• Fightland

    The Write Stuff

    On the whole, sports writers are a sedentary lot. Outside of George Plimpton, few football writers play football. But getting in the ring helps to better understand MMA fighters, and it's also strangely relaxing. My mind is never so quiet as when I’m fighting someone who’s fighti…

  • Wide World of Balls

    Saturday Night, No Cover

    The NFL finally gets underway on Wednesday, college football is back in earnest, the Red Sox have had a rough 162 games, no more hockey, and other ball business.

  • Prolate Spheroid Preview

    The Giant Insane People of the NFL Are Back, Finally

    Professional football is played at speeds too fast for the viewer to follow what is happening. The games are too long and the stop-and-start action is constantly interrupted by homophobic, misogynistic beer ads. The rules are bizarre. And the game destroys the lives of too many p…

  • The Mercy Rule

    Welcome to College Football

    College football is, in many ways, less a sport than a bumpy mass of public discourse and stomach-aches and public spending and almost religion. The talent and competition is not as consistent as the NFL, but there are moments of awesome, or at least of very good.

  • I Talked to Two Red Sox Fans at Fenway Park

    Bostonians care more about their enemies losing than actually accomplishing anything themselves. No one sums up this better than the Fenway Faithful. The only constant remaining is the negativity on Yawkey Way flowing like the spoiled Schilling chardonnay I waded through to inter…

  • I Talked to Manny Santiago About Skateboarding, Swords, Gangs, and Lowell, MA

    Born in Puerto Rico, professional skateboarder Manny Santiago got started on the Lowell streets. Manny is always animated and seldom seen without an ear-to-ear grin, accentuated by his missing front tooth. He took some time to tell us about samurai sword attacks and growing up in…

  • Big Surprise – Wide Receivers Get Arrested a Lot

    It’s no secret that NFL players get arrested a lot, but why? I created an Excel sheet detailing the 75 reported arrests of NFL players since 2011. I broke down each arrest by the following criteria: Date of Arrest, player name, violation, position, and team.

  • I Can't Stop Rooting for Lousy Sports Teams and I Love It

    The way the world works is the Padres lose to the Yankees in the playoffs. San Diego sports teams don’t exactly have a tradition of dominance, or even competitiveness; they’re charmingly, irrelevantly mediocre, except for the rare seasons of overachiement—and even those mostly en…

  • How to Stop Worrying and Love Motorcycle Racing

    MotoGP is 100 times more compelling and impressive than any type of four-wheeled racing, and it should be, if not a top-five sport, at least more popular than the goddamned NHL. Which it’s not. Which is offensive.

  • José Can Say So

    Lance Armstrong, Steroids, and Why I’d Become a Vampire

    One thing I never understood is why anyone wouldn’t want to be bitten by a vampire. It’s like, what the fuck? Are you kidding me? I’d become a vampire in a heartbeat.

  • It’s Good for My Pockets That the Red Sox Suck

    The Red Sox will finish in the cellar, and though watching them lose is worse than listening to white funk, the silver lining for die-hard fans like me is that now that they won’t be getting me to spend entire paychecks on commemorative garbage, like commemorative gum and toy tru…

  • Wide World of Balls

    Lance Angeles

    What happened last week in sports? A lot of stuff, but the real question is whether Lance Armstrong still shaves his legs, or if they were smooth to begin with.

  • Kill the Engine

    A Review of My New Skate Video, 'Second Hand Stoke' (by Me)

    It might be somewhat unorthodox—even frowned upon—to write a review of your own company's video. Or maybe the subject has never been broached, as I have a sneaking suspicion that numerous skateboard company owner's might not be able to read and write above a junior-high school le…

  • Clyde’s Corner – Andy Macdonald Is Not a Kook

    I’m sick of y’all disrespecting the Gawd Andy Mac. What does this dude have to do to get that Kevin Garnett respect in the game? But all the while y’all been treating this dude like the Rodney Dangerfield of skateboarding. I’m personally gonna detail why y’all should respect the…