Articles tagged sports

Sundance 2016: Director of ESPN’s ‘O.J.: Made in America’ Finds New Ground on Simpson

Although it features a very compelling figure, the most fascinating character in O.J.: Made in America isn’t the former football star; it’s us.

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Richard Linklater Puts His Spin on a Sports Film with ‘Everybody Wants Some’

If Boyhood was the portrait of the artist as a young man, Everybody is the portrait of Linklater as a young man.

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‘Concussion’ Has Will Smith Fighting the NFL

Even if you wish it was a better movie, its point is worth noting; the NFL remains focused on its own marketing and earnings.

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The Best Indie Pop of 2015

In 2015 indie pop, there are recurring appearances by the Dunedin Sound, brevity, the changing of the seasons, and the spectre of childhood that hangs over our adult lives.

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What Drives a Man to Challenge the ‘Angry Sky’?

Long before Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver who set the Stratos jump record, there was maverick high altitude jumper Nick Piantanida.

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‘Ballers’ on HBO Aims to Be Rare Sports-Themed Series With Winning Game Plan

The new HBO show Ballers counts on the current sports frenzy, sharp writing and the massive appeal of former wrestling star turned leading man Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. "The Rock".

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Setting You Up for Loss: ‘Why Football Matters’

Football. According to author Mark Edmundson, it's a pharmakon.

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Chuck Klosterman Is Making a Career of Evil in ‘I Wear the Black Hat’

If anything, I Wear the Black Hat makes you think about what is culturally acceptable when it comes to malicious behavior.

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‘Doin’ It In the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC’: Trash Talk and Poetry

The film captures the sheer joy and the sincere commitment players bring to the battle, their mutual appreciation and their deep understanding of history.

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‘30 for 30: Elway to Marino’: Remembering NFL Draft Day 1983

The film shows that the men who are involved in this business, those sold or sold and those who sell or buy, all have more at stake than they might imagine on that one day.

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The Pop Culture Death Trap Part 1: The Athlete as Hieroglyph

In a money- and youth-driven culture that seems to understand nearly all human activity as part of a contest, death, like poverty, has come to be associated, however imprecisely, with losing.

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26 Jul 2012 // 10:20 PM

Flash Points: Penn State’s Cover-Up and the Ethics of Rape Jokes

This week Flash Points looks at the Penn State cover-up and examines the way powerful people typically go to great lengths to cover their collective asses. We also examine rape culture and the ethics of rape jokes.

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The Bad News Statisticians: ‘Moneyball’

There’s an ugly and unromantic truth behind Bennett Miller’s baseball stats semi-comedy Moneyball that it acknowledges and then dances away from.

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ESPN: Changing the Way Americans Think About Sports

ESPN changed the course of American sports culture by providing access to national and international events 24 hours per day and cultivating the entertainment potential of sporting events and personalities.

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LeBron James and the Beat Book

If beat reporters keep churning out books on 'Bron, why aren't we learning anything? These books represent the current state of the beat book -- and indicate it may be in serious trouble.

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Major League Baseball 2K8

MLB 2K8 has gone the innovation route, overhauling many standards of the baseball sim, making it an interesting experiment in what baseball games can be.

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11 Mar 2008 // 5:06 AM

Brett Favre retires. Polarizing Bob Knight walks away. Whether heroes or villains, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens don’t have jobs. The once-dominant Diesel has

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11 Dec 2007 // 9:00 PM

Smash Court Tennis 3

Smash Court Tennis 3 lies in the murky middle ground between Wii Sports' tennis and Virtua Tennis, neither excelling in any particular area nor really doing that much wrong.

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Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis

Although the Wii version of Table Tennis offers players three separate control schemes, none seem to take full advantage of the Wii remote.

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11 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

NBA 08

The biggest complaint is not with gameplay, but with the fact that there are players missing from rosters.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 12 - "Don't You Forget About Me"

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"In another stand-alone episode, there's a lot of teen drama and some surprises, but not much potential.

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