's embarrassing, all right, b ... More >>

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    August 10, 2011

    Mariano Rivera: Maybe He Really Is 41.

    Rivera: Showing his age?"It's gonna happen every once and a while," said an ashen-faced Joe Girardi, after Curtis Granderson was picked off first base to end Tuesday night's game, with the Yankees losing 6-4 to the Angels. "The one thing you don't want is to become too passive on the base paths whe ... More >>

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    August 8, 2011

    C.C. Sabathia: Just How Big a Problem?

    Sabathia: Weighty issue.​Everything about C.C. Sabathia is big, so I guess it's natural that his flaws are also big. After Saturday's disastrous outing with a 10-4 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway, Yankees fans must be worrying that C.C.'s big flaw could be fatal. You may have thought that Sunda ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Bubba Smith, Huge Guy On and Off Gridiron, Found Dead at 66

    Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith died yesterday in his home in Los Angeles at age 66 and took an awful lot of history with him. There were two primary reasons why Bubba Smith became such a folk hero while still in college, at Michigan State. The first is that the '65-'66 Spartans were the first major c ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Football vs. Baseball? The Same Old B.S. Argument.

    ‚ÄčIt's the time of year for that oddest subgenre of sportswriting, the "Football vs. Baseball" column. Pro football, of course, always wins in these debates, largely because they're argued along the only terms that sportswriters know: television ratings. First out of the gate is David Steele on A ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Twitpic by StWiltshire. The last full week of the election campaign was sorta fun -- as it should have been with Mayor Bloomberg spending $37,000 an hour on it. And it worked: the big papers endorsed him, as did another Democrat, and polls showed him way out of Bill Thompson's reach. We still su ... More >>

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    October 20, 2009

    Staten Island's McMahon Latest Dem to Endorse Bloomberg; Calls Him "Our Mr. October"

    ​Previously Brooklyn Beep Marty Markowitz, both former council speaker Peter Vallone Sr. and current councilman Peter Vallone Jr., and former Mayor Ed Koch had endorsed Mayor Bloomberg for reelection, and now Staten Island Democratic Representative Michael McMahon has joined them. McMahon is " ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    On Third Avenue. Albany went coup-coup! Pedro Espada Jr. seized the state senate with the help of Hiram Monserrate and billionaire Tom Golisano. After some skirmishes, which saw Tom Duane appearing to lean GOP to save gay marriage, the Dems locked the chamber, but Espada got the key and the GOP w ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Cheek, In Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Swine is the word! It started out as a mere public health emergency. Some kids got sick in Queens and they closed their school. Then it went viral, so to speak, becoming the new thing everyone's enemies caused. Another Queens school closed. A kid died in Texas. Two Brooklyn schools closed. The Israe ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Plaxico Burress Cut by the Giants

    After his trial got going (and was delayed) it was expected the Giants would cut wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who shot himself in the leg at a club last year and whom the Mayor wants put in prison. Today the Giants confirmed they have released him. Our own Allen Barra thought Burress' strengths on ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Obama told Chrysler and GM to get their shit straight or go bankrupt. The new head of GM said that was okay with him. (Aren't they supposed to whine and resign in the Times?) This of course made Obama a fascist. Rightbloggers were also mad when Obama went to Europe and wasn't nice enough to the Quee ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009

    Barra Argues "Roger Clemens Isn't Barry Bonds"

    At the Observer our colleague Allen Barra seeks to make a distinction between the alleged performance-enhancing-drug use of Barry Bonds and that of Roger Clemens. He cites experts like Bob Costas, who argues that "Bonds's numbers took off into the stratosphere after his association with BALCO. All C ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    Bloggers Vs. an Author: No One Wins

    Thoughts on book tours, literary self-promotion, and one published writer's blog spat

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    March 4, 2008
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    December 18, 2007
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    November 27, 2007

    The Best of 2007

    Voice writers pick their favorite 20 books of the year

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    September 4, 2007

    A Darling of Jazz

    Who knew the Mets announcer could tell bebop from bunting?

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    July 31, 2007
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    May 8, 2007

    Reader: A Classic Case of Madman Giuliani

    Plus: The 'Brokeback' take on Clemens's return

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    August 29, 2006
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    May 24, 2005
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    May 3, 2005

    Stadium Cheating

    Wild pitch: Why does George Steinbrenner want to tear down the house that Ruth built?

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    October 26, 2004

    Curses!

    The Red Sox finally win it. But who's to say another drought isn't just beginning?

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    May 18, 2004

    In Defense of Steinbrenner

    What's not to like? George wants to win, and what's more, he wants to win for us

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    October 21, 2003
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    October 7, 2003
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    September 30, 2003
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    July 22, 2003
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    September 24, 2002
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    September 17, 2002
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    September 17, 2002
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    August 6, 2002

    Say Hey! The Results of Our Quiz

    The Winners? Brian Calandra and Willie Mays.

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    October 23, 2001
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    July 10, 2001

    Jock Lit

    Need Relief? Summon the Pen.

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    September 21, 1999
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    May 11, 1999

    Jocklit

    Surveying the Boys of Summer Books

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