The Clog

As part of our (apparently) ongoing series on amazing old-ish videos of baseball people doing non-baseball things, here is Jim Leyland, in a white turtleneck, singing "Betcha By Golly Wow" very seriously and quite well.

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There is no reason, really, to be running a four-year-old video of Michael Cuddyer blowing Denard Span's mind with a Spring Training magic trick. But there's no reason why not to run it, either, really.

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A trip to the ballpark. Well, ballparks, but not intentionally. 

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How do the pros motivate? By watching harrowing YouTube videos of 1980s professional wrestlers breathing coke-y fire. Try it! You will probably not like it very much, but it will almost certainly scare the hell out of you.

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Never mind the practical consideration of trying to sleep while DeMarcus Cousins yells for the ball: all those easy jokes about the Sacramento Kings' newly re-named Sleep Train Arena are missing a much more intriguing angle. However odd the name might sound, this is a rare instance in which a pro team's sold naming rights could possibly provide some benefit for the community.

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In part two of our series on Bob Hope's soft n' baffling college football zingers, we find the comedy legend collaborating with Brian Bozworth, Jerome Brown, a bunch of beefy white guys with Lego-man hair, and the rest of the 1986 College Footbal All-American team. 

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In the final installment of our 5-part series on retractable roofs in Major League Baseball, we look take a look at the structures in the past, the present and the future. 

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Chase Field in Phoenix and Seattle’s Safeco Field are perhaps the quintessential examples of what retractable-roof stadiums should be: baseball-only parks with roofs that are used regularly, and built specifically, to respond to their respective town’s beautiful - if unpredictable - climates. Whether or not that has translated to success on the field or at the box office is a different story.

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David Young's sprawling, well-researched and amusingly scummy Arrogance and Scheming in the Big Ten: Michigan State’s Quest for Membership and Michigan’s Powerful Opposition is a history of two schools at their worst and most craven, but also a backhanded tribute to some not very good, but very stubborn priorities.

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As we move up north for the third part of our series, we look at the what may be the best and worst retractable roof stadiums in the majors. Milwaukee's Miller Park have seen a resurgence of the Brewers, but the Blue Jays  have seen a steady decline since moving into Toronto's SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) 23 years ago. What this means, and what it may mean in the future, could have an effect on the viability of baseball in the north, for better and worse. 

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