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  • Charles Hodges has colleged hundreds of photos of public figures ranging from Lil Jon to Pope John Paul II playing table tennis on his website, CelebritiesPlayingTableTennis.com. The question is why. Don't worry, he answers it, and a few more.

  • February 28, 2012
    The Peacock's Platoon

    Managers get creative during Spring Training in part because it is the time of least resistance, a low-consequence environment. Trying something rash in March is not the same as trying something rash in October, when a bad outcome can destroy a career even if it was not the result of a bad decision.

  • February 9, 2012
    Ode on a Running Back

    However fumblingly or idiosyncratically or irresponsibly, Ricky Williams is looking for truth, and that search never really stopped being at odds with his professional football career. John Keats would've understood.

  • January 27, 2012
    We Built This City

    Baseball fans live in the future, constructing whole imaginary cities out of innuendo, speculation and wishful thinking. Even when we get it all wrong—as we did with Prince Fielder's move to Detroit—these cities are at least interesting places to spend time.

  • January 12, 2012
    The Anatomy of a Slump

    The Kings are the worst offensive team in the NHL by a wide margin. They have failed to score goals under three different coaches and probably 30 different lineup combinations. None of this would be interesting, except for the fact that their impotence feels somewhat unmerited.

  • December 29, 2011
    Hall of Nothing

    The Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the members of its 2012 class on January 9. If all goes according to plan, one or a few inductees will get phone calls from some suit in Cooperstown and they will cry. Then word will be leaked our way. We will sing the praises of the chosen, pour one out for Edgar Martínez, and begin anew the cycle of arguing about what greatness is, how you measure it, and how you deal with the fact that sometimes greatness is built on a foundation of bullshit.

  • December 15, 2011
    No King in the Emerald City

    In Brandon Roy, Seattle had the next best thing to its own basketball team: a player who was born and raised in the city, stayed all four years to become an All-American at U-Dub, and played for the next best thing to the Sonics. Now the city can’t even tie its dwindling NBA spirits to him. Like the Sonics, he was here and then he was gone.

  • In which two people who did not watch VH1's Baseball Wives discuss VH1's Baseball Wives.

  • November 9, 2011
    Joe Frazier is What He Was

    In the public consciousness, Frazier was always straining at the right words—any words. Not because he was an especially quiet or ineloquent man, but because he wasn’t Ali, for whom speech was performance.