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The 2008 Stickies

To celebrate the past 12 months of infuriating and entrancing sports culture, PopMatters proudly presents the Sticky Wickets Awards for the best and worst in Global Sports.

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The Thinking Voice of the NFL: A Conversation with Mike Carlson

"If I was doing the same thing in the States, I’d probably be getting lot more criticism, not only from the fans but also from the people themselves."

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Change Some Can’t Believe In

Lewis Hamilton, the precocious, handsome son of a black father and white mother (remind you of anyone?), is the Formula One Champion of the world.

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Open Season on Zebras

If prime time sports were a new invention, as opposed to the end result of well over 100 years of recreational history, would the powers that be entrust management of the games to old men with whistles?

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The Life and Death of the English Football Song

Collapsed Lung's "Eat My Goal" is but one indication that the cute, fun, just 'getting behind the team' football song of days gone by had now become big business.

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Olympic Addiction? Guilty as Charged

Collins appeals to the Pope for forgiveness of his Olympics addiction -- human rights issues be damned.

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Lucha Libre London

Twenty and 30-something Londoners, all eager to dive headfirst off the turnbuckle into another culture, weren’t going to be disappointed.

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Brian Johnston: Tickled with Cricket

French historian Jacques Barzun famously wrote that to understand America, one must understand baseball. Perhaps to understand the English, he should have tuned in to Test Match Special.

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The Stars of Track and Screen

People who love sports love sports stars turned actors far more than we love actors playing sports stars.

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A Formula One Fairy Tale

Gather round children, and I’ll tell a tale tragic yet true of the demise of the sport old timers once called Formula One.

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Surviving Le Crunch

On rugby rivalry, Anglo-French relations, and places in Paris that Englishmen should avoid.

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A Little Personality Goes a Long Way

If sport is the new entertainment, its stars need to astound, amuse and bemuse us. I’m not asking for the full Bobby Fischer, but an occasional bit of craziness would definitely be welcome.

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The Flying Dartsmen

“Steve Beaton -- The Adonis of darts, what poise, what elegance -- a true roman gladiator with plenty of hair wax.”

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The Zen of Cheating

While cheating is allegedly the bane of every sportsperson and sports fan’s existence, the only crime, from the cheater’s point of view, is being caught.

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Transatlantic (American) Football

PopMatters columnist, hyperventilating with hero worship, rushes the NFL in London.

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Pastures of Plenty: An Interview with Fields

It’s the quiet ones you have to watch out for. Fields are proving that on a daily basis.

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What’s in a (Nick) Name?

A good nickname can show the reverence fans or the media have for the athlete, and it can demonstrate a wicked sense of humour, but always, it should demonstrate that sport, at its essence, should maintain a sense of fun.

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Life of Ryan: An Interview with the Cribs

The Cribs made a name for themselves as brash, belligerent punks, but they’ve cemented their place in the rock world with their music -- an intelligent, resolutely British take on power pop that’s actually done better across the pond than in Britain.

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Max Power: An Interview with Maxïmo Park

From the market streets of China to the back alleys of London, Maxïmo Park are poised to take over the world.

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Three Strikes You’re Oot!

Billions of us around the world have never had the opportunity to swing at a split-fingered fastball or slide into second on a steal. Maybe that's why anytime we’re in America (or Canada), we dash to the baseball stadium.

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The Mysterious Mr Wheeler: An Interview with Ash

He's spearheaded one of Britain’s greatest bands for over a decade. So why can’t we figure out what makes Ash’s Tim Wheeler special?

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Notes from the Underground: An Interview with Viva Voce

Husband and wife team duo Viva Voce aren’t the new White Stripes. No one in this family will be writing songs for Coca Cola any time soon.

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Great Expectations: An Interview with Cansei De Ser Sexy

CSS aren’t just the coolest kids on the block. They’re also among the smartest.

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A Cultural Preview of the 2007 Rugby World Cup

Rugby 101: the proverbial game for ruffians played by gentlemen (as opposed to soccer, a game for gentlemen played by ruffians).

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