The Mercy Rule

The Mercy Rule

Someone's Super Bowl

Try as it might, SEC Football is not Real America because Real America is not actually a thing.
David Roth
9.2.13
The Mercy Rule

The Least Important Important Thing

A VICE Sports columnist bids farewell.
David Roth
6.8.13
The Mercy Rule

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...
David Roth
6.8.13
The Mercy Rule

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...
David Roth
5.31.13
The Mercy Rule

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.
David Roth
5.31.13
The Mercy Rule

Hearing The Spurs

Between the irascible coot who happens to be the coach and the stoic old-man-in-training working the paint and all that's in between, the Spurs are once again fascinating and poised to win the title, and that's not boring.
David Roth
5.17.13
The Mercy Rule

Hearing the Spurs

As I age, my ear is retuning itself; I can finally hear something other than “ugh” watching the San Antonio Spurs play, which is cool, except how it parallels suddenly finding a 'Rod Stewart Sings the Standards' record soulful and great.
David Roth
5.17.13
The Mercy Rule

Leave Derrick Rose Alone

Derrick Rose isn't returning for the playoffs and everyone needs to realize that and pipe down.
David Roth
5.10.13
The Mercy Rule

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...
David Roth
5.10.13
The Mercy Rule

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.
David Roth
4.26.13
The Mercy Rule

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.
David Roth
4.19.13
The Mercy Rule

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...
David Roth
4.19.13
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