NL East champion Mets rookies caught in Underoo controversy


It was “Rookie hazing weekend’ in major league baseball, as new players were forced to undergo a rite of passage that speaks to traditional tribal notions of “crossing over” and appropriating the garb of different tribes or genders to signal their initiation into a wider role in society. Plus, guys in their underwear.


Marvel and ESPN Magazine Celebrate the Superhero Physique in Special “Body Issue”


Every year, ESPN the Magazine celebrates the human physique through its annual Body Issue.  Featuring bodies so well sculpted that they would make Michelangelo blush, the Body Issue is known for capturing the pinnacle of human physicality through breathtaking and dynamic photography (NSFW).  This year’s issue is even more special because ESPN has teamed up with Marvel to […]


Who Would Win the Super(hero) Bowl? The Seattle Hulks or the Cleveland Things?


Last week, Chicagoland geeks were congregating at McCormick Place, enjoying the plethora of pop culture paraphernalia. This week, Chicagoland geeks are congregating at Grant Park, to experience the NFL Draft.  It’s Chicago’s first draft in 51 years, and the NFL has a “fan experience” set up in the park, complete with a beer garden. (Side […]


Sports Moment: Jets QB Geno Smith hits a new low with poorly styled outfit


If you are a New York Jets fan, as I am, you know that the best part about supporting this team is finding out just how awful and bizarre things can get. I know other football teams are terrible and have weird things happen, but when you throw in the New York media fishbowl, you […]


NY Mets rookies in female superhero cosplay hazing ritual


Where is Milo Manara when you need him? The regulation baseball season has seven days to go, which can’t come soon enough for NY baseball fans, although the tearful Derek Jeter final sendoff still looms. In another fall ritual, baseball rookies were subjected to generally harmless “hazing.”A few years ago this consisted of just wearing a My Little Pony backpack around the bullpen, but since that’s practically normal now, the ritual has become much more complicated, as the NY Mets rookies were required to dress as female superheroes for the road trip from Atlanta to Washington.


The Hulk joins Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and more in epic Nike ad


The World Cup is coming in June and most of the world, and even an increasing number of Americans, will be stopping everything to watch it. Nike has released a new 4 minute mini film about kids playing a pick up game imagining they are international superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney and more, including Neymar, Zlatan Ibrahimović (the guy with the ponytail), Gerard Piqué, Gonzalo Higuaín, Mario Götze, Eden Hazard, Thiago Silva, Andrea Pirlo, David Luiz, Andrés Iniesta and Thibaut Courtois. I also spotted Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Jon Jones and Anderson Silva among other sports/Nike luminaries.


Lebron shows what it is really like to wear a superhero mask


I don’t even watch basketball, but while passing TVs of late I noticed some guy playing basketball who seemed to be wearing a sinister mask that made him look like Doctor Doom’s henchman. Turns out it’s Lebron James, who broke his nose a few weeks ago and has been wearing a protective device since then. […]


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The Beat has been intermittent these past few days, and our crack team of technical experts are working feverishly to solve the problems, so that you may enjoy the informative, entertaining content that you expect from Heidi, Steve, and me, Torsten, the wrangler of the infinite monkeys. Do to this service disruption, I will be […]


EXCLUSIVE preview: Baltic comics anthology s!14 Sports


  Boy, does time come around fast- it seemed like just a few days ago I was writing up the preview for s!13 Life is Live. A comics fan must never complain about time speeding by though, as it means the release of good material is ever more imminent. And so it is with the upcoming […]


Valiant wants you to pick a luge suit


When Valiant Entertainment came back, they wanted to make a splash—with strong content, memorable characters and regular shipping. And luge. Because everyone loves luging and lugers. For those who are not winter sport aficionados, this is the sport where people pile into a tiny sled and go feet first down an icy hill. Sometimes two people pile onto the tiny sled.


Who turned the lights out at the Super Bowl: Beyoncé or Bane?


When the Super Bowl at the Super Dome was plunged into darkness by a blackout last night, Twitter immediately pointed the finger at two possible suspects—halftime entertainer Beyoncé ,who doubtless needed a million hair dryers to get her ‘do just so, and alight those neon Busby Berkeley tributes.


Shocker! NFL SuperPro may be appearing in the NFL RUSH ZONE comics


After our mentioning how much the world needs the return of NFL Superpro just the other day, a well-sourced rumor claims that NFL Superpro may make an appearance in Action Lab’s new NFL RUSH ZONE comics.


Beat Man of the Year, Non-Comics Division: R.A. Dickey


Is there a more feel good story anywhere this year than the R.A. Dickey saga?

Once cast on the scrapheap of pitching due to lacking a crucial ligament in his elbow, Dickey went through purgatory and emerged with the determination to claw his way back, and gripping the baseball with his knuckles. The Mets pitcher won his 20th game yesterday, the first Met to do so since 1990, and along the way he’s having one of the greatest seasons ever by a pitcher who specializes in throwing knuckleballs.


The Olympics for Nerds: The Parade of Olympic Mascots

While you may not be interested in sporting events, the history of Olympic Mascots ties into such familiar Beat territory as licensing and furries. According to the Smithsonian , the Germans, who innovated the pictographs we spotlighted earlier, also invented the Olympic mascot with Wendi, a lovable dachshund who introduced the 1972 Summer games in Munich. It was only the beginning of a parade of characters hated and loved, but most often hated.


The Brooklyn Nets will be buying their comics at Bergen Street Comics

On our periodic forays to Bergen Street Comics we’ve been watching the new Barclays Center go up a few blocks away, so it’s good to know that
comics loving Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez knows where to get his books:


No-Han Mania!

So thrilled I got to see the end of this game and the Mets no-hit dearth—a 50-year legacy of 9th inning heartbreak—ended.