Why Hockey Has to Rethink the Header

Categories: Sports

For something that went down at such an obscene hour EST — and that involved the other NHL conference final, i.e., not the Rangers' — the soccer-style header delivered by Chicago's Andrew Shaw in double OT against the Ducks sure attracted no paucity of New York buzz. The Times ran an explanation of the rule governing such a play. Islanders forward Michael Grabner, claiming ignorance of that proscription, saluted Shaw's effort nonetheless. And New York City FC midfielder Mix Diskerud seemed to dig it, which I know because I tweeted the clip to him and he favorited it — hooray! (The Rangers themselves might've stayed largely mum on the subject, at least on social media, but then they did have a Game 3 to prep for down in Tampa, and the whole state of Florida is still limited to 14.4 dial-up, I think.)

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People Really Hate the Mets Fedora Giveaway

Categories: Fashion, Sports

They say one fedora per crew, but what about 15,000 per crew?
"Come on Mets. You were doing so well."

That's one of the many comments Mets fans left on the club's Facebook, after the team's marketers reminded everybody that the first 15,000 fans to Saturday's game will get a free fedora. Pop culture has taught us that the rule is "one fedora per crew," but what if your crew is the population of Citi Field and there are 15,000 fedoras?

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Dear Chris Rock, Here's How You Can Get More Black People to Watch Baseball

Chris Rock, Newark Bears owner? Here's the full cover of this week's Village Voice. Photo-illustration: Chris Rock, David Shankbone/Creative Commons; Body Double, Michael Harris, photographed by Steve Truesdell; Newark Bears Jersey by Ebbets Field Flannels (ebbets.com)
On April 21 Bryant Gumbel aired a monologue by Chris Rock on his HBO show Real Sports. The comedian's topic was the deteriorating relationship between baseball and African Americans. Rock played it for laughs, but it was clear he was serious about the subject.

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NYC FC Says Its Supporters Group Is Handing Out Those Much-Maligned Song Lists

Categories: Internet, Sports

The much-hyped New York City FC are struggling on the field, winning just once thus far in their inaugural season. It's nothing to sing about, but a song list being circulated at games encourages fans to do just that. Except everybody hates the songs.

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Female Boxer Heather Hardy Is One Tough Mother

Categories: Culture, Sports

All photos by Dave Gershgorn
Heather Hardy, center, with her ten-year-old daughter, Annie, on the left and her corner-man, on the right, just before her bout in October
Boxer Heather Hardy's reputation in the ring is that she's tenacious and unrelenting. It's not undeserved: She holds a 12-0 record in professional fights. But outside the ring, Hardy, a native of Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, is a single mother of a ten-year-old daughter, Annie. By day, she's a trainer at Gleason's Gym. Back in October, Hardy, nicknamed "The Heat," won the WBC International female super bantamweight title, defeating Crystal Hoy in a fight held at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in midtown.

The below photo essay follows Hardy everywhere during the weeks before that title bout.

Hardy's next fight is this Saturday against Renata Domsodi at the Barclays Center. They are the only two females on the card, headlined by Ryan Burnett fighting Stephon McIntyre. Hardy was one of the first two females to fight at the Barclays Center, doing so in June 2014. She hopes that her continued presence, and ticket sales, will sway Barclays to bring on more female fighters.

"[Gleason's Gym president] Bruce Silverglade used to say that when he goes to the bank and gives them the money, they don't ask him if it came from a man or a woman," Hardy told Team LeftJab Boxing Radio in March.

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Competing Long Island City Climbing Gyms Try to Claim the Title of New York's Largest

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Emile Hallez for the Village Voice
Climbers will soon have to choose their favorite Long Island City wall.
When Brooklyn Boulders co-founder Lance Pinn began scouting locations in 2012 for a massive indoor climbing gym in Long Island City, it was unrelated, he says, to plans his biggest competitor, the Cliffs, had to do the same.

On Thursday, Pinn announced that his facility, which he says is New York's largest, will open by the end of the summer. It sits at the ground level of the Q41 building, a once-stalled residential tower that in 2011 was revived as a mixed-use affordable-housing complex after being bailed out with millions in subsidies as part of the city's Housing Asset Renewal Program.

The development comes more than a year after the Cliffs opened its neighboring mega-gym, which has an estimated 30,000 square feet of terrain on its walls. Depending on how one measures, the Cliffs could also be considered the largest in the city.

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This Year's Yankees-Mets Face-Off Caps a Long, Weird History

Categories: Sports

Danny Hellman
Since baseball inaugurated interleague play in 1997, the Yankees and Mets have dueled 98 times during the regular season, with the Bronx Bombers holding a 56-42 edge. This season offers an added bonus: two additional games resulting from the teams' divisions being matched in interleague play in 2015, leading to the earliest-ever face-off between the clubs, from April 24 to 26 in the Bronx.

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Charter Schools CEO Incorporates Soccer Just as NYC FC Looks to City's Youth Programs

Categories: Education, Sports

Photo courtesy Success Academy
Boris Bozic and his students
Success Academy Charter Schools, which has won praise for its students' academic achievements, has quietly launched a soccer program after recruiting a coach from one of Manhattan's most successful youth teams.

The timing is delicious: With New York City FC making its Major League Soccer debut on March 15 at Yankee Stadium — and, in the process, becoming the latest professional team in the Tri-State region (joining the Red Bulls and their newly established USL Pro squad, Red Bulls II, as well as the New York Cosmos) — fútbol is having its latest moment in New York. Success Academy is hoping for the same high level of success on the soccer field as it gets in the classroom.

Which might make Eva Moskowitz the most important soccer mom in the city.

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Meet the Ex-Pitcher Whose Fair-Pay Lawsuit Is a Sore Spot for Major League Baseball

Categories: Longform, Sports

Photo: Steve Truesdell
Garrett Broshuis struggled financially during his six-year tour in the minors. Now the recent law school grad has filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit accusing Major League Baseball of violating federal wage laws.
Garrett Broshuis remembers heading from the diamond to the locker room back in April 2009 when his coach called him into the office. Broshuis's knees seemed to register the significance of the invite as quickly as his brain, causing the six-foot-two-inch pitcher to wobble awkwardly. Having spent five years in the San Francisco Giants farm system, Broshuis knew it was never a good thing to be called into the coach's office, especially on the last day of spring training.

"I was basically told that I didn't have a future in the Giants organization," recalls the ex-athlete, who, as a pitcher for the University of Missouri–Columbia Tigers, went 11-0 his senior year, tying a school record. But the Giants didn't completely sever ties with Broshuis that day. Instead, the organization gave him the option to ride out the season as a "filler," a sparring partner of sorts for guys who — unlike him — might actually have a shot at the bigs.

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The Third Rail: How It Feels to Support New York City FC, the Team That Doesn't Yet Exist

The Third Rail is the name of the supporters group for New York City FC, a team that has yet to play a game, put together a full squad, or find a permanent stadium. And up until the 11 a.m. hour on Thursday, they didn't know what their team's jersey would look like.

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