It’s Time for a New National Anthem

By: Tyler Chuck The recent National Anthem controversy has led me to the question of why we even play the anthem at sporting events in the first place.  The Washington Post has a fantastic story on the history of the National Anthem at sporting events.  In short, the article says that there isn’t a good…

Taylor vs. Katy: The Diss Track Edition

By Caitlin Glassman For reasons no one really understands, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have declared themselves enemies. I mean, there are reasons—ranging in severity from a love triangle involving John Mayer (really?) to allegations of KP “stealing” Taylor’s backup dancers to Katy filming herself dancing along to Kanye West’s lyrics about Taylor in his…

Boogie Knight

By Spencer Bowen Athlete activism is at the forefront of our discourse, the result of extraordinary political times and the concentration of black Americans in our most popular sports leagues. “Stick to sports,” the laziest and lamest of Twitter-era critiques, has never seemed more out of touch. And DeMarcus Cousins, woebegone Sacramento King and the…

The IT Trade

By: Tyler Chuck The NBA is abuzz again, jolted with an offseason that’s been more exciting than the season itself.  Yesterday, the Cleveland Cavaliers sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Net’s 2018 unprotected first round pick. First of all, I love this…

The Three Musical Moments Better Than Kesha’s High Note on “Praying”

By Spencer Bowen Calvin Harris and crew probably peaked too early with “Slide.” “Despacito” was (is?) inescapable and sexy and suave, but Justin Bieber doesn’t know the words so it’s disqualified. “HUMBLE.” brought us to our knees, but it was somewhat routine from the best rapper of the last decade. Demi Lovato’s fourth quarter push…

A Modest Proposal: The NL Central

By Spencer Bowen NL Central The Chicago Cubs feature a gorgeous home set, a fairly standard road grey look, and an overused and mediocre blue alternate. But something fairly important happened in the blue tops, so we can’t get rid of those. Instead, the Cubs should replace the current “Chicago” lettering on the road unis…

A Modest Proposal: The NL East

By Spencer Bowen The All Star Break has come and gone, and now Antland’s legions of fans can rejoice. Sing, birds, sing! Chime, bells, chime! For the “Modest Proposal” series is back. Remember, no full-scale redesigns. Only one modest tweak per team. NL East ¡Dále! I give the Marlins‘ look a solid A-. The hat…

A Western Conference Roundup

By Spencer Bowen Post-draft and pre-free agency, let’s check in on the rest of the West’s chances to contend with the Warriors Grond-level Juggernaut. Pacific Los Angeles Clippers No Chris Paul but yes Blake Griffin (for now), the Clips exist in a kind of Bulls-esque contend-and-rebuild twilight zone that will probably prove disastrous. Jerry West…

What Could Have Been- The Sacramento Kings

By: Tyler Chuck The 2017 Sacramento Kings draft is being praised as one of the best drafts in the league in a draft that many consider to be the best since 1998.  Their haul of De’Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson, Harry Giles, and Frank Mason III is a huge overhaul for a team in need of…

There’s a Man Behind the Mask

By: Sarah Hoover Last week, the buzz amongst baseball fans was not a stunning defensive play or a record-setting long ball. Instead, everyone at the water cooler was asking, “Did you hear about Mr. Met?” On Wednesday night at Citi Field, The New York Mets’ mascot made a less-than-professional gesture while being heckled by fans….

Five Things Better than LaVar Ball

By Spencer Bowen Last week LaVar Ball transitioned from harmless hawker of ridiculously-priced shoes to distasteful villain. Ergo, the time has come for the journalistic juggernaut that is Antland Sports to destroy him. Because as Sean Connery knows, the pen is mightier. In an interview with Fox Sports radio personality Kristine Leahy, Papa Ball said…

Mark’s Marshawn Problem

By Spencer Bowen I’m ecstatic that East Bay native and former Cal Bear Marshawn Lynch pulled a Brett Favre and unretired to join his hometown Raiders. Community-wise, it’s great. Marshawn really, really loves his “town bidness” and constantly invests time and money and turkeys into Oakland. Football-wise, it’s great. Marshawn fills a power back hole…