The Classical: Articles http://theclassical.org/articles/all en Breaking Down The MLB Draft's Top Prospects http://theclassical.org/articles/breaking-down-the-mlb-drafts-top-prospects <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Craig Goldstein </div> <div class="field-item even"> David Roth </div> </div> </div> <p> The only guide you need to the most important names in Major League Baseball&#39;s June Draft.</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/breaking-down-the-mlb-drafts-top-prospects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/breaking-down-the-mlb-drafts-top-prospects#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2016 20:39:47 +0000 David Roth 2591 at http://theclassical.org The Butterfly And The Effect: Four Memories Of Muhammad Ali http://theclassical.org/articles/the-butterfly-and-the-effect-four-memories-of-muhammad-ali <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brin-Jonathan Butler </div> </div> </div> <p> Muhammad Ali lived a life that was bigger, in every way, than any athlete of his era. These are the memories of four people who knew him&mdash;author Thomas Hauser, <em>When We Were Kings</em>filmmaker Leon Gast, HBO&#39;s Jim Lampley, and trainer Freddie Roach&mdash;of meeting him at various points along that journey.</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-butterfly-and-the-effect-four-memories-of-muhammad-ali" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-butterfly-and-the-effect-four-memories-of-muhammad-ali#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:26:33 +0000 David Roth 2590 at http://theclassical.org The Superlucidity of Luis Salom http://theclassical.org/articles/the-superlucidity-of-luis-salom <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> There&rsquo;s Hemingway&rsquo;s old bit about bullfighting and car racing, of course, but bikes are an even more perverse extension&mdash;totally exposed humans at ever-increasing speeds somehow allowed to continue racing one another from a very young age amid perpetual political bickering over safety, economic and environmental concerns.</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-superlucidity-of-luis-salom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-superlucidity-of-luis-salom#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2016 18:20:14 +0000 wendt 2586 at http://theclassical.org The Friends Of Muhammad Ali, Now And Then http://theclassical.org/articles/the-friends-of-muhammad-ali-now-and-then <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Andrew Tobolowsky </div> </div> </div> <p> Muhammad Ali was more than a champion, and more than a fighter. He championed revolutionary ideas, in revolutionary ways. Let&#39;s remember that, before history and expedience smooths it out.</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-friends-of-muhammad-ali-now-and-then" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-friends-of-muhammad-ali-now-and-then#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:53:54 +0000 David Roth 2587 at http://theclassical.org Ball Don't Lie, NBA Fiction: Stephen A. Smith And The Trade Rumor Machine http://theclassical.org/articles/ball-dont-lie-nba-fiction-stephen-a-smith-and-the-trade-rumor-machine <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 coffee-related mishap in a secret basketball bunker leads to two idiots coming up with every insane thing that happened in the NBA this year.</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-nba-fiction-stephen-a-smith-and-the-trade-rumor-machine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/ball-dont-lie-nba-fiction-stephen-a-smith-and-the-trade-rumor-machine#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:30:30 +0000 David Roth 2582 at http://theclassical.org Kevin Durant Is Living, And Thriving, In The Moment http://theclassical.org/articles/kevin-durant-is-living-and-thriving-in-the-moment <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Evans Clinchy </div> </div> </div> <p> For much of the last year, the story of Kevin Durant has been about where he might go as a free agent. He&#39;s telling a different story on the court right now, and a much more entertaining 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/kevin-durant-is-living-and-thriving-in-the-moment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/kevin-durant-is-living-and-thriving-in-the-moment#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 19:20:06 +0000 David Roth 2583 at http://theclassical.org Tanking, Seeking, Basketball, And What We Can Learn About Things We Can't Change http://theclassical.org/articles/tanking-seeking-basketball-and-what-we-can-learn-about-things-we-cant-change <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Andrew Tobolowsky </div> </div> </div> <p> Advanced statistics give us a new lens on basketball, and help us see things in new ways. This is good, but we shouldn&#39;t confuse all that new knowledge with understanding.</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/tanking-seeking-basketball-and-what-we-can-learn-about-things-we-cant-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/tanking-seeking-basketball-and-what-we-can-learn-about-things-we-cant-change#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 18:03:44 +0000 David Roth 2577 at http://theclassical.org A conversation with Yago Colas about Ball Don't Lie, his book on basketball http://theclassical.org/articles/a-conversation-with-yago-colas-about-ball-dont-lie-his-book-on-basketball <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> <img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Ball Don't Lie.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 895px;" /></p> <p> Above all else, basketball a game of movement. In his book <em>Ball Don&rsquo;t Lie: Myth, Genealogy, and Invention in the Cultures of Basketball, </em>Yago Col&agrave;s reminds NBA consumers that the future of basketball might not always be what the game is now and that the game did not always have to be what it is now. The sport, like the ball itself, is fluid.</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-conversation-with-yago-colas-about-ball-dont-lie-his-book-on-basketball" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/a-conversation-with-yago-colas-about-ball-dont-lie-his-book-on-basketball#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 04:48:09 +0000 piellucci 2580 at http://theclassical.org A Modest Proposal On Seattle Sports http://theclassical.org/articles/a-modest-proposal-on-seattle-sports <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sam Wilkinson </div> </div> </div> <p> When Seattle&#39;s City Council voted not to spend millions of dollars on an arena without a team to put in it, a shitlord faction of Seattle sports fans directed a torrent of gross gendered ugliness at the women who voted against it. Here are some sanctions that might set things right.</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-modest-proposal-on-seattle-sports" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/a-modest-proposal-on-seattle-sports#comments Mon, 23 May 2016 19:44:05 +0000 David Roth 2578 at http://theclassical.org Baseball Has A Joy Problem http://theclassical.org/articles/baseball-has-a-joy-problem <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reetae </div> </div> </div> <p> The chain of events that led to Rougned Odor socking Jose Bautista in the face began last fall, but all comes back to a game that&#39;s caught up in its own unwritten rules.</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/baseball-has-a-joy-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/baseball-has-a-joy-problem#comments Fri, 20 May 2016 16:00:40 +0000 David Roth 2575 at http://theclassical.org Bronson Arroyo Sings the Hits http://theclassical.org/articles/bronson-arroyo-sings-the-hits <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Macyk </div> </div> </div> <p> While Bronson Arroyo&#39;s &quot;Covering the Bases&quot; retrospective rock album is seemingly just a collection of dude rock anthems, what this presupposes is: What if it isn&#39;t?</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/bronson-arroyo-sings-the-hits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/bronson-arroyo-sings-the-hits#comments Thu, 19 May 2016 16:22:12 +0000 Nick Bond 2576 at http://theclassical.org The Life And Legend Of Tyler Crisps http://theclassical.org/articles/the-life-and-legend-of-tyler-crisps <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Trevor Strunk </div> </div> </div> <p> There&#39;s more to the 100% real and actually existing quarterback prospect Tyler Crisps than Texas. But to understand him, Texas is a good place to start.</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-life-and-legend-of-tyler-crisps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-life-and-legend-of-tyler-crisps#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 13:19:45 +0000 David Roth 2574 at http://theclassical.org James Harden And Pinhead's Puzzlebox http://theclassical.org/articles/james-harden-and-pinheads-puzzlebox <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sam Wilkinson </div> </div> </div> <p> In which Frank Cotton, sybaritic criminal victim of the Cenobites in &quot;Hellraiser,&quot; finally gets his shot at a NBA coaching job.</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/james-harden-and-pinheads-puzzlebox" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/james-harden-and-pinheads-puzzlebox#comments Thu, 05 May 2016 16:20:17 +0000 David Roth 2571 at http://theclassical.org The JR Smith/Dion Waiters Power Rankings: Cat Scratch Effect http://theclassical.org/articles/the-jr-smithdion-waiters-power-rankings-cat-scratch-effect <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Siquig </div> <div class="field-item even"> Jonny Auping </div> </div> </div> <p> Our latest ranking finds our heroes each playing prominent roles in the postseason, but only one of them fully in character. Also there&#39;s a lot of stuff about cats and cat-ownership in 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/the-jr-smithdion-waiters-power-rankings-cat-scratch-effect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-jr-smithdion-waiters-power-rankings-cat-scratch-effect#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 16:03:27 +0000 David Roth 2572 at http://theclassical.org Players, Fans, The Human Element, And The NBA Playoffs http://theclassical.org/articles/players-fans-the-human-element-and-the-nba-playoffs <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wes Goldberg </div> </div> </div> <p> It can be easy to forget that NBA players are also fans, in all the irrational, overexuberant, delirious, and human ways that can be defined. In the playoffs, that&#39;s unmistakable.</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/players-fans-the-human-element-and-the-nba-playoffs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/players-fans-the-human-element-and-the-nba-playoffs#comments Mon, 02 May 2016 17:22:00 +0000 David Roth 2570 at http://theclassical.org Guys Like Us http://theclassical.org/articles/guys-like-us <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dani Fleischer </div> </div> </div> <p> The 90s Knicks were ugly and flawed, even as they were great. For some families, that was worth holding onto.</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/guys-like-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/guys-like-us#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 06:23:22 +0000 piellucci 2567 at http://theclassical.org Meet The Nopers: State Farm's Rejected "Long Lost Basketball Siblings" http://theclassical.org/articles/meet-the-nopers-state-farms-rejected-long-lost-basketball-siblings <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ben Johnson </div> <div class="field-item even"> Alex Siquig </div> </div> </div> <p> From the non-fictional Zeke Randolph to dapper Detective Maurice Cole to Mason &quot;Mason Plumlee&quot; Plumlee, we offer this complete run-down of fictitious (and non-fictitious) NBA siblings.</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/meet-the-nopers-state-farms-rejected-long-lost-basketball-siblings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/meet-the-nopers-state-farms-rejected-long-lost-basketball-siblings#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:04:50 +0000 David Roth 2565 at http://theclassical.org What Does It Take To Create A Mascot? A Conversation With Aaron Dana, About Otters. http://theclassical.org/articles/what-does-it-take-to-create-a-mascot-a-conversation-with-aaron-dana-about-otters <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eli Neugeboren </div> </div> </div> <p> A conversation between two graphic designers about the joys, challenges, and weirdnesses of creating a mascot from scratch.</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-it-take-to-create-a-mascot-a-conversation-with-aaron-dana-about-otters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/what-does-it-take-to-create-a-mascot-a-conversation-with-aaron-dana-about-otters#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:10:56 +0000 David Roth 2560 at http://theclassical.org We're Not Talking About Playoffs, Eh? http://theclassical.org/articles/were-not-talking-about-playoffs-eh <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> The absence of Canadian teams in this year&#39;s NHL field is good for a punchline, although it&#39;s already worn out from overuse. But that&#39;s about all it means.</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/were-not-talking-about-playoffs-eh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/were-not-talking-about-playoffs-eh#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2016 18:05:09 +0000 David Roth 2559 at http://theclassical.org Goodbye To Sam Hinkie, The Brownback Of The Boardroom http://theclassical.org/articles/goodbye-to-sam-hinkie-the-brownback-of-the-boardroom <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reetae </div> </div> </div> <p> Sam Hinkie might well have been a visionary. He was definitely an ideologue. He was also terrible at his job, which is why he doesn&#39;t have it anymore. It doesn&#39;t need to be more complicated than 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/goodbye-to-sam-hinkie-the-brownback-of-the-boardroom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/goodbye-to-sam-hinkie-the-brownback-of-the-boardroom#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 18:40:55 +0000 David Roth 2563 at http://theclassical.org The Sixers, And Their Fans, Can't Win For Losing http://theclassical.org/articles/the-sixers-and-their-fans-cant-win-for-losing <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> Committing to The Process wasn&#39;t easy, and it wasn&#39;t necessarily fun. But for a fan who bought into the idea that Sam Hinkie could move things forward, the end of the Hinkie experiment feels like a step back.</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-sixers-and-their-fans-cant-win-for-losing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-sixers-and-their-fans-cant-win-for-losing#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:10:58 +0000 David Roth 2562 at http://theclassical.org Steph Curry Needs To Shoot His Shot http://theclassical.org/articles/steph-curry-needs-to-shoot-his-shot <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jordan White </div> </div> </div> <p> Steph Curry doesn&#39;t necessarily owe us any more than basketball. But what he refuses to talk about regarding North Carolina&#39;s HB2 speaks volumes all the same.&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/steph-curry-needs-to-shoot-his-shot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/steph-curry-needs-to-shoot-his-shot#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:00:36 +0000 David Roth 2561 at http://theclassical.org UConn, Their Critics, And The Importance Of Awe http://theclassical.org/articles/uconn-their-critics-and-the-importance-of-awe <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sam Wilkinson </div> </div> </div> <p> UConn&#39;s women&#39;s basketball dynasty caught a good amount of very bad criticism for their dominance during their latest dominant run to a NCAA championship. Which is weird, because the only thing you need to do to appreciate and understand their greatness is watch them 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/uconn-their-critics-and-the-importance-of-awe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/uconn-their-critics-and-the-importance-of-awe#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2016 19:33:36 +0000 David Roth 2558 at http://theclassical.org The Most Judgmental Judgment Call In College Basketball http://theclassical.org/articles/the-most-judgmental-judgment-call-in-college-basketball <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sam Wilkinson </div> </div> </div> <p> Refereeing is hard even when the rules are clear. In the case of the technical fouls called against players for hanging on the rim, the rule is bad&mdash;and the resulting calls are worse.</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-most-judgmental-judgment-call-in-college-basketball" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-most-judgmental-judgment-call-in-college-basketball#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2016 17:18:27 +0000 David Roth 2556 at http://theclassical.org NBA Storytime: The Dragics Will Do It http://theclassical.org/articles/nba-storytime-the-dragics-will-do-it <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 Pat Riley harnesses the power of basketball&#39;s foremost warlock twins to send Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook back in time to stop Steph Curry.</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/nba-storytime-the-dragics-will-do-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/nba-storytime-the-dragics-will-do-it#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:16:13 +0000 David Roth 2555 at http://theclassical.org