About Chris O'Toole

Chris O’Toole is the founder and writer of O2L Sports. BA English - Colorado State; MFA Writing - Chapman. CBS, Livestrong, etc. You can reach him at otoole.writes@gmail.com.
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Life As A Turncoat

What makes a sports fan? Heritage, obviously, for which many would-be front office grifters should be grateful. Then there’s bandwagoning, whether for a favorite player or just a winning franchise. There’s picking a team because you are a junkie in a town that ain’t selling. In a perfect world, we would all just shut up […]

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Dodgers Got Nothing, Dodgers Advance: The Story of the 2018 Season

Every time you shuffle a deck of cards, it’s likely to be the first time that card order has ever occurred in history. Baseball can feel like that: With 162 games, 9 batting slots, 2-3 pitchers per game, different field dimensions, launch angles, ball movements, situational decisions, strategy, and positioning… your team always seems the […]

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Fleet Foxes End Bitter Argument Over Arcane Album Lore, Reunite

To the delight of a patient fanbase, Robin Pecknold ended his six-year hiatus after concluding studies at NYU, as well as a longstanding feud with the band and its hotly debated mythology. The announcement was made on the band’s website, accompanied by a new song and an apology from guitarist Christian Wargo: ‘We are ecstatic […]

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Will TV Always Be Ephemeral?

A curious discussion arose late one night at a bar with a fellow writer. From a dissertation of whether one would rather spend a day with Leo or Justin Timberlake (in a vacuum – definition of vacuum unclear) arose temporality. Perhaps in the moment, it’s more fun to do whatever JT has planned. He is […]

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Two Words Secretly Holding Us Back

I’ve never been a fan of Larry Wilmore Past 3 Minutes. I understand he believes this means I am part of the problem, part of why his show shuttered. According to Wilmore, the show was always going to fight an uphill battle because “white people don’t like to hear about race for too long.” Ignoring […]

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The Male Appeal of Gilmore Girls

Every relationship has certain certainties: it energizes you and enervates you; jokes and conversations take strange, strange turns down roads invisible to singledom; you defend and advocate the things you like with too much gravitas for something like entertainment; and you embrace new things that were outside your purview before—and that thing is most likely […]

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A Brief History of Opinions

Imagine the most inconsequential despair possible. Something more trivial than your perennial hometown contender losing in the playoffs and less life-altering than the HOV lane being closed. Such a moment happened to me on Hollywood Boulevard at 2:51 pm, one week ago. The offense? An FYC billboard had deigned to incorrectly use the word ‘masterpiece’. […]

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Back to Church

Right off the bat, I’d like to stress that at no point will this be an exercise in comparative moral lifestyles, one ideology being better or worse than another, or discovering capital-T Truth through God. Frankly I still don’t care for the Old Testament. Contemporary Christian music still feels like an abscess in my ears. […]

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The Viewer-Critic

A little over two years ago, I remember standing in a Trader Joe’s, not really looking for anything. I had just had a semi-long conversation about what theatergoers want nowadays and maybe I was looking for the sustenance that the upsetting talk did not provide. It was a conversation about the relentless amounts of unqualified […]

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We Breached the Zeitgeist and Disappeared

The principle of ‘top billing’ has melded into many shapes throughout music history. The ancestor of so many descendingly fonted -palooza posters is, of course, the marquee hung letter by letter in front of bright white lights, or maybe even as far back as the town crier. Regardless, the reason a band gets the cultural […]

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