The Classical: Articles http://theclassical.org/articles/all en Three Weeks, Ten Minutes, And Half An Inning http://theclassical.org/articles/three-weeks-ten-minutes-and-half-an-inning <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> W.M. Akers </div> </div> </div> <p> The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians finished a game that had been delayed for three weeks, in a different city. It was baseball, and it was good.</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/three-weeks-ten-minutes-and-half-an-inning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/three-weeks-ten-minutes-and-half-an-inning#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 18:41:13 +0000 David Roth 2063 at http://theclassical.org Sportsflicks: "Division III: Football's Finest," or Vice Shports http://theclassical.org/articles/sportsflicks-division-iii-footballs-finest-or-vice-shports <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tom Keiser </div> </div> </div> <p> In which Andy Dick says awful things to everyone nearby, but does so on purpose, while movie cameras are running, in the service of what&#39;s probably the single most offensive movie ever covered in Sportsflicks.</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/sportsflicks-division-iii-footballs-finest-or-vice-shports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/sportsflicks-division-iii-footballs-finest-or-vice-shports#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:36:45 +0000 David Roth 2053 at http://theclassical.org Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt, Running Towards, And Running Away http://theclassical.org/articles/todd-gurley-kareem-hunt-running-towards-and-running-away <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> Georgia&#39;s Todd Gurley is a Heisman contender. Toledo&#39;s Kareem Hunt is a star on a low-wattage team. The races they&#39;re running are less different than you might think.</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/todd-gurley-kareem-hunt-running-towards-and-running-away" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/todd-gurley-kareem-hunt-running-towards-and-running-away#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:42:36 +0000 David Roth 2060 at http://theclassical.org The Grandstand http://theclassical.org/articles/the-grandstand <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Andrew Forbes </div> </div> </div> <p> On going someplace strange to watch a baseball game that doesn&#39;t really matter.</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-grandstand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-grandstand#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:25:31 +0000 David Roth 2058 at http://theclassical.org Sportsflicks: "The Last Boy Scout," Which Is Almost A Documentary http://theclassical.org/articles/sportsflicks-the-last-boy-scout-which-is-almost-a-documentary <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tom Keiser </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>The Last Boy Scout</em> is pretty easily the nuttiest film ever made about professional football, and one of the crazier films of its era in general. Naturally, it looks more and more realistic by the day.</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/sportsflicks-the-last-boy-scout-which-is-almost-a-documentary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/sportsflicks-the-last-boy-scout-which-is-almost-a-documentary#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:39:22 +0000 David Roth 2056 at http://theclassical.org What If It's Nick Foles? http://theclassical.org/articles/what-if-its-nick-foles <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrick Sauer </div> </div> </div> <p> The Philadelphia Eagles have waited, loudly and not all that patiently, for the quarterback who could take the team where it has never been. That was not supposed to be Nick Foles.</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-if-its-nick-foles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/what-if-its-nick-foles#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:13:31 +0000 David Roth 2054 at http://theclassical.org The Last Ride http://theclassical.org/articles/the-last-ride <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mike Piellucci </div> </div> </div> <p> How long is too long to let the Dallas Cowboys mess around with your life? An excerpt from <a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/our-loss-classical-magazine-issue-nine9ix-is-here">The Classical Magazine Issue 9/Nine/IX</a>, &quot;Losing.&quot;</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-last-ride" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-last-ride#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:17:41 +0000 David Roth 2052 at http://theclassical.org The St. Louis Inexorables http://theclassical.org/articles/the-st-louis-inexorables <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Matthew Christman </div> </div> </div> <p> The St. Louis Cardinals have not been an especially good baseball team in 2014. The St. Louis Cardinals are in first place. This is all very familiar, actually.</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-st-louis-inexorables" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-st-louis-inexorables#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:26:32 +0000 David Roth 2046 at http://theclassical.org Awareness, #Awareness, and Ray Rice http://theclassical.org/articles/awareness-awareness-and-ray-rice <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jonny Auping </div> </div> </div> <p> Ray Rice&#39;s crime against his now-wife was one of domestic violence. So why is domestic violence such a vanishingly small part of the conversation about Ray Rice?</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/awareness-awareness-and-ray-rice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/awareness-awareness-and-ray-rice#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:30:40 +0000 David Roth 2051 at http://theclassical.org Gael Monfils Is Gael Monfils http://theclassical.org/articles/gael-monfils-is-gael-monfils <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ross Green </div> </div> </div> <p> Gael Monfils was a point away from beating Roger Federer and making it to the US Open semifinals. That match didn&#39;t work out the way he -- and his cult following among fans of beautiful and extremely weird tennis -- might have wanted. But as with everything else Monfils related, it worked out in the most Monfils-ian way possible.</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/gael-monfils-is-gael-monfils" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/gael-monfils-is-gael-monfils#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:09:47 +0000 David Roth 2045 at http://theclassical.org How To Become A Football Fan http://theclassical.org/articles/how-to-become-a-football-fan <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Harry Cheadle </div> </div> </div> <p> It&#39;s not simple, but it&#39;s not difficult, either. It may or may not be worth it. But you are probably doing it right now.</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/how-to-become-a-football-fan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/how-to-become-a-football-fan#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 19:57:31 +0000 David Roth 2042 at http://theclassical.org The Superscout, And A Rotten Heartbeat http://theclassical.org/articles/the-superscout-and-a-rotten-heartbeat <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jack Moore </div> </div> </div> <p>Hugh Alexander experienced the exploitation of baseball from both sides. His life in the game is the game&#39;s life in microcosm, for better and also for worse. An excerpt from Jack Moore&#39;s ebook <a href="https://gumroad.com/l/primarysources#"><em>Primary Sources</em></a>.</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/the-superscout-and-a-rotten-heartbeat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-superscout-and-a-rotten-heartbeat#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 05:15:51 +0000 David Roth 2041 at http://theclassical.org An Apology To The World's Soccer Fans http://theclassical.org/articles/an-apology-to-the-worlds-soccer-fans <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Clair </div> </div> </div> <p> For those new to the world&#39;s most popular sport, everything about soccer is new and exciting. This is probably going to be annoying for soccer fans who were there from the beginning. Sorry about 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/an-apology-to-the-worlds-soccer-fans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/an-apology-to-the-worlds-soccer-fans#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:23:59 +0000 David Roth 2040 at http://theclassical.org Get Me Over http://theclassical.org/articles/get-me-over <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Andrew Forbes </div> </div> </div> <p> A few thoughts on the lonely, essential, terrifying, clarifying, insane and secretly simple and utterly unique job of pitching.</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/get-me-over" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/get-me-over#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:35:32 +0000 David Roth 2037 at http://theclassical.org Sportsflicks: "Stay Hungry" And The Great Schwarzenegger/Lebowski Pose Off http://theclassical.org/articles/sportsflicks-stay-hungry-and-the-great-schwarzeneggerlebowski-pose-off <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tom Keiser </div> </div> </div> <p> Bodybuilders run wild in the streets and Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jeff Bridges pose off for the love of Sally Field amid an atmosphere of general genial buffness. (It&#39;s good.)</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/sportsflicks-stay-hungry-and-the-great-schwarzeneggerlebowski-pose-off" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/sportsflicks-stay-hungry-and-the-great-schwarzeneggerlebowski-pose-off#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:37:57 +0000 David Roth 2034 at http://theclassical.org The Chief http://theclassical.org/articles/the-chief <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> For some at the University of Illinois, Chief Illiniwek remains a symbol of tradition and unity even after his official retirement in 2007. For others, The Chief is a symbol of thoughtlessness and ignorance. For Alex Dozier, who still performs as The Chief at Illini games, he means something else entirely.</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-chief" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-chief#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:33:32 +0000 David Roth 2032 at http://theclassical.org Business As Usual On Moron Mountain: An Excerpt From Miles Wray's "Space Jam" Ebook http://theclassical.org/articles/business-as-usual-on-moron-mountain-an-excerpt-from-miles-wrays-space-jam-ebook <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Miles Wray </div> </div> </div> <p> An excerpt from &quot;Here&#39;s Your Chance, Do Your Dance,&quot; Miles Wray&#39;s <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/critical-review-and-interpretation-of-space-jam/x/8468537">upcoming ebook</a> on the Michael Jordan/Bugs Bunny anti-classic&nbsp;<em>Space Jam</em>&nbsp;as a movie and non-movie.</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/business-as-usual-on-moron-mountain-an-excerpt-from-miles-wrays-space-jam-ebook" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/business-as-usual-on-moron-mountain-an-excerpt-from-miles-wrays-space-jam-ebook#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:00:58 +0000 David Roth 2030 at http://theclassical.org How The NFL Wins http://theclassical.org/articles/how-the-nfl-wins <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bryan Joiner </div> </div> </div> <p> Knowing that the NFL is sinister-unto-evil is one thing. But doing something about it -- something like, say, not watching -- is another thing entirely. In the end, what the NFL is selling might be stronger than anyone&#39;s ability to resist 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/how-the-nfl-wins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/how-the-nfl-wins#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:21:17 +0000 David Roth 2028 at http://theclassical.org August 18, 2013 And The Arrival Of Performance-Enhanced Baseball http://theclassical.org/articles/august-18-2013-and-the-arrival-of-performance-enhanced-baseball <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> One year ago, in an otherwise unimportant game, a small drama played out between Alex Rodriguez, Ryan Dempster and baseball&#39;s stuffier storytelling instincts. The familiar PED hysteria was there. The difference, this time, was how it made the story so much more interesting.</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/august-18-2013-and-the-arrival-of-performance-enhanced-baseball" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/august-18-2013-and-the-arrival-of-performance-enhanced-baseball#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:34:18 +0000 David Roth 2024 at http://theclassical.org Reading FC Is Fundamental http://theclassical.org/articles/reading-fc-is-fundamental <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> For most of us, the teams we care about are chosen for us, or are accidents of birth or circumstance. For Americans adopting an English soccer team, it&#39;s a different story. It&#39;s important to choose wisely.</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/reading-fc-is-fundamental" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/reading-fc-is-fundamental#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:41:17 +0000 David Roth 2023 at http://theclassical.org The Sagging Rope Expert, or Ali Boulala And The Art Of Sketchiness http://theclassical.org/articles/the-sagging-rope-expert-or-ali-boulala-and-the-art-of-sketchiness <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> Skating is about a great many things, but it is not about being perfect. For all his idiocies and failings, Ali Boulala knows this, and beautifully enough to help other people know it. Which means he knows a lot, actually.</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-sagging-rope-expert-or-ali-boulala-and-the-art-of-sketchiness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-sagging-rope-expert-or-ali-boulala-and-the-art-of-sketchiness#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 05:53:18 +0000 David Roth 2020 at http://theclassical.org Sportsflicks: Burt Reynolds Is Sad, And "The Man From Left Field" http://theclassical.org/articles/sportsflicks-burt-reynolds-is-sad-and-the-man-from-left-field <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tom Keiser </div> </div> </div> <p> Burt Reynolds was going through a hard time in his life when he made the 1993 un-classic <em>The Man From Left Field</em>, a singularly vain vanity project dedicated to sharing his personal turmoil, Dick Howser fetish, and a bunch of saddish Florida State in-jokes.</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/sportsflicks-burt-reynolds-is-sad-and-the-man-from-left-field" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/sportsflicks-burt-reynolds-is-sad-and-the-man-from-left-field#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:25:18 +0000 David Roth 2018 at http://theclassical.org Yakkin' About Soccer: The Most Major League http://theclassical.org/articles/yakkin-about-soccer-the-most-major-league-0 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Patrick Redford </div> <div class="field-item even"> Connor Huchton </div> </div> </div> <p> Our national DeAndre Yedlin moment, MLS&#39; status as the most undisputedly major league in world soccer, Andrew Farrell&#39;s tubby mastery, those times when DC United is Sunderland FC, and other important (domestic) soccer topics.</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/yakkin-about-soccer-the-most-major-league-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/yakkin-about-soccer-the-most-major-league-0#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:54:26 +0000 David Roth 2016 at http://theclassical.org Joel-Hans Embiid, Ghost In The Twitter Machine http://theclassical.org/articles/joel-hans-embiid-ghost-in-the-twitter-machine <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> John Wilmes </div> </div> </div> <p> Joel Embiid may one day be a great basketball player. But the third overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft is already a great follow, and one of the weirdest and best sports-things on Twitter.</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/joel-hans-embiid-ghost-in-the-twitter-machine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/joel-hans-embiid-ghost-in-the-twitter-machine#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 16:24:37 +0000 David Roth 2014 at http://theclassical.org Evan Turner And The Shot Chart Of Infinite Sadness http://theclassical.org/articles/evan-turner-and-the-shot-chart-of-infinite-sadness <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ian Levy </div> </div> </div> <p> If every picture tells a story, then the shot chart from Evan Turner&#39;s horrible 2013-14 season tells a really seriously sad story. So sad, in fact, that it can apply to failures other than his own. Let&#39;s get very sad.</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/evan-turner-and-the-shot-chart-of-infinite-sadness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/evan-turner-and-the-shot-chart-of-infinite-sadness#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:41:37 +0000 David Roth 2013 at http://theclassical.org