Dispatches From Ground Zero: RAGBRAI (Morning)

As annual sporting traditions go, few match both the scope and novelty of RAGBRAI, an acronym for Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.* You can figure out pretty easily from the name what all is involved. What started as an offhand idea from DES MOINES REGISTER editorial writer Donald Kaul for a nice week-long […]

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Experience The Pageantry Of Stubby Clapp Night

June 8 is finally here, and the Memphis Redbirds have a very important question to ask you - Got Clapp? Stubby Clapp, that is, whose likeness will be immortalized this evening when the Pacific Coast League team gives out Stubby Clapp bobbleheads to the first 1,500 fans attending their game with the New Orleans Zephyrs […]

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Brewers Promotion Provides Makeout Opportunity

The Milwaukee Brewers are unveiling a great new promotion on Friday — drive-in movies in their parking lot. Hmm, looks like I have a choice to make. Do I head over to Miller Park for a double feature, or stay at home and hit myself repeatedly over the head with a wooden mallet? It’s a […]

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Speed Read: Michigan St. Gets Tar Heel Bruising

Is there any reason we shouldn’t have seen this coming?  Sure, North Carolina had more talent, depth and balance than Michigan State. They also had more experience. So why shouldn’t the Tar Heels have rolled up a rout in the national title game, cruising past the Spartans, 89-72, and validating North Carolina’s upperclassmen who decided […]

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Proof That UNC’s Lawson Is Quite The Gambler

We’re just hours away from the Final Four, and right on cue, we’ve got an NCAA ethics scandal. According to the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER North Carolina point guard Ty Lawson has been hanging out in Detroit casinos, though it’s not known whether he’s been doing any gambling or not. The Inquirer piece comes complete with an […]

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Be A Jobless Hero at the Unemployment Olympics

What is the average New Yorker to do if they find themselves as one of the many Americans who have lost their job as part of the current economic downturn? You can only sleep in with the covers pulled over your head until noon or 1 p.m. at the latest, and there are only so […]

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Speed Read: The U.S. Is O-U-T Of The WBC Again

Well, that was embarrassing. With a chance to redeem cultural elitism in the sport its country created, the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic threw away its chances like this Derek Jeter error below, losing to Japan in a 9-4 blowout in the World Baseball Classic semifinals on Sunday.

That makes the U.S. 0-for-2 in […]

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Spain’s New Animal Baiting Fad: Horse Wrestling

Spaniards seem to have some sort of death wish involving large animals. We know about them and bulls, whether running wild in the streets or in a stadium. Now UNCOACHED has found another Spanish tradition that involves torturing dangerous animals and (we assume) the potential for grave injury.

It’s called the Rapa das Bestas, and it […]

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NFL Keeps Holmes’ MVP Caddy On The Down Low

It’s not quite the postgame classic that “I’m going to Disney World!” is, but across recent years, Cadillac has steadily made its delivery of the Super Bowl MVP’s Cadillac of his choice an annual staple, in both the Super Bowl and World Series. Well, this year the postgame car delivery service was conspicuously absent, and […]

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Speed Read: Kobe Bryant Scores 61, Owns MSG

So much for the Andrew Bynum injury slowing down the Lakers. All they needed was the return of a black mamba.

(After the game, Kobe went back and broke James Naismith’s peach basket with one of his trademark, snake-jumping jams.)
Just a few hours after learning that the team’s young emerging center would be lost […]

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