The Classical: Articles http://theclassical.org/articles/all en Ball Don’t Lie: Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Teen Wolves http://theclassical.org/articles/ball-dont-lie-jimmy-butler-and-the-minnesota-teen-wolves <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Katie Heindl </div> </div> </div> <p> In the latest installment in our occasional Gothic NBA Fan-Fiction Series, Jimmy Butler finds himself in a hairy situation.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/ball-dont-lie-jimmy-butler-and-the-minnesota-teen-wolves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/ball-dont-lie-jimmy-butler-and-the-minnesota-teen-wolves#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2018 21:23:11 +0000 David Roth 2681 at http://theclassical.org Joint Resolution http://theclassical.org/articles/joint-resolution <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eric Stinton </div> </div> </div> <p> Henry Cejudo&#39;s ankle betrayed him at the worst possible moment. He beat the best fighter in the world anyway. Joints are complicated things.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/joint-resolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/joint-resolution#comments Fri, 24 Aug 2018 15:28:19 +0000 David Roth 2680 at http://theclassical.org One vs. All of It http://theclassical.org/articles/one-vs-all-of-it <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nadia Bulkin </div> </div> </div> <p> If team sports give a sense of community to their fans, those who choose to follow athletes in individual sports must be searching for something else. But what?&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/one-vs-all-of-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/one-vs-all-of-it#comments Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:55:46 +0000 Nick Bond 2678 at http://theclassical.org Nada Nos Detiene http://theclassical.org/articles/nada-nos-detiene <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dan Escalona </div> </div> </div> <p> As our nation&#39;s leaders make embracing your cultural heritage an explicitly political act, a son of Mexican immigrants reflects on finally finding your roots through football.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/nada-nos-detiene" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/nada-nos-detiene#comments Sun, 01 Jul 2018 13:17:03 +0000 Nick Bond 2676 at http://theclassical.org Opening Night http://theclassical.org/articles/opening-night <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Matt Waters </div> </div> </div> <p> Granderson seemed to uncoil from his closed, praying mantis stance to hit a towering home run. I&rsquo;m sure at least thirty thousand people in the Stadium made a similar observation: He&rsquo;d look good in pinstripes.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/opening-night" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/opening-night#comments Thu, 28 Jun 2018 11:36:12 +0000 wendt 2674 at http://theclassical.org Two Frames Per Second: Don DeLillo, Jim Greco, and the Inevitability of Olympic Skateboarding http://theclassical.org/articles/two-frames-per-second-don-delillo-jim-greco-and-the-inevitability-of-olympic-skateboarding <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Nickoloff </div> </div> </div> <p> Skateboarding will soon branch out from the streets and join the Olympics&mdash;in 2020 in Tokyo&mdash;which the makes the present a timely point to think about skateboarding through a proxy: the anonymous man in Don DeLillo&#39;s <i>Point Omega</i>, who spends six consecutive days standing at the back of a museum, enveloped in darkness, observing the minute gradations of a video exhibit wherein Alfred Hitchcock&rsquo;s <i>Psycho</i> is played in its entirety at two frames per second.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/two-frames-per-second-don-delillo-jim-greco-and-the-inevitability-of-olympic-skateboarding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/two-frames-per-second-don-delillo-jim-greco-and-the-inevitability-of-olympic-skateboarding#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:19:23 +0000 wendt 2673 at http://theclassical.org Daniel Bryan Is Back, And Wrestling Is Real http://theclassical.org/articles/daniel-bryan-is-back-and-wrestling-is-real <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Justin Morissette </div> </div> </div> <p> Daniel Bryan always made wrestling feel real in a way that few other wrestlers ever could. He&#39;s back, and we&#39;re all better off for it.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/daniel-bryan-is-back-and-wrestling-is-real" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/daniel-bryan-is-back-and-wrestling-is-real#comments Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:43:27 +0000 David Roth 2672 at http://theclassical.org Some Sort of Renaissance http://theclassical.org/articles/some-sort-of-renaissance <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Nickoloff </div> </div> </div> <p>The defiant defense that makes players inches taller swing the ball to the other side in fear of his stout, leveraged post defense isn&rsquo;t in doubt; it&#39;s the game being close enough for it to matter. The man with 100% Hall of Fame probability still has something to prove.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/some-sort-of-renaissance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/some-sort-of-renaissance#comments Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:11:51 +0000 wendt 2669 at http://theclassical.org "It's More Pungent When It's Done Graphically:" A Conversation With Murray Olderman, The Dean Of American Sports Cartoonists http://theclassical.org/articles/its-more-pungent-when-its-done-graphically-a-conversation-with-murray-olderman-the-dean-of- <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> David Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> Sports cartoons were once a staple on American sports pages. Fantagraphics&#39; <em>The Draw Of Sport</em> brings to life the work of Murray Olderman, a lost art&#39;s grand master.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/its-more-pungent-when-its-done-graphically-a-conversation-with-murray-olderman-the-dean-of-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/its-more-pungent-when-its-done-graphically-a-conversation-with-murray-olderman-the-dean-of-#comments Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:33:21 +0000 David Roth 2668 at http://theclassical.org Santi Cazorla, Tiny Dancer http://theclassical.org/articles/santi-cazorla-tiny-dancer <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sam Fayyaz </div> </div> </div> <p> Santi Cazorla hasn&#39;t played in more than a year, and it&#39;s anyone&#39;s guess when he&#39;ll play again. But the space in the game left by his absence makes his return seem all the more necessary.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/santi-cazorla-tiny-dancer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/santi-cazorla-tiny-dancer#comments Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:19:45 +0000 David Roth 2667 at http://theclassical.org Ball Don't Lie: Dunkenstein, Or The Modern Basketball Prometheus http://theclassical.org/articles/ball-dont-lie-dunkenstein-or-the-modern-basketball-prometheus <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Katie Heindl </div> </div> </div> <p> In which a great mind, driven mad by ambition, steals Wade Baldwin IV&#39;s thumb for science and basketball reasons.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/ball-dont-lie-dunkenstein-or-the-modern-basketball-prometheus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/ball-dont-lie-dunkenstein-or-the-modern-basketball-prometheus#comments Tue, 31 Oct 2017 20:05:38 +0000 David Roth 2666 at http://theclassical.org No Such Thing as Free Brunch http://theclassical.org/articles/no-such-thing-as-free-brunch <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Nickoloff </div> </div> </div> <p> Portland is never going to claim the same metropolitan cachet as New York, Los Angeles, or even Toronto, and that&#39;s saved the Trail Blazers from themselves for years. Brunch, however, may change that.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/no-such-thing-as-free-brunch" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/no-such-thing-as-free-brunch#comments Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:35:47 +0000 wendt 2665 at http://theclassical.org Jay Cutler Drops Back http://theclassical.org/articles/jay-cutler-drops-back <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeff Kirshman </div> </div> </div> <p> During his tenure with the Bears, the legendarily aloof quarterback was one of the NFL&#39;s most distinctively weird and reliably polarizing players. Now that Jay Cutler is gone, one of the strangest eras in recent football history is fading.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/jay-cutler-drops-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/jay-cutler-drops-back#comments Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:12:34 +0000 David Roth 2664 at http://theclassical.org The Warriors Will Always Have Blown A 3-1 Lead In The NBA Finals http://theclassical.org/articles/the-warriors-will-always-have-blown-a-3-1-lead-in-the-nba-finals <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rob Rousseau </div> </div> </div> <p> The Golden State Warriors are historically great. But they&#39;ve already made history, and everyone else that cares about the NBA is already richer for it.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/the-warriors-will-always-have-blown-a-3-1-lead-in-the-nba-finals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-warriors-will-always-have-blown-a-3-1-lead-in-the-nba-finals#comments Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:00:51 +0000 David Roth 2661 at http://theclassical.org Remembering Frank Deford, For Better And Worse http://theclassical.org/articles/remembering-frank-deford-for-better-and-worse <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> B. David Zarley </div> </div> </div> <p> The late legend really was one of the best sportswriters we&#39;ve ever seen. He was also both worse and better than he&#39;s remembered for being.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/remembering-frank-deford-for-better-and-worse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/remembering-frank-deford-for-better-and-worse#comments Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:50:02 +0000 David Roth 2660 at http://theclassical.org Late Life http://theclassical.org/articles/late-life <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Matt Waters </div> </div> </div> <p> The Mets postgame was on, an interview with a neophyte pitcher after his successful debut. His name: Jose Fernandez. I thought it was too quick for his baptism. The Marlins were being reckless. But all I knew was his name, the praise for his &ldquo;wipeout slider.&rdquo;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/late-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/late-life#comments Thu, 01 Jun 2017 10:15:29 +0000 wendt 2659 at http://theclassical.org Ryan Zimmerman Goes The Other Way http://theclassical.org/articles/ryan-zimmerman-goes-the-other-way <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gabe Stutman </div> </div> </div> <p> Washington&#39;s veteran first-baseman is off to a brilliant start, and doing a few things differently. Is this a material adjustment, or a metaphysical one?</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/ryan-zimmerman-goes-the-other-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/ryan-zimmerman-goes-the-other-way#comments Tue, 30 May 2017 14:23:54 +0000 David Roth 2657 at http://theclassical.org Love Song for a Patriot http://theclassical.org/articles/love-song-for-a-patriot <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrick Masterson </div> </div> </div> <p> Nicky Hayden had no right to be second on the first lap and first on the second; he wasn&rsquo;t a masterful rider in the wet, he was riding a bike designed for his pint-sized teammate, and he was returning from a foot injury that had kept him away for two races prior. But he made a show of it for us anyway, stayed upright and eventually finished second&mdash;his best result of the season.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/love-song-for-a-patriot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/love-song-for-a-patriot#comments Thu, 25 May 2017 15:46:18 +0000 wendt 2656 at http://theclassical.org What Does The NHL Have Against Its Greatest Players? http://theclassical.org/articles/what-does-the-nhl-have-against-its-greatest-players <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jacob Sundstrom </div> </div> </div> <p> When Alex Ovechkin and his Capitals left the playoffs early, again, the NHL&#39;s narrative machine started pumping out some familiar and very tired takes. The stories are what they are, but why keep telling them?</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/what-does-the-nhl-have-against-its-greatest-players" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/what-does-the-nhl-have-against-its-greatest-players#comments Fri, 19 May 2017 13:42:54 +0000 David Roth 2655 at http://theclassical.org Power, Expectation, And Chris Davis http://theclassical.org/articles/power-expectation-and-chris-davis <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robert O&#039;Connell </div> </div> </div> <p> No player more embodies both the truth and the inherent strangeness of the Three True Outcomes more than Baltimore&#39;s biggest-swinging galoot.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/power-expectation-and-chris-davis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/power-expectation-and-chris-davis#comments Tue, 09 May 2017 15:17:33 +0000 David Roth 2654 at http://theclassical.org Colin Kaepernick Can't Win http://theclassical.org/articles/colin-kaepernick-cant-win <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rob Rousseau </div> </div> </div> <p> Colin Kaepernick is heroic and hated, viable and unemployed, and generally in a place few athletes ever have to inhabit. It&#39;s everyone&#39;s fault.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/colin-kaepernick-cant-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/colin-kaepernick-cant-win#comments Fri, 05 May 2017 15:51:31 +0000 David Roth 2651 at http://theclassical.org Adrian Peterson Never Made Sense http://theclassical.org/articles/adrian-peterson-never-made-sense <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erik Hane </div> </div> </div> <p> When he was at his best, Adrian Peterson made everything we know about football seem up for grabs. It couldn&#39;t last forever, but it will endure.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/adrian-peterson-never-made-sense" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/adrian-peterson-never-made-sense#comments Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:52:45 +0000 David Roth 2642 at http://theclassical.org The Tony Romo Story, And Its End http://theclassical.org/articles/the-tony-romo-story-and-its-end <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jaime-Paul Falcón </div> </div> </div> <p> Tony Romo had a great and complicated NFL career. The story that sprung up around him was somehow even more interesting. It makes sense that he&#39;s chosen how it ends.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/the-tony-romo-story-and-its-end" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-tony-romo-story-and-its-end#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:35:54 +0000 David Roth 2650 at http://theclassical.org Befuddled on the Baseline http://theclassical.org/articles/befuddled-on-the-baseline <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kevin Nickoloff </div> </div> </div> <p> No matter the medication, I certainly didn&rsquo;t tell my dentist to leave the TV locked on ESPN, nor did I say I was a fan. But there was the match, punctuated by odd guttural noises both within and without the room, and I gripped the chair while the Tooth Grinder&trade; revved and the racquets swung.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/befuddled-on-the-baseline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/befuddled-on-the-baseline#comments Wed, 05 Apr 2017 13:37:06 +0000 wendt 2647 at http://theclassical.org My Team Israel Problem, And Ours http://theclassical.org/articles/my-team-israel-problem-and-ours <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gabe Stutman </div> </div> </div> <p> A team of Jewish American baseball players had a great run at the WBC. It was fun while it lasted, but not as simple as it sounds.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/my-team-israel-problem-and-ours" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/my-team-israel-problem-and-ours#comments Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:20:56 +0000 David Roth 2645 at http://theclassical.org