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Dem Bums

Friday, September 28, 2007

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the last game played by the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. Journalists Michael Shapiro, Neil J. Sullivan and Len Shapiro reflect on the days when Dem Bums left Brooklyn and headed west.

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Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Friday, August 03, 2007

The National Football League is defending and promoting its own media brand by issuing new rules that would seem to penalize reporters who are just doing their jobs. Running interference for the journalists is Gilbert Bailon, president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

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The Dope Beat

Friday, August 03, 2007

Almost every major sport is marred by scandal at the moment and many journalists are quick to discuss what the scandals' implications mean for the games. But Michael Hiltzik, Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist-turned-sportswriter, says more scrutiny should be paid to the allegations and ...

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The Viral Sport

Friday, June 08, 2007

Surfing has films, skateboarding has VHS tapes, and parkour has the internet. After a few clips of David Belle leaping around the French suburbs made their way to the internet, a sport was accidentally born. New Yorker writer Alec Wilkinson explains how parkour managed to be ...

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Most Valuable Sayers

Friday, November 18, 2005

For 75 years, baseball's top honors - the Cy Young, Rookie-of-the-Year, and MVP - have been awarded by some of the game's foremost experts: newspaper sportswriters. But some editors are objecting to the practice, saying journalists should be covering the news, not creating it. Randy Harvey, sports editor at the ...

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Dropping the Ball

Friday, October 21, 2005

In her first tournament as a golf professional, 16-year-old sensation Michelle Wie finished fourth in the Samsung World Championship - that is, until a Sports Illustrated reporter turned her in to officials for breaking a rule. She was promptly disqualified. But didn't the reporter break the rules, too, by becoming ...

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The Sporting Life

Friday, September 02, 2005

Over 25 years, fantasy sports have become a real-world pastime, affecting how millions of fans interact with actual sports played on actual fields. Once upon a time sports fans were devoted to ball clubs, or certain iconic stars. Fantasy owners, however, live or die by the fortunes of players who ...

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That's Entertainment

Friday, August 20, 2004

Take the world's best amateur athletes, put them together for two weeks of healthy competition, throw in some good old-fashioned jingoism, and what do you get? A sporting event that many American sports fans couldn't care less about. Mike Pesca looks at how NBC is packaging the Olympics for an ...

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Endgame

Sunday, August 08, 2004

The horserace, political fumbles, the knockout blow. Once again, sports metaphors are a ubiquitous part of the presidential campaign. But this year, sports themselves are in the middle of the political playing field. And the images of the candidates on the water, on the mound or against any other sporting ...

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Baseball Strike

Friday, August 23, 2002

Journalists seem unanimous when it comes to the looming baseball strike…they do not like it. But lost in their pleas to keep playing ball is the argument that a strike might actually fix all the economic woes that currently plague Major League Baseball. Bob talks to syndicated columnist and ABC ...

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The Bard of Basketball

Friday, August 09, 2002

Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn died on Tuesday at the age of 85. Hearn spent 42 years calling basketball games, popularizing terms like “double dribble” and “slam dunk.” OTM Producer-At-Large Mike Pesca looks back.

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Wrestling Down for the Count

Friday, August 02, 2002

Compared to his failed XFL football league, Vince McMahon’s wrestling league is flourishing. But compared to what it used to be, World Wrestling Entertainment is struggling big time. WWE is rapidly losing viewers for Smackdown! and Monday Night Raw, shows that once drew big ratings in primetime. Bob talks to ...

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North Korea Poaches World Cup

Friday, June 21, 2002

With South Korea co-hosting the World Cup, it’s soccer fever in the lower half of the once-united peninsula. As for North Korea, the isolated communist nation is stealing broadcasts of the games to show its citizens. But they don’t know South Korea is host; officials from the North don’t want ...

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Totalitarian Sports Network

Friday, June 21, 2002

With North Korea’s penchant for filched football broadcasts, it’s only a matter of time before sports infiltrates the state-controlled airwaves. OTM provides this promotional spot for an all-sports network on North Korean TV.

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NBA Funk

Friday, June 14, 2002

Despite a lackluster finals, TV ratings were up overall for pro basketball this season for the first time since Michael Jordan retired. Much of this success may be coming from the NBA’s marketing plan this year to revisit the days of the ABA in the ‘70s - afros, dunks, 3-pointers, ...

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The Baseball (Player) is Juiced

Friday, June 14, 2002

The Brewers beat the Twins 19 injections to 15 last night. Just kidding, of course; the Brewers lost. But steroid use is now the big issue in baseball after an article claiming half the players shoot up to gain muscle mass. Even former slugger Jose Canseco says he’s writing a ...

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ESPN’s Email Policy

Friday, June 14, 2002

ESPN radio recently fired four staffers after searching the company email database and finding offensive material in their outboxes. That’s right, the network that brought you an un-bleeped Bobby Knight is clamping down on the vulgarity in its newsroom. Bob talks to Denis Horgan, Jr., canned after 10 years as ...

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Post Presumes Piazza’s Proclivities, Peeves Penman

Saturday, June 01, 2002

When The New York Post printed a rumor that a unnamed - but thinly veiled - sports star in town might be gay, soon after Mets all-star Mike Piazza gave a press conference to deny it. The Post’s Wallace Matthews wrote a column criticizing his paper’s slapdash journalism, but that ...

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Spring Training

Saturday, March 30, 2002

The beat writers covering spring training can either crush players’ illusions or play along with their upbeat confidence as the new season draws near. Drew Olsen has faced this challenge covering the Brewers for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for the past 9 losing seasons, and he talks to Bob.

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Sports Clichés

Saturday, March 23, 2002

When you’re listening to a coach being interviewed after a game and think you’ve heard it all before, chances are… you have. Wake Forest professor and sports-quote scholar John Llewellyn has analyzed the boilerplates and clichés prolific among pro sports coaches. OTM sees if Llewellyn is “up to the challenge” ...

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