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Baseball Fandom Mapped


You  The guys at the new New York Times blog Upworthy have done some data crunching and generated a bunch of maps showing which Major League Baseball teams are most popular throughout the country: Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated has called the line running through Connecticut that separates Yankee fans and Red Sox fans the Munson-Nixon line. Mr. […]

Penn State Alumni Want New Paterno Statue In State College

Penn State Removes Joe Paterno Statue

Shortly after we learned that Penn State officials, including famed football coach Joe Paterno had failed to act when first learning of reports that former Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky had been abusing young boys, the statute of Joe Paterno on the Penn State campus was removed in the dead of night. Now, some almuni are quietly […]

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Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Boxer Once Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder, Dies At 76

Hurricane Carter

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, a boxer whose career was cut short in the mid 1960s after he was accused and wrongfully convicted of murder in New Jersey, died today at the age of 76:  Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, a star prizefighter whose career was cut short by a murder conviction in New Jersey and who became an […]

Bryan Cranston: Prom Broker


Via the BBC:  Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston helps fan win prom date

Hollywood’s Changing Male Ideal


On screen body objectification is now equal opportunity.

Tales from the Dumb Side


Via the AV Club:  Professor suspended for Game Of Thrones shirt that threatened community college kingdom.

In 1914, Boston Braves Wore Hats With Swastikas On Them

Rabbit Maranville

There used to be a time when swastikas were thought to bring good luck: Why were the Boston Braves wearing a swastika on their caps when they opened the 1914 season against the Brooklyn Dodgers? The swastika’s nearly universal association with Nazi Germany was still years away, although a militarist German youth movement adopted it as […]

That’s Just Fancy Mini-Golf


Via the NYT:  In a Hole, Golf Considers Digging a Wider Among the unconventional types of golf is an entry-level version in which the holes are 15 inches wide, about four times the width of a standard hole. [...] Another alternative is foot golf, in which players kick a soccer ball from the tee to […]

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Secret Service Threatened To Kill Mets Mascot

Mr Met Bill Clinton

One of the men who played the role of Mr. Met, the baseball-headed mascot of the New York Mets, relates that he was once told by a Secret Service Agent that getting close to President Clinton would be a big mistake: John Wilkes Booth. Lee Harvey Oswald. Mr. Met? A Secret Service agent threatened to […]

Coming Soon: A Reality Show Staring Capitol Hill Staffers

United States Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. Aerial

It would appear that the reality show meme may be finally jumping the shark: Hollywood might soon be coming to Hollywood for Ugly People. Sources tell the Washington Examiner that a “House of Cards” veteran is working to produce a reality show based in the district starring “D.C. up-and-comers,” including Capitol Hill staffers. The show is currently […]

When Did Posters From A Defeated Murderous Dictatorship Become Pop Art?

Carney Kitchen

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s choices in home decor raise an interesting question.

Brad Pitt To Play General Stanley McChrystal In Afghan War Movie


The book that the late Michael Hastings wrote based on the time he spent following former Afghan War Commander General Stanley McChrystal is set to become a movie starring Brad Pitt in the role of the General who ultimately was forced to resigned due to his comments about civilian and military superiors: There are few […]

21st Century Kids Try To Figure Out What A Walkman Is


Watch this, and prepare to feel very old: On the bright side, these kids will be able to keep in shape getting off of everyone’s lawn.

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Two women wearing nun outfits drink beer at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier curling championships in Kamloops

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Stephen Colbert Confirmed To Replace David Letterman On ‘The Late Show’


A step up from The Colbert Report.

Braves Set American Flag On Fire At Home Opener


They’re saying it’s an accident but maybe there are still some left over bad feelings from that time William T. Sherman visited the capital of Georgia. You be the judge.

UMass Guard Derrick Gordon, The First Openly Gay Player In Division I Men’s Basketball

Derrick Gordon

Derrick Gordon, a sophomore guard on the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team, is the first openly gay player in NCAA Division I men’s basketball: Derrick Gordon, a sophomore starter for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team, stepped forward Wednesday as the first openly gay player in Division I men’s college basketball, sharing his story with […]

Who Has The Best College Basketball Program Of All Time?


In the wake of the twin victories by the University of Connecticut’s men’s and women’s basketball teams in their respective NCAA Championship Tournaments, FiveThirtyEight’s Carl Bialik takes a look at the numbers to see which school’s program ranks best over the long term when you factor both the men’s and women’s teams into the equation: […]

UConn Dominates College Basketball . . . Not So Much College Itself


UConn won another national championship. Their graduation rate remains embarrassing.

World’s Largest Game Of Tetris Played On Side Of Philly Skyscraper

Philly Tetris

Apparently, this is what you do in Philadelphia on a Saturday night: PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Sam Robinson said it’s been about 15 years since he last played the videogame Tetris on a Game Boy. On Saturday night, he played it on the side of a skyscraper. Robinson, 30, was among the hundreds of Tetris fans […]

Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman?


Earlier this week, David Letterman announced he would be stepping down from his late night perch after three decades. Stephen Colbert is reportedly the frontrunner to replace him. Mashable (“Stephen Colbert Is CBS’ Top Choice to Succeed Letterman, and He’s Into It“): Stephen Colbert is CBS’ top choice to replace the retiring David Letterman, and has […]

Just a Little Pimpin’


I’m going to put in a good word for my son Josh’s new album “Shame of Tones,” a parody compilation based on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

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Two women wearing nun outfits drink beer at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier curling championships in Kamloops

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Ray Rice Celebrates Aggravated Assault Indictment by Marrying Victim


Ray Rice celebrated his aggravated assault indictment by marrying his victim.

#CancelColbert Trolling


An opportunist ruins a good joke and hijacks an important discussion.

NLRB Official Rules Football Players At Northwestern Can Unionize


Are student athletes employees? According to an NLRB hearing officer they are, but that’s hardly the end of the story.

No Fun League To Become Even Less Fun

Goal Post Dunk

The National Football League is apparently set to adopt a rule that would penalize goal post dunks: Not only is the New Orleans Saints’ Jimmy Graham redefining the tight end position, but he has also inspired an NFL rule change. According to the league’s vice president of officiating, players will no longer be allowed to […]

How Professors Spend Their Time


An oldie but goodie from PhD comics is making the rounds.

NFL To Force Steelers To Do Reality Show?


The Pittsburgh Steelers may end up on an HBO reality show, but nobody on the team seems all too thrilled about it: PITTSBURGH, PA (KDKA) — Fans could get a bit more personal with their hometown Steelers as players could now be forced to be featured on HBO’s show “Hard Knocks.” However, it seems as […]

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For Want of a Comma


Yet another incentive to get a STEM degree: via Jonathan Eyal

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Comedian David Brenner Dies At 78


David Brenner, a comedian who made his name thanks in large part to his long history appearances on The Tonight Show during Johnny Carson’s era as host, died yesterday at the age of 78: David Brenner, who delivered his observational style of stand-up comedy on television and on stage for over four decades, died on […]

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Dr. Frank Jobe, Originator Of Tommy John Surgery, Dies At 88

John Jobe

Dr. Frank Jobe, who in the mid-1970s came up with a surgical technique that has saved the careers of countless numbers of Major League Baseball pitchers, has died at the age of 88: On a July night in 1974, Dr. Frank Jobe, the orthopedist for the Los Angeles Dodgers, was sitting in the stands at […]

Why German Sounds Harsh


Here’s Why The German Language Sounds Harsh To Most People

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Mahouts and their elephants take part in a mock fight as part of regular training exercises at an elephant conservation park in Ayutthaya province

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Sochi Mascots Ride Tank


Russian militarism in Ukraine has undone any public relations benefits of the Sochi Olympics.

Marines Roll Sleeves; Soldiers Roll Eyes


Rolling up your sleeves is hard if you’re a Marine.

HaHa Clinton-Dix Tired of Monica Lewinski Jokes


Worst part about being named HaHa Clinton-Dix? ‘The whole President Clinton thing with Monica Lewinsky’

GOP Lobbyist Drafting Bill To Ban Gays From NFL


Jack Burkman, a K Street lobbyist who has previously served as a Legislative Aide for former Congressman Rick Lazio as well as being a radio host and frequent guest on Fox News Channel, tells The Hill that he wants to ban openly gay players from professional football: Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would […]

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