Is This Raiders-To-Vegas Sleazefest Going To Kill My Fandom?

It seems almost cosmically unfair. The Raiders might, with a little luck, break the 8-8 barrier for the first time since they lost the Super Bowl in 2002, yet I feel hollow. Why? This. Raiders Stadium Backers To Las Vegas: Give Us $750 Million, Or Else And this. Report: Sheldon Adelson Up To Some Shady… Continue reading Is This Raiders-To-Vegas Sleazefest Going To Kill My Fandom?

On Fandom

The release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which I haven’t seen and am feeling little-to-no temptation to see, got me thinking about my relationship with the things I claim to be a fan of. Of course, we identify ourselves to others (and to ourselves) through our fandoms. The cultural products we consume are synecdoche… Continue reading On Fandom

When It Comes To the Raiders, My Heart is Mulder, But My Head is Scully

So, the Oakland Raiders won a road game, and oh, it would make me happy if I thought I could expect more. Even some Raider reporters who have every right to be jaded are starting to get a little ahead of themselves. Whenever I catch myself starting to feel slightly good about the Raiders prospects,… Continue reading When It Comes To the Raiders, My Heart is Mulder, But My Head is Scully

Pats Fans, Spare Us

Deadspin, home of some of the funniest takes on the New England Patriots, predicted that whatever the punishment was for Tom Brady and his team would give Patriots fans a chance to do what they do best, whine. Witness (from Slate’s Seth Stevenson): The letter also cites as a factor in the harsh punishment “the… Continue reading Pats Fans, Spare Us

Ten Things To Remember In the Wake of Super Bowl Disappointment (Pass the Paxil)

The Patriots won the Super Bowl. As always one can look to The Onion‘s brilliant headlines for a comforting chuckle: “Patriots Super Bowl Win Provides Storybook Ending To NFL Credibility.” Presumably Roger Goodell, the Senator Geary of the NFL, will soon help the Patriots whitewash their cheating scandal, and the air will stink of the farts of a… Continue reading Ten Things To Remember In the Wake of Super Bowl Disappointment (Pass the Paxil)

Feeling Deflated

So, the New England Patriots were caught playing with deflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game. While we wait for their inevitable excuse–my money’s on a reprise of Bill Belichick’s “We misinterpreted the rule” statement from Spygate–and for another inexplicably light punishment from Roger Goodell, I think I’ll take the opportunity to revise and extend… Continue reading Feeling Deflated

Why I’m Rooting For the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl

I don’t usually indulge in petty hatreds. Oh, there are lots of things I dislike–Republicans, BMW drivers, JJ Abrams movies–but I usually reserve my hates for those who’ve unleashed great evil on the world: aged Nazis, General Efrain Rios Montt, aging members of the Khmer Rouge, the Kim Dynasty of North Korea, Dick Cheney, George… Continue reading Why I’m Rooting For the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl