The Classical: Articles http://theclassical.org/articles/all en Houston Has A Problem http://theclassical.org/articles/houston-has-a-problem <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> There was grumbling in the Houston Astros clubhouse over struggling bonus baby Mark Appel. There&#39;s plenty to complain about in Houston, but it&#39;s not necessarily Mark Appel&#39;s bullpen session.</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/houston-has-a-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/houston-has-a-problem#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:20:51 +0000 David Roth 2012 at http://theclassical.org The Cleveland Sockalexicon http://theclassical.org/articles/the-cleveland-sockalexicon <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tyler Drenon </div> </div> </div> <p> It may well be that the Cleveland Indians were named after one of their first great stars. That&#39;s only sort of an explanation, and not nearly an excuse, for one of the most unfortunate mascots and team names in professional sports. Slowly but steadily, anything but change seems increasingly insufficient.&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/the-cleveland-sockalexicon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-cleveland-sockalexicon#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:43:47 +0000 David Roth 2010 at http://theclassical.org The A's Sell Out http://theclassical.org/articles/the-as-sell-out <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> The Oakland Athletics were baseball&#39;s best team through the first half of the season, and recently mortgaged their future to get better. If this seems strange, you&#39;ve probably read <em>Moneyball</em>. It was a good book, but we&#39;d all do well to forget about it in this case.</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-as-sell-out" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-as-sell-out#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:45:12 +0000 David Roth 1995 at http://theclassical.org Three Days And Ten Years http://theclassical.org/articles/three-days-and-ten-years <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Matt Osgood </div> </div> </div> <p> On July 24, 2004, the Boston Red Sox were still cursed and Barack Obama was an obscure State Senator. Things started changing on that day, and haven&#39;t stopped since.</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-days-and-ten-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/three-days-and-ten-years#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0000 David Roth 2006 at http://theclassical.org Wrestling About Talking, Ep. 1: Brogue Kicks and Broken (Sand)Harts http://theclassical.org/articles/wrestling-about-talking-ep-1-brogue-kicks-and-broken-sandharts <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lang Whitaker </div> <div class="field-item even"> Mike Piellucci </div> </div> </div> <p> Wrestling, like time is a flat circle. A flat, squared circle. It&#39;s weird.&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/wrestling-about-talking-ep-1-brogue-kicks-and-broken-sandharts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/wrestling-about-talking-ep-1-brogue-kicks-and-broken-sandharts#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:08:02 +0000 Nick Bond 2008 at http://theclassical.org The Spirit of St. Louis: Ann Coulter, Nativism, and the “American Style” of Soccer http://theclassical.org/articles/the-spirit-of-st-louis-ann-coulter-nativism-and-the-%E2%80%9Camerican-style%E2%80%9D-of-soccer <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> Ann Coulter infamously cast soccer as a tool of the invading hordes that seek to destroy the United States. Decades ago, however, Americans within the sport made many of the same xenophobic arguments to protect a particular style of play.</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-spirit-of-st-louis-ann-coulter-nativism-and-the-%E2%80%9Camerican-style%E2%80%9D-of-soccer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-spirit-of-st-louis-ann-coulter-nativism-and-the-%E2%80%9Camerican-style%E2%80%9D-of-soccer#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:53:27 +0000 Eric Freeman 2007 at http://theclassical.org Fantasy, Basketball: LeBron James As Fantasy Novel Hero http://theclassical.org/articles/fantasy-basketball-lebron-james-as-fantasy-novel-hero <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Siquig </div> </div> </div> <p> It&#39;s way too easy to take LeBron James&#39; career to date as something bigger than the career arc of a very great basketball player. But look at LeBron James as the main character in a sprawling series of fantasy novels and things look... well, kind of disturbingly not-that-different, 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/fantasy-basketball-lebron-james-as-fantasy-novel-hero" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/fantasy-basketball-lebron-james-as-fantasy-novel-hero#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:57:35 +0000 David Roth 2005 at http://theclassical.org Germany Wins World Cup, Saves The World http://theclassical.org/articles/germany-wins-world-cup-saves-the-world <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SB Tang </div> </div> </div> <p> Germany deserved to win the 2014 World Cup. But this was not just a victory for smart soccer and savvy talent development and ultilization, although it was also that. It&#39;s also a win for multiculturalism, youth education, the Eurozone economy, and the Spanish olive industry. Let&#39;s celebrate.</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/germany-wins-world-cup-saves-the-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/germany-wins-world-cup-saves-the-world#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:14:47 +0000 David Roth 2004 at http://theclassical.org Yakkin' About Baseball: Chris Berman's Spoken World Album http://theclassical.org/articles/yakkin-about-baseball-chris-bermans-spoken-world-album <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> David Roth </div> <div class="field-item even"> David Raposa </div> </div> </div> <p> Goth Jayson Werth, Chris Berman&#39;s linguistic avant-gardeism, the Alan Smithee version of <em>Dune</em>, and the other upsetting things one things about while being traumatized by the Home Run Derby.</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-baseball-chris-bermans-spoken-world-album" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/yakkin-about-baseball-chris-bermans-spoken-world-album#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:18:49 +0000 David Roth 2002 at http://theclassical.org Demolishing The Ruins In Cleveland http://theclassical.org/articles/demolishing-the-ruins-in-cleveland <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chris Manning </div> </div> </div> <p> It&#39;s not that LeBron returning to the Cavaliers changes everything -- or even anything -- about Cleveland sports. It&#39;s more that, as revealed on a trip to the Indians game on the first night of the second LeBron Era, it feels as if things have changed.</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/demolishing-the-ruins-in-cleveland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/demolishing-the-ruins-in-cleveland#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:02:56 +0000 David Roth 2000 at http://theclassical.org Gone In 32 Seconds, Or The U.S. After Brazil 2014 http://theclassical.org/articles/gone-in-32-seconds-or-the-us-after-brazil-2014 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Terry </div> </div> </div> <p>With every World Cup comes the question of whether <em>this</em> one will be the one that makes the U.S. finally fall in love with soccer. An anecdotal survey of bars and fans during Brazil 2014 suggests that this one was indeed different. But maybe it&#39;s the question that&#39;s the problem.</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/gone-in-32-seconds-or-the-us-after-brazil-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/gone-in-32-seconds-or-the-us-after-brazil-2014#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:43:34 +0000 David Roth 1998 at http://theclassical.org Growing Up Inside The World Cup http://theclassical.org/articles/growing-up-inside-the-world-cup <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Diana Moskovitz </div> </div> </div> <p> Everything is different in South Florida. And during the World Cup, this most unusual part of the country is like nowhere else. For a South Floridian watching her first World Cup outside of World Cup World, it makes for one hell of a culture shock.</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/growing-up-inside-the-world-cup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/growing-up-inside-the-world-cup#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:32:38 +0000 David Roth 1997 at http://theclassical.org Great Fighters, Great Fights, And Everything Else http://theclassical.org/articles/great-fighters-great-fights-and-everything-else <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Josh Tucker </div> </div> </div> <p> Ronda Rousey, Chris Weidman, and Lyoto Machida are really good at sports. There&#39;s more to it than that, given that this is the UFC we&#39;re talking about, but there doesn&#39;t necessarily need to be.</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/great-fighters-great-fights-and-everything-else" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/great-fighters-great-fights-and-everything-else#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:33:03 +0000 David Roth 1996 at http://theclassical.org Strangelove In Philadelphia http://theclassical.org/articles/strangelove-in-philadelphia <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> Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying About Sam Hinkie&#39;s Endless And Semi-Sadistic Rebuilding Of The 76ers And Love The Process.</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/strangelove-in-philadelphia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/strangelove-in-philadelphia#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:39:27 +0000 David Roth 1992 at http://theclassical.org The U.S., The World Cup, And Life After Death http://theclassical.org/articles/the-us-the-world-cup-and-life-after-death <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connor Huchton </div> </div> </div> <p> Well, that was painful. Also, that was great.&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/the-us-the-world-cup-and-life-after-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-us-the-world-cup-and-life-after-death#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:07:16 +0000 David Roth 1991 at http://theclassical.org The Game Is To Be Sold: The Long Legal Battle For "Skee-Ball" http://theclassical.org/articles/the-game-is-to-be-sold-the-long-legal-battle-for-skee-ball <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sean Hojnacki </div> </div> </div> <p> Everyone knows what skee-ball is, and thousands of people enjoy playing the century-old boardwalk game. But, just as a league called Brewskee-Ball has revived the game&#39;s popularity in the United States, the owners of the original trademark have returned with a vengeance to claim what&#39;s they believe to be theirs.</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-game-is-to-be-sold-the-long-legal-battle-for-skee-ball" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-game-is-to-be-sold-the-long-legal-battle-for-skee-ball#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:47:59 +0000 David Roth 1990 at http://theclassical.org Yakkin' About Baseball: Jonathan Papelbon's Monogrammed Ski-Doo http://theclassical.org/articles/yakkin-about-baseball-jonathan-papelbons-monogrammed-ski-doo <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> David Roth </div> <div class="field-item even"> David Raposa </div> </div> </div> <p> League-wide retirement tours for the players that need them most, egg-eating challenges for the relief pitchers that need them least, silent contemplation of Terry Collins fleshlight jokes, and Rebecca DeMornay as herself.</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-baseball-jonathan-papelbons-monogrammed-ski-doo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/yakkin-about-baseball-jonathan-papelbons-monogrammed-ski-doo#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:19:49 +0000 David Roth 1988 at http://theclassical.org Brow Beat http://theclassical.org/articles/brow-beat <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Damon Agnos </div> </div> </div> <p>I couldn&rsquo;t understand why Anthony Davis had contacted me. Was it just a guise to get me to download this silly Unibrowswer web app? The app was the linchpin of a promotional push built around A.D.&rsquo;s upcoming All-Star Game appearance. But if they were marketing it to graybeards like me, their branding needed a serious tune-up. After my fifth click, though, I saw why A.D. needed me.</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/brow-beat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/brow-beat#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:43:04 +0000 Pete Beatty 1987 at http://theclassical.org A Protest Playlist for the World Cup http://theclassical.org/articles/a-protest-playlist-for-the-world-cup <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moacir P. de Sá Pereira </div> </div> </div> <p>FIFA wanted vibrant culture and masses in the streets during this World Cup. Unfortunately for them, they got both earlier than anticipated. The party is happening alright, but it&rsquo;s made up of people who are fed up with government mismanagement and fealty to FIFA&rsquo;s demands. In that spirit, what follows is the beginning of a playlist to accompany a proper World Cup gathering.</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/a-protest-playlist-for-the-world-cup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/a-protest-playlist-for-the-world-cup#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:08:49 +0000 Pete Beatty 1981 at http://theclassical.org Believing in Li Muhao http://theclassical.org/articles/believing-in-li-muhao <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Andrew Crawford </div> </div> </div> <p> Li Muhao stands 7&#39;2, has serious skills, and could well become the first Chinese basketball player drafted since 2007. If he continues to develop as he has, he could be the best Chinese-born NBA player in longer than that. So why does China not believe in him?</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/believing-in-li-muhao" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/believing-in-li-muhao#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:23:09 +0000 David Roth 1980 at http://theclassical.org Moneyball Questions, Moneyball Answers http://theclassical.org/articles/moneyball-questions-moneyball-answers <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jonathan Tjarks </div> </div> </div> <p> On the economics of player development and the buried profit imperative that shapes it all. A selection from Jonathan Tjarks&#39; new e-book&nbsp;<em>The Pattern of Basketball and the 2014 NBA Draft.</em></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/moneyball-questions-moneyball-answers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/moneyball-questions-moneyball-answers#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:34:00 +0000 David Roth 1979 at http://theclassical.org Never Just One Thing http://theclassical.org/articles/never-just-one-thing <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Connor Huchton </div> </div> </div> <p> The USMNT is not quite the team they might someday be, but no longer the team they were. At times, they&#39;re both at once. That, as much as anything else, is a reason to believe in 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/never-just-one-thing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/never-just-one-thing#comments Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:10:37 +0000 David Roth 1978 at http://theclassical.org This Is England http://theclassical.org/articles/this-is-england <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Terry </div> </div> </div> <p> There&#39;s a constant sense of anxious and somewhat self-pitying among those cheering for England in the World Cup, as there generally is. But there&#39;s no curse at work, here: just a bunch of things that needed to change, and which may finally be changing, and the stubborn urge to watch it happen.</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/this-is-england" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/this-is-england#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:48:15 +0000 David Roth 1974 at http://theclassical.org Jodie Meeks, Schrodinger's Free Agent http://theclassical.org/articles/jodie-meeks-schrodingers-free-agent <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Michael Pina </div> </div> </div> <p> There are free agents who will make more money on the open market than Lakers gunner Jodie Meeks, who is coming off a seasons in which he was, by the numbers, one of the most efficient scorers in the league. But none of those free agents will make GM&#39;s think harder about what they&#39;re really worth.</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/jodie-meeks-schrodingers-free-agent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/jodie-meeks-schrodingers-free-agent#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:17:57 +0000 David Roth 1920 at http://theclassical.org Why We Listen, or Driving Across Vermont With Dustin Pedroia http://theclassical.org/articles/why-we-listen-or-driving-across-vermont-with-dustin-pedroia <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> Even for those who have left baseball behind, a long car ride and a baseball game on the radio make for a powerful time-travel experience.</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/why-we-listen-or-driving-across-vermont-with-dustin-pedroia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/why-we-listen-or-driving-across-vermont-with-dustin-pedroia#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:49:37 +0000 David Roth 1973 at http://theclassical.org