What if I told you that a pair of magical shoes could turn a tapped-out bumpkin character into a basketball star in a movie that manages to disrespect every major religion, and many other things? (It's a rhetorical question, that is what happens in Slam Dunk Ernest.) (Sorry for any confusion.)

After a mostly failed year-long quest to quit the game, it seems worth trying to figure out how and why football's hold is so powerful.

Patrick Redford

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A frank conversation on the TED Talk-y tendencies, general weirdness, and secret promise of the USMNT's weird and weirdly iconic coach.

Making crowds seethe with anger is one of the oldest and proudest traditions in professional wrestling. So why has heel heat -- arguably the most memorable heat the sport has to offer -- become so hard to come by? From The Classical Magazine Issue 12, WORK.

A layman's introduction to the unique and brutal basketballing culture of the fascinating, violent, and little-understood Eastern Conference, including a ranking of the region's most powerful basketballing factions.

An elegy for a baseball man who wasn't, a bad man who was, and the better world that chases him away.

The Sixers won a basketball game! Now what?

What did we learn during the Thunder's painful month without Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook? That the future could be very quiet in OKC.

The soccer-playing life is (mostly) terrible.

Jimmy Butler is playing like a star, and being used like a Disposable Basketball Unit. How long can this work?