Fashion watch: what to wear after you’ve lost the World Series

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I’ve refrained from commenting too much on the Mets recreating Brunnhilde’s Immolation scene just in time for the World Series, but then I ran across a report on how the day after, on Monday, they went to Citi Field for Locker Clean Out Day, and there were definitely some fashion Do’s and Don’ts. We’ll go […]

NL East champion Mets rookies caught in Underoo controversy

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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”

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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?

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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 […]

NY Mets rookies in female superhero cosplay hazing ritual

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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

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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.

Please Stand By…We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties

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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 […]