Posts by Shane Ryan

  • About Last Night: Chasing Pau Gasol

    In case you were out hoarding fireworks in an attempt to become the Grinch Who Stole July 4, only to see your shrunken heart enlarged after a long speech about the meaning of America from Tim Howard, here’s what you missed in sports on Wednesday.

  • PitchCraft: Mark Buehrle, Crafty Old Codger

    Blue Jays ace Mark Buehrle, age 35, is in the magic hour of his professional career. He has the slowest fastball in baseball, with an average velocity of just over 84 mph. You read that number correctly. There are 27 starting pitchers in MLB with a changeup that travels faster than his “heater.”

  • About Last Night: Can’t Lose for Winning

    In case you were cracking wise at a hipster hootenanny in São Paulo with your fancy friends with their bright buckles and colorful belts, here’s what you missed in sports on Thursday.

  • About Last Night: Lincecum Pitches, Padres Padre

    In case you were busy hipster-strutting down the beaches of Ipanema while a wild-eyed vagabond with warrants out for his arrest in 29 states destroyed a morning recap franchise, here’s what you missed in sports on Wednesday.

  • About Last Night: The Bitin’ Bandit Returns!

    In case you were jet-setting down to Brazil like some kind of hipster hotshot, leaving About Last Night in the hands of an unstable sociopath, here’s what you missed in sports on Tuesday.

  • PitchCraft: Yu Darvish, Eclectic Genius

    Darvish throws eight pitches, a few of them very weird, and even though a language barrier keeps us from understanding his personality as much as we’d like, the creative genius is evident in his style. What’s more, it’s not just fanciful; it works.

  • Restorations: Martin Kaymer’s U.S. Open Win at Pinehurst No. 2

    With a calm, thoughtful delivery off the course and relaxed body language on it, the German seemed collapse-proof. Through the heat and the clouds of dust and pollen, he sauntered down the fairways, immune to the conditions and the pressure that struck down his opponents one by one.

  • PitchCraft: Stephen Strasburg, the Flawed Prodigy

    He’s got so much talent that he can be a really, really good pitcher despite his lack of variety and blending, but as he understands, he’s limiting himself.

  • The Uncensored 2014 U.S. Open Power Rankings

    I will break with the stiff convention of golf writing and deliver unto you a hot dose of the unvarnished truth. Here are the 2014 U.S. Open Power Rankings, from 20 to 1, including sand, grass, icons, weather patterns, and other elements both animate and otherwise.

  • The 15 People You Meet in a Golf Gallery

    Golf fans are weird. They’re by turns boring, crazed, needy, angry, pathetic, and excessively polite.

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