Gael Monfils was a point away from beating Roger Federer and making it to the US Open semifinals. That match didn't work out the way he -- and his cult following among fans of beautiful and extremely weird tennis -- might have wanted. But as with everything else Monfils related, it worked out in the most Monfils-ian way possible.

It's not simple, but it's not difficult, either. It may or may not be worth it. But you are probably doing it right now.

Hugh Alexander experienced the exploitation of baseball from both sides. His life in the game is the game's life in microcosm, for better and also for worse. An excerpt from Jack Moore's ebook Primary Sources.

For those new to the world's most popular sport, everything about soccer is new and exciting. This is probably going to be annoying for soccer fans who were there from the beginning. Sorry about that.

A few thoughts on the lonely, essential, terrifying, clarifying, insane and secretly simple and utterly unique job of pitching.

Bodybuilders run wild in the streets and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jeff Bridges pose off for the love of Sally Field amid an atmosphere of general genial buffness. (It's good.)

For some at the University of Illinois, Chief Illiniwek remains a symbol of tradition and unity even after his official retirement in 2007. For others, The Chief is a symbol of thoughtlessness and ignorance. For Alex Dozier, who still performs as The Chief at Illini games, he means something else entirely.

An excerpt from "Here's Your Chance, Do Your Dance," Miles Wray's upcoming ebook on the Michael Jordan/Bugs Bunny anti-classic Space Jam as a movie and non-movie.

Knowing that the NFL is sinister-unto-evil is one thing. But doing something about it -- something like, say, not watching -- is another thing entirely. In the end, what the NFL is selling might be stronger than anyone's ability to resist it.

One year ago, in an otherwise unimportant game, a small drama played out between Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Dempster and baseball's stuffier storytelling instincts. The familiar PED hysteria was there. The difference, this time, was how it made the story so much more interesting.