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Talking about autobiographical ultra-violence -- and The Shield, and feuds, the Nope phenomenon, and other important topics -- with one of the WWE's premier practitioners of the form.

On what video games can teach us, about sports and ourselves, and when it's time to stop playing. In this case, what a maddeningly difficult soccer simulator Winning Eleven teaches about soccer and not-soccer. A bonus beat from The Classical Magazine's most recent issue.

A night at the Professional Bull Riders tour's New York City stop offers some culture clash, some non-culture, and some sense of what this strange sport is all about. It has something to do with Sports Entertainment, and something more to do with ferocious livestock.

More efficient basketball is a worthy goal and all, but sometimes a certain slackness will prevail in shot or word selection, whether by design or will. The manifest goal of a game is to win; a team’s clearest goal in a season is a title. Writing’s most explicit goal is communication with clarity, yet there’s a reason we don’t only read manuals and airplane evacuation cards, and there’s a reason we don’t only follow the frontrunning teams.

Fantasy basketball, Euripedes, and the continual human problem with remembering that athletes are people, and so every bit as fragile and important as other people. Featuring Odysseus and Larry Sanders.

A conversation about finishing moves, dating on television and the DNA wrestling shares with MMA, with one of the most interesting humans in the World Wrestling Federation? Yes!

The exciting experience of being in a city that is suddenly very into football. The less-exciting experience of watching two types of brands be argued about on TV. The good news is that four really good teams are playing in two football games on Sunday. It's pretty good news.

For Chicago sports fans, Jay Cutler is a problem. For the Chicago Bears, he's something like a solution to a problem that has lasted for generations. No one seems all that happy about it, Cutler very much included. In every possible way, it's complicated.

To paraphrase the great philosopher Enzo Amore, before last Wednesday, if we had a dime for every time professional wrestling fans universally agreed on something, we would have ZERO DIMES. But then last Wednesday, after more than two years of anticipation and speculation that stretched for months before that, the WWE announced their Network. And the crowd said, "Yes!"

Michael Bradley is one of America's best soccer players, and very much in his prime, which makes it that much more surprising that he's coming home to America's soccer league. But maybe he and Major League Soccer both know what they're doing.