“In the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar”

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According to a top FIFA official, air-conditioned stadiums built by exploited migrant workers, and games played during the “European winter” might not be enough to keep the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Best Gift Idea For Derek Jeter’s Retirement Tour

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Orioles Manager Buck Showalter wanted to give the legendary Yankees shortstop a framed photograph of his eighth-inning, 1996 ALCS, Jeffrey Maier-assisted opposite field home run which is still a thorn in the sides of many an O’s fan.

Talking to reporters Showalter said: “I would give him a big picture of the home run… Well, it wasn’t a home run. We know that. That’s what I’d give him. A big picture and have the whole Baltimore Orioles team sign it. That’s a good idea. That’s cheap, too, right? Make it in bronze or something. Not that we remember that at all.”

As great an idea as that was, the Orioles management opted for a less humorous gift and gave Jeter a bushel of crabs, an oversized mallet, a U.S. Navy Captain’s Hat, and a 13.5 game deficit in mid-September.

Pretty Sure This Is About As Much Fashion Week As You’ll Get Out of Us

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To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Seinfeld, the Bakersfield Condors—Minor League Hockey team and affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers—will be wearing special puffy shirt inspired jerseys for one night only on November 16th.

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

Printables

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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

Printables

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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

 

Printables

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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.

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