What do the Spurs give us that other teams don't? It's more than dominance, and more than just seeing a game played beautifully and well. The Spurs can, if you want them to be, exemplify something like a way of being.

Why do we expect the athletes we care about to care about different things than we do?

At his best, there is no soccer player on earth like Mario Balotelli. At the moment, though, Balotelli doesn't look much like that, or even much like himself.

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An excerpt of an excerpt from the Wrestling Issue of The Classical Magazine, wherein David Shoemaker (AKA the Masked Man) and Nick Bond (AKA The N1ckster) discuss Keeping up with the Kardashians, 30 Rock, and Mystery Train. Also, wrestling.

What does an unsung NFL star do after his playing career is over? Everything, mostly.

Major League Soccer's Chivas USA is no more. So long live Chivas USA, or at least what Chivas USA might have been.

The Memphis Grizzlies were unusually patient with Mike Conley, Jr. Their patience has paid off, and Conley is a long way from finished.

So little of what we do as fans is done for anything like a rational reason. That doesn't make it any easier to say goodbye to the favorites we choose.

Major League Soccer is still figuring a lot of things out. But Obafemi Martins, who does a lot of things well and does everything quickly, could offer an answer to the identity crisis that has haunted the league since its beginning. He's that fun, and that good.

The Knicks picked up their first win in their second game of the season, against a team they had no business beating. This doesn't have to be the start of something big to mean something.