The Classical: Articles http://theclassical.org/articles en 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 The One Hole in Dirk's Career http://theclassical.org/articles/the-one-hole-in-dirks-career <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> Moments after disappearing from the camera&rsquo;s sight, Dirk picked up a trashcan found in the visitors&rsquo; hallway of Oracle Arena, and in a failed attempt to exorcise the burden of defeat that hung on his shoulders, hurled it against a sheetrock wall.</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-one-hole-in-dirks-career" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/the-one-hole-in-dirks-career#comments Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:06:43 +0000 wendt 2584 at http://theclassical.org Better Living Through Kyrie Irving http://theclassical.org/articles/better-living-through-kyrie-irving <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> Kyrie Irving brought the <i>sdnobfwevg!</i> on Monday night against the Warriors. This is just what some of us needed.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-main-image-suppress"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hide main image on article page? </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/articles/better-living-through-kyrie-irving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/better-living-through-kyrie-irving#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:53:33 +0000 mcgowan 2593 at http://theclassical.org Gareth Bale, Unchained Dragon http://theclassical.org/articles/gareth-bale-unchained-dragon <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-op-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Matt Ramirez </div> </div> </div> <p> If Bale can&#39;t please every last Madridista, Euro 2016 is at least an opportunity for him to flaunt his greatness for his undermanned national team.</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/gareth-bale-unchained-dragon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/articles/gareth-bale-unchained-dragon#comments Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:35:21 +0000 mcgowan 2592 at http://theclassical.org 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