The 9 Circles of Tee Ball Hell

“Yes, it is almost summer, and for parents with children between the ages of four to six, it is tee ball season, the embryonic stage of America’s favorite pastime. Sure, seeing your child in an over sized t-shirt in one of the primary colors with a matching kiddie baseball cap is cute, but is it worth it?

“I have had two children go through tee ball, and my third has just started, and what I’ve realized is that there are nine circles to tee ball hell. I have taken the liberty of laying them out here.” — Nicole Johnson, Sammiches and Psych Meds

Read the rest of the article here.

The 9 Circles of Youth Sports Hell That All Parents Will Recognize

9-circles-of-youth-sports-and-dance-hell“Youth sports aren’t all trophies and high fives. Youth sports can be a firewalk through the inferno.” — Josette Plank, Scary Mommy

Read the full article of the circles of youth sports hell here.

Sirante’s recent graffiti in Rome (2018)

This piece by Sirante is in protest of the Giro d’Italia beginning in Israel. Note Dante and Virgil in the poster, watching today’s Inferno.

Contributed by Virginia Jewiss 

Dante’s Inferno in Cleveland (the Indians’ baseball stadium)

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Contributed by Eric Goldwyn (Bowdoin, ’02)

“Tevez, l’ultima follia. L’inferno sulla schiena”

Tevez-tattoo-inferno-schiena-juventus-dante“‘Lasciate ogni speranza o voi che entrate.’ Tutto sommato potrebbe essere questo il messaggio dell’ultima follia di Carlitos Tevez: un maxi tatuaggio realizzato dall’artista polacco Piotrek Taton. Tutta la schiena dell’Apache (non cè più spazio) è così diventata un groviglio di anime perse, dannati e diavoli.” — Gaetano de Stefano, La Gazzetta dello Sport, December 9, 2014

2014 Winter Olympics Bid: Sochi vs. 9th Circle

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Somewhat Topical Ecards, February 7, 2014

 

“Alchemists Needed for Mets’ Golden Anniversary”

mets-logo “Two years ago, I quoted Dante in warning Met fans to expect nothing. (Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”) That still works in 2012. But Mets fans need to take stock of the hope and humor that course underground, like a long-forgotten creek under a municipal dump.” [. . .]    –George Vecsey, The New York Times, March 31, 2012

Dante’s Inferno Football Camp

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“Becoming recognized as one of the most dynamic football camps in the northwest, Dante’s Inferno will give your child great football skills, incredible encouragement and inspirational life lessons. Special guest, Dante Rosario, University of Oregon standout and current NFL tight end for the Carolina Panthers, helps the “See Ya Later” Foundation bring a football camp to life that kids from all socio-economic scenarios and athletic talent can find great hope in…This camp is available for boys and girls 3rd through 8th grade…”    —SeeYaLater

“Una Divina Commedia per il catalano”

una-divina-commedia-per-il-catalano“Dante Alighieri, nel suo celeberrimo poema, peregrin&ograve fino al paradiso, lasciandosi alle spalle prima inferno e poi purgatorio. L’excursus di Cesc Fabregas &egrave differente: attualmente all’Arsenal, una sorta di purgatorio calcistico vista la volont&agrave di partire, il calciatore deve decidere se scendere tra le fiamme e congiungersi al Diavolo, oppure salire verso l'”eden” dorato di Barcellona, citt&agrave natale e sede del club campione d’Europa.” [. . .]    –Matteo Calcagni, Tutto Mercato Web, July 22, 2011

“For Mets, Gloom and Doom…”

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“‘Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.’ That’s what I would write if I felt like paying $395 for a commemorative brick outside the Mets’ ballpark. That sentiment from the poet Dante Alighieri’s Inferno is applicable to the new baseball season, normally a time of hope, but not in Queens, not this year and maybe not anytime soon.” [. . .]    –George Vecsey, The New York Times, April 2, 2010