The Classical: Articles http://theclassical.org/articles/all en 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 Memorabilia on the Drag http://theclassical.org/articles/memorabilia-on-the-drag <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> Even the second-hand shops of Portland, Oregon seem to encourage everyone to forget about one particular era of Trailblazers history.</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/memorabilia-on-the-drag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/memorabilia-on-the-drag#comments Fri, 30 Dec 2016 15:41:41 +0000 wendt 2633 at http://theclassical.org John John Florence And Surfing's Hawaiian Homecoming http://theclassical.org/articles/john-john-florence-and-surfings-hawaiian-homecoming <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Eric Stinton </div> </div> </div> <p> Surfing means something special in Hawaii, even as it has become a big global business. That&#39;s why it means so much that native son John John Florence is currently dominating the sport.</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/john-john-florence-and-surfings-hawaiian-homecoming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/john-john-florence-and-surfings-hawaiian-homecoming#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:50:56 +0000 David Roth 2631 at http://theclassical.org The Oklahoma Sooners And The Importance Of Being Fun http://theclassical.org/articles/the-oklahoma-sooners-and-the-importance-of-being-fun <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 Sooners won&#39;t figure in this year&#39;s College Football Championship fight. That doesn&#39;t mean they don&#39;t have a lot to offer.</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-oklahoma-sooners-and-the-importance-of-being-fun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-oklahoma-sooners-and-the-importance-of-being-fun#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:58:42 +0000 David Roth 2630 at http://theclassical.org Anthony Davis And Hopeful Monstrousness http://theclassical.org/articles/anthony-davis-and-hopeful-monstrousness <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> Anthony Davis is off to a start unlike any basketball fans have seen before. His winless New Orleans Pelicans are off to a start that&#39;s all too familiar. Something&#39;s got to give, 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/anthony-davis-and-hopeful-monstrousness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/anthony-davis-and-hopeful-monstrousness#comments Mon, 07 Nov 2016 16:11:12 +0000 David Roth 2628 at http://theclassical.org The Cubs, And The End Of History http://theclassical.org/articles/the-cubs-and-the-end-of-history <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stephen Stetson </div> </div> </div> <p> To grow up with the Chicago Cubs, even far from Wrigley, was to grow up believing in defiance and defeat. After Game 7 of the best World Series in recent memory, things opened up.</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-cubs-and-the-end-of-history" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-cubs-and-the-end-of-history#comments Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:03:11 +0000 David Roth 2627 at http://theclassical.org Ball Don't Lie, NBA Fan Fiction: The Haunting Of Kristaps Porzingis http://theclassical.org/articles/ball-dont-lie-nba-fan-fiction-the-haunting-of-kristaps-porzingis <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 the Knicks rookie is invited to a NBA veteran&#39;s annual &quot;Monster Mash&quot; party where nothing is as it seems. Even Klay Thompson&#39;s Easter Island Head costume.</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-fan-fiction-the-haunting-of-kristaps-porzingis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/ball-dont-lie-nba-fan-fiction-the-haunting-of-kristaps-porzingis#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:14:42 +0000 David Roth 2625 at http://theclassical.org Why Kevin Durant Didn't Choose Your Stupid Team http://theclassical.org/articles/why-kevin-durant-didnt-choose-your-stupid-team <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"> Corbin Smith </div> <div class="field-item odd"> John Wilmes </div> </div> </div> <p> Months in the making, an exclusive journey through the process that led Kevin Durant to the Golden State.</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-kevin-durant-didnt-choose-your-stupid-team" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/why-kevin-durant-didnt-choose-your-stupid-team#comments Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:49:40 +0000 David Roth 2617 at http://theclassical.org Josh Tomlin And The Art Of The Forgettable http://theclassical.org/articles/josh-tomlin-and-the-art-of-the-forgettable <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> In a postseason stacked with dazzling aces, Cleveland&#39;s Josh Tomlin doesn&#39;t stand out. He doesn&#39;t stand out anywhere, really. That&#39;s how he does what he does.</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/josh-tomlin-and-the-art-of-the-forgettable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/josh-tomlin-and-the-art-of-the-forgettable#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:20:41 +0000 David Roth 2623 at http://theclassical.org Boris Diaw Goes on Vacation http://theclassical.org/articles/boris-diaw-goes-on-vacation-0 <p> Everyone&#39;s favorite French curmudgeon wrote a children&#39;s book. It involves poop, olive pits and bizarrely precise measurements.&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/boris-diaw-goes-on-vacation-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/boris-diaw-goes-on-vacation-0#comments Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:30:33 +0000 piellucci 2620 at http://theclassical.org Far Enough, Fast Enough: A Marathon http://theclassical.org/articles/far-enough-fast-enough-a-marathon <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> Running a marathon is something you do <em>to</em> yourself, as well as something you do <em>for</em> yourself. There is plenty of time for the two to trade places over the course of 26 miles and change.</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/far-enough-fast-enough-a-marathon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/far-enough-fast-enough-a-marathon#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:22:44 +0000 David Roth 2615 at http://theclassical.org 30 Parks In 30 Days: A Baseball Odyssey http://theclassical.org/articles/30-parks-in-30-days-a-baseball-odyssey <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ethan Booker </div> </div> </div> <p> In which a writer sets out on a journey to find the heart of America&#39;s pastime by visiting every big league ballpark, and ends up very badly injured.</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/30-parks-in-30-days-a-baseball-odyssey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/30-parks-in-30-days-a-baseball-odyssey#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:01:06 +0000 David Roth 2614 at http://theclassical.org Golf, And The Battle For Perfection http://theclassical.org/articles/golf-and-the-battle-for-perfection <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Chris Thompson </div> </div> </div> <p> Even on a driving range, golf is a struggle. Not against an opponent, or even a course, but against the cruelties and insidious doubt that are unique to the sport. That&#39;s, uh, the fun of 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/golf-and-the-battle-for-perfection" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/golf-and-the-battle-for-perfection#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:26:02 +0000 David Roth 2608 at http://theclassical.org The Five Best And Five Worst Olympic Stadiums, An Unofficial Ranking http://theclassical.org/articles/the-five-best-and-five-worst-olympic-stadiums-an-unofficial-ranking <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Garo Gumusyan and Aram Gumusyan </div> </div> </div> <p> The Olympics are pretty much always a boondoggle for the host country, but occasionally the games produce an enduring architectural marvel. And sometimes, they produce they produce the opposite. Rio 2016 produced...one of those.</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-five-best-and-five-worst-olympic-stadiums-an-unofficial-ranking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-five-best-and-five-worst-olympic-stadiums-an-unofficial-ranking#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:28:27 +0000 David Roth 2613 at http://theclassical.org The Case For Watching The Olympics Au Naturale http://theclassical.org/articles/the-case-for-watching-the-olympics-au-naturale-0 <p> There are more ways than ever to listen to someone comment on the Olympics. It&#39;s best if you ignore of 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/the-case-for-watching-the-olympics-au-naturale-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-case-for-watching-the-olympics-au-naturale-0#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:21:20 +0000 piellucci 2611 at http://theclassical.org Uneven/Bars, Or The Uncertain Future Of American Men's Gymnastics http://theclassical.org/articles/unevenbars-or-the-uncertain-future-of-american-mens-gymnastics <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Spenser Mestel </div> </div> </div> <p> The U.S. Men&#39;s Gymnastics team ended an uneven trip to Rio with a handful of medals. But a combination of economic and cultural factors, and the rise of less-structured alternatives, have made the sport&#39;s future in the U.S. increasingly uncertain.</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/unevenbars-or-the-uncertain-future-of-american-mens-gymnastics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/unevenbars-or-the-uncertain-future-of-american-mens-gymnastics#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2016 17:38:32 +0000 David Roth 2606 at http://theclassical.org Kobe Inc. and Our Commercial Interest http://theclassical.org/articles/kobe-inc-and-our-commercial-interest <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> During his farewell season, Kobe Bryant was more candid than he&#39;s been throughout his career. Now that he&#39;s apparently entering the storytelling game with the Kobe Studios arm of Kobe Inc. What will that look like from a star whose image has often felt like one long commercial?</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/kobe-inc-and-our-commercial-interest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/kobe-inc-and-our-commercial-interest#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2016 13:25:09 +0000 wendt 2605 at http://theclassical.org Tommy La Stella, Ballplayer In Exile http://theclassical.org/articles/tommy-la-stella-ballplayer-in-exile <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Steven Goldman </div> </div> </div> <p> Tommy La Stella wants to play baseball for the Chicago Cubs, and only the Chicago Cubs, and that insistence means he&#39;s not presently playing anywhere at all. It&#39;s complicated.</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/tommy-la-stella-ballplayer-in-exile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/tommy-la-stella-ballplayer-in-exile#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2016 19:36:14 +0000 David Roth 2604 at http://theclassical.org The Glove Goes On The Hand You Don't Throw With http://theclassical.org/articles/the-glove-goes-on-the-hand-you-dont-throw-with <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 tee-ball odyssey, and a journey into expectation management, courtesy of the lowest rungs of youth sports.</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-glove-goes-on-the-hand-you-dont-throw-with" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-glove-goes-on-the-hand-you-dont-throw-with#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:57:38 +0000 David Roth 2594 at http://theclassical.org The Orlando Summer League Is A Waking Dream http://theclassical.org/articles/the-orlando-summer-league-is-a-waking-dream <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> David Ramil </div> </div> </div> <p> The Orlando Summer League is the lowest-wattage of the NBA&#39;s three summer leagues, playing in front of an industry-only crowd in a city that mostly doesn&#39;t care. And yet, because it&#39;s basketball, it still works.</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-orlando-summer-league-is-a-waking-dream" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-orlando-summer-league-is-a-waking-dream#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:46:20 +0000 2600 at http://theclassical.org The Anti-Stylist http://theclassical.org/articles/the-anti-stylist <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Colin McGowan </div> </div> </div> <p> Tim Duncan was a tall gentleman who was staggeringly great at basketball. But what else was he?</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-anti-stylist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-anti-stylist#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:14:47 +0000 mcgowan 2599 at http://theclassical.org Brother Versus Brother Versus Everything: The Batshit Beauty Of "The Final Deletion" http://theclassical.org/articles/brother-versus-brother-versus-everything-the-batshit-beauty-of-the-final-deletion <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blake Murphy </div> </div> </div> <p> Half a decade ago, the Hardy Boyz were a hot property for WWE. Today, they&#39;re working out their Cain and Abel complex in a bizarre, cinematic, totally goofy feud on TNA. It&#39;s a win, even if it doesn&#39;t sound like 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/brother-versus-brother-versus-everything-the-batshit-beauty-of-the-final-deletion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/brother-versus-brother-versus-everything-the-batshit-beauty-of-the-final-deletion#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2016 05:28:53 +0000 David Roth 2597 at http://theclassical.org Will Kevin Durant Do To The Thunder What Shaq Did To The Magic? http://theclassical.org/articles/will-kevin-durant-do-to-the-thunder-what-shaq-did-to-the-magic <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jonathan Griggs </div> </div> </div> <p> Like the Thunder, the Orlando Magic once looked like a rising dynasty powered by a duo of young stars. Then one of the stars bolted, and things fell apart for more than a decade. The parallel might be too close for Thunder fans&#39; comfort.</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/will-kevin-durant-do-to-the-thunder-what-shaq-did-to-the-magic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/will-kevin-durant-do-to-the-thunder-what-shaq-did-to-the-magic#comments Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:36:31 +0000 David Roth 2595 at http://theclassical.org Letters From The Brink, Or A Cubs Fan Considers The Impossible, In June http://theclassical.org/articles/letters-from-the-brink-or-a-cubs-fan-considers-the-impossible-in-june <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brett Max Kaufman </div> </div> </div> <p> The Chicago Cubs sure seem like a team that could, maybe even should, win the World Series. They&#39;re also the Cubs. For those more accustomed to dealing with the latter than the former, it&#39;s all pretty complicated.</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/letters-from-the-brink-or-a-cubs-fan-considers-the-impossible-in-june" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/letters-from-the-brink-or-a-cubs-fan-considers-the-impossible-in-june#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:31:19 +0000 David Roth 2588 at http://theclassical.org