FRONDORF: The Murphy-Frondorf Law

“We don’t understand the infield fly rule, either.” That little joke, likely the doing of some PR person trying futilely to humanize the bio section on the MLB’s Twitter account, was perhaps a little too accurate on Friday night, when obscure infield fly rule was invoked controversially at a crucial moment of a wild card, […]

FRONDORF: Goodbye, replacement refs

“I will remember you. Will you remember me?” said no one about the NFL replacement referees, as the league finally made a deal last week to bring the professional crews back on the field. Considering a popular YouTube “in memoriam” video set highlights of the replacements’ greatest bloopers against the weepy Sarah McLachlan song of […]

FRONDORF: Come watch some Yale football

Did you know that there’s a home football game this Saturday? Even if you do, are you planning on going? Your Bulldogs are 1–1 with a freshman quarterback and a first-year coach, and they’re showing a lot of promise. They’ve got a good chance for a win against Colgate, and they could use some more […]

FRONDORF: Unwritten rules are made to be broken

Maybe we should keep a closer eye on coaches’ conduct after a game: They can’t even seem to get through the postgame handshake without going at it. Last year, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh shook Lions coach Jim Schwartz’s hand just a little too forcefully after a tense game, nearly resulting in fisticuffs. On Sunday, the […]

FRONDORF: Fantasy should not overtake reality

“God bless fantasy football. There are many things a man can do with his time. This is better than those things.” This monologue kicked off the first season of “The League,” an FX series that features a cast of characters joined together by their annual fantasy football league. Going into its fourth season, the show […]

FRONDORF: Murray makes it a “Big Four”

I didn’t expect to write a follow-up column on the U.S. Open. Andy Murray has been on a roll, sure, but with the world’s best at Arthur Ashe, I didn’t expect him to make it all the way to the final. Instead, we got a final and much more: Andy Murray managed to hold off […]

FRONDORF: The Murray effect

Looking back, Monday wasn’t the best night to be at the U.S. Open. Top seed Roger Federer had already played earlier in the afternoon, and the Andy Roddick farewell tour wouldn’t resume until the next day. But watching two rising stars gave me hope that passion still lives somewhere in sports today. Those of us […]

FRONDORF: A(nother) fall from grace

We thought the Steroid Era was over. Fans, executives, and analysts alike thought we had finally moved on from the rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) that seemed to infiltrate nearly every sport. Athletes testified, Congress investigated, and strict drug-testing policies were put in place throughout professional and amateur athletics. MLB suspensions for steroid use […]