Category: Sports

Unscripted by Ernie Johnson (Review)

Probably like many people, I know Ernie Johnson Jr. from his work as a broadcaster at Turner Sports, particularly hosting Inside the NBA on TNT. I knew next to nothing about him besides that, but when I found out he was coming out with a biography from a well-known Christian publisher (Baker Books) and this biography was … Continue reading Unscripted by Ernie Johnson (Review)

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“My Bad,” and Other Sports Metaphors: A Review

I taught English as a second language for a couple of years just after college, and my students could never get enough of idioms and metaphors. By the time they had me as a teacher, most of them had been studying the basics of the language for a while; they really wanted a native speaker … Continue reading “My Bad,” and Other Sports Metaphors: A Review

More NBA Than You Could Ever Want: A Review

I enjoy reading Bill Simmons's sports columns. They're clever, funny, and contain a lot of pop culture references. I've been reading them semi-regularly since 2010, a little before he launched the sports and pop culture website Grantland. After reading The Book of Basketball, Simmons's 700-plus-page magnum opus on the NBA, I came to an important … Continue reading More NBA Than You Could Ever Want: A Review

Eleven Rings to Rule Them All: A Review

Phil Jackson won 11 championship rings as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers between 1991 and 2010. Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success is an autobiography of sorts, focused on those 11 championship seasons (plus the two he won as a player with the New York Knicks in 1970 and 1973). In … Continue reading Eleven Rings to Rule Them All: A Review

Cleveland: the City as Jilted Lover

I'll admit it: I watched LeBron James's "Decision" special last Thursday. I was home from work and, well, it was on. My main thought, upon seeing it, was that James had made a pretty good decision. He didn't make it to get more money, because he could have gotten more by staying in Cleveland. He … Continue reading Cleveland: the City as Jilted Lover

Go Spiders!

Last night, my alma mater won their first national championship in any sport. They beat the Montana Grizzlies 24-7. The sport was football, but I had to do a little research before I knew exactly what kind of championship it was. Whereas the University of Richmond Spiders used to play in NCAA Division I-AA, it … Continue reading Go Spiders!

Confessions of a Prodigal Tigers Fan

I've not posted about this before, so some of you may not know this, but I'm a Detroit Tigers fan. I have been since I was a kid. I can't remember why, though it probably has something to do with the fact that 1) my family is from Michigan originally, and 2) there was no … Continue reading Confessions of a Prodigal Tigers Fan

“Nation” Schmation

After watching the Red Sox defeat the Colorado Rockies Sunday night to become World Series champs, I came to this realization: I can't stand it when people refer to a team's fan base as "_________ Nation." I must have heard the phrase "Red Sox Nation" a dozen times during the celebration after the game. I … Continue reading “Nation” Schmation