Sports

Field of Schemes—How Politics Infected Sports
January 23, 2013

Can one be a responsible, ethical sports fan? Or is such a thing a contradiction in terms?

Nick Saban’s Long, Winding Path to Sophomoric Success
January 07, 2013

Alabama Coach Nick Saban might be the greatest college football coach in history—but only because he gave up on the pro game.

This Hit Caused a Concussion. It Was Also Legal. Discuss.
December 28, 2012

Balancing the safety of NFL players and the quality of the game is not so simple.

Roger Goodell Keeps Letting His League Down
December 11, 2012

The NFL's bounty scandal claims another victim: The commissioner who rushed to suspend everyone in site.

The Myth of the Coach—Paterno and the Problem with College Sports
November 08, 2012

Paterno owes its success to our preposterous sepia-toned ideal of the coach.

A Gay Athlete in the World's Most Macho Sport
October 26, 2012

For years, the American press has anticipated a gay athlete in a major sport. This month, he fought in Florida.

Waterworld
July 30, 2012

The connection between swimming and growth lies at the heart of Leanne Shapton’s new book Swimming Studies, a beautifully written and illustrated medi

China Hoops
April 11, 2012

As Jim Yardley writes in Brave Dragons, a narrative of the year he spent with a team from the coal-belt city of Taiyuan, the Chinese basketball league

Outward, and Inward, Bound
December 20, 2011

The shadow of Henry David Thoreau casts itself over many Americans who write about the natural world, and although John Casey works here on a vastly d

Nostalgia at Bat
May 15, 2011

Today the thrill which African-Americans once received from—and gave back to—the game of baseball at every level is all but gone. They make up less th

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