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FJM-style takedown on College Football playoffs

In Football on November 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Some people have thoughtful and carefully considered opinions on the upcoming FBS playoff system. You will not find those people in the “sound off column of the local newspaper’s sports section.

College football is set to debut a four-team playoff system in 2014, replacing the tried-and-true method of “randomly picking a team.” Many fans see the new set-up as a long-awaited step toward crowning a true FBS football champion. But not everyone is pleased with a playoff.

Over the weekend, one angry Luddite wrote a letter to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, criticizing college football’s abandonment of tradition. Like most letters to the editor, this one requires a bit of translation. Thankfully, CDH will serve as your interpreter as you enter the rabbit’s hole that is the mind of a BCS defender. Read the rest of this entry »


The Resurgence of Mark McGwire

In Baseball on November 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm

After boosting the St. Louis Cardinals’s offensive production, Mark McGwire hopes to work the same magic with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The headline in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is from the Twilight Zone: McGwire, Dodgers appear to be a match. It’s all eerily familiar. After a brief stint with the St. Louis Cardinals, Mark McGwire is headed back to the Golden State. The Los Angeles Dodgers need a power boost, and McGwire wants to be closer to his family in California. What year is this, 2001?

Mark McGwire is, indeed, on the move. But he won’t be part of a lineup featuring Shawn Green, Paul Lo Duca and Marquis Grissom. He will be joining the Dodgers as hitting coach for 2013 after coaching in St. Louis for three seasons. A more fashionable way to say it would be “taking his talents to Chavez Ravine.” And yes, “talents” is the proper word. For all the steroid controversy and questionable career statistics, Mark McGwire is one of the best hitting coaches in Major League Baseball. Read the rest of this entry »

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