The Clog

After two decades of not doing it, the Pittsburgh Pirates will finish this season with a winning record, and quite possibly in the playoffs. It's a lot to take in. In a good way.

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There's a narrative about Tracy McGrady that paints him as a very specific type of disappointing player. And then there are the myriad individual memories that show him to be something else. Which would you rather remember?

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Ashton Kutcher has a member of his staff dedicated to providing fantasy football research. This means that Ashton Kutcher has a staff, but that's not remotely the strangest thing about it.

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The fourth issue of The Classical Magazine is out. It is about going to and being a part of and being at and caring about sports. You should probably download it.

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Promise, pride and the wanton destruction of packets of Arby's horsey sauce define the rise of the only college football program never to be investigated by the NCAA.

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Phil Mickelson's brilliant and predictably go-for-broke win at the Open Championships is a reminder of what type of golfer and what type of champion he is. That is, a unique and sometimes self-defeating one -- for lack of a less jarring description, something like the Kanye of golf.

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When your team starts barking up the wrong tree, you just hope the fox they're looking for isn't a biter. 

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Out, as in baseball. Also "out" as in: if you've downloaded The Classical App and subscribed to the magazine, you can download nine new pieces of literary and artistic baseball goodness right now.

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It has never been easier to believe in the Pittsburgh Pirates than it is at the moment. It feels strange, and pretty great.

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The July issue of The Classical Magazine is rounding into shape, and the August one is taking contributions. Get like us.

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