At any given moment, and sometimes for games on end, the Pittsburgh Penguins can be the best and most exciting team in the NHL. This doesn't sound like a problem, but it can feel like one.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee isn't quite a sport, but it is its own unique and virtuosic thing. So why does it so reliably drag the worst bullying instincts out of the internet?

Mike Baxter is not, at least relative to his big league peers, all that great a baseball player. So why does he make Mets fans feel so good?

Because it feels like home, and because it is enveloping, being a devoted fan of Major League Baseball can be an intensely comforting thing, especially when confronted with the unfamiliar. But, at some point, we all have to leave home.

Towson University's decision to cut some lower-profile sports was handled with a nasty and drearily familiar high-handedness. But there are a number of assumptions and value judgments underlying this decision that have significance far beyond Towson. Can unprofitable sports survive in a college sports scene that's increasingly about profits?

How do teams wind up getting tarred with goofy, meme-ish Defining Things in the way the Mets have been with Bobby Bonilla's LOL Contract? Laziness helps a lot, but that's not quite the whole story.

Ring of Honor World Champion Jay Briscoe is a fire-eyed, horrendously tattooed vision of backwoods vengeance, and he brings more passion than just about anyone else when he's ranting about the various ways he will hurt his opponents. In matches, he practically murders himself every time, which is a nice way of saying he gives fans their money's worth. He's also threatened to shoot people who tell his kids there's nothing wrong with gay people getting married. Is reconciling those things easier or harder than it should be?

That sounds pretty lame,” he wrote back. “I should remind you, there will be over 125k drunk people in the infield. That’s at least 50k booties in jean shorts. Beers are 2 bucks.” 

Commentators like Tim McCarver make us wonder why we even need color commentators. Commentators like Sir Ian Darke remind us why we do. In between is... well, a lot.

Bartolo Colon is not one of the more exciting or electric pitchers to watch in baseball. This seems fine to him, honestly. What El Barto is after seems much simpler and more enlightened than that.