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Out at Home: Baseball Breaks Fans’ Hearts Once Again – RealClearPolitics

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Today is Friday the 13th, a date long associated with bad luck, which was certainly the case in the wee hours this morning for the Washington Nationals and their fans. Bad umpiring, too, which hardly salves the wound. “Baseball has the largest library of law and lore and custom and ritual,” former Major League Baseball commissioner and classics scholar A. Bartlett Giamatti once noted. For that reason, he added, “in…

A Blueprint for Women’s Sports Success. But Can It Be Copied? – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

“Look, Portland’s a great soccer market, there’s no question about it,” said Merritt Paulson, the owner of the Thorns and their affiliated Major League Soccer club, the Portland Timbers, who have sold out 122 consecutive home games and counting. “But there are other great soccer markets in this country. The N.W.S.L. can succeed, and succeed well, in a lot of markets. We don’t have fairy dust that’s unique to Portland.”…

Denny Hamlin won’t be getting a raise based on NASCAR’s downturn economics – Los Angeles Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

NASCAR’s business model keeps downsizing to the scale of Groupon and Overstock.com, with a dash of the Dollar Store. Everyone wants to pinch pennies. Faced with drops in sponsorships, the inability to pay top drivers, sagging attendance and drops in TV viewership, NASCAR is in scramble mode going into the 2018 season. But that’s not just me talking. NASCAR Chairman Brian France admitted over the weekend that the sport could…

Sunil Gulati Says He Won’t Resign as President of US Soccer – New York Times

Saturday, October 14, 2017

“We’ve got a lot of things on our agenda, including a World Cup bid that is due in the end of March, and a decision in June,” Gulati said when asked, repeatedly, why he was not resigning. “And so I don’t plan to do that.” Arena’s departure, which was revealed Friday morning in a statement from the coach, was hardly a surprise. He was under contract only through next summer’s…

With NASCAR as unifying force, Julian Maha helps reshape ‘Kulture’ – Nascar

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of four feature stories on this year’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by Nationwide finalists. Julian Maha’s story is interesting and inspiring — and quite unique. A Malaysian who became an Alabaman with an evolving affinity for NASCAR as part of the deal, Maha is one of four finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Presented by…

NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth may have a surprising new gig for next season – Autoweek

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Matt Kenseth is a master of deflection—and he’s had plenty of practice heading into Sunday’s Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on NBC). Ever since Kenseth announced at Kentucky Speedway in July that he wouldn’t be driving for Joe Gibbs Racing after the 2018 season, the 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion has been the subject of rampant rumors and speculation. For his part, Kenseth…

No billy goat or ‘Bambino’ but Washingtonians wonder if baseball team is jinxed – Baltimore Sun

Saturday, October 14, 2017

In the early hours of Friday the 13th in the 13th season of the Nationals in Washington, you could hardly blame even the team’s most sensible fans for wondering if something had gone cosmically awry with a club that has mastered the art of merely getting close. Unlike some other cities, Washington has no cute anecdotes about baseball jinxes – no “Curse of the Bambino,” no billy goats said to…

Out at Home: Baseball Breaks Fans’ Hearts Once Again – RealClearPolitics

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Today is Friday the 13th, a date long associated with bad luck, which was certainly the case in the wee hours this morning for the Washington Nationals and their fans. Bad umpiring, too, which hardly salves the wound. “Baseball has the largest library of law and lore and custom and ritual,” former Major League Baseball commissioner and classics scholar A. Bartlett Giamatti once noted. For that reason, he added, “in…

Mater Dei graduate, 49th-ranked prospect nationally, is excited to pitch for Kentucky – Belleville News-Democrat

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Mater Dei graduate Zach Haake has no second-guesses about his decision to leave Arkansas State for John A. Logan College in 2016. Haake, a right-hander, parlayed the transfer into a dream job with the Kentucky Wildcats, of the Southeastern Conference, a league in which he had always wanted to pitch. “Any college kid who wants to play baseball, their dream is to play in the Southeastern Conference,” said Haake, 21….

The Nationals are the owners of baseball’s most unavoidable and underrated sadness – SB Nation

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs played a dumb, hilarious, captivating Game 5 that lasted eight hours and 47 minutes, give or take. There was a dropped third strike that led to runs (but maybe shouldn’t have), catcher’s interference, an intentional walk to bad hitters, and an HBP with the bases loaded, and that was just the top of the fifth. It was a delirious, horribly stupid piece of art…

Time For NASCAR To Give Up The Good Fight Against The NFL – Forbes

Friday, October 13, 2017

Jimmie Johnson during Sunday’s NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) Charlotte Motor Speedway announced in April that it was moving its October NASCAR Monster Energy Cup race from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, with its news release noting that the switch would foster “on-track competition and a schedule-friendly weekend format for families.” Jimmie Johnson was quoted in the release as saying, “A day race…

Sunil Gulati Says He Won’t Resign as President of US Soccer – New York Times

Friday, October 13, 2017

“We’ve got a lot of things on our agenda, including a World Cup bid that is due in the end of March, and a decision in June,” Gulati said when asked, repeatedly, why he was not resigning. “And so I don’t plan to do that.” Arena’s departure, which was revealed Friday morning in a statement from the coach, was hardly a surprise. He was under contract only through next summer’s…

Denny Hamlin won’t be getting a raise based on NASCAR’s downturn economics – Los Angeles Times

Friday, October 13, 2017

NASCAR’s business model keeps downsizing to the scale of Groupon and Overstock.com, with a dash of the Dollar Store. Everyone wants to pinch pennies. Faced with drops in sponsorships, the inability to pay top drivers, sagging attendance and drops in TV viewership, NASCAR is in scramble mode going into the 2018 season. But that’s not just me talking. NASCAR Chairman Brian France admitted over the weekend that the sport could…

Christopher Bell joins Joe Gibbs Racing full time in XFINITY Series in 2018 – Nascar

Friday, October 13, 2017

RELATED: Key players in NASCAR’s silly season | Truck Series Playoff standings Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Christopher Bell will compete full time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next season. Bell, 22, currently leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 4 Toyota. The Oklahoma native has made four XFINITY starts this season, netting a pole position at Iowa Speedway and a best finish…

Tale of 2 cities: Olympics sponsors in Pyeongchang and Tokyo – WDSU New Orleans

Friday, October 13, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea — The Winter Olympics coming to South Korea in February offer an example of the Olympian efforts often required to meet corporate sponsorship goals. Tokyo tells a different story: The coffers are already overflowing for the 2020 Summer Games. It’s a tale of two cities and two Olympics: winter and summer. Pyeongchang is a little-known destination in one of South Korea’s poorest provinces. A final push enabled…

The Nationals are the owners of baseball’s most unavoidable and underrated sadness – SB Nation

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs played a dumb, hilarious, captivating Game 5 that lasted eight hours and 47 minutes, give or take. There was a dropped third strike that led to runs (but maybe shouldn’t have), catcher’s interference, an intentional walk to bad hitters, and an HBP with the bases loaded, and that was just the top of the fifth. It was a delirious, horribly stupid piece of art…

Washington sports misery, by the numbers – Washington Post

Friday, October 13, 2017

Visiting team fans celebrating in Washington, again. (By Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP) Figured we should put these all in one place. So we don’t have to look them up all over again in May. Also, because they are almost impossible to believe. 69: Consecutive seasons played by the Nationals, Capitals, Redskins and Wizards without advancing to a conference final. It is the longest such streak in North American sports, by…

DC Major Sports Title Drought Approaches 26 Years After Nationals’ Loss to Cubs – Sports Illustrated

Friday, October 13, 2017

After the Nationals’ Game 5 failure against the Cubs, the infamous Washington, D.C. championship drought is guaranteed to reach a full 26 years.  The last time one of Washington’s four biggest professional sports teams won a championship was 1992, when the Redskins won the Super Bowl. Since that game was played on Jan. 26, 1992, and this season’s Super Bowl—the next major championship for which a D.C. team is technically eligible—is…

A Blueprint for Women’s Sports Success. But Can It Be Copied? – New York Times

Friday, October 13, 2017

“Look, Portland’s a great soccer market, there’s no question about it,” said Merritt Paulson, the owner of the Thorns and their affiliated Major League Soccer club, the Portland Timbers, who have sold out 122 consecutive home games and counting. “But there are other great soccer markets in this country. The N.W.S.L. can succeed, and succeed well, in a lot of markets. We don’t have fairy dust that’s unique to Portland.”…

Friday’s Hot Clicks: Penny Lane; The 30 Most Influential Hispanics in Sports – Sports Illustrated

Friday, October 13, 2017

In Friday’s Hot Clicks, we look at the 30 most influential Hispanics in sports, plus a look at the lovely Penny Lane. The 30 Most Influential Hispanics in Sports What do Tony Romo, Alex Rodriguez, Oscar de la Hoya and Jess Mendoza have in common? They’re all included in our feature looking at the 30 Most Influential Hispanics in sports. Also, they’re all Hispanic. But seriously, I spent a lot of…