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Arsenal isn't just a soccer team, it's an expression of a philosophy about the sport. But Per Mertesacker, the quiet, constant and deceptively remarkable defender who is the team's best player, embodies a different and more practical philosophy simply by playing the way he does.

Thanks in large part to his virtuosic talent as a fighter, B.J. Penn could have been one of the greatest mixed martial artists ever. He didn't. But as Penn gears up to fight on Saturday, the old squandered-potential line doesn't feel quite right. No, he hasn't done everything he could have with his abilities. Have you?

Watching Dion Waiters play is not exactly like watching a re-run of "The A-Team." For one thing, there's notably less George Peppard. But in all the ways that watching "The A-Team" is both awesome and excruciating, watching Dion Waiters is actually a lot like watching "The A-Team."

Dolph Ziggler's been the Next Big Thing for as long as he's been in the WWE. But, given his burgeoning feud with John Cena, and the coveted Money in the Bank contract under his arm, things are looking good for a guy from the Spirit Squad. 

Luis Suarez is one of the best scorers in the Premier League, and on earth, right now. He's probably not one of the best people in or on either. So: which one matters more to you?

It has been one year, give or take, since The Classical became a thing. We owe that year to you, and are hugely grateful for it. Now let's figure out what's next.

The last time I won $25 in instant lotto, I felt immortal. I bought myself a Greek salad at the diner across the street to celebrate, which soaked up about $15 of the $25, less the original $5 overhead. I definitely wasted any remaining net winnings within hours, but I still felt like a fucking wizard of life.

The Colombian Winter League is the worst of the Caribbean winter leagues. A very quick glance at the rosters of its four teams indicates that there is very little major league talent involved, past or present. That doesn't mean it's not baseball, or that the games aren't enjoyable, just different and slow. Very slow.

On Defense, Omer Asik plays with real grace and brilliance. On offense, he is terrified and mostly terrible. What makes him worth watching is how thoroughly, and weirdly, he manages to be both those players at the same time.

It was never Steve Nash's job to save pro sports in Canada's biggest city. This doesn't mean that Toronto sports fans aren't haunted by his failure to do so.