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"David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs" will be the country song of the summer

“David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs” will be the country song of the summer

Well, the good news is we can all go home. Tear up the ballots, throw away every other country singer’s ambitions regarding the coveted unofficial Song of the Summer title for 2018. Some dude named Travis Denning just cut a single called “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs” and it is the country music embodiment...
The Elite Eight As The Bittersweet Ending, And The Conflicted Feelings Of March

The Elite Eight As The Bittersweet Ending, And The Conflicted Feelings Of March

I remember Scoonie Penn cutting down the net. It was still light out, but Ohio State had just become the first team to punch their ticket to the 1999 Final Four. I was 11 years old, sprawled out on the couch, and I couldn’t believe it. Not that the Buckeyes were advancing, but that it...
Doug Pederson is John Hamm and America is too obsessed with winning: Your 2018 Super Bowl Mailbag

Doug Pederson is John Hamm and America is too obsessed with winning: Your 2018 Super Bowl Mailbag

FOOTBALL! God, do I love the Super Bowl. This year I’m hosting a party and cooking wings and a pork shoulder and I’m going to scream unholy things at the Patriots until everyone leaves me to cry tears of hatred as Tom Brady hoists another Lombardi Trophy over his head. My guests won’t even have...
I Don't Even Like Baseball

I Don’t Even Like Baseball

Over the past two years I’ve learned a hard truth about baseball. After seasons spent pining for the Cleveland Indians to return to the World Series, they finally got there. I was scared shitless of them facing the Cubs. When they took a commanding 3-1 lead, I was still frightened to my core. If you...
The Cleveland Indians aren't here to make friends

The Cleveland Indians aren’t here to make friends

The New York Yankees were probably feeling pretty fucking cool, what being up 8-3 after five and a half innings. They had knocked out the best pitcher in the American League, homered off him twice, and then went on to hit one more ding dong, off Mike Clevinger. This was the exact moment I began...
Jason Kipnis reclaimed the title of Greatest Baseball Player Ever last night

Jason Kipnis reclaimed the title of Greatest Baseball Player Ever last night

Hey guys I understand baseball better than you and would like to explain something before you watch the Greatest Catch In ALDS History. Kids are calling it The Catch, actually, it’s already usurped that decent catch by Willie Mays in 1954. What I want to explain, though, is that playing center field is hard! Have...
Teddy Atlas and Stephen A. Smith Combine For The Greatest Minute In Television History

Teddy Atlas and Stephen A. Smith Combine For The Greatest Minute In Television History

Folks I hope you weren’t in bed like a normal human being at 2 a.m. last night, because you would’ve missed Teddy Atlas and Stephen A. Smith having a largely unitelligible disagreement about… hamburgers, I think? Teddy Atlas and Stephen A Smith screaming at each other about fast food. It's time to go to bed...
Here are 11 haikus about Jason Kipnis for no reason in particular

Here are 11 haikus about Jason Kipnis for no reason in particular

Five o’clock shadow For a 7:05 start Kip’s ready to go   You must remember That we are all Kipnises Even you, Gilbert   Bat pointed silly Steadily blinking his eyes Jason Kipnis waits   Once an outfielder Now our team’s second baseman It’s Kip leading off   A towering drive Down the right field line it...
My mother died three years ago today, and I wanted you to know that.

My mother died three years ago today, and I wanted you to know that.

When I attempt to conjure up an image of her, she is always sick: skin dry and yellow, hair a mess, her limbs simultaneously a disconcerting amount of thin, yet bloated in the wrong parts. She comes to me in dreams the same, and it’s always clear she should not be there, that she has...
16 years later, Joey McKinstry lives on

16 years later, Joey McKinstry lives on

  We didn’t ride bikes too often, but that’s what I remember doing with Joey McKinstry. We would be out back behind his parents’ house, and he was fearlessly catching air off a ramp we set up, while I would, every now and again, go off the same ramp with far less courage. At some point...
So Can Vermont Beat Purdue, Or What?

So Can Vermont Beat Purdue, Or What?

Tonight! #4 Purdue vs. #13 Vermont, 7:27 p.m. TruTV (live from Milwaukee or some shit)  Last time we checked in with UVM hoops was five days ago, when they were gearing up for the America East championship final at home against Albany. I rather foolishly predicted Vermont to win easily, which was making me feel...
What To Know About The Vermont Catamounts, Aspiring America East Champs

What To Know About The Vermont Catamounts, Aspiring America East Champs

By my calculations, it’s been about five years since I wrote about the UVM basketball team. It’s also been about that long since I could consider myself someone who regularly followed the team – at the time, I was learning how to be a writer while covering the team for a now-defunct (but not wholly forgotten)...