Oh No, Chicago!

The polls show that the presidential election seems to be breaking in in favor of Chicago’s Barack Obama, but this year’s Chicago Cubs couldn’t catch a break when it mattered. I’m still hoping to see Obama make history on November 4, but...

Shea Goodbye

So today was the final game at Shea Stadium as it turned out. In the end, it came down to the inability of the Mets’ bullpen to do its job, as all of us who have been following the team’s fortunes since the All-Star break. Perhaps we should have seen it...

Tie Goes to Obama

Last night I watched the first debate between Barack Obama and John McCain downstairs in our residence hall’s commons. We had a group of about forty Faculty Fellows, RAs, and first-years from our building and others. The students were largely pro-Obama it seemed...

The Athletic Sublime

Here’s a modern definition of the sublime: watching a star athlete come through in the clutch and raise the level of his or her game beyond expectations. Michael Phelps at the Olympics this summer was an example of the athletic sublime, particularly when he won...

Suspend the Pennant Race!

Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks that you can use baseball to talk about politics. Check out the post entitled “Manuel: Mets ‘suspending’ pennant race” on slacktivist. Thanks to Bryan Waterman for bringing it to my...

High Anxiety (II)

The Mets’ bullpen blew another one this afternoon, this time against the Braves in Atlanta. Leading 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, the bullpen gave up one run in that frame, and four more in the next. Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer in the top of...