The Clog

Spoonerisms are stupid. So here are some spoonerized football cards for you to treasure. Respect, Mandy Ross.

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Brock Lesnar's slaughtering of WWE's golden goose John Cena at SummerSlam has shoved -- violently -- reality back in the face of fans. And created a lie you can believe in. 

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In which Craig Kimbrel is hilarious, the Off The Bat team is grating and willfully dumb in a familiar way, and our heroes are suddenly tasked with competing for ratings with George Stephanopoulos and David Gregory.

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Sports On Earth was a good idea and a very good website. It is not fully gone, but it won't be what it was. What's left is a reminder of some things we all already know entirely too well, and a challenge.

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In which a young writer talks to Troy Vincent about best business practices and exorcises a decade-old memory of Peter King attempting to bigfoot said young writer while wearing inappropriate footwear.

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It says a lot that Off The Bat's entire existence seemed to be building up to the Celebrities and Legends Softball Game during the All-Star break. It's unclear what purpose, if any, it serves now. Well, beyond grim existential metaphor, as usual.

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In which Adam Dunn's influence on Chief Keef is revealed, Brandon Moss looks a little like a buff George Saunders, and Fat Joe displays late movement on his fastball, sort of.

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Medium looks cool, and can make a viable case for Future Of Internet Publishing status. It also has a new sports website, and an editor who was willing to answer some questions about it.

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A pitch of writing: some unexpected commentators have made the World Cup more of a Word Cup, with delightful results. Certainly more delightful than that wordplay!

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Over twenty years, Nike's soccer ads have traced a change in what global athletic celebrity means. Virtues like teamwork and unity are praised, but the praise is drowned out by the positioning of athletes as disposable corporate deities.

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