NFL Picks, Week 4
Published on September 27, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I make my week 4 NFL football picks.

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NFL Picks, Week 3
Published on September 20, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I make my week 3 NFL picks.

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NFL Picks, Week 2
Published on September 13, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I make my week 2 NFL picks.

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Sports Links
Published on September 6, 2012 by Sara Foss

The story I'd really like to link to is Tom Verducci's Sports Illustrated piece on the disaster that is the 2012 Red Sox, but I don't think it's available online yet. However, early reports suggest it is a must-read, with Verducci referring to the team as "one of the most loathsome teams ever foisted upon fans of the Red Sox."

Which is true. I ran into some Yankees fans over the weekend, and they made some slightly mocking comments, but at this moment in time no one hates the Red Sox more than Red Sox fans. Speaking for myself, I can say that the team has a few components that I like - David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Cody Ross - but that the team as a whole is completely unlikable.

I can link to Sports Illustrated's fine piece on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, known as Gronk to his fans. Gronk comes off as sort of dumb but basically good-hearted in this piece, with an insatiable appetite for fun. Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing how Gronk follows up his excellent sophomore season.

Speaking of the NFL, I also enjoyed Tom Scocca's piece on what a big creep Art Modell was.

NFL Picks, Week 1
Published on September 4, 2012 by Sara Foss

Yes, it's that time of year again.

Click here to read my week 1 NFL picks over at the DG.

The Red Sox Blow it Up
Published on August 27, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about the big Red Sox trade, which overall I think is great.

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Dwight Howard Goes to the Lakers, And More
Published on August 14, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I share my thoughts on the Dwight Howard trade and the last days of the Olympics.

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Don't Smoke Pot at the Olympics!
Published on August 9, 2012 by Sara Foss

Earlier this week, the Capital Region's sole Olympian, judo practitioner Nick Delpopolo, was expelled from the Olympics after testing positive for marijuana, which is listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances. 

Personally, I think the athletes should be able to smoke pot if they feel like it. (For the record, Delpopolo issued a statement saying he unknowingly ate food that had pot baked into it, which just adds to the hilarity of this whole story. I mean, who is feeding the Olympians pot brownies? Whoever you are, please knock it off!) They work hard - if smoking pot is their way of relaxing, well, that's fine with me. It's not like pot is a performancing enhancing drug. Nobody is going to medal because they smoked pot.

But here's the thing: It's not like these athletes don't know that pot is a banned substance. The Olympics run for two weeks, once every four years. How hard is it to not smoke pot for two weeks? Especially when you've been training for the Olympics for most of your life! We can debate whether athletes should be tested for pot, but the fact remains: A rule is a rule is a rule. It might be a stupid rule, but nobody's changing it for Delpopolo. Remember when Michael Phelps was raked over the coals for being photographed with a bong? It was pretty silly, but shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone.


Olympic Fever
Published on August 5, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about my love for the Olympics.

Here's an excerpt:

"I happened to be home when the Olympics started.

'Might as well watch the Parade of Nations,' I thought and flipped on the TV.

There they were: the athletes from every corner of the globe, marching into the Olympic Stadium, waving flags, smiling, taking pictures and looking absolutely delighted to be there. The procession is always an impressive reminder of how big and diverse the world is, with little-known nations such as Andorra and Tuvalu joining heavyweights such as the U.S., China, Japan, Russia and Great Britain.

I didn’t intend to watch the entire parade but quickly got sucked in. I’d been planning to watch a movie but couldn’t quite bring myself to turn off the parade, and eventually I’d watched so much of it that I decided the movie could wait until after the athletes from the U.S. made their appearance. (Because the nations enter the stadium alphabetically, it takes a while to get to the U.S.)

A quick glance at Facebook revealed that a lot of people were less than impressed with the opening ceremony, but I actually enjoyed it — the excellent use of British rock music (I loved the fact that the British athletes marched in to David Bowie’s 'Heroes') and the weird and somewhat garish set pieces.

When it comes to the Olympics, my inner critic flies out the window. Sure, there’s stuff to criticize. But I can’t quite bring myself to do it. I’d even go so far as to argue that the event’s flaws are part of what makes it great."

Click here to read the whole thing.

The Red Sox: Terrible, but Fascinating
Published on July 26, 2012 by Sara Foss

I was optimistic about the Red Sox this season.

But things haven't turned out as I'd hoped.

I divulge more over at the DG.

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Reconsidering Lance Armstrong
Published on July 23, 2012 by guest author: Steven Reeves

For American cycling fans such as myself, the moment is indelibly etched in memory. Lance Armstrong, the upstart, launching a vicious attack on the steep climb up to the ski resort of Sestriere, shedding his rivals with each forceful, almost angry, pedal stroke, his jaw clenched as he ignored the pain building in his legs. Armstrong had been riding strong the entire 1999 Tour de France, but many wondered how he would fare in his first real test against men who excelled in the high alpine mountain passes.

Armstrong had found success early in his cycling career, though mostly in one-day races where his seemingly boundless energy and fierce determination allowed him to beat more seasoned competitors. Despite his obvious talent on the bike, his earlier attempts at the three-week-long Tour had ended with but a few hints at the legend Armstrong would one day become.

But his explosive, dominating climb up the mountain that day in 1999 not only stunned his rivals – some of the best professionals in the sport – it sent a clear message that the then 27-year-old Armstrong was not only a force to be reckoned with in cycling, he had also beaten the cancer that nearly killed him several years earlier and derailed his career. The Sestriere climb showed he had returned to the bike better – much, much better - than before.


Goodbye, Ray Allen
Published on July 8, 2012 by Sara Foss

So Ray Allen has spurned the Celtics to sign with the NBA champions, the Miami Heat.

I'm actually fine with this.

I like Ray, and I'll miss him, but I'm not sure he had a clear role with next year's Celtics team, especially with the signing of Jason Terry, another gutsy shooter. Terry isn't as good as Ray, but he is younger, and unlikely, as a former NBA sixth man of the year, to complain about coming off the bench. Ray, on the other hand, was unhappy about being replaced in the starting line-up by Avery Bradley. For those of us excited about a Rajon Rondo-Avery Bradley backcourt, Ray's departure is unfortunate, but nothing to dwell on. Of course, I don't exactly want to watch Ray drain three pointers against the Celtics in next year's playoffs. But I'll worry about that later. 

Weirdly, I don't feel particularly angry about Ray's decision to go to a hated rival. It's a decision that makes sense for him, as he'll likely win a second, maybe even a third, ring, and he won't have to deal with Rondo, whom he reportedly disliked. Also, Ray is a hard guy to dislike. He's got one of the prettiest shots in the history of the NBA, he works hard, he doesn't cause trouble, he seems like a decent, intelligent guy. I wish him well. 

Favorite Athletes
Published on June 21, 2012 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about some of my favorite athletes, as well as the process by which they fall in and out of favor.

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Roger Clemens Found Not Guilty
Published on June 18, 2012 by Sara Foss

So Roger Clemens isn't guilty of lying to Congress about steroid use, according to a jury.

Well, I'm glad we spent five years investigating Clemens and bringing him to trial anyway. After all, it's not like the federal government has anything better to do. If there's a possibility that famous Hall of Fame-caliber baseball players took steroids, no stone should be left unturned. Iraq? Afghanistan? The economy? Health care? Those issues are sideshows. But steroids in baseball? That's a real issue. As long as we're investigating steroids in baseball, I won't feel like taxpayer money is being wasted AT ALL.




Good-bye, Celtics
Published on June 11, 2012 by Sara Foss

I loved this year's Celtics team!

Click here for my thoughts on the end of their run, and the NBA finals.

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