Earlier this fall, two squads of pint-size players clashed in the crisp air at a peewee football field in Southbridge, Mass. The boys on one team were much larger than the others, and within six plays, three of the smaller boys had been carried off with head injuries, one with his eyes rolling back in their sockets.
By the end of the game, a 52-0 rout, five boys on the losing team were receiving emergency medical care for concussions.
Is it victory or defeat for Bill Belichick? The New England Patriots coach usually watches his success and failures on the field, but in the case of the limestone townhouse at 609 Sixth Street we really can’t be sure.
On the one hand, Mr. Belichick has made a little money on the sale of the townhouse, netting $2.75 million, according to city records. Not bad considering that he paid $2.2 million for the five-bedroom, three-bath residence back in 2006.
SPORTS AND THE CITY
Howard Cosell—the man largely responsible for making modern sports commentating into what it is today and turning football spectating into a careful, tedious study (all while wearing some of the loudest ties)—damn near ruined the game. At a time when the only truly analytical approach to football was being conducted by mobsters calculating the betting spread, his beat-like commentary did something terrible. Harnessing his brash personality and deliberate way with words—and his unchecked arrogance—the law-degree-totin’ foulmouth changed the very nature of how we understood the action on the field. Much of this handiwork involved his ongoing, televised war of words with “Dandy Don” Meredith in primetime. Gone were the days when football was simply football. A new era was ushered in, and with it came the number-crunching sideline savants who bled the game dry of its blue-collar bravado and replaced it with a pedantic, stat-sick approach. Non-athletes were not only welcomed into the press box as vaunted experts, but came carrying a condescending tone toward the battle-hardened veterans who once lived and breathed the game to the utmost.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Jerry Jones is known as the composite human caricature whose lifeblood was drawn from Dallas‘ J.R. Ewing, all the characters Jim Varney invented that were too unfunny to use, and those “NEW YORK CITY?!“ salsa commercials. He also happens to own the Dallas Cowboys, the NFL team with the most expensive stadium in the country, which features the biggest TV screen in, like, the universe, because the people who go to Dallas Cowboys games are the kind of people who would rather focus on a high-definition televised event of that which plays out live and directly in front of them instead of watching the actual event. Jerry Jones makes James Dolan look like Fred Rogers’s unshaven cousin from Long Island.
In the span of a few months,
1. New York City’s very own Archbishop Dolan becomes a Vatican-ordained Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
2. New York City’s Jeremy Lin, the biggest breakout of the 2012 NBA season, is deemed The New Tim Tebow.
Well, the Rudins have their latest prize—a bankruptcy court judge yesterday approved the august real estate family’s purchase of the shuttered St. Vincent’s hospital campus for $260 million.
The plan is somewhat controversial for not including full emergency care or inpatient services, though the judge in the case would not Read More
When it became clear that Bears third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie was going to be the team’s signal-caller for the remainder of the NFC Championship Game, I picked up my cell phone to text my friend John.
“Caleb hanie??” I wrote.
“Yeah,” John texted back, “u know yur [screwed] when yur football team depends on a guy named Read More
Super Bowl Winning Coach Losing Coach I Vince (Lombardi) Hank (Stram) II Vince (Lombardi) John (Rauch) III Weeb (Ewbank) Don (Shula) IV Hank (Stram) Bud (Grant) V Don (McCafferty) Tom (Landry) VI Tom (Landry) Don (Shula) VII Don (Shula) George Read More
Jets fans will have the option to watch a lot more than just the game on the field this season. The team has wired the stadium for FanVision, a new handheld gadget that lets users view instant replays, multiple angles and live feeds of other games from around the league.
The device is Read More
Stress tests aren’t just for tottering European banks or the U.S. financial system circa May 2009. CNBC reports NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and chief financial officer Anthony Nato have asked the league’s owners to subject their organizations to similar checks to ensure they can survive a worst-case scenario like Read More