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As a surrogate for the Tea Party, WWE's Zeb Colter has railed against immigration -- Mexican, British and otherwise -- and incited a well-publicized beef with Glenn Beck. That this is all might be an elaborate allegory for the righteousness of the McMahon family's business-class brand of Republicanism tell you know all you need to know about why professional wrestling is the greatest show on earth.

One of the oldest and shabbiest stadiums in Minor League baseball is also, improbably or not, one of the best places to watch baseball in the country. That ballpark is Nashville's Herschel Greer Stadium, the product of Conway Twitty's mad real estate dreams and home to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. If an upcoming vote in Nashville goes as expected, its days are numbered. This dispatch from Herschel Greer first appeared in The Classical Magazine: Being There.

The Astrodome, from its conception and construction through its grand opening, represented the pinnacle of architectural achievement, the height of ambition, and the synthesis of civic innovation, national pride, and economic optimism.

It seems like a million years ago that ESPN blithely celebrated the NFL's killshot tackles by giving them their own loud, hooting highlight show. It wasn't. In fact, it wasn't very long ago at all.

Gene Chizik won a National Championship at Auburn, and was unemployed and nearly unemployable in college football not long after. All things considered, he's doing okay.

It's easy, and not necessarily incorrect, to see the America's Cup as an unwitting self-satire on its vain, wealthy participants and the Bay Area they've made. But everything looks different from the water.

This year's Padres aren't a very good baseball team. But what's been truly bad and sad about them in recent years, and the reason they've lost a fan base that seemed ready to love them, has less to do with baseball than how business gets done in San Diego.

Originally published October 16, 2013.

My pager buzzed. This was the pager I reserved exclusively for NBA jobs. I told Latrell Sprewell to keep the beer and found a payphone.

“Hello.” The voice was deep and gruff.

“This is Macadamia Charles,” I said. “Who’s this?”

“This is Glenn Robinson.”

Fall on the track with your butt as your padding a couple times—everyone does, before painful repetition drills into you that kneepads are there for a reason—and you’ll have the fresh realization that your ass is just the very bottom of your back. This is how roller derby starts, and it is the worst you have ever been at anything.

John Rawls, one of the greatest American philosophers, was also a pretty serious baseball fan. Still, there are some serious holes in his recently unearthed argument for baseball as "the best of all games." Also, though, there's some basic emotional truth about being a fan.