Thursday, September 21 2006
From the Cheap Seats -- Collect 'em, Race 'em, Trade 'em: Putting the 'Fantasy' in Fantasy Sports -- For fantasy leaguers, today's athletes are but tools to be used in a make-believe struggle for dominance.
Monday, August 21 2006
In playing up the punk rock, DIY ethos of skaters, surf bums, and adrenaline junkies, the X Games (and extreme sports in general) have edged their way forward from the margins of sports culture and now boast a committed following - not least the predatory advertising industry.
Sunday, July 16 2006
With my big and painfully obvious American mug pressed up to the glass of (a good many) European drinking establishments, I took out a pen and paper and tried to sketch some of what unfolded before me.
Monday, June 19 2006
From the Cheap Seats -- The 'Other' Football: Watching America Watching the World Cup -- As the FIFA World Cup plays out in Germany this month, the disparity between American interest in 'soccer' and the rest of the world's passion for 'football' is felt now more keenly than ever.
Sunday, May 21 2006
De La Hoya's flashy smile and cosmopolitan demeanor are signs of a sellout for many boxing fans.
Tuesday, April 25 2006
The draft, for all its baroque embellishment and glitz, essentially replays the same drama of bygone sandlot days.
Monday, April 3 2006
Puckett made his team a winner and, by extension, made me one, too.
Sunday, February 19 2006
Twenty-five million viewers seem like so many crickets, chirping disinterestedly, as the Olympic pageantry carries on at the periphery of our national consciousness.
Sunday, January 22 2006
The marquee names of a franchise are no longer written in lights, as in the time of Joe (J.D.) DiMaggio, but rather in sand, as in the time of Johnny (J.D.) Damon.
Monday, December 19 2005
The real travesty of college football is not that it fails to regularly account for a champion, but that it fails to account at any point for its players.