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Justin Cox
Justin is the editor of Slow Pitch, a sports blog. He recently finished his first novel, titled Ritualistic Keyboard Annihilation. The book is not about sports, but it does mention the World Series a handful times. Like Slow Pitch blog on Facebook to have your mind blown daily.

Entries by Justin Cox

A Dodgers Fan in a Giants World

(16) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 4:11 PM

I grew up a Dodger fan in Southern California, but my family uprooted to northern California when I was 14. With seven years of little league under my belt and a deep love for the likes of Mike Piazza, Raul Mondessi and Hideo Nomo, I brought my fandom north with...

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Far From Cursed, Red Sox Fans are Spoiled These Days

(6) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 3:45 PM

I was in an Irish pub in Madrid when I watched the Red Sox come back against the Yankees in 2004. Because Spain is nine hours ahead, the games aired in the middle of the night.

I'm not even a Red Sox fan, but it was clear something special...

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A War Waged During Spring Break: A Memory From 10 Years Ago

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 11:40 AM

I was sitting in a Long Beach apartment when the Iraq war began 10 years ago this week.

I spent the previous night sleeping in my truck in a grocery store parking lot. I was eating carne asada and drinking a bottle of beer with three friends when it...

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One Long Week and the Birthing of Our Baby

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 12:46 PM

My mom recently described my wife as the “most happy pregnant girl she’d ever met.”

And she was right. For seven months, Bianca owned her pregnancy like the gift from God that it was. We went camping almost every weekend during the months of June and July (her 6th and 7th months...

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The Bastardization of YOLO

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 4:05 PM

Let's start this off with a tidbit from of Urban Dictionary as it relates to the expression "YOLO."

YOLO: Acronym for You Only Live Once. Mainly used to defend doing something ranging from mild to extreme stupidity.

YOLO, as defined above, reached popularity with the Drake and Lil Wayne song...

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Ron Paul Spoke Right Next to Where UC Davis Students Were Pepper Sprayed; Nobody Protested

(62) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 11:14 AM

Quite honestly, if any other Republican presidential candidate were to have stopped by the UC Davis quad to give a campaign speech last week, there's little doubt in my mind that it would have been overshadowed by some form of protest.

We're talking about the same quad...

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One Baseball Team, Cradle to Grave

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 7:21 PM

My good friend Tanner -- who was an A's fan while we were in college from 2001-2005 -- posted the following on my Fantasy Baseball league's message board shortly before our draft this week. The gist is that he's an A's fan who is prepared to sidestep to the Giants during...

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Humphries, Kardashian and Why the Washington Post Social Reader Is Junk

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 11:11 AM

I usually prefer to actually read something before I decide if I want to share it with my friends. The Washington Post Social Reader removes the ability to make that choice, and that's why it's a bad thing.

It's like me saying, "Hey, I saw a flier for a band...

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A Decade of (Bad) Super Bowl Halftime Shows

(7) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 5:53 PM

I enjoyed Sunday night's halftime show more than others from recent years. That's coming from a guy who has paid money for albums by The Who and Paul McCartney, and attended concerts by the Rolling Stones and Tom Petty.

Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction was a...

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Alabama-LSU Teabagging: Breaking Down ESPN and Deadspin's Coverage

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 10:36 AM

The difference between ESPN and Deadspin was put nicely on display during coverage of the now-famous LSU-Alabama teabagging video that went viral after the BCS championship game.

ESPN didn't use the word teabagging one time in their coverage; not even in quotes. They (along with the...

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The Misery of Kicking Footballs

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 4:49 PM

About a year ago, I watched Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman botch two very makable field goals in a game that would have sent his team to the National Championship game.

I felt horrible for that kid.

I felt that way again this week, while enjoying...

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Editing for Patch in the Wake of Pepper Spray

(5) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 10:16 AM

Nothing shakes up a routine like a shot of pepper spray to the face. At least that's been the case for me as a reporter in Davis.

I'm the editor of Davis Patch, and although I was not on the receiving end of Lt. Pike's now-famous

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Skip Bayless Is Absolutely Unwatchable

(37) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 6:23 PM

I found myself liking Stephen A. Smith the other day. It was a first for me.

I realized quickly though that it was just because he was sharing the camera with Skip Bayless, who might as well have been barfing onto the debate desk of ESPN's First...

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Solar Panels, Songwriting and Too Big to Fail With Cake's John McCrea

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 12:49 PM

John McCrea of the band Cake writes songs about small things that would otherwise seem borderline meaningless.

He doesn't need to fall in and out of love to write a song about a girl. He just needs to hone in on a short skirt and...

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5 Bands That Are Reviving "Bluegrass"

(11) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 4:24 PM

I wrote a blog post a few months ago in which I referred to the band Old Crow Medicine Show as "everything you could ever want in a bluegrass band." One HuffPost user immediately held me accountable:

cjmccardle: "To call OCMS music Bluegrass is totally...

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Newspapers as Souvenirs

(2) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 6:08 PM

By the time I picked up my copy of the San Francisco Chronicle the morning after Osama bin Laden's death, I had already consumed every piece of national news within its pages.

It may be sad, but it's the first paper I bought all year. I can count on...

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Mumford & Sons Hit the Railroad, a Revival Ensues

(19) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 1:52 PM

I was scanning the San Francisco skyline through a chain-link fence and swigging wine from a plastic cup when I realized I was at one of the cooler shows I'd ever been to.

By this point, Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic...

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Is Journalism Grad School Worth It?

(15) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 1:40 PM

A Masters degree in journalism is not cheap. Couple that with the fact that the industry is low-paying, very crowded, and rapidly changing, and what you have is a pretty complex career path.

A friend of mine recently graduated from UC Berkeley's journalism school and is thinking...

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A Burrito, a Power Nap, and Some Adderall

(4) Comments | Posted February 5, 2011 | 12:07 PM

This is a story about a time I traded a $3 burrito for an Adderall pill.

It's also about a realization I had one year later, after taking a power-nap in an office bathroom stall.


The only thing that stood between me and my bachelor's degree was...

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Why Over-Glamorizing College Is Problematic

(17) Comments | Posted December 22, 2010 | 12:25 PM

College in America has been over-glamorized, and the effects have been damaging to the country. Consider two issues we currently face:

• Millions of kids, fresh out of university, are jobless and deep in debt with student loans, kind of like me.
• Our country is...

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