29 November 13
This is the last weekend of the regular season in college football.
And you know what that means: apple cups, and platypuses, and golden eggs, and old oaken buckets.
Read on, dear friends.
Alex Rodriguez is an all-star, a steriod user, a cheater, a fraud, and a creepy, inhuman life-form who evokes a kind of primal anxiety within the legion of baseball fans who despise him.
Concern over teaching a class called “Sports Literature” leads to a consideration of the ways in which sports and literature actually work at cross purposes to one another.
Major League Baseball designates captains to choose participants in its annual Home Run Derby, awakening those anxious moments spent on the playgrounds of childhood waiting to be chosen.
The big winners at Wimbledon this year were Marion Bartoli, Andy Murray, and dime-store psychoanalysts everywhere. Read more.
Amid the threat of his retirement, let’s pause and reflect on the career of Manu Ginobili, a player for whom adjectives fail to suffice. Read more.
A visit to the Belmont Stakes raises questions about what it means to win, to feel chosen—if only for a moment. Read more.
When there’s no hope for a Triple Crown winner at the Belmont Stakes, the initial disappointment gives way to tranquility.
College lacrosse may seem like merely a competition for financial networking-types, but it also has more generous, less calculating aspects that lead us to places and people we never thought we’d know.
Today’s sports enthusiast is confronted with a seemingly endless debate about the effectiveness of advanced metrics—a debate in which the two sides end up arguing similar, rather mundane, points. Read on.
Rick Reilly is an acclaimed sportswriter. Rick Reilly’s columns are idiotic. Which would be a forgivable (if annoying) offense if Reilly didn’t so disingenuously misunderstand the very idea of sports.
Martial arts mystique and the denial of reality
The martial arts supply an empowering narrative for those beset by fear, but a distressing vicious circle results as the martial artist goes from fear-sufferer to fear-inducer. Read more.
Michigan State’s basketball coach Tom Izzo is often praised as being both a good coach and an even better guy. Which is why it matters that he hails from a remote area in northern Michigan.
The lamentable influence of groupthink on athletic uniforms sparks a consideration of the ideal uniform. Read all about it.
Beginning in 2020, wrestling will be removed from Olympic competition, an announcement that prompts a reflection on the experience of being a high school wrestler. Albeit briefly.
The term “nerd” gets applied so loosely that it might be worth separating the nerd wheat from the poseur chaff. Even in the NBA.
A torn rotator cuff lands the author in physical therapy, which turns out to be a proving ground for his masculinity as well as a good place to score Quaaludes. Read more
Although still hypothetical, the Catholic Seven basketball conference has been meet with enthusiasm and support. But for what exactly?
Super Bowl XLVII features an epic showdown between teams named for a poet’s famed pestering bird and a band of opportunistic prospectors.