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20 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
Much like Icarus, the Orioles flew too close to the sun this season. Was it too good to be true all this time? I mean, think about how high the Orioles were flying after the American League Divisional Series against the Tigers. They hadn’t had their three-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters since the first quarter of the season, due to injury. They hadn’t had their All-Star, defensive deity of a third baseman Manny Machado for over 60 games, due to injury. They, at least temporarily, didn’t have All-Star first baseman Chris Davis, due to that helluva drug called adderall. And yet the Orioles were fresh off a […] Read the full story »

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7 Oct 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
I was on the way down-ee-ocean… I think. Something like that. I was listening to what would become quite the prophetic B.S. Report with Bill Simmons and Jonah Keri. I was hearing the seed be planted for the dangerously infectious plant that has become the Kansas City Royals baseball team. Keri said something to the effect of “Kansas City is going to look back at this trade and realize it was momentous, for better or worse, in how the team performed down the line.” The trade he was referencing occurred in December 2012, when the Royals traded a bunch of prospects including potential star Wil Myers to […] Read the full story »

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Simmons’ suspension is latest example of network’s hypocrisy
29 Sep 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Hypocrisy. When ESPN gets the Monday Night Football bigots together, or perhaps the dynamic hot sports take team on “First Take,” the company doesn’t really seem to care about journalism. It is, after all, the television business. According to Wunderlich Securities, ESPN made over $6.5 billion (about 60 to 65 percent of its total revenue) from TV subscription fees alone last year. Another $3.5 billion was made through television advertising. I don’t think it’s a leap in logic to deduce that ESPN needs good television programming on their networks — they are, indeed, the “Entertainment and Sports Programming Network.” I know this […] Read the full story »

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NFL faces questions amid Ray Rice scandal
8 Sep 2014 | One Comment | By Justin Thau, Columnist
We, the American people, are addicted to NFL football. Sure, not every person likes watching football, but each of us knows someone who does — and, man, we need some counseling right now. I’m airing it all out this column… I need this. You need this. We need this. On Monday, the public got a first glimpse into the Atlantic City elevator in which, back in February, Ray Rice knocked unconscious his then-fiancée, now-wife Janay. That’s right — they still ended up marrying each other in late March. This is just a peek into how abusive relationships tend to operate. I think I speak on behalf of […] Read the full story »

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Breaking down the craziness leading up to Thursday
7 May 2014 | One Comment | By Justin Thau, Columnist
On Tuesday, Christopher L. Gasper of The Boston Globe wrote a piece entitled “NFL Draft needs to return to April,” in which he essentially yearned for the days when the NFL Draft was in April. Let’s break down his article and get to the heart of why the NFL Draft couldn’t wait until tonight (and tomorrow, and Saturday). Before I do, please take some time to enjoy random headlines about the draft as of yesterday: “NFL Draft 2014: How many rounds will it last? (+video)” Whoah, whoah, whoah Ms. Lippy! Someone knows how long the draft is going to be?! And they have a video to prove […] Read the full story »

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Clippers owner is banned from NBA, but more needs to be done moving forward
30 Apr 2014 | One Comment | By Justin Thau, Columnist
On Tuesday afternoon, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned now-defunct Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the NBA for life, in addition to fining him the league-maximum $2.5 million. In case you missed the drama over the weekend, here’s the gist of what happened: A mistress of Sterling’s, known only as V. Stiviano by the media, released an audio tape that was recorded (without Sterling knowing) while Stiviano and Sterling were arguing one night in a private residence. Sterling made clearly racist remarks throughout the altercation, and I encourage you to go take a listen for yourself if you want the full impact. The audiotape’s release led to an […] Read the full story »

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23 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
It all started with a dismissal of Chicago deep-dish pizza. As the Washington Post reported Tuesday before Game 2 between the Wizards and Bulls, Wizards starting shooting guard Bradley Beal dismissed the famed deep-dish pizza of Chicago as “fat pie” that’ll keep you “in the bathroom for hours.” Sure, I might be slightly tweaking his comments for dramatic effect. And yeah – Beal probably meant #NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK, but #ALLDISRESPECTTODEEPDISH. If you don’t know what these hashtags are parodying, you need to get up to snuff on your Kanye West circa September 2013. Oh, breaking news during the writing of this column: Sir Charles Barkley just said the Wizards […] Read the full story »

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16 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
I’m really riled up this time. In this space — my miniscule corner of the infinite Internet domain — you’ve seen me get worked up over gender identification and bullying, college athlete exploitation, and Duke University. This time, though, the issue is dire. Here at our beloved Towson University, intramural softball is now using squishy softballs as opposed to regulation softballs. Let’s just say the struggle is real. The first games with the squishy softballs were played last week. The ball was coming off of the bat as if we were using ladles as bats and meatballs as, well, balls. Soon enough, teams were playing a hybrid […] Read the full story »

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UConn star draws criticism for comments about hunger, NCAA ban
9 Apr 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
I was going to write a third and final volume to my 2014 March Madness Diary detailing the seemingly unlikely rise of the University of Connecticut to the top of the college basketball world. However, what struck me most about the Men’s National Championship wasn’t the game itself. Rather, it was UConn senior point guard Shabazz Napier’s post-game comments. “Ladies and Gentlemen, you’re lookin’ at the Hungry Huskies. This is what happens when you ban us last year, two years – we worked so hard for it – two years and hungry. Hungry Huskies!” Being an advocate for the recent Northwestern football team’s unionization and further changes […] Read the full story »

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26 Mar 2014 | No Comments | By Justin Thau, Columnist
March Madness Diary, Vol. 1   I can hear Dick Vitale yelling his caustic yawp somewhere to somebody: “This tourney is putting the Madness in March Madness, babyyy!!!” I can feel the heavy, drudging despair of Jay Bilas and all other Duke fans fill the rest of the world with glee as “NO” punctuates the screen on diddukewin.com. I can visualize the glistening, sparkling Cinderella sneakers of Flyers of Dayton, the Cardinal of Stanford, and the Volunteers of Tennessee. I can see that all those bandwagon fans of Louisville and Michigan State are still riding hard towards North Texas, and that Indianapolis will hold perhaps the most […] Read the full story »