The New York Islanders have been both great and greatly sad during their decades on Long Island. What they'll be after making the move to Brooklyn is anyone's guess, but the transition is already happening.

Mariano Rivera is at the end of a long and consistently dazzling career. We won't be able to remember as much of it as we might want to, but that's the way baseball -- and everything else -- works.

A strategic cockney accent from Roger Goodell, some lessons from a good new book by a former NFL tight end, the continuing cosmic be-thwartment of Brandon Weeden, and also some NFL games, predicted.

On an otherwise unremarkable late-season night, with two teams in very different circumstances playing each other, history might have been made. A baseball game happened instead.

Albert Camus on the Jaguars. Glenn Beck on the Jets and sort of on the debt ceiling. Doctor Seuss on LeGarrette Blount. The first in an occasional series in which great thinkers provide their takes on recent NFL action, because a great and complicated game deserves great and complicated analysis.

High school sports are, at least in a few parts of the country, a big deal. But what makes them great has more to do with how small and human-scale and warts-and-all beautiful they remain.

On Sunday, Mayo will play Dublin in Gaelic football’s All-Ireland final, a contest that will grip the nation (apart from the millions it won’t grip, but that’s another kettle of lectures altogether). When Dublin won the 2011 edition, it was their first in sixteen years, back when divorce was forbidden under the constitution. But Mayo people know what a drought really is. Camels bow their heads in admiration for these poor folk. The team from the Gobi of the west won the last of their three All-Irelands in 1951.

The Sad Bowl. The Browns in, um, transition. Scary moments and metaphors in which you are both the Colts and a failing comedian. Week Three of the NFL season, everybody!

Along with online poker, ESPN's repeated showings of the World Series of Poker were the reason for last decade's Moneymaker Effect-fueled popularity explosion. But, is that coverage the reason for its legal implosion?

An excerpt from Matthew Callan's new novel "Hang A Crooked Number," which is surely the best book about baseball and a secretive spy organization knwn as the Moe Berg Society that a Classical contributor has written so far this year.