Via reader Sean: This, from Grantland's Jonah Keri, is an astute and comprehensive piece of baseball analysis about the baffling collapse of the A's since the trade deadline. This, from the San Francisco Chronicle's Bruce Jenkins, is not. [Grantland | SF Chron] » 9/11/14 10:12am 9/11/14 10:12am

That Water Isn't Going To Carry Itself

Roger Goodell has canceled a scheduled appearance at a banquet tonight honoring Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, leading Pro Football Talk to conclude: "But at least he's not going to allow his presence to be a distraction on a night when one of his biggest supporters is being honored." Pravda was less obvious about… » 9/10/14 6:24pm 9/10/14 6:24pm

Has Peter King Read His Own Reporting On The Ray Rice Fiasco?

On July 29,'s Peter King, who covers the league from the centermost pleat on Roger Goodell's khakis, reported that "NFL and some Ravens officials" had seen unreleased security-cam footage of the Ray Rice altercation from within the elevator. At the time, it was important for the NFL to establish that it was… » 9/08/14 10:08am 9/08/14 10:08am

I remember it well, and I also remember wondering why people weren't making any fuss over it. The context here is that Beane is in the middle of swinging a deal that'll net him the immortal Ricardo Rincon. I'd make a distinction between the Schefter stuff described above and what Beane and Gammons are up to here. In… » 9/03/14 11:56am 9/03/14 11:56am

The author of the Mike Brown profile, John Eligon (who is black), wrote for me at our college newspaper, and I'm sure there was a night or two in there when we, too, "dabbled in drugs and alcohol." John's sharp as hell. I don't believe for a minute he'd adduce a taste for weed and amateur rap as evidence of "problem"… » 8/25/14 10:55am 8/25/14 10:55am

Hey, ESPN Sorta Asked Bob Bowlsby If He Works Harder Than His Secretary

This is pretty cool. On Thursday, I offered a leather-bound edition of Das Kapital to any reporter who asked Bob Bowlsby just one little question. Bowlsby is the Big 12 commissioner who, in an act of face-melting chutzpah, recently decided to wrap himself in Marx's labor theory of value as intellectual cover for not… » 8/09/14 10:03am 8/09/14 10:03am

Not Twitter, but in the spirit of the proceedings: Joe Posnanski unfriended me on Facebook a few years back. Not sure when, but I'm guessing it happened shortly after we'd started cuffing him around over the Paterno book. We're not close or anything, and I don't blame him at all for wanting nothing to do with… » 8/05/14 12:48pm 8/05/14 12:48pm

What About The Maturation Of Peter King?

The first item in Peter King's latest MMQB column is about Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and "maturation." Specifically, it is about how one of the NFL's most important figures refuses to set aside childish things and instead wallows in a state of doltish adolescence. When, the reader is left to wonder, will Peter… » 8/04/14 1:01pm 8/04/14 1:01pm