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AuthorTom Danby

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May 22, 2017

Winning does strange things to a fandom. Since their first test match in 1903 the All Blacks have maintained a winning percentage in the high 70s and have only lost to seven of the 19 test playing nations, with Ireland securing their first win over the All Blacks in 30 matches just the other year. […]

May 8, 2017

According Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball: the Art of Winning an Unfair Game, in 2003 a revolution of sorts happened in baseball. A type of Wall Street-based logic invaded the hallowed halls of America’s oldest game. The logic privileged the “objectivity” of statistical models over the traditional and subjective “eye test”, and sought to exploit the […]

March 27, 2017

I grew up a fan of Newcastle United FC when everyone at school supported Manchester United. This was not by choice. Rather, it was an unfortunate inheritance of birth, like my receding hairline, as my dad and his dad were both from Newcastle. That’s how fandom worked; it was passed on through marriage or birth […]

March 3, 2017

The eminently punchable quarterback of the New England Patriots, Tom Brady, had just orchestrated the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history — leading his team to 25 unanswered points, sending the game into overtime at 28-28. His team’s victory in overtime seemed inevitable after the toss of the coin; NFL overtime rules are needlessly complicated, […]

March 31, 2014

Against Me! have never aimed for subtlety.

March 17, 2014

Three albums into their career, Real Estate are still ploughing the mine of suburbia for woozy, guitar-focussed dream pop.