A Day Without a Shortstop

[Amy Bass, Morphizm]
Five years ago, there was a crazy number of Jews playing for the Boston Red Sox. Or, well, three: Gabe Kapler, Kevin Youkilis, and Adam Stern. It wasn’t the most Jews ever to populate a major league lineup; that distinction goes to the 1946 New York Giants, who had five [...]

Contact Misconduct

[Amy Bass, Morphizm]
If a baseline definition of contact is to make a connection with someone other than yourself, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin should have a lot of friends. The International Broadcast Centre in Vancouver last month was not the ideal location to be quietly rooting for Russia, but even my Canadian colleagues understood and [...]

Mr. Tiger Woods Goes to Washington

[Amy Bass, Morphizm]
I don’t care what Tiger had to say. Indeed, sitting here in Vancouver at the Winter Olympic Games, I barely listened. I was more concerned about what Bode Miller’s next fantastic move was going to be, partially because I adore Bode Miller and partially because I did not want to hear [...]

Go Tell it on the Golf Course: The Conversion of Tiger Woods

[Amy Bass, Morphizm]
(or, How Charlie Sheen Once Shot his Fiancée and Lived to Become the Highest Paid Actor on Television)
I really felt that there was nothing left to say about Tiger Woods after Frank Rich’s brilliant piece in The New York Times several weeks ago. Apparently, Fox analyst Brit Hume disagrees. Now normally, I [...]

Barack Obama, W.E.B. Du Bois, Adolf Hitler:

[Amy Bass, Morphizm]
History is never about the past. It wasn’t then. It isn’t now. In the midst of a lot of people who don’t seem to understand this, Barney Frank does. His confrontation in August with Rachel Brown of the La Rouche Youth Movement demonstrated how the national debate on health care reform, which was [...]

David Beckham: Hollow Man?

[Amy Bass, Morphizm
So here’s what I said to Alexi Lalas after reading Grant Wahl’s book, The Beckham Experiment: How the World’s Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America. When it becomes a major motion picture, a ginger-headed Russell Crowe would play him.

“Really?” he asked. “Russell Crowe plays me?” I nodded. He smiled. (And seriously, [...]

Swine Flu Paranoia Reaching Pandemic Proportions

[Amy Bass, Morphizm
I am not, in general, a germ-a-phobic kind of girl. I do, yes, carry some hand sanitizer with me in my briefcase, as I quite often find the need to eat my breakfast on the commuter rails of the metropolitan New York area. And I do, yes, try to sit as [...]

A-Rod and Phelps: A Tale Of Two Drugs

[Amy Bass, Morphizm]
Let’s just get this first part out of the way: I hate Alex Rodriguez. Always have. It’s partially a Red Sox fan thing, and partially a, well, I hate Alex Rodriguez thing. Getting out of bed in the morning for the last week or so has been pure joy, [...]

President Phelps?

[Amy Bass, Morphizm]
There are apples, there are oranges, and then there is Michael Phelps.

Man, has this been bugging me. I tried to let it go. I let the Olympics end, let the Closing Ceremony comes to a close, and thought I would get over this. But I can’t. Because he is everywhere, in all of [...]