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health reasons
we're all calling in stressed
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
1.1.10 • CLASSIC

On the day after Christmas, Urban Meyer took the most coveted job in college football, or for that matter, academia, and one at which he had done better than any other coach at any other school in the top echelon of the top tier in college sports, and, remarkably, shoved it. For health reasons. Within minutes, symptoms began flying around the sports media universe like alternative uses for a golf club. "Chest pains" remains right there at the top, and any man who has reached a certain age will

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march away from madness
when bracketology goes wrong
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: sports
4.4.08 • CLASSIC

I don't care about sports, except once a year for a few weeks, when I become dangerously overinvested in men's college basketball. I research every team in the tournament, from Siena to St. Joe's, the Hilltoppers to the Zags. I make my picks, obsess over my bracket, glue my ear to the local sports radio station. (Note: local Philly sports radio doesn't actually broadcast the tournament but does comment on it nonstop, with a strikingly frequent use of the word "fazool.") Over a small contribution

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every pitcher sells astoria, don't it?
a mini-guide to bars i can walk to from my apartment
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
6.10.09 • CLASSIC

Those of you who know me are probably aware that when I go out, it's usually in Manhattan. This is not because, as many of my friends may believe, my neighborhood has no watering holes, pubs, bars, clubs, speakeasies, dives, cantinas, lounges, etc. In truth, the Ditmars section of Astoria boasts a wide variety of locales at which to purchase a libation. I just don't like most of them. However, in the interest of potentially enticing my nearest and dearest to make the 15-minute subway ride from

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a midsummer's ball game
watching the classic become a classic
by michelle von euw
topic: sports
7.13.07 • CLASSIC

My husband sits on the couch, a thick black binder flipped open as the All-Star Game flickers on the television set in front of us. It’s the 77th annual mid-summer classic, and, more meaningfully to us, the tenth year we've watched it together. He points to a card encased in plastic in his book, to a face so young and thin and inexperienced it looks like it belongs to a sophomore in high school at best. “Derek Jeter,” I say, and he pulls back his hand to reveal the name of the current Yan

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clinging bitterly
i still believe in a place called mope
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
11.7.08 • CLASSIC

I have so much hate in my heart and nowhere to put it. Walking home through my wildly liberal neighborhood Tuesday night, the scene was positively surreal. Strangers were high-fiving each other in the street, people were banging pots and pans with cheerful abandon, drivers were leaning on their horns in glee. It was like being at the crumbling of the Berlin Wall or the assassination of the cast of "The Hills." Utter pandemonium. I’ve never seen such an outpouring of happiness for a political e

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two tales of one city
rebuilding lives after hurricane katrina
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: news
9.29.10 • CLASSIC

“You would not believe how many people on my street have cancer,” the delivery woman said as she placed box lunches at my feet. “Sure, our houses are repaired, but our hearts--well, some of us still have hearts flooded with despair.” I was standing on a sidewalk of the flood-ravaged home of Mrs. Goff in the Gentilly neighborhood in New Orleans, fingers stuck together with window glazing and Dover White paint, my face slick with the humidity and 90-degree heat at 10:30 in the morning.

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september 11th, 10 years later
looking back, looking ahead
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: news
9.12.11 • CLASSIC

By the time you read this, for better or worse, the 10th anniversary (what is a synonym for "anniversary" that doesn't sound so peppy?) of the September 11th attacks will have passed. All of the commemorations and terrifying flashback footage and heartfelt commercials will be done and we'll be back to our daily reality, whatever that may be.

We are different in so many ways since 2001, in ways that connect to September 11th, and in ways that don't. The technological advances we've achieved in that decade have been phenomenal, and yet, I don't know that we're smarter as a collective. 

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construction: the underdog: part i
the invitation
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
1.21.08 • CLASSIC

2008 will be a year of change. And that's not just because Barack Obama says so. On November fourth, 2008, or at least shortly thereafter, the next president of this country will be elected. Wait! If politics isn't your thing, I implore you to stick around at least to the end of this article. This is a really short piece by Intrepid Media's standards, so my pitch won't take long. I get pretty freakin' excited about presidential elections. It's like a hunger I can only satisfy every four

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dating
you're doin' it wrong
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: humor
12.30.09 • CLASSIC

Once upon a time, I was drunk and sad on a layover in Amsterdam. Anyone can be drunk in Amsterdam, but why would anyone be sad in such a beautiful place? I was on a six day trip that included two twenty-four hour layovers in Den Haag, a gorgeous seaside town forty-five minutes outside of the city proper. Flying with some super-senior women, I was the low girl on the totem pole, and they were quite frankly really mean to me. Usually, I can deal with anyone, but this trip fell just after a

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three-way etiquette for dummies
a guide to popping the +1 question with finesse
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: humor
3.14.08 • CLASSIC

Guys, face it. Us chicks know you've always got three-way in your brain. Sleeping with two of us at the same time is usually up there, along with naked Heidi Klum daydreams, linty bits regarding your relationships, and some questionable visuals possibly involving I Love New York's very own namesake host. (Yeek.) We also know you guys usually do not succeed in addressing the topic with tact, delicacy, or general grace. In fact, when you bring it up, you pretty much thunk like a ballet dancer tha

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the power to decide
why it’s necessary for women to control their birth control
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: news
3.7.12 • CLASSIC

When Sandra Fluke stood up to testify in front of Congress on February 23rd about the importance of accessible birth control for all women, she probably didn’t expect to be called a prostitute. Women probably didn’t think that, in March of 2012, we’d be defending our right to use a medicine that was approved for sale 52 years ago. And yet, here we are again having to convince people – primarily men – that women do have the right to have sex without pregnancy.

We live in a time when men are lowering or erasing the barriers that allow them to get women pregnant (see: insurance-subsidized Viagra), while making it harder and harder for women to prevent conception. While the issue is birth control, no-one is really talking about condoms in this case. Condoms are available on supermarket shelves, they cost less to buy, and they are known to prevent STIs – a definite medical benefit. They also require the consent of a man. The real subject of the conversation is the pill: the birth control method that women control and that women can practice with or without a man’s knowledge or consent.* The question then becomes not just should women use contraception, but should women be allowed to choose contraception on their own? There are many excellent reasons why the answer is – and should always be – yes.

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the great american sameness
a plea for difference
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
8.24.11 • CLASSIC

A few weeks ago I went on a road trip. My wife and I drove from our home in North Carolina to Minneapolis, Minnesota for a wedding. A smart man may have flown, but that man was probably not transporting kegs of beer to serve at said wedding. During this trip, we went across an amazing array of American countryside.

The trip spanned North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and finally, Minnesota and it struck me again - as it did when we drove across the country about a decade back - just how vast and variable our country is. To put it simply, it is amazing and majestic.

From North Carolina driving north into West Virginia we drove through the Blue Ridge Mountains, these beautiful verdant green, sheer-drop landscapes. It feels as though the forest is soaring over your head and flowing under your feet as you bend through the roadways there.

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a diamond in the rough
the rules of engagement
by heather m. millen
topic: general
4.27.07 • CLASSIC

When I announced my engagement in September of 2006, I had many visions of what the following year would entail. What I pictured was an endless year of one champagne-drenched celebration after another, all held in my honor. Red carpets rolled out at any available opportunity! And, heck, I didn't even necessarily need parties thrown for me, I'd create them wherever I went, celebrating the engagement until it was no more. I'd have to invest in a tractor trailer to haul all of my fabulous new p

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possible ride effects
a blog at best
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: advertising
9.28.07 • CLASSIC

It's Wednesday again, and I'm not impressed. Another ride to work on my aging Trek mountain bike, which has been modified only slightly with "hybrid" tires that make riding on the pavement a little less sluggish, but will explode if you hit a sharp curb. Fortunately, like most of the commuters you encounter in Boston, curbs in this teenytiny city are worn, dull, and slowly eroding into forms barely distinguishable from the street itself. As I ride in, I listening to yet another podcast. This t

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