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…

It’s Not Okay

By: Tyler Chuck and Spencer Bowen Famous people live their lives in the public eye.  Their actions can be seen on television, are reported in the media, and discussed vigorously.  The spotlight is great when famous people are role models like Stephen Curry, Bono, or Emma Watson, yet not all public figures are outstanding citizens….

Rap Analogies: Kendrick is King

By Spencer Bowen “Y’all got till April the 7th to get y’all shit together” – Kendrick Lamar, “The Heart Part 4” Kendrick warned us, and praise be to the messiah of rap because y’all better prepare yourself. You have until April 7th to stop saying things like “Drake is the best in the game!” or…

This is Ed Sheeran’s Heat Check

By Spencer Bowen Via the ever-reliable Urban Dictionary: Heat check (noun) An attempt to do something extra difficult when you’re on a roll. Dan: Dude, you launched that trey from halfcourt.  Jermaine: It was just a heat check man. I was feelin’ it. I’m sure they chose the names “Dan” and “Jermaine” completely at random….

NFL QBs meet Lord of the Rings

By Spencer Bowen The most intriguing NFL conference championship weekend in many moons owes a lot to the four quarterbacks at play tomorrow afternoon. All four are firmly in the “you don’t want to play them” category for their own reasons. It could be an epic weekend, so what better way to analyze the four remaining QBs with a…

2016: An Antland Year in Review

As we close the book on perhaps the greatest sports year ever, let’s look back at the best of Antland from our first full year on the web. Note: all Bachelor articles are excluded from the below rankings. Most read pop-culture article: Kanye 2020 Spencer Bowen and Tyler Chuck reflected on… an interesting concert experience. Most read basketball…

Bachelor Preview: The Contestants

By Spencer Bowen Welcome, dear reader, to another statistically-unlikely-to-be-successful quest for MaybeLove® on national television. Drink in the sweet nectar of young, attractive women making a generally questionable life decision and duking it out for the MaybeAffections™ of a guy who has previously professed love for multiple other women… also on national television. Right now, this…

Usher’s back. Did you notice?

By Spencer Bowen Amidst a mystical fog of blue lasers, white blazers, and all kinda -azers, Usher reemerged from musical hibernation on September 16 with his eighth studio album, Hard II Love. I can assure you this: it was not hard for me II love. But that’s kind of unfair – Usher could duet with…

Kanye 2020

Takes after seeing Kanye West by Spencer Bowen & Tyler Chuck Spencer: Friend: “So, how was Kanye?” Me: prolonged silence It’s really difficult to comprehend Kanye and describe Kanye and frame Kanye in a way that helps others understand Kanye. Let me be clear: I don’t think that I really understand Kanye. I don’t even…

Bachelorette Finale: I’m Down on Bended Knee

By Spencer Bowen “I know, but you never know until you know, and I’m okay with that,” postulated Jordan Rodgers, summing up the incoherence and excitement level of The Bachelorette season finale. Only a Caesar-level influx of monkeys could have saved this two three hour monstrosity from soul-crushing boringness, and sadly we only received fleeting…