Rant Wheel #1

By Spencer Bowen Inspired by the unstoppable Crooked Media conglomerate, I’ve decided that a few tasteful rage outbursts might help me get through these troubled times. Welcome to the first (and maybe last?) Antland Rant Wheel. Tom Brady Tom Brady is 40 freaking years old and remains the best NFL quarterback without a broken clavicle….

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 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…

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…