Articles

And this is how the football season ends. With a really good football game surrounded by some really expensive noise. With a robot made of meat. It's complicated.

On becoming pure ego, which is even more thrilling and frightening than it sounds.

The other 1970's disaster flick in which awful things happen at the Super Bowl is not very good, but somehow is both worse and more fun to watch than Black Sunday. Having Jack Klugman and John Cassavettes in the same cast helps.

Roger Federer's best tennis may indeed be behind him. But people have been saying that about him for years, and he has just continued to be Roger Federer. Whatever's ahead for him still demands watching.

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!