Patrick Daugherty

Patrick Daugherty writes Sporting Box — athletics with gush. He wrote for the Berkeley Monthly before the Reader.

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Sports don’t kill people, sports teams kill people

So, it’s Seattle versus New England in the Big Game. Yes, I’m going to watch it, I’ll be with friends, there’ll be booze, food, laughing, and good fellowship. But, I do not fool myself. I ...

Sports under duress

Playing a sport under duress changes the experience. The amount of change depends on the type and intensity of duress. Starting from the low end of the scale: the Duress of Indecision. A friend calls ...

Say, what happened with that whole Ray Rice thing?

We are deep into the NFL playoffs and villagers feel the energy. Big like for the 7-8-1 Carolina Panthers making it to the second round. Cowboys-Packers should be good, Broncos-Colts, Ravens-Patriots set up nicely, and ...

That old black magic

The problem with the Chargers is that Philip Rivers is cursed.

In terms of fan interest, yes, the Chargers Saturday night comeback ranks right up there. The Bolts push on with their December heroics, every game is a must-win game, every game is a walking–to-the-edge thriller, ...

Playing through pain

Rub some dirt on it and get out there!

Tricky topic. Civilians and athletes have different tolerances when it comes to pain, although, counterintuitively, they have similar “pain thresholds” (the point where pain begins to be felt). According to a research article in the ...

Thanksgiving as we know it

True greed has no end. Greed grows until something makes it stop. There will be three NFL games televised on Thanksgiving. Games run from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. According to a 2010 Wall Street ...

Your move, sexy Grandmaster


The World Series is over, the NFL season is only now coming to speed, the NBA and NHL seasons have just begun. We are becalmed in a brief sports sweet spot where one has time ...

World Series issue

Homeland Security has MLB’s backside

You’ve probably read the story. Agents from Homeland Security raided Birdies Panties and confiscated merchandise. Birdies is a modest, two-woman lingerie shop located in downtown Kansas City. Kansas City is excited about the Royals finally ...


Empty your head, pull the trigger.

“Two, five, ten — who knows how many thousand snow geese have lifted from a marsh forming one huge skein of geese, a swarm of geese, a living tornado of geese, and is flying toward ...

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