• Wide World of Balls

    Reason for the Season

    Hockey is still DOA, baseball postseason is a-rolling, the Nets played inside a casino and it wasn't on TV, Deron Williams allegedly wears a wig, and some NFL guy is a pillhead.

  • Prolate Spheroid Preview

    Hot Young Stud Quarterbacks

    Now that there are a bunch of young guns who can play quarterback well, there’ll be a lot more exciting ball throwing happening. Which is good. Ignore the purists who bitch about change—remember when football was just 22 guys punching each other in the mud?

  • The Mercy Rule

    Adopting October

    Who do you root for if you don't have a team in the postseason? While there are no wrong answers to this question (except for "the Yankees"), if you're not cheering for the Oakland Athletics, you're probably a jerk.

  • Hey Internet, How Should Football Change?

    Just for fun, I recently went on 4chan’s sports forum and asked what they would change about the NFL—the thread is long dead, but here are the five most radical, compelling, and totally unrealistic suggestions that came back to me.

  • Popping the Marks

    Who Will End the Undertaker's Streak at Wrestlemania?

    Yes, the Undertaker’s 20-match undefeated streak at WrestleMania, which began back in 1991, needs to be broken. It’s wrestling’s cycle of life. The stars of each new generation must feed on the bones of the generation before them.

  • Lance Mountain Kind of Led a Skateboard Tour of New York

    Nike SB organized a kind-of walking tour with the release of Eric Koston’s second Nike shoe. I say kind of since I barely knew what the hell was going on, and felt the same as when I first tried to play an RPG, led around, hoping to end up somewhere cool.

  • On the Wagon

    Brain seepage, I think to myself as I watch paramedics tend to a rider who’s been ripped from his saddle. He’s not getting up. It’s the first hour of the first day of the National Championship Chuckwagon Races in Clinton, Arkansas, and I’m just realizing how dangerous this sport…

  • Wide World of Balls

    Talkin' Bout Playoffs

    In this week in ball news, the Knicks get even older, baseball playoffs get played, a dude resigns from a lifetime contract, and Drew Brees breaks a record no one cares about.

  • Baseball Is Basically a Random Number Generator

    Baseball is a random number generator. Even if your team is made up of a bunch of Satanic baseball-playing robots that chew batteries and glass before first pitch, it'll still lose half its games, since machines get short circuits and there’s no way to predict baseball.

  • Fightland

    Bloody Detachment

    Moments like the Evan Dunham-TJ Grant fight, when an injured fighter leaks blood all over the cage but keeps fighting like nothing happened, are litmus tests for MMA interest. Casual fans will recoil, brutes will be delighted, but deep-down MMA fans see our shared mortality and i…

  • The Mercy Rule

    The Jets Are America's Team

    The Cowboys aren't America's Team, though they're called that. The Jets, mediocre and unprepared like us, get that honor. That the team's owner wants a Mitt Romney win more than a Super Bowl is sad icing on the despair cake.

  • Prolate Spheroid Preview

    Why Aren't There Football Coaching Grad School Programs?

    Coaches learn their extremely difficult, demanding, horrifically time-consuming jobs as they go along, picking up knowledge as they work. Why don’t NFL coaches just go to grad school to study football?

  • Fightland

    Necessary Violence

    I hate real fighting as much as I love MMA. I believe it's no gladiatorial free-for-all, but a real sport with rules and a value system. But fighters are predisposed toward violence, and sometimes I just want to see good fighters fight.

  • Where’s Wallace At? Just Where He Needs to Be, in the NBA

    Rasheed Wallace is serious about the game when he’s playing it, but he knows it’s just a game and that everyone will go home and smoke blunts afterward. For all the egos and slap fights and psychotic, drooling Kevin Garnetts and CIA-serious Popoviches, he’s always been one to bre…