The Classical: Articles http://theclassical.org/articles en 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 What Are We Looking At, Or The State Of Sports Illustration In 2017 http://theclassical.org/articles/what-are-we-looking-at-or-the-state-of-sports-illustration-in-2017 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> RJ Casey </div> </div> </div> <p> There has always been great sports-related art out there. There still is. It&#39;s just a question of knowing where to look.</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-are-we-looking-at-or-the-state-of-sports-illustration-in-2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/what-are-we-looking-at-or-the-state-of-sports-illustration-in-2017#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:37:33 +0000 David Roth 2646 at http://theclassical.org Better Angels, Or Where Danny Garcia Goes From Here http://theclassical.org/articles/better-angels-or-where-danny-garcia-goes-from-here <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> William D&#039;Urso </div> </div> </div> <p> Danny Garcia has been a fighter without a personality. His father and manager, Angel Garcia, has always done the talking. Where do they go from here?</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/better-angels-or-where-danny-garcia-goes-from-here" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/better-angels-or-where-danny-garcia-goes-from-here#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:04:21 +0000 David Roth 2641 at http://theclassical.org Hyperbolic Preening: The Desperate Lives of Mascots http://theclassical.org/articles/hyperbolic-preening-the-desperate-lives-of-mascots <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tom McAllister </div> </div> </div> <p> The sports mascot ecosystem is a strange and unsettling place. The animals within it act in ways that are both familiar and wholly unexpected. Even if we put aside pressing questions about the suspension of traditional predator-prey relationships during games, and focus on their biographies, we still know so little about the interior lives of these creatures.</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/hyperbolic-preening-the-desperate-lives-of-mascots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/hyperbolic-preening-the-desperate-lives-of-mascots#comments Wed, 08 Mar 2017 15:19:10 +0000 wendt 2639 at http://theclassical.org Hooked, Or Are Sports Really An Opiate? http://theclassical.org/articles/hooked-or-are-sports-really-an-opiate <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> For years, critics like Noam Chomsky talked about sports as a pacifying opiate for what might have been a politically engaged public. Now they just feel like reality.</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/hooked-or-are-sports-really-an-opiate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/hooked-or-are-sports-really-an-opiate#comments Thu, 02 Mar 2017 19:49:00 +0000 David Roth 2637 at http://theclassical.org Deontay Wilder, Paper Heavyweight http://theclassical.org/articles/deontay-wilder-paper-heavyweight <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> William D&#039;Urso </div> </div> </div> <p> Deontay Wilder is undefeated, and as big and intimidating-looking as any heavyweight in recent memory. It&#39;s not enough.</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/deontay-wilder-paper-heavyweight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/deontay-wilder-paper-heavyweight#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:53:54 +0000 David Roth 2635 at http://theclassical.org Guards Of Cronos, An Excerpt From "Everything That Dunks Must Converge" http://theclassical.org/articles/guards-of-cronos-an-excerpt-from-everything-that-dunks-must-converge <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bryan Harvey </div> </div> </div> <p> A selection from Bryan Harvey&#39;s sprawling NBA noir in which our hero encounters a holy text, and a linen-swathed Grant Hill.</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/guards-of-cronos-an-excerpt-from-everything-that-dunks-must-converge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/guards-of-cronos-an-excerpt-from-everything-that-dunks-must-converge#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:20:22 +0000 David Roth 2629 at http://theclassical.org