Taking It Back to the Old School

Much respect goes out to the folks behind Ebbets Field Flannels who have been digging up and reproducing historical baseball jerseys by hand for over 25 years. Here are some of our favorites.

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From One Court to Another

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Leave it to the NikeCourt Zoom Vapor AJ3 by Jordan to link up the similarities in terminology between Tennis and Basketball. Nonetheless, it’s a damn good looking sneaker.

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Lunchtime Laughter

The drunk history of Jim Abbott at the Pan American Games in Cuba

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The Man Without a Mask by William Finnegan

How the drag queen Cassandro became a star of Mexican wrestling.

A Baseball Umpire Turned Accidental Folk Artist

Painted baseballs by George Sosnak (1922 – 1972)

Lunchtime Laughter

Nike Psychology

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A Fan Visits From Afar, and the Royals Come Alive by Rany Jazayerli

Lee Sung-woo, an avid Royals fan from South Korea, arrived last week for his first visit to Kansas City; since then, the team has lavished him with attention — and has won seven of eight games.

The Man with the Basketball Van

Rigsketball, a 3-on-3 DIY Portland band basketball tournament.

Make the Most Out of Your Workout

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Like using Nike+ to draw pictures when you go running. As demonstrated by SF-based copywriter Claire Wyckoff 

Floral Dunks

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Add some offline focus to your workspace with this mini-hoop from Cool Try

The History of American Handball

in 77 seconds

 

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Minor League Manhood by Dirk Hayhurst

Lots of guys made their cases for why they should be considered the alpha male of a locker room in the low minors when this writer was down on the farm. But the biggest separator was one’s prowess with the opposite sex. It fostered a toxic culture of misogyny and exploitation.

Virtual Shame Feels a Lot Better

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Fans who cannot bear to attend games of the Korea Baseball Organization’s last place team, the Hanwha Eagles, can have a robot with their own avatar stand in for them to cheer on the losing team. Called “Fanbots,” these mechanical motivators are used to start rallys and get the real live attendees to do the wave, or as it’s apparently known outside of North America, the “Mexican Wave.”

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Morning Dose of French Wheelies

A fan joins in the fun on the last leg of the Tour de France

Challenging Runners at Every Turn

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In a grand example of quick and shoddy Chinese construction, sports officials in Tonghe County in Northeastern China had 90-degree corners painted on the running track of their newly refurbished stadium. When asked about the mistake, one commented “In order to get it ready for the leaders, we painted it like that… we think it is ugly too but if the leaders don’t ask us to change it, what are we supposed to do?”

Large Men in Tights

Ridiculous promo shots from the golden era of the WWF.

From the archives of Sharpshooter Collectibes

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A Tiny Club’s Uneasy Rise by Raphael Minder

Eibar, a small soccer team with a 5,250 seat stadium is entering Spain’s top division, La Liga. And it’s been a pain in the ass.

Photograph by Markel Redondo for The New York Times

Chest Like a Backboard

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The Dunk Hole‘ tee by Andy Dawes is a conceptual swish

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The Perks of Eating at the MLB All-Star Game

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For the fan, a baseball game is as much about the hang out as it is about the game. Those lucky enough to be in attendance at tonight’s All-Star game in Minneapolis will have the opportunity to watch the best players in action and eat some terribly good food while doing it. In addition to pouring beers for themselves in the new self-serve draft machines, fans at Target Field can select from an array of new food including: Lobster Corn Dogs, a 1 lb Hangover Burger (10 ounces of ground beef, six ounces of ground bacon, fried egg & fried onions), and a Footlong BratDog (a hot dog inside of a bratwurst that’s been wrapped in bacon and covered with sauerkraut and onions). Chances are those who indulge in the offerings will have trouble leaving their seats afterwards, but hey, there’s a game happening anyway.
 
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