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Reading Time, Five Minutes

In Baseball, Basketball, Football on February 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Crim Del Harris’s weekend update of the week’s top sports stories. 

Jeff Goldblum has a great line in the 1984 film The Big Chill that all bloggers should take to heart. Talking about his dead-end job at People, Goldblum’s “Michael” discusses the magazine’s one editorial rule: “You can’t write anything longer than the average person can read during the average crap.” It’s with that sentiment in mind that CDH debuts an irregularly recurring feature — Reading Time, Five Minutes. Borrowed from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Bernie Miklasz, RTFM will give you a run down of the big stories in sports, with some witty comments and a funny Vine, or something. We haven’t quite figured it out yet. Anyway, let’s begin!

Earlier this week Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced the league’s actions to protect pitchers from line drives. Beginning in spring training later this month, pitchers will have the option of wearing a cap with extra padding around the cranium to protect against head trauma and brain injury. While the league’s effort to protect players is admirable, these caps look…pretty terrible. [Cue Great Gazoo joke.] Read the rest of this entry »

Reporting on Athlete Infractions

In Basketball, William & Mary on November 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm

William and Mary basketball player Brandon Britt was suspended from the team Nov. 7 for violating team rules. The media’s handling of the details surrounding his suspension has been criticized by followers of Tribe athletics. CDH’s Ian Brickey weighs in on the suspension, the controversy and when sports becomes news.

On Nov. 7, William and Mary head men’s basketball coach Tony Shaver announced that senior guard Brandon Britt had been suspended from the team for violating team rules. Shaver’s announcement and the corresponding press release did not provide any reason for Britt’s suspension. Later that day, the Virginia Gazette linked the suspension to a drunk driving charge filed against Britt in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court Oct. 25.

Last week, Jared Foretek of Shadesof48.com wrote an article criticizing the media’s handling of Britt’s suspension and the release of details surrounding the drunk driving charge. I worked with Jared at William and Mary’s newspaper, The Flat Hat — he in sports and I in news. He’s a great sports writer, and I generally like his take on Tribe athletics. But on this issue, I think he’s 100 percent wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

2013 NCAA Tournament Extravaganza

In Basketball on March 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm

In which the CDH staff looks at each of the Four Regions in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, makes Final Four picks, and cracks jokes about your favorite teams.

It’s here. It’s finally here. March Madness is upon us. April may be the cruelest month, but March is the most exciting.

If you haven’t filled out your bracket yet…well, you’re too late, because the games already started. (And no, you can’t get your $10 buy-in back, Scott. It’s not my fault that you thought all the games were in Central time.)

It’s time to settle into your couch at home in front of the television, or pull up an online game stream at work that you minimize whenever your boss comes around, because no work is getting done for the next few weeks.

The CDH staff has prepared a March Madness primer, breaking down each region, making Final Four picks, and gratuitously insulting Duke.

Someone in your bracket pool picked them to win it all. Unfriend them.

Someone in your bracket pool picked this asshole to win it all. Unfriend them.

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Jumping on the Bandwagon

In Basketball on March 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

The NBA playoffs are just around the corner. CDH’s Sam Sutton helps you pick your new favorite team to follow for the next six or so weeks.

You have a problem. You love basketball, but your favorite team probably won’t make it to the playoffs.

You're probably making this face right now.

You’re probably making this face right now.

If you’re a fan of the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Hornets or Cleveland Cavaliers, you knew this moment would come. That’s good, people tend to underestimate the importance of acceptance at times like these. And given your team’s history of mismanaging personnel/acquiring post-prime talent, a lifetime of grief has enabled you to reach this stage with relative ease. It probably led to less stress in your life as a sports fan. Maybe you took up cooking or yoga in the time you didn’t spend  watching your defense blow double-digit leads. That’s great, really. You look healthier. Read the rest of this entry »

The CAA is Dead, Long Live the CAA

In Basketball, William & Mary on December 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm

The Big East is gone. The Atlantic 10 is bracing itself. And the CAA is waiting for the pieces to fall.

A lot has happened in college sports in the last three weeks. Actually, only one thing happened, and the rest was speculation. But that one thing could have major effects on conference alignments. Last week, the Big East’s seven Catholic schools voted to leave the conference. The move effectively destroyed the Big East, but its ramifications won’t stop there. Non-BCS conferences have become the collapsing stars of the college athletics universe, raiding their neighbors to stave off implosion for a few more years. Anywhere from one to five conferences could see their members poached by other conferences, and no conference is safe. Read the rest of this entry »

Is This the End of Ryan Vogelsong?

In Baseball, Long form on September 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm

He’s a 35-year-old fan favorite with an inferiority complex and a well-established history of performing in stomach-churning situations. He’s been the most consistent member of the San Francisco Giants’ starting rotation this year. He’s the best value on the team, and he’s saved an injury-plagued bullpen on dozens of occasions.

Don’t forget, though, he’s 35 years old.

Ryan Vogelsong is Jim Morris with an All-Star pedigree. After a lackluster start to his Major League career, he spent years toiling in Nippon Professional League obscurity before being reacquired by San Francisco in 2011. That season earned him a place on the National League All-Star team, and his first half numbers in 2012 placed him squarely among those snubbed from this year’s Midsummer Classic.

But even Cinderella stories come to an end; and Vogelsong’s latest series of outings suggest that his carriage may actually be a pumpkin. Read the rest of this entry »

NBA Finals Game 1 Diary

In Basketball on June 13, 2012 at 6:16 pm

We made CDH’s Sam Sutton sit through Game 1 of the NBA Finals and record his observations in real time as the Miami Heat took on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Pre-game

Miami was introduced to the “Imperial March” from Star Wars, which is pretty lame. Shouldn’t the Evil Empire have an empire before it’s given that kind of treatment? No music would have been more insulting. Could you imagine the ego-check Wade would take walking out to silence? The man thrives on hate.

Kevin Durant is receiving the loudest applause (no surprise) as a choice cut from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch The Throne” plays over the loudspeakers. It’s a fitting pick — Durant and Westbrook have a Jay-Z/Kanye dynamic that makes their team both volatile and very fun to watch. Read the rest of this entry »

Adios, Celtics

In Basketball on May 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm

The Boston Celtics’s unlikely run to the Eastern Conference Finals will likely come to an end at the hands of the Miami Heat.

The church bells in Boston must be ringing a slow, mournful dirge.

The sticky heat that hung over the East Coast this weekend spread north from Miami to Philadelphia, carrying rot like Paul Revere’s ride up from the tank-topped causeways of South Beach and onto the streets of Boston Common.

In Philadelphia, the lumbering bodies of the Boston Celtics moved like dysplasia-afflicted Labradors at a summer barbecue. They heaved themselves up in the air for jump shots or layups without any semblance of ease. Unbelievably, Lavoy Allen played a key role in their almost-demise.

The reign of Boston’s big three is coming to a close. Fitfully, violently, and despite the moody protestations of Rajon Rondo, they too must pass. Read the rest of this entry »

FJM-style takedown on CAA realignment

In Basketball, Football, William & Mary on May 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm

In keeping with his reputation as a proactive, take-charge athletic director, William and Mary A.D. Terry Driscoll awoke from his annual summer hibernation to release a statement on Old Dominion University and Virginia Commonwealth University leaving the Colonial Athletic Association.

Reading Terry Driscoll is like listening to Miles Davis — it’s all about the notes he doesn’t play. Luckily, we here at CDH happen to be expert Driscollologists trained in the art of deciphering bureaucratic bullshit. (Also, it was a slow weekend.)

So, I present to you, with a tip of the hat to Fire Joe Morgan, the official CDH guide to William and Mary’s statement on CAA realignment. Read the rest of this entry »

Glorious Revolution

In Basketball, Football, William & Mary on May 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Evaluating William and Mary’s future in a post-CAA world.

It’s springtime in Virginia. The year’s shad has been planked, flowers are blooming and the days are meandering through that languid period between bitter winter and oppressive humidity. If you’re a sports fan, last season’s shortcomings have vanished amid the seductive promise of recruiting updates and conference reshufflings.

Unless you’re a William and Mary sports fan. Read the rest of this entry »

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