Clark Booth on Sports

Oct. 23, 2014

What we have on-going, it is widely agreed, is a potential gem of a World Series matching two scrappy and highly creative teams featuring the young, the dashing, and the unspoiled. The baseball cognoscenti have fallen in love with the Royals and...

Oct. 16, 2014

Like the regular season, Baseball’s post-season continues flat and uninspired.  It’s hard to put a finger on the precise whys and wherefores of it, but the grand olde game is unmistakably gripped by some vague malaise these days.

The looming...

Oct. 9, 2014

Hockey is back! Maybe better than ever! Maybe!

It seems like only yesterday that the Kings were waltzing off with The Cup, and the day before when the Bruins were departing in a striking mix of rage and confusion. The seasons are tightly packed...

Oct. 2, 2014

Here are some stray thoughts and idle observations on a handful of trifles while awaiting the inevitability of the sporting event that finally restores harmony and dissolves the dysfunction hog-tying the government:
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That would be a...

Sep. 25, 2014

Have you ever read Raymond Chandler’s dandy little classic, “The Long Goodbye”? Probably Raymond’s best work, it’s about the lamentable fade-away of Terry Lennox, a breezy though reckless hustler who nonetheless remains most likeable.

Baseball...

Sep. 18, 2014

In a sporting world suddenly gone topsy-turvy, there are many, many, questions currently raging that are quantum leaps beyond the poor capacity of this space to offer answers. Nor will your host be dumb enough to hazard even a try.

Moreover,...

Sep. 11, 2014

Football is back! Three cheers, as they say. Bursting with record profits, soaring in television ratings, fawned over and adoringly promoted by all the media, and given a free pass by arbiters of the culture’s ethics and mores, our loveable old...

Sep. 4, 2014

Here we go again, rounding the pole and bearing into the stretch; another season, another show.  Time honored is the custom of solemnly observing this moment here in this space, although the fun of it this year is limited, the season having been...

Aug. 28, 2014

We have some dribs and drabs from the sporting scene for bantering while awaiting the summer’s suffocating dog days to run their miserable course.  And is there a sporting experience more painful, either to play or watch (at the going price), than an...

Aug. 14, 2014

Coming up is the spectacle of a baseball contest in a boardroom sure to be more fascinating than anything parenthetically happening on a ballfield. Breathlessly we await the election of a new baseball commissioner to succeed — mercifully and at...

Aug. 7, 2014

Long ago and far away the magic “let’s-make-a-deal” day on the baseball calendar was not the last day in July but the Ides of June. Every year there was a bevy of whoppers.  

Back in the post-war era, anticipation of the dramatic rush in June...

Jul. 25, 2014

We’re about to arrive at the sweetest moment on the baseball calendar and nothing in all of sport quite matches it. We speak of Hall of Fame Day at Cooperstown on the banks of that shimmering pond that Fenimore Cooper glorified where at the high point...

Jul. 17, 2014

It has only been a couple of weeks since we headed to the beach for our annual summer breather, little more than a bloody fortnight, but in terms of the furious sporting fare that has transpired in this brief interlude it seems more like a full...

Jun. 25, 2014

As June ends, so does the first half of the season. In Baseball, time flies even when you’re not having so much fun. Hereabouts, one question emerges above all. Where have the “Beasts of the American League East” gone?

We’re accustomed to being...

Jun. 19, 2014

Time at last to say farewell to winter, never officially done and gone until they’ve dropped the last puck. To the end it was grueling, both at the rink and away. Three months after the dawn of spring, we finally have resolution. The sporting seasons...