Bob Molinaro Archive

Double standard helps explain the reaction to Bassett's gaffe

Sexism: If a man were responsible for an own goal that eliminated England from the World Cup, he would endure widespread derision and vilification from Fleet Street and the Twitter-sphere while enjoying barely an ounce of sympathy like that being reserved for Laura Bassett. Sparing Bassett the scorn that would be heaped upon a male in her position is the decent, humane thing to do.

Movie openings: "Ted 2"; "Magic Mike XXL"; "Terminator Genisys"

"TED 2"

Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby. First, Ted has to show the court he's a person. Come again? Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane are back for the second round. R (115 min.)

Dispute over A-Rod's 3,000th hit ball gets out of hand

Just business: Negotiations continue between the New York Yankees and ballhawk Zack Hample, who caught Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit - a home run to right. Both sides are approaching the process as if it were a hostage situation. Hample is catching a lot of grief for not turning the ball over to A-Rod, but why should he?

MOLINARO: Hey ODU, want prosperity? Tear down this stadium.

Take it down: Nobody ever argued that Foreman Field was worth saving when its primary tenant was ODU's championship field hockey teams. If anybody spoke in sentimental tones about the "atmosphere" of the Depression-era WPA building project, its timeless significance or the importance of preserving the footprint, I never heard it.

Bottom line with Hope Solo? Talent trumps character

Controversy: It's a gross understatement to call U.S. women's soccer goalie Hope Solo a polarizing figure. From the New York Times to ESPN's Keith Olbermann, she's being portrayed as unfit - or at the very least, an uncomfortable fit - to represent her country in the World Cup after her arrest last June on domestic violence charges.

Face it, UAB: Football will always win

Tail wags dog:  Alabama-Birmingham president Ray Watts, the man who killed the school's football program, welcomed it back six months later after the people who write the big checks and others who were making his life a living hell convinced him that a university without football just doesn't count for much anymore. Isn't that one not-so-subtle message to emerge from this Bama brouhaha?

LeBron-MJ talk seems inevitable now on airwaves

Hoops du jour: While waiting for the start of the NBA Finals, I'll tread lightly around the sports talk radio dial, lest I come across one more tiresome, played-out pseudo debate over whether - after five consecutive Finals appearances - LeBron James is fit to lick Michael Jordan's Nikes.

Column | Goodell should play hardball with Brady

Wordplay: With the abrupt decline in Tom Brady's popularity, many people hope Roger Goodell is tough on the Patriots quarterback during the appeal process. When you think about it, though, won't any interrogation of Brady have to consist mostly of soft-ball questions?

Imagine if they sold deflated footballs

Bottom line: Since Tom Brady's suspension was announced, sales of his No. 12 jersey have doubled - not just in the Northeast, but throughout 22 states. His is the third-fastest selling jersey, behind those of recently drafted Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. More proof that there's no such thing as bad publicity.

It's time for Brady to be benched. Do you Roger that, Roger?

Exhausted: Sometimes just about everything's been said about the kerfuffle du jour before I can get to my keyboard. More probable than not, then, I'm simply joining the chorus of critics who believe it's more than probable that Tom Brady will be suspended for the start of next season for allegedly lying about those deflated footballs. My prediction: Two, maybe three, games. Probably.

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