31 December 14
Amid the modest number of NFL coaches getting fired this past Black Monday, the firing of Marc Trestman was inevitable, mostly because he didn’t win many games. But he will be missed, primarily because his values were so at odds with the culture of the NFL.
The spate of domestic violence cases involving NFL players prompts reconsideration of another incident of violence from recent history: Michael Vick’s dogfighting case.
When considering the overwhelming evidence that links traumatic brain injuries to football it’s also crucial to consider how such arguments against watching the NFL are constructed.
Watching a baseball a game without the meddling presence of curmudgeonly announcers really helps you appreciate those curmudgeonly announcers.
Watching the U.S. – Ghana World Cup match on a new, gigantic television screen — and experiencing the frustrations and exhilarations it provides.
For one new fan, the Rangers playoff run inspires anxieties about bandwagon-jumping and the kind of faith inspired by fandom.
It isn’t soccer that brings us together as much as it is the crushing terror and indifference of the natural world. Ole Ola!
The sport of curling looks simple enough to play that those of us watching at home think we could do it and complicated enough to keep those of us watching at home fascinated for hours.
Downhill skiers experience a form of terror imagined in paintings by Goya, poems by Shelley, and, more subtly, films like Hot Dog…The Movie.
Sage Kotsenburg won the gold in slopestyle snowboarding. Perhaps his weirdness could offer some much needed inspiration to the U.S. Men’s World Cup team.
The biathlon can look ridiculous but it’s still a primal test of endurance and accuracy with would-be assassins as competitors.
For the first time in their nearly 40-year existence, the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl. So now seems like a good time to leave the party.
Nicolas Anelka scored a goal. Then he performed the “quenelle.” And now we’re left to determine what’s offensive.
Bowl games are sponsored by investment banks and restaurants chains. And defense contractors and helicopter manufactures.
The last weekend of the regular season in college football brings us: apple cups, and golden eggs, and old oaken buckets.
Rooting for a sports team that you don’t normally root for provides an opportunity to think about what it is that attracts you to sports. And also what repels you.
Trying to understand pessimistic sports fans can be difficult. Are they just masochistic?