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Blue Hawaiian

Timmy Chang gets flagged for intentional grounding. Plus, a stabbing story and Bruce Smith's bad knees.
Remember Timmy Chang? You do if you're a college-football junkie — he was the quarterback for June Jones's University of Hawaii team, and ended his career as the NCAA's all-time leading passer.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 15, 2009

Cry me an Old Man River

Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
Readers of this column over the past two years (my mom and my Aunt Theresa, mostly) know that I rabidly support my alma mater's basketball team, the University of Memphis Tigers. This past April, our head coach John Calipari relinquished the Tiger reins to take over at Kentucky.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 17, 2009

Bridge to nowhere

What's in a name? Plus, a curious consultant, and bashing Obama.
The Department of Transportation has taken quite a few knocks in this space over the years. So to try to offset that, spurred by the story in the June 8 Urinal about the Pawtucket River Bridge, let us throw them a compliment: they do a hell of an artist's rendering.
By PHILLIPE and JORGE  |  June 10, 2009

Taser bait

A Florida Gator gets chomped. Plus, Memphis, the NCAA, and hypocrisy.
The clock keeps ticking down toward the inevitable first Tasered-athlete fatality. The fact that it hasn't happened yet is just a statistical anomaly, because two things continue to occur with regularity: major-college and pro jocks keep getting Tasered in late-night incidents, while an unluckier group of ordinary non-jocks keep dying from police Taserings.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 10, 2009

Return of the Criminoles

Florida State's wide-receiving corps goes deep. Plus, a Miami big man and his even bigger truck.
Nothing warms the heart like the return of the Florida State football team to national criminal prominence.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 03, 2009

Sporting Eye

See how they ran: No loneliness for these long-distance athletes
There were 7800 official entries and between 2000 and 3000 others along for the ride. By our crude calculations, the leaders were a mile and a half into the course by the time the last runner crossed the starting line.
By GEORGE KIMBALL and MICHAEL GEE  |  April 30, 2009

Slideshow: BU celebrates hockey champs

Boston University celebrates its national championship in hockey, April 14
Boston University celebrates after its men's hocky team won the NCAA national championship
By KATIE MCGOVERN  |  April 16, 2009

Springing ahead

The 'mericans are comin' back 'round
When I asked Chris Daltry just where exactly his acclaimed quintet the 'mericans had been hiding out, the founding father of the rootsy rockers was quick to deflect any insinuation that the Providence group had been slacking.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  March 25, 2009

Busting Balls: 20 ways to improve sports

We blow the whistle on the ridiculous rules and quirks that make the games lame
College football is stupid. Everybody knows it.
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 12, 2009

Annus horribilis

Balls, pucks, and Monster Trucks
It’s New Year’s, a time for reckoning. With the notable exception of the Celtics, the past twelve months were tough on my teams, starting with a huge, unforgettable disaster.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 31, 2008

Last of the Redskins

What can sports mascots teach us about Native American relations today?
The Scarborough School Board changed from “Redskins” to the “Red Storm” eight years ago, at a time when high school and college teams around the country were trending away from using Native American mascots.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 02, 2008

He choked big time

Sports blotter: "Ugly incident" edition
Sports blotter: "Ugly incident" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 12, 2008

Street cred

Sports blotter: "This year's Xbox" edition
Sports blotter: "This year's Xbox" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 23, 2008

New Mexico

Sports blotter: "Marcus Vick and more" edition
According to news reports, Lavender was drunk and disorderly on the streets of Cincinnati on April 6 when cops asked him several times to move away from an intersection.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 25, 2008

Zip line

Sports blotter: "Guns and skimasks" edition
There was an extraordinary incident in Akron, Ohio, this past week involving 20-year-old Rydell Brooks, a sophomore guard on the UA Zips basketball team.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 28, 2008

Youth in the booth

The frat party at the Electoral College may be over . So why are the kids still turning out?
Sometime since 1976 — just four years after 18 year olds were granted the right to vote but decided they’d rather not — the youth movement has become a joke.
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  January 30, 2008

Cheating rules!

Why steroids, spying, and all those other sports scandals are actually good for fans
Maybe we shouldn’t lament the sundry scandals that have made 2007 the Year of the Cheater.
By ADAM REILLY  |  October 03, 2007

Cheating hall of fame

By ADAM REILLY  |  October 03, 2007

Murder most foul

Sports blotter: "This isn't funny" edition
Man, just what the hell is going on in the sports world?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 20, 2007

Stay classy, Florida

Sports blotter: "Blunt text message" edition
Class act Elijah Dukes has at least five kids by at least four different women.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 30, 2007

Changin’ tires on the road to ruin

Politics and other mistakes
A lot of action? Better do something about the comb-over.
By AL DIAMON  |  May 18, 2007

Happy to be nappy

Diverse city
First off, apologies to writer bell hooks for swiping the title of her book aimed at little girls, which is a celebration of unprocessed black hair.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  May 02, 2007

Not quite through the fire

Sports blotter: direct-to-NBA edition
We know all about high-school-to-NBA athletes here in Boston.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 08, 2006

Groundhog Day

No players, big problems in NCAA 07
By now, you should know what you’re getting yourself into when you pick up the latest version of one of EA Sports’ two main football franchises.
By RYAN STEWART  |  August 01, 2006

Crimson pride

Sports blotter: Harvard football edition
The last pre-training-camp days of summer are always a bad time for collegiate and pro-football arrests.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 19, 2006

Pre-NFL Draft arrest watch

Updating the big board
Get ready, Phoenix readers, for the dad-gum funnest week of the sports-crime year!
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 12, 2006

10 sports stories that shook the world

From Ball Four to the bad trip
From Ball Four to the bad trip
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  April 06, 2006

Crossword: This plane sucks

That's the last time I write Jonesin' while flying.
That's the last time I write Jonesin' while flying.
By MATT JONES  |  April 05, 2006

Quotes and numbers, March 31, 2006

Bush, basketball and more
6: n umber of nights in a row that Tribe, a popular lesbian/bi/queer night, will be hosted at Felt  and Vinalia  in coordination with the NCAA Women’s Final Four, which takes place this week in Boston.
By  |  March 29, 2006

Terrier technology

Hockey pod
Duke wasn’t first.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 24, 2008

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