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Russian baby joins bobsled celebration

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

You can't say they don't take their bobsledding seriously in Russia. Or at least the guy who will probably receive a sharp reprimand from his wife if she ever sees this blog post certainly does. There was a raucous celebration from the home crowd at the Sanki Sliding Center Monday night ...

Cross country skiing becoming a Sochi must-watch

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Cross country skiing is not the easiest sell for American audiences. For starters, we're not very good at it, so unless you're into Scandinavian success stories there isn't much rooting interest. And then there's the sport itself -- a bunch of people skiing, but not really quickly down a giant hill. ...

How Michael Sam made Jason Collins matter

Monday, February 10th, 2014

When everyone made a tremendous to-do about NBA player Jason Collins coming out of the closet last year, my reaction was more along the lines of "whoop-de-doo." And not for the reasons you are probably assuming. From my perspective, Collins was not all that different from John Amaechi, another basketball player ...

Jared Lorenzen is back and better (i.e., fatter) than ever

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

When the Super Bowl ended, most of us assumed our football hopes and dreams would have to wait until this fall to be renewed. (Or, in this year's case, when the Super Bowl started). But Jared Lorenzen will not let our football hunger pangs go unfed. You remember Lorenzen, the former ...

Mexican skier to don mariachi suit in Sochi

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

So, have you heard the one about the Mexican skier who lives in Liechtenstein that will be wearing a mariachi suit as he heads down the slopes at this year's Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia? There is no punchline here, because clearly we'd be going for a subset of people with ...

Genie Bouchard makes Aussie Open semis, wants to date Justin Bieber

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Just as we should have been talking about Richard Sherman's NFC title-clinching deflection, today we should be focused on the tennis prowess of 19-year-old Canadian tennis phenom Genie Bouchard. With a 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 win over Ana Ivanovic, Bouchard became the first Canadian to reach the semifinal of a major ...

Chicago Cubs new mascot is, well, a mascot

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Much to the derision of team fans and internet wise guys -- two categories I happen to fit in -- the Chicago Cubs unveiled a team mascot for the first time in decades on Monday. It's easy to see why there was backlash. Clark the Cub is quite a ridiculous looking ...