How long is too long to let the Dallas Cowboys mess around with your life? An excerpt from The Classical Magazine Issue 9/Nine/IX, "Losing."

The St. Louis Cardinals have not been an especially good baseball team in 2014. The St. Louis Cardinals are in first place. This is all very familiar, actually.

Ray Rice's crime against his now-wife was one of domestic violence. So why is domestic violence such a vanishingly small part of the conversation about Ray Rice?

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.