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Cubs add Theodore Roosevelt Lilly to front office

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

We're not ones to mix our presidential metaphors, but it is beginning to look like a Cubs World Series title is (manifest) destiny. See, the last time the Cubs were the kings of the baseball world, Theodore Roosevelt was in office. And after a century of tinkering (hidden Cub pun!) with ...

Ozzie Smith and Budweiser try to make Opening Day a holiday

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith has teamed up with Bud -- as in Budweiser, not Bud Selig -- in an attempt to make baseball's Opening Day an official national holiday. The two St. Louis institutions have teamed up to start a petition with the White House's "We the People" web ...

Dr. Bret Bielema offers to save football players’ lives

Friday, February 21st, 2014

One of the most controversial proposed rule changes in college football this offseason is the one stating that offenses should be penalized for snapping the ball before 10 seconds have run off the play clock, as this is not enough time for defenses to run substitutions on the field. It ...

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 ...