Sports

By Tim Graham | May 21, 2012 | 8:16 AM EDT

On Sunday, Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise protested the long-standing Baltimore Oriole fan habit of yelling “Oh!” for Orioles at the end of the National Anthem (at “OH say does that star-spangled banner yet wave....).

Wise is not a fan. He argued persuasively that the anthem is meant to unite Americans, not divide them among sports teams. But the ending was a bit harsh, with Wise suggesting he’d like to set the offending Oriole fans...on fire?

By NB Staff | May 19, 2012 | 11:39 AM EDT

I'm sure there's nothing to talk about this weekend what with the Facebook IPO, the campaign, the economy, hockey playoffs, basketball playoffs, etc.

But try to discuss something, okay?

By Ken Shepherd | May 15, 2012 | 3:51 PM EDT

Do liberal journalists who cover sports have nothing better to do than bully religiously conservative Christian athletes? Last year it was ESPN's Rick Reilly mocking evangelical teenage wrestler Joel Northrup. The latest to line up to smack around Christian athletes who act on conscience is Esquire's Charles Pierce, formerly of the Boston Globe, Pierce also contributes to ESPN's Grantland.com blog.

In his May 15 Grantland post, "And a Girl Shall Terrify Them," Pierce used news that a religious school from Phoenix, Arizona had forfeited a championship baseball game rather than play against a team which was fielding a female player. Pierce, who also appears frequently on taxpayer-backed National Public Radio, decided to weigh in with his condemnation. "The Gospels are not your alibi," Pierce huffed, directing his wrath at the Society of Pope Pius X, which runs the Our Lady of Sorrows Academy in Phoenix:

By Ken Shepherd | May 4, 2012 | 4:25 PM EDT

Rick Reilly's wide world of sports, apparently, has little use for conservative evangelical Christians and their convictions. Last year he mocked a teenage Christian wrestler who defaulted rather than wrestle a girl. Now the ESPN columnist has set his sights on Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown, who has been politically active in local government debates about expanding anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation. [Related item: ESPN Columnist Agitates for Coach's Firing for Proclaiming His Religious Beliefs]

"Like to meet one of the doomed sinners who has Ron Brown so inflamed?" Reilly asked rhetorically before introducing readers to one Brett Major who "thanks to Ron Brown himself" became a Christian:

By Ken Shepherd | May 1, 2012 | 5:00 PM EDT

ESPN columnist Gene Wojciechowski wouldn't mind seeing Nebraska Cornhuskers assistant coach Ron Brown sacked, but for a reason that has nothing to do with his performance coaching from the sidelines and everything to do with Brown's religious faith.

In his April 27 column, Wojciechowski managed both to demonize and misrepresent Brown's religious convictions on homosexuality,  by saying that Brown believes God "loves gays less than women or African-Americans" [h/t Creative Minority Report]:

By Noel Sheppard | April 10, 2012 | 11:11 PM EDT

CNN's Piers Morgan scored a huge get Tuesday night with the first major television interview with Masters Champion Bubba Watson.

When Morgan asked his guest why he was granted this honor, Watson marvelously answered, “Because when you were on this other show ‘America’s Got Talent,’ you were a pr--k!" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Clay Waters | April 6, 2012 | 8:15 AM EDT

Sorry, Masters golf tournament, you may be the most prestigious contest in the sport, but you don't meet the exacting standards of feminist activist/NYT golf writer Karen Crouse: "High-ranking players with daughters are not willing to talk about it. Somebody has to make a stand. Why not me in my own little way?”

The New York Times reporter is not done with her crusade against Augusta National. After excoriating the club's all-male membership policy in both a column and news story yesterday, the opening day of The Masters, Crouse told Golf.com's Damon Hack that she did not want to cover the tournament again until a woman was admitted to the club.

By Noel Sheppard | March 21, 2012 | 1:37 PM EDT

It didn't take ESPN.com long to attack Tim Tebow in its piece about him being traded to the New York Jets.

In the very first sentence, the football star was referred to as a "polarizing quarterback":

By Clay Waters | March 19, 2012 | 3:26 PM EDT

Last year at NCAA basketball tournament time, President Obama's "pool" garnered fawning coverage, with New York Times political reporter Michael Shear praising the president's round-ball acumen when some of the president's early predictions came through: "Mr. Obama knows his hoops."

This year the praise can be found in the sports section itself. Reporter Mark Viera covered the North Carolina State-Georgetown University game under this headline: "N.C. State, President's Pick, Sends the Hoya to Another Early Exit."

By NB Staff | March 17, 2012 | 1:03 PM EDT

You wanna talk politics, current events, or the economy? Be our guest.

With March Madness in full swing - and other sporting events - have at it.

By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2012 | 11:13 AM EDT

Bill Maher sure hates red states.

Three days after referring to Alabama and Mississippi voters as "toothless," HBO's Real Time host on Friday called basketball's March Madness "the only place where you’ll ever hear the phrase 'Kansas is advancing'” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Clay Waters | February 21, 2012 | 1:45 PM EST

Veteran New York Times media reporter David Carr’s Monday column self-righteously attacked an unfortunate headline on an ESPN mobile website, “Chink in the Armor,” that was widely interpreted as a purposeful slur on the ethnicity of benchwarmer-turned-NBA-sensation Jeremy Lin: “Media Hype For Lin Stumbles On Race.”

Giving no benefit of the doubt to the ESPN editor, who has since been fired, Carr declared the headline one of myriad “underlying racist tropes that still lurk in the id of American sports journalism.” This lecture comes from a reporter who last year characterized Midwesterners as folks with “low-sloping foreheads,” akin to cavemen.