Here’s what makes rivalries so great: There will come a time in the moments before the game starts where you as a fan will feel internally a contradiction between the overwhelming excitement at the thought of beating your rival and the crippling fear at the idea that you might lose to them. It will be great, or it will be terrible. There is no in-between in rivalry games. There is nothing else in sports that provokes such a paradoxical sentiment in a fan.
That’s why we’re taking the time to figure out, “What was the best sports rivalry of the Aughts?” John S, Tim, and Pierre all took different stances on this one, and they anxiously await your opinions. After all, they’re kind of rivals themselves. Continue reading »
What we read while trying to remember who won the Nobel Peace Prize last year…
- Speaking of sexiest thises and thats, check out Deadspin/Jeff Pearlman’s humorous account of how Chiefs’ quarterback Elvis Grbac was accidentally named People‘s “Sexiest Athlete.” The last sentence of People entry was “His personality makes him attractive.” Unfortunately (and somewhat surprisingly), Tim did not spot a single Grbac jersey during his adventure at Arrowhead Stadium earlier last weekend.
- And the final word on that Yanks-Twins series: This is the real reason Minnesota was so upset about Phil Cuzzi’s blown call down the left-field line. Who knows what Jason Kubel could have done with Mauer on second?
I know I’m a little late to the party, but I made my first trip to the new Yankee Stadium the other day (I realize it took me a while, but tickets are expensive and I have a blog to maintain, so back off). The Stadium’s received mostly praise so far (at least architecturally speaking), and despite the grandiose expectations I had, it did not disappoint.
Despite the criticism the old, renovated Yankee Stadium received, I will always have a place in my heart for the Stadium I grew up with. I admit, though, that the old Stadium lacked authentic identity: It was posturing as the “classic” Yankee Stadium, but had been renovated to change the layout, dimensions and general look. Nevertheless, for a fan of the 1996-2001 dynasty, it had plenty of history.
The new Stadium, however, is a more aesthetically pleasing blend of the old and new. In building the new stadium, the Yankees made a big deal about how they were going to honor tradition and the old designs in building the new stadium, and it worked out.
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