Movie Review: Harvard Beats Yale 29-29


Title: Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 Release Date: 2008 Director: Kevin Rafferty Summary/Review: This football documentary has an intriguing title in that it gives away the final score, yet it also fibs about one side winning a tie game.  It’s a no-frills sports documentary where tv footage of the actual game is interspliced with interviews with dozens…

Movie Review: A League of Their Own (1992)


Title:  A League of Their Own Release Date: 1992 Director:  Penny Marshall Summary/Review: I can scratch this off the list of movies I never got around to seeing.  This highly-fictionalized movie tells the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League started during World War II.  It’s a generally entertaining account of an overlooked time in sports…

The Designated Hitter in Major League Baseball: A Solution 


Recently, there’s been discussion in Major League Baseball about expanding the Designated Hitter rule to the National League. The DH has been the subject of endless debate and speculation since it was introduced as an experiment to in the American League in 1973. While the AL adopted the DH rule permanently, the NL has resisted…

Photopost: College Football


I’m not someone you will often find at a college football game, but I got free tickets from work (full disclosure: my employer has a football team) and my son enjoys going to sporting events of any kind.  So on September 26, Peter & I made our way to Harvard Stadium to see the Crimson…

Book Review: It’s Game Time Somewhere by Tim Forbes


Author: Tim Forbes Title: It’s Game Time Somewhere: How One Year, 100 Events, and 50 Different Sports Changed My Life Publication Info: Bascom Hill Publishing Group (2013) Summary/Review: I received this as an e-book through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program. In a long preamble to this book, Forbes discusses his lifelong love of sports and his…

Movie Review: 30 For 30: “The Day The Series Stopped” (2014)


Title: 30 for 30: “The Day The Series Stopped” Release Date: 12 October 2014 Director: Ryan Fleck Production Co: Electric City Entertainment Country: United States Language: English Genre: Documentary | Sports Rating: *** Review: The ESPN 30 for 30 documentary series takes us back to October 1989 when the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and…

Book Review: Eight World Cups by George Vecsey


Author: George Vecsey Title: Eight World Cups Publication Info: Times Books (May 13, 2014) ISBN: 9780805098488 Summary/Review: Vecsey, a sportswriter for The New York Times, writes a series of essays and memories of international soccer dating back to the 1982 World Cup in Spain, tying it in with his own love of the game back to his childhood….

Baseball Celebrity and the End of the Steroid Era


Last night’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the keystone of  shortstop Derek Jeter’s season-long retirement celebration. As things tend to go in the sports media coverage of Derek Jeter, it was a bit over the top.  Yet, nowhere among all the plaudits did anyone see fit to mention that Jeter is the last active…

Movie Review: 30 for 30: Soccer Stories


Title: 30 for 30: Soccer Stories Production Co:ESPN Films Country: United States Language: English (and other languages in interviews and archival footage) Genre: Documentary | Sports | History In preparation for this year’s World Cup tournament, I watched this series of ESPN films about football/futbol/soccer on Netflix. They all touch upon themes beyond sports and…

Movie Review: Knuckleball! (2012)


Title: Knuckleball Release Date: 18 September 2012 Director: Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg Production Co: Break Thru Films and Major League Baseball Productions Country: United States Language: English Genre: Documentary | Sports | Baseball Rating: **** The knuckleball is baseball’s most enigmatic pitch.  Despite its name, it is thrown with the finger tips and unlike…

Movie Review: Slap Shot (1977)


Title: Slap Shot Release Date: 25 February 1977 Director: George Roy Hill Production Co: Kings Road Entertainment Country: USA Language: English Genre: Comedy | Drama | Sport Rating: **** Another classic comedy that I never got around to seeing until now.  With the closing of the local factory, the Charlestown Chiefs are likely to fold…

Book Review: Distant Corners by David Wangerin


Author: David Wangerin Title:  Distant Corners: American Soccer’s History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes Publication Info:  Temple University Press (2011) ISBN:  1439906300 Summary/Review: A sequel of sorts to Soccer in a Football World, Wangerin’s history of soccer in the United States, this book is a series of essays focusing on particular places and times…

Movie Review: 30 for 30: Four Days in October


Title: 30 for 30: Four Days in October Release Date: 5 October 2010 Director: Gary Waskman Production Co: Major League Baseball Productions Country: USA Language: English Genre: Documentary | Sports | Baseball Rating:  **** The ESPN documentary documents the last four games (played over four consecutive days) of the 2004 American League Championship Series between the…

MLB Realignment


On this night where Major League Baseball celebrates it’s All-Star Game, I’m pondering the future of my favorite spectator sport.  There are a lot of changes coming to the game.  This season, each league will be awarding two Wild Card spots meaning a total of  ten teams will be eligible for post season play.  Next…

Movie Review: The Damned United


Title: The Damned United Release Date: 27 March 2009 Director: Tom Hooper Production Co:   Columbia Pictures Corporation Country:  United Kingdom Language: English Genre: Biopic / Sport Rating: ***1/2 Summary/Review: This movie is a highly-fictionalized account of the life of English football manager Brian Clough (Michael Sheen) who was able to lead clubs like Derby County…

Movie Review: Mathematically Alive


Title: Mathematically Alive: A Story of Fandom Release Date: 2007 Director: Joseph Coburn & Katherine Foronjy Production Co: Vitamin Enriched Inc. Country: United States Language: English Genre: Documentary / Sports Rating: *** Summary/Review: This movie is about something near and dear to my heart – fandom of the New York Mets.  Set during the historic…

Soccer Week


1. FC Kaiserslautern 2:0  FC Bayern Munich (27 Aug 2010) – This game was hosted by the oddly named team (is that  like First National Bank?) in the same stadium where the 2006 World Cup debacle between USA & Italy took place.  Defending German and DFB-Pokal champions and Champions League runners up took on 1….

This Week in Soccer


Here’s the report on my first week as a novice soccer fan.  See my previous post Forming an Association with Football for more details. USA v. Brazil (10 Aug 2010) – A friendly match in the New Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey to thank the US fans for their World Cup support.  Supposedly the experienced…

Forming an Association with Football (aka Soccer)


For many, many years I’ve been meaning to pay more attention to soccer.  It’s a sport I enjoy both on the field as well as it’s history and folklore. Soccer has been part of my life since I was a child and played in the Stamford Youth Soccer League and watched New York Cosmos games….

Football at Fenway


Last night, the beautiful game and a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark came together for the Fenway Football Challenge.  Celtic Football Club of Glasgow and Sporting Clube de Portugal of Lisbon met for the first soccer game in Fenway Park since 1968.  I didn’t even hear of the event until Monday, but immediately found…