Clark Booth on Sports

Have stray thoughts and idle musings on a couple of issues to kick around while awaiting the wild and crazy realizations of the garrison finish we may get in baseball’s regular season:

With a fortnight left, the Astros appear the first victims.... Read more

Obviously the latest flap over the Patriots’ alleged rampant duplicity was a crock of ragtime, or whatever you will. These guys may be many things, not all of them loveable. But they are not stupid. If you are one of their countless bitter adversaries... Read more

Labor Day dawned, comrades, with two pennant races worthy of the term and three of the six division races pretty much blowouts, with the leaders sitting on leads of at least six games. So much for parity, says you?  September can be the cruelest month... Read more

This is written as all of New England, with anxiety bearing on the unbearable, awaits the impending resolution of “Deflategate,” the first week of September having arrived and with it the first tentative steps into the NFL’s raging gauntlet leading to... Read more

It has been a happy summer so far for baseball, and with a potentially rousing stretch run in the works, it could actually get better. Even the all-star game was a cut above recent form, although the bar for that regrettably tainted event has never... Read more

A couple of weeks ago, before things began to tighten up for them, the Yankees were having their merry way with the Texas Rangers, leading 19-5 after six innings, and the pitcher of record, either gripped by sheer boredom or in need of a beer, was... Read more

Have some notes in passing on a handful of things while breathlessly awaiting more cleats to drop with the latest turn of the screw in dreary “Deflategate,” now precariously pending:

And might there be any way the road can be paved to the... Read more

Sometimes you wonder if maybe for some folks the game within the game is more exciting and greater fun than the game itself.

That seems clearly the view of that increasing multitude of baseball fanatics who more and more dote obsessively and... Read more

We have here stray thoughts and random wisecracks looking for a place to land while the sporting world awaits the cleats to drop on baseball’s trade deadline, a giddy spot on the calendar lately rising to rival Halloween and Ground Hog Day among... Read more

Granted, it derives from a shallow promotional scheme abetted by the shallowest of TV networks. Further, as a product of the random vote of fans, it becomes even more suspect, in that all fans are hardly equally knowledgeable. But the selecting of... Read more

Whatever purpose baseball’s faded and essentially irrelevant all-star game still serves, it unquestionably brings the curtain slamming down on the first act of the grand olde game’s long, long – some might say “too long” – theatrical exercise called... Read more

Coolest moment in an otherwise uninspired windup to the basketball season came when the Cavaliers’ valiant superhero, LeBron James, paused before the beginning of Game Three in Cleveland to pay tribute to the incomparable Jim Brown, seated regally at... Read more

Back in the good old days when daily newspapers were all alone as kings of the media heap and the New York tabloids were the sauciest in the art form, Jimmy Cannon was widely regarded as the last word on every game under the sun. And not only by... Read more

It hasn’t been six months – roughly the length of an entire off-season – since the Bruins faded away. It only seems so. Hockey has been hot over much of the continent this spring but not in Boston.

Seemingly adrift in a prolonged sulk, the re-... Read more

Rounding the bases, all four of them, even if none of this has anything to do with baseball.

For an easy opener, a veritable trot to first, we’re indebted to international soccer’s incomparable despot, Sepp Blatter.

Not since Richard... Read more


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