Muhammad Ali, Convincing

Short Notes: I’m Not Burning My A-Rod Jersey

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A few notes: If every customer of McDonald’s paid 22 cents more for their Big Mac, their workers could make a much better wage overall? What are they waiting for?! [The Daily Beast] Dave Zirin writes a  great piece on why the MLBPA (the baseball players’ union) should back A-Rod, no matter what we actually think of him. [The Nation] A gay teacher loses his job after posting his wedding …

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Why Baseball Is Closer to Education Than You Think

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When Alex Rodriguez got his first huge Texas-sized contract in 2000, I remember the analogies to education come through published reports hard. “Why is it that baseball players can get these huge, lucrative contracts, and teachers, who work more days, can’t get a reasonable fraction of that in their salaries?” The idea of the American meritocracy stood in contrast to the stark reality that this country doesn’t care much or …

Angels' Torii Hunter Screams at Umpire

Short Notes: Whereupon We Speak Our Truths and the Issue of Torii Hunter

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A few notes: A great example of what happens when we try to control every little part of a staff’s speech in order to make them sound like they’re “normal.” [Vocalo] Google buys into Pi Day. [Mashable] An ed-techy’s case for pedagogy … in tech. [Box of Tricks] You ever wonder what Twitter would be like if someone drew out everything some random celebrity said, spelling mistakes and all? Wonder …

Alex Rodriguez, 2009 Champion

Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez: Even The Maligned Get Realigned

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Much of the last 5-6 years of my New York Yankee fandom has been spent on defending the Yankees’ decision for trading for, and eventually resigning Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez. I’ve had so many heated battled with Red Sox fans and fellow Yankee fans about the merits of getting one of the greatest players of this generation (and possibly of all time) for arguably the greatest sports franchise in the world. …

Alex Rodriguez Screaming With Mariano Rivera, Celebrates ALCS Win

The MVP Matters Less When The Team Goes To The World Series

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Quick: name the last 5 (MLB) World Series MVPs (Cole Hamels, Mike Lowell, David Eckstein, Jermaine Dye, Manny Ramirez). Those of you searching on Wikipedia right now hopefully kept reading. Otherwise, you’re probably at a loss. Now, name the last five teams quickly, and that’s probably an easier task (Phillies, Red Sox, Cardinals, White Sox, Red Sox). This is one of the many reasons why I love baseball: the idea …

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In Search of A-Rod’s Soul

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Make no bones about it; I got love for Alex Rodriguez, the 3rd baseman for the New York Yankees. His swift and graceful swing, his trot, and that swagger he shows when he comes up to bat. The ease in which he picks up balls coming down the left field line and gets them to whoever’s platooning at 1st base. Even the way he wears the uniform makes you want …

Not Your Average Joe

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I became a baseball fan when I was around 9 years old, when the Yankees were getting their butts beat in the division by the Orioles and the Red Sox. Bernie Williams was still getting booed and everyone except Don Mattingly knew they weren’t going to make it to the championships. Buck Showalter did break us into first place in 1994, but in that year and 1995, we won a …

After Notes from the AfroLatino Immigration Discussion

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Yesterday afternoon, I attended a panel discussion entitled “Black, Latino, Both” sponsored by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (of which I am now a card carrying member) and el Museo del Barrio, and it took place at Harlem’s Schomburg Center. The panel featured Howard Jordan, Clarence Lusane, Yvette Modestin, Angela Perez, and Silvio Torres-Saillant, who I know from my Syracuse days. While I’m not inclined to discuss …

Let It Be

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When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be … While everyone’s been hitting up my blog for the #1 search term for this website / $252 million dollar scapegoat of the New York Yankees, I had but one thought: let it be. I’ve had the song in my head since I envisioned my Beatle-themed post over the last …

Simpsellent and A-Roids

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I just got back from a really good rendering of the TV-to-silver screen movie The Simpsons Movie, and it was awesome. It fulfilled its enormous expectations, and I’m really happy. This could have been an absolute bomb like so many TV-to-movie movies are, but no. I’d rather not give any spoilers here, though I’m sure they aren’t hard to find at all. Once I logged in, I checked my Slimstats …