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TheSportingSnarf is a website dedicated to the enjoyable, humorous, and nuanced aspects of the sporting and (to a lesser extent) pop-culture world.  We attempt to touch upon (in varying degrees of print/video length) engaging topics which are not discussed nearly enough. We’d love for you to give us your perspective, network, and participate regularly. But if you’d just like to join in on the mob-mentality and get all sanctimonious on a particular sports figure — head on over to ESPN.com. (Mickey Mouse welcomes you.) Or you can keep it real with us.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.




Vindication in the Rain

Sports have a funny way of making you question everything about your life, as if every decision you’ve recently made will be doubted in loss or secured in triumph. Maybe it’s especially me, since I care so much about the outcome. As rain poured inning by inning it built up inside how badly I wanted […]

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STAND UP, WEST MICHIGAN

STAND UP, WEST MICHIGAN

We are hosting the only game in West Michigan of the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs, and it is Wednesday night. These are the defending league champions. Since 1994, Bob Wells and the Whitecaps have captured our hearts with every single game, win or lose, because of the electric family atmosphere they provide. […]

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Baseball

So, my dad and I just finished attending Harry Potter night at the old ballpark in West Michigan. And let me tell you, after watching the Whitecaps four times in August, seeing the Tigers go on multiple winning streaks, and viewing the stadium from my backyard – there is most definitely some magic to this […]

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Let’s Get It, Tigers

$narf is back. The hiatus is gone. Let’s win this division, take the AL Pennant, and claim the World Series. Look, I’ve had enough. Oldschool and I are done: we let y’all do your thing, and once we stopped watching because we moved in to our new home and cable wasn’t hooked up, the Detroit […]

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Struggling with Small Ball

So, our Detroit Tigers are on pace to score a record amount of their runs via the home run – but is this necessarily a good thing? I miss the manufacturing of runs, bunts with guys on base, sacrifice flies with snarfs on 3rd and less than two outs… if we mixed it up more […]

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Hour of Darkness

Just finished season four of “Orange Is the New Black,” and with a full moon in the sky and Melania Trump stealing Michelle Obama’s speech from 2008 – you would think we were all turning into monsters. How else can you describe the tyranny in this mad world? While the show is partly fictional, it’s […]

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Tigers Midseason Report

Tigers Midseason Report

#1 Fire Brad immediately. No more time to waste, if you witnessed me and oldschool, especially myself, suffering and slowly but surely melting like a candle – you’d think we were insane. But we love our team and I find myself unable to stop liking these fantastic players. Therefore, unless you also enjoy the false […]

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TIGERS STEAL HOME & YOUR HEART

TIGERS STEAL HOME & YOUR HEART

Perhaps, tonight, with a 7-2 hole looking them square in the face, did the Tigers save their season? Oldschool and I started out feeling optimistic. But our 3-2 counts = nothing, for we forbid the walk in favor of the swing, to no avail. In the end, I pouted and walked off, desperate to regain […]

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The Lost City of Detroit

I didn’t realize how abandoned the city of Motown was until I took at class at the University of Michigan breaking down the “white flight.” I’ve written it before: the city of Detroit, like it’s sports teams, is actually in great current standing – yet the money remains in the suburbs still. Where are the […]

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Love Defies Logic

As oldschool went to bed, the clock was past midnight Eastern time. The Tigers led 1-0 behind a Big Cat home run, gave up a two-run blast, tied it on another solo shot from Upton, and then went on to give up 7 straight runs. Down 9-2, J.D. Martinez had lifted a two-run shot out […]

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Almost Unbearable

Almost Unbearable

Brad Ausmus and I do not think alike. Unless it’s just the way Big Cat and our hitters approach the game – not working the count, swinging at the first fastball they see. Personally, I do not enjoy watching the 2016 Detroit Tiger offensive style. And it’s only May. Unless Ausmus is dismissed for Kirk […]

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Change the Batting Order

You could claim the Tigers’ resurgence of late is due to Brad’s infamous ejection on Monday, but maybe it has had more to do with the return of originally drafted by Detroit Cameron Maybin? In just four games back in uniform, he is leading our team with as many stolen bases. And he’s worked the […]

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