The Closer Who Saved Himself 

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Dennis Eckersley is one of the best pitchers of all time. He’s also a somewhat bizarre, yet bizarrely great, baseball broadcaster. The Boston Globe has a tremendous profile of the man who overcame alcoholism, the Kirk Gibson home run, and his best friend stealing his wife.

As Close as We’ll Get 

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

In 2013, mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing was granted a “royal pardon” for his previous “crime” of being gay. At the time, I wrote that what was really called for was a royal apology. In 2021, we’ll come as close as we’re likely to get, when Turing’s face is featured on the new 50 pound note.

An Uncommon Loon 

Monday, July 15th, 2019

It appears that a pair of Common Loons lost their own chick this spring, so they wound up adopting.

A Mallard duckling rides on a Loon's back

That Is Too Much for a Grape 

Friday, July 12th, 2019

$460 per grape is too much for a grape.

Rest in Peace, Stewart 

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

It’s a sad day fans of the best corgi on network television: Stewart, one of the dogs who has played Cheddar on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, has died. He was 13, and he was hilarious. Just last month, EW had a short profile on Stewart, worth a read to remember the happier times.

This is not actually Captain Ray Holt.

A Nightmare Year 

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

An anonymous Washington-area mother has written a powerful account of how her teenage son found his way into the alt-right, and eventually, back out again. Don’t miss the follow-up Q & A either.

Vote McGrath 

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Amy McGrath has announced that she’s running for Senate, in an attempt to replace the Kentucky’s vile Mitch McConnell. I can think of few campaigns more worthy of support.

That’s a Lot of Hot Dogs 

Monday, July 8th, 2019

As long-time readers know, this site once provided annual coverage of that most horrifying spectacle in all of sports: The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. While I’ve retired from the hectic life of a hot dog eating contest reporter, it’s impossible to avoid hearing about both the event and its most famous competitor, Joey Chestnut.

In 2015, the seemingly-impossible happened when Chestnut was defeated by Matt Stonie. However, Jaws has since retaken ownership of Coney Island, with four straight titles. The Washington Post has a look at Chestnut’s July 4th, 2019.

Well, Someone Had to Be Manning Those Amperts 

Friday, July 5th, 2019

During his speech for the 4th of July, Donald Trump stated that the Continental Army “manned the amperts, ran the ramparts and took over the airports, it did everything it had to do”. As you can imagine, folks in Boston had more than a little bit of fun with this stupidity.

Get Calm With John McEnroe 

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

When you think of the word “calm”, surely the most likely image to come to mind is that of tennis great John McEnroe. Thanks to meditation and sleep app “Calm”, you can now be soothed by the dulcet tones of McEnroe himself, as he reads you the rules of tennis:

“Tennis balls are made of hollow, vulcanized rubber with a felt coating. The predominant color is optic yellow for improved visibility…The International Tennis Federation defines the official diameter (of a tennis ball) as 65.41 to 68.58 mm. Balls must weigh between 56.0 and 59.4 grams.”