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About Billy Sullivan, Brett Favre, Usain Bolt, Jim Rice and Ted and Yaz

Here are five thoughts looking for a place to land.

So, Billy Sullivan and Jim Nance have been selected for the Patriots’ own cozy Hall of Fame. Leading only to the question, how in the name of common sense could it have taken so long? They’ve had the thing the better part of 20 years now. Sullivan should have been one of the first anointed, with Nance following not too far behind.  Read more

Yaz earned the right to live life his way – more power to him!

The sporting mob is mercurial. Its many moods range from the stark to the inalienable. There is little room for appeasement. “What have you done for us lately,” is the governing mindset. Given half of a flimsy excuse they’ll turn on anyone.

In Philadelphia, they have booed Santa Claus. In Boston, they have taken in vain the name of “Yaz.” The offenses are roughly comparable. Sic transit gloria mundi, and ad nauseam, old Sport.  Read more

Dog Days Diary: Stray bits and idle musings

Here are some stray bits and idle musings to consider while we slog our way through the Dog Days of August en route to a much ballyhooed titanic finish to the baseball season.  Read more

In aftermath of Ortiz ‘outing,’ a whiff of more scandal and who knows where it leads? 

On the one hand, we have fresh evidence that there is no restraining the sleazy lawyers out there who roam the dark edges of the Republic and have the ethics of a goat and the conscience of a lamp post.

On the other, the fundamental axiom that it’s impossible to under- estimate the judgment of baseball players or their aversion to common sense has never been sounder.  Read more

Hall voters facing a hellish task: Sorting out the 'Famers' of the PED era

Arguably the sweetest day of the baseball season if not the most mellow on the entire sporting calendar is the lyric moment every last weekend in July up in bucolic Cooperstown when glasses are raised on high in tribute to the game’s latest class of “immortals.”

The moment is precious. Expectations are keen. But much to their credit, this year’s batch, led by that improbably jolly pair of Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice, rose to it nicely.  Read more

About Pumpsie Green and the indelible stain Yawkey-era racism left on the REd Sox

In the dawning of the Age of Obama the sports pages brimmed proudly with mossy tales of the role sport played in paving the way. Ancient Don Newcombe, who arrived with the Dodgers in 1949, tearfully recalled a conversation with Dr. Martin Luther King in which the Great Man told him, “You and Roy and Jackie and Larry made my job a helluva lot easier.” The 44th President, himself something of a closet jock, is known to agree.  Read more

Baseball at the dividing line: Much to ponder, on field and off

The first half of the season is in the books. Yet at the All-Star break –that mythical dividing line between the mere preparations and the real deal– it was hard to know whether it’s a genuine epic that we have brewing toward a boil or the makings of a veritable train wreck. Discerning that precious difference is not as easy as it once was, which is more and more the case.  Read more

Thai boxing at Uphams Corner

By 
Mike Deehan, Contributing Editor
Jul. 16, 2009

Kickboxing in Uphams: Colin Dwyer, a native of Adams Corner, worked the heavy bag at Boston Muay Thai Academy on Monday. Photo by Mike DeehanKickboxing in Uphams: Colin Dwyer, a native of Adams Corner, worked the heavy bag at Boston Muay Thai Academy on Monday. Photo by Mike DeehanTucked in the back of retrofitted factory space and set at the end of a labyrinthine series of hallways and staircases, the Boston Muay Thai Academy in Uphams Corner has been training beginner, amateur and professional fighters the ways of Thai boxing since opening its doors in 2004.  Read more

UMass-Boston to host soccer game , clinic

UMass SoccerUMass SoccerUMass-Boston will host an afternoon of international soccer today, July 9. The event, set from 12-3 p.m. will start with a noontime tournament featuring Tall Ships crew members and naval cadets from Uruguay, Brazil, Romania and Portugal. The event also includes a soccer clinic for kids run by the Boston Breakers. The free clinic runs from 1:30- 3 p.m. It's all happening at the campus's soccer fields. Check online to make sure all is still a go.  Read more

Red Sox win it all — in Cedar Grove

Red Sox champs in Cedar Grove: The Red Sox celebrate their championship win in the Cedar Grove Baseball League's major division last Friday, June 26. Photo courtesy Melissa GrahamRed Sox champs in Cedar Grove: The Red Sox celebrate their championship win in the Cedar Grove Baseball League's major division last Friday, June 26. Photo courtesy Melissa GrahamAfter an extended baseball season of rain delays, the Red Sox won the Major’s division championship of the Cedar Grove Baseball League on Friday, June 26 at Ventura Park in a 7 to 6 win against the Dodgers.  Read more