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Is American Ninja Warrior Too Fun to be a Sport?

Like Wipeout, minus the schadenfreude and with a solemn appreciation of people with freakish upper-body strength.

How Do You Punish a Biter Like Luis Suarez?

Why does Luis Suarez bite? It is a bottomless mystery, a puzzle that inspires sportswriters to take on ...

How Much Do Americans Really Hate Soccer?

One of the more predictable pleasures of the World Cup—as comforting in its inevitability as the sight of the first Portuguese flop or the final Englishman in tears, pink face crumpled in bitter disappointment—is watching as a certain segment of...

The Uniforms of the 2014 World Cup: A Complete Guide

I was not a big sports kid. The only game that ever made me sentimental enough to wear any corresponding gear was football—sometimes a uniform used by the...

Pitch Perfect: The History of the World Cup Single

The 1970 World Cup marked the beginning of several traditions, among them English athletic self-pity. The national team was thought to be even better than the one that won the previous tournament, and the British media’s attitude towards their...

What Baseball Still Doesn’t Get About Injury and Mental Health

Ryan Freel’s 2012 suicide shed light on the rarely mentioned issue of mental health in baseball. Dirk Hayhurst’s new book goes even further, chronicling his own struggles in the majors, and the culture that tries to keep those kinds of...

The Hazy Edge of Memory: Torvill and Dean’s Perfect Bolero at 30

The Drive. The Play. The Goal. The Golden Goal. The Shot. The Shot Heard Round the World. The Shot that Saved Cleveland :/ The Hand of God, The Holy Roller, The Immaculate Reception. Too Many Men on the Ice, The 13th Man. El Perfecto...

Forget Homophobia—Russia’s Real Problem is Czarphilia

We should give Russia a break. The more I think about it, the less I think their problem is actually homophobia.

Sure, what’s happening in Russia right now is certainly an expression of homophobia—those roving bands of thugs hurting and...

Everything You Need To Know About The Sochi Olympics

After years of buildup and excitement, the 2014 Sochi Games finally kick off this Friday. To help you make the most of the upcoming 17 days of winter sports fun, we’ve compiled a list of fun facts about the XXII Olympic...