Category Columns

The Bag Skate – Hawks/Coyotes game 4 Running Diary

First off, I’ve come up with a cool hockey-themed name for my column. For you hockey novices, let me explain…a bag skate is a hockey practice where the coaches keep the pucks in the bag. All they do is skate, skate and then they skate some more. It’s a punitive measure that usually follows a […]

Through Both Lenses: Cubs Notes And Why Samardzija Might Be Good

by: Mauricio Rubio Jr. email: mr@99sportsproblems.com twitter: @MRubio52 I love the very beginning of baseball season for a multitude of reasons. Small sample sizes make for fun numbers, like guys with OBP’s lower than their AVG’s, players with more home runs than entire teams, guys who haven’t walked or struck out all year, the dudes that are on […]

Through Both Lenses: #42, Minnie, and Afro Latinos in Baseball

“People see dark faces out there, and the perception is that they’re African American. They’re not us. They’re impostors” -Torii Hunter by: Mauricio Rubio Jr. email: mr@99sportsproblems.com twitter: @MRubio52  Note: This article is the start of something, the history of the Afro-Latino in baseball cannot be summed up in one blog post or even a […]

The SaniTERRYum X: A Farewell to Chicagoan Arms

The SaniTERRYum X: A Call to Chicagoan Arms Drinking Bell’s Oberon, munching on El Ranchero chips with salsa, and watching Kyle Korver and my Bulls outhustle and beat up on the annoying New York Knickerbockers, it’s difficult for me to be mad at much. But I’m mad at New York. I always have been. I’m […]

Smoked Meat Loaf

The Musings of a Smoker

By: Raul Parra Email: rp@99sportsproblems.com Twitter: ParraPalliative I’m sitting here waiting for the last hour to wind down on my smoked wings.  I can smell the sweet hickory in the air.  Like a sacrifice, it burns so it can feed the gods and in doing so it creates milky white apparitions in the sky.  I’m […]

The SaniTERRYum IX: Midwest Is Best

ALL THE KIDS WITH THEIR PUMPED UP KICKS While watching the championship game between Kentucky and Kansas the other night, I had several revelations. Kentucky was sporting 4 or 5 future Lottery Picks. Kansas probably 1. Kentucky won the game before halftime started. Bill Self is annoying. Coach Cal knows what he’s doing, and he’s […]

Through Both Lenses: Opening Day

by: Mauricio Rubio Jr. email: mr@99sportsproblems.com twitter: @MRubio52 For me, Opening Day is about two things, baseball and faith. Our most polarizing teams, the Cubs and Sox, will be going into a season of transition. Both teams are at the bottom in terms of expectations. Nobody can honestly believe that next year is this year, […]