Blog Posts by Sarah D. Bunting

  • Lance cheats, Francesa rants, and what Lolo teaches us: Lunch Trey

    Don't forget to eat your vegetables on today's Lunch Trey...

    Lance Armstrong has decided not to fight the doping charges leveled against him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. He'll have to cede his seven Tour de France wins -- and the respect of the world -- as a result. Yahoo!'s Les Carpenter points out that, if he had had a case, Armstrong would have continued to battle to clear his name, which means he's guilty and his achievements tainted. Had just about enough banned-substances bad news in the sports headlines lately? Me too. On the plus side, it's led to some interesting insights; SI's Michael Rosenberg posits that, in the end, we don't really care that Lance cheated. And on Grantland Network's podcast The Triangle, Jonah Keri spoke to Brian Kenny about why fans seem to take baseball doping so much more personally.

    VIDEO: Letterman wowed by Serena's red dress

    You can give that a listen in the car, or you can try to find Mike Francesa's ten-minute rant after yet another anemic-hitting

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  • Breakfast Trey: Spanier, Colon, and draft kryptonite

    Dr. Graham Spanier, (L) former president of Penn State, speaks to ABC News’ Josh Elliott about the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal during an interview with the network in this August 22, 2012 handout photo. Spanier said he has a heightened sensitivity to child abuse because as a boy he suffered beatings by his father that were so severe he required four surgeries to correct the physical damage. REUTERS/ABC News/HandoutToday's hat trick of hot stories:

    Penn State ex-president Graham Spanier wants the world to know that he didn't have any idea what Jerry Sandusky was up to -- and would never have protected him if he had. Spanier feels he's the victim of a "witch hunt," and Spanier's attorney has accused Louis Freeh of bias in his investigation.

    Speaking to "Nightline" last night, Spanier said, according to an AP report,

    that he knew only that Sandusky had been seen engaging in ''horseplay'' in a campus shower with a boy in 2001 and he took that to mean ''throwing water around, snapping towels."

    I don't know about you, but if I'm a university president and I'm even reading a report about a coach's locker-room "horseplay," I'm assuming there's a reason I've been told about it, and that that reason is not how innocent it all is. Your mileage may vary on that.

    Spanier's claims come on the heels of the recent revelation -- also made to the ABC News organization -- that Spanier himself suffered horrendous

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  • Out With The Crowd: The Detroit Tigers

    TORONTO, CANADA - JULY 27: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by Delmon Young #21 after hitting a solo home run in the 1st inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 27, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)Welcome to Out With The Crowd, a semi-regular feature in which I interview a fan of a given team and see how s/he thinks it's going for his/her team – favorite (and least favorite) players, hopes and fears, and messages for the coach or manager.

    This time around, I talked with Erin S., a Detroit Tigers fan based in Florida. We discussed the playoffs, pink-eye, and whether Prince Fielder needs to try the salad. Our conversation took place late last week.

    Who's your favorite new Tiger this year?

     
    Oh, man, I'll get disowned if I don't answer this one way and one way only. I mean, how can I not go with Prince?

    Seriously, though, he's done amazing things for the team (if you don't count his defense, which, eeesh...). He's gone from just a power hitter to an all around excellent hitter since we got him and we desperately needed that.
     
    Plus, all the jokes about other, smaller guys orbiting him just write themselves.

    Oh my gosh, that's been fun for Tigers bloggers.
     
    I'd like to add a plug for Omar

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  • Breakfast Trey: Good faith, bad contracts, and the ugly state of women's soccer

    United States players celebrates winning the women's soccer gold medal match against Japan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)A few to chew on this morning:

    SI's Cliff Corcoran runs down the most egregiously bad contracts in baseball. Expecting to see Boston's Carl Crawford (out for the season) or the Mets' Jason Bay (out of chances)? Don't. Corcoran set some ground rules: "The contracts in question must be at least four-years (long-term) and have a total value of at least $20 million (big money)." Corcoran's ground rules also eliminate ultra-annoying agreements like Bobby Bonilla's from contention. Bonilla's contract, which Business Insider deemed the worst in sports history, doesn't net him much per year...but it's still going, and will continue to pay him north of a million bucks a year until 2035. Did I mention I'm a Mets fan? And how dang-diddly hard the Wilpons make that sometimes?

    Anyway: Corcoran's list might surprise you. (Or enrage you, if, like me, you despise Carl Pavano.) And it's pretty clear the Yankees' Nick Swisher needs to read it before he bellies up to the negotiating table.

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  • Shine Sport: Game On

    This is Shine Sport: Yahoo! Shine's new section devoted to everything sports. I'm Sarah D. Bunting, chief cook and bottle washer of the Sport section, and I'm glad you're here.

    What's Shine Sport about? It's about the headlines, of course – the big stories in the pro leagues, whether it's baseball, football, the WNBA, NASCAR, or soccer. But it's also about the conversations, the discussions and debates that make sports, and sports fandom, so much fun. Forest Hills, foam fingers, the friendly confines of Wrigley, fantasy-football frustration, or the four hundred meters -- everyone's got an opinion. I want to hear yours.

    I'll ask fans what they want to say to their team's coach or manager. I'll analyze media coverage. I'll figure out how you can bring the whole fam to a sporting event without taking out a second mortgage. New to a sport, and want the best resources for learning more? I'll find 'em. Think the internet doesn't have enough slideshows about weird minor-league-baseball

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  • Breakfast Trey: Skeeters, sharks, and brains

    This picture released by Diana Nyad's team via the Florida Keys News Bureau shows her swimming in the Florida Straits between Cuba and the Florida Keys before abandoning her effort. (AFP Photo/Christi Barli)Welcome to the Breakfast Trey (sometimes the Lunch Trey, if we're running behind) -- a daily hat trick of stories we think you'll find interesting, maddening, funny, or maybe a little of all three.

    Leading off is Diana Nyad, who ended her Cuba-to-Florida swim this morning. The 63-year-old record-chaser was trying to become the first person to make the 90-mile swim sans shark cage; she'd started the trip Saturday night, and shortly afterwards, a storm seemed to perch right over her, forcing her to re-route and probably adding hours to the already-harsh travel time (the journey was estimated at 60 hours). Support crews hauled her out earlier today while speaking by phone to Good Morning America. Steve Munatones, official observer of the swim, told GMA's Robin Roberts that "the dangers were so great" that they felt they had no choice.

    This was Nyad's fourth attempt on the record; at the time she was pulled out, she was suffering from sunburn and a strained bicep, had gotten nailed by

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  • Augusta National finally gets the XX

    A golfer walks past the logo of the Augusta National Golf Club as he walks back to the clubhouse from the driving range following a practice day at the Masters in Augusta, April 4, 2004. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueAugusta National chairman Billy Payne called it "a joyous occasion": the home of the Masters championship has invited former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore to join the club as its first female members.

    Both women accepted, and the decade-long debate over the club's exclusion of women from its membership rolls will end – for this institution, anyway. (Next year's British Open is set to be held at the Muirfield Golf Club, which as of this writing remains XY-only.

    In 2002, Martha Burk called for Augusta to get with the now and admit women as members. Then chairman Hootie Johnson dug in his heels, however – even risking the loss of Masters TV sponsors – with his notorious comment that, while Augusta National might have female members one day, it wouldn't be "at the point of a bayonet."

    It's still kind of unclear what that even means, or why we took the comments of a grownup still going by the name "Hootie" seriously ten years ago, but the remark

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  • Join the Shine Sport fantasy football league!

    Hello, friends – and welcome to Shine Sport's fantasy-football league! I'm Sarah D. Bunting, Shine Sport poobah and league commissioner, and late August is one of my favorite times of year, even though it's still hot and gross outside, and familiarity has bred contempt for all my pairs of sandals. Why? Because late August means fantasy-draft time.

    I loooooove the fantasy draft. I love psyching out my brother-in-law so he doesn't take Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, trash-talking my friend Triple R's Steelers picks in the chat window, even love yelling at my laptop for that one guy's friend's cousin to hurry up and take a tight end already.

    The only thing I love more than the fantasy draft is the team itself, and obsessing over it to a ridonk degree for five months. I never thought I would become That Lady – doing a supplemental draft from her Blackberry at the airport (my friend Bean), or borrowing a total stranger's iPhone to switch out her kickers (my friend Sarah) (…fine, that

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  • Finding the right kennel: 5 to-dos

    If you've got a pet, chances are you'll need a kennel at some point. Lots of pet owners go with in-home pet-setting services, or take their pets along with them on out-of-town trips – but Tabby probably isn't welcome at a work retreat in Tahoe, and let's face it, sometimes you want a vacation from the pets themselves.

    But you also want the boarding facility you pick out to be safe and comfortable for you pet. Lynn Gensamer, the executive director of the Humane Society for Greater Savannah (Georgia), listed a few key ways to make sure you're getting the best kennel experience for your pet in a recent article.

    Her first recommendation: research the kennel beforehand. A lot of kennels have websites with virtual tours, or even cage-cams where you can look in on what's going on; you can also read up on customer reviews, or check Yelp to see if your neighborhood kennel is highly rated.

    You can also learn a lot from an in-person visit, which any kennel of repute should be happy to

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  • Keep your doggie door secure

    Are you worried that your pet door is letting in more than just your pet – that it could invite in other local pets, or curious wildlife, or even a burglar?

    The good news is, you're not just paranoid. The bad news is, you're…not just paranoid. A recent AP piece by Sue Manning about dog-door intruders tells the story of northern California's Deanna Souza, who called 911 when she heard her doggie door rattling in the middle of the night (the dog in question, a Yorkie named Zoe, was also raising a ruckus in response to the intruder). When police arrived, they found a female burglar wedged in Souza's pet door. (Souza, ironically, is a CHP dispatcher.)

    It seems like a counterintuitive break-in method; after all, if a house has a doggie door, chances are it has, you know, a dog, who's likely to kick up a fuss if a stranger comes wiggling through the plastic flap. But not every criminal is a mastermind, and Manning quotes Bonnie Beaver, a professor of veterinary medicine at Texas A&M,

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