David Roth

  • Qatar's Frantic Effort to Build a World Cup-Ready City in a Decade

    Sportswriter David Roth recently went to the tiny, insanely wealthy Middle Eastern monarchy and wrote a long piece about his experiences there for SB Nation. I emailed with him to find out how it felt to walk around the half-finished sidewalks...

  • The Least Important Important Thing

    A VICE Sports columnist bids farewell.

  • The Least Important Important Thing

    I would not and should not be writing about sports if I didn't think they were a way to better understand and enjoy a complicated moment-to-moment existence—not to mention a pretty righteous excuse to tell that existence to fuck off for a couple hours...

  • The Joyless Joy of Bad Baseball

    Watch a lousy team on a losing streak, though, and you'll eventually see what baseball skeptics see whenever they watch: a game that’s aimless and dull and stilted and long, and which isn't even quick about it. But for months we settle in, drink down...

  • Leave Derrick Rose Alone

    Derrick Rose isn't returning for the playoffs and everyone needs to realize that and pipe down.

  • Leave Derrick Rose Alone

    Derrick Rose, who won an MVP award in 2011 then wrecked his ACL and has been out for a year, has spent the last week getting kicked around by tough-guy sportswriters outraged that he's not back on the floor in his Chicago Bulls' series against the...

  • The Last Kings of Sacramento

    On Monday, the Maloofs will find out which of two potential buyers will pay them for the privilege of taking over the Kings, one of the NBA's worst franchises. So let's say goodbye, finally, to this family of avaricious, spray-tanned ghouls.

  • Why Sports Help

    In the wake of tragedy, it's important to remember that you aren't being disrespectful to the victims by trying to distract yourself by watching the game.

  • Why Sports Help

    There is nothing out there on the internet, nothing useful to learn about the Boston bombings, only more of the guilty inertia that leads us to put this shit on in the background in the first place. There’s nothing here for us, at the moment. So I’m...

  • Building a Better NFL Draft

    The NFL draft takes three days and involves some of the dumber shout-machines on American television applying the same five adjectives to various muscular men over and over. It is very bad. But it can be better, if only because it can't be worse.

  • Horrible Bosses

    Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice abused his players. He called them nasty names, hit them, threw balls at their heads, and was a generally awful human being. Now he's fired, and for good reason, but that he was more or less allowed to do these...

  • Meet the Satire Called The Mets

    Rooting for the Mets has always been a little difficult, but recently it's become something of a chore.