The Clog http://theclassical.org/theclog en "A Sense Of Where You Are," 50 Years Later http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-sense-of-where-you-are-50-years-later <p> <em>The New Yorker</em> did the world a favor by unlocking John McPhee&#39;s legendary profile of Bill Bradley, who was then at Princeton and seemingly bound for basketball immortality. There&#39;s a reason why this piece, more than most any other piece of basketball writing, has endured.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-sense-of-where-you-are-50-years-later" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-sense-of-where-you-are-50-years-later#comments Appreciations Basketball Gatsby Bill Bradley College Basketball Jersey Literary Legends John McPhee March Madness Basketball Mon, 06 Apr 2015 19:07:21 +0000 David Roth 2286 at http://theclassical.org The Big Dance: One Shining Moment http://theclassical.org/theclog/the-big-dance-one-shining-moment <p> March Madness is about fandom, and a lot more. Monday is the culmination of all of its parts at work.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/the-big-dance-one-shining-moment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/the-big-dance-one-shining-moment#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 17:47:27 +0000 piellucci 2285 at http://theclassical.org Kentucky: Until It's Affirmed http://theclassical.org/theclog/kentucky-until-its-affirmed <p> Kentucky is known for racehorses and Wildcats. On the eve of the Final Four, they seem more like one another than usual.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/kentucky-until-its-affirmed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/kentucky-until-its-affirmed#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 18:46:04 +0000 piellucci 2281 at http://theclassical.org Introducing the NBA All-Odorlessness Team http://theclassical.org/theclog/introducing-the-nba-all-odorlessness-team <p> Some NBA players just sort of seem onion-y and stank. Fans being fans, this gets talked about. But what about the NBA players who are eerily, spookily odorless? What about them? This blog post is about them. You&#39;re welcome.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/introducing-the-nba-all-odorlessness-team" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/introducing-the-nba-all-odorlessness-team#comments Frozen Lotion Smells Jimmer Fredette Escape Plans Jonas Jerebko Cabinets Listicles NBA Non-Smells Smelling Like Milk Smells Basketball Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:44:26 +0000 David Roth 2269 at http://theclassical.org A WrestleMania Preview THAT CAME FROM THE VAULT: Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-roman-reigns-vs-brock-lesnar <p> With WrestleMania tonight, it&#39;s time for The Classical to present a WrestleMania Preview THAT CAME FROM THE VAULT. We&#39;ll end the whole thing with a look at Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-roman-reigns-vs-brock-lesnar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-roman-reigns-vs-brock-lesnar#comments BARAKLEZNAR Brock Lesnar IT CAME FROM THE VAULT Roman Reigns WRESTLEMANIA XXXI Sun, 29 Mar 2015 20:12:49 +0000 Nick Bond 2255 at http://theclassical.org A WrestleMania Preview THAT CAME FROM THE VAULT: Sting vs. HHH http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-sting-vs-hhh <p> With WrestleMania Sunday, it&#39;s time for The Classical to present a WrestleMania Preview THAT CAME FROM THE VAULT. Today, it&#39;s HHH vs. Sting.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-sting-vs-hhh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-sting-vs-hhh#comments HHH IT CAME FROM THE VAULT MAN CALLED STING STING THE DUMBEST MAN IN WRESTLING THE GAME THE ICON WRESTLEMANIA XXXI Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:38:14 +0000 Nick Bond 2275 at http://theclassical.org A WrestleMania Preview THAT CAME FROM THE VAULT: Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-randy-orton-vs-seth-rollins <p> With WrestleMania Sunday, it&#39;s time for The Classical to present a WrestleMania Preview THAT CAME FROM THE VAULT. Today, it&#39;s Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-randy-orton-vs-seth-rollins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-randy-orton-vs-seth-rollins#comments APEX PREDATOR BAGS BE SHITTY Y'ALL IT CAME FROM THE VAULT randy orton SETH ROLLINS THE ARCHITECT WRESTLEMANIA XXXI Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:33:18 +0000 Nick Bond 2271 at http://theclassical.org The Search For The Right Question http://theclassical.org/theclog/the-search-for-the-right-question <p> Part of writing about sports is asking questions of people who don&#39;t necessarily want to answer them. It&#39;s not fun for anyone, but it&#39;s worth doing. So: what questions are worth asking?</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/the-search-for-the-right-question" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/the-search-for-the-right-question#comments Both Teams Played Hard My Man Journalism Sportswriting Talking About Things Talking About Things With People In Towels work Basketball Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:18:37 +0000 David Roth 2253 at http://theclassical.org A WrestleMania Preview THAT CAME FROM THE VAULT: Bray Wyatt vs. The Undertaker http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-bray-wyatt-vs-the-undertaker <p> With WrestleMania Sunday, it&#39;s time for The Classical to present a WrestleMania Preview THAT CAME FROM THE VAULT. Today, it&#39;s The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-bray-wyatt-vs-the-undertaker" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-bray-wyatt-vs-the-undertaker#comments bray wyatt EATER OF WORLDS IT CAME FROM THE VAULT SULTAN OF SWAT The Undertaker WRESTLEMANIA XXXI Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:24:39 +0000 Nick Bond 2262 at http://theclassical.org D(P)uke: Old Habits Die Hard http://theclassical.org/theclog/dpuke-old-habits-die-hard <p> Time supposedly heals all wounds and ends all things. But two decades after Christian Laettner, our national loathing of Duke is still going strong.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/dpuke-old-habits-die-hard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/dpuke-old-habits-die-hard#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:03:34 +0000 piellucci 2267 at http://theclassical.org A WrestleMania Preview THAT CAME FROM THE VAULT: Rusev vs. John Cena, US Title Match http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-rusev-vs-john-cena-us-title-match <p> With WrestleMania Sunday, it&#39;s time for The Classical to present a WrestleMania Preview THAT CAME FROM THE VAULT. Today, it&#39;s Rusev vs. John Cena for the US Title.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-rusev-vs-john-cena-us-title-match" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-rusev-vs-john-cena-us-title-match#comments America! CENA IT CAME FROM THE VAULT RUSEV RUTH.LESS.AGGRESSION WRESTLEMANIA XXXI Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:17:50 +0000 Nick Bond 2266 at http://theclassical.org A WrestleMania Preview THAT CAME FROM THE VAULT: Intercontinental Clusterkerfuffle http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-intercontinental-clusterkerfuffle <p> WrestleMania 31 (or Just Push Play, as the company has decided to forgo numbers because they are too old-fashioned,) is taking place at Santa Clara&#39;s Levi&#39;s Stadium on March 29th, 2015. Which means it&#39;s time for The Classical to present a WrestleMania Preview THAT CAME FROM THE VAULT, continuing today with the Intercontinental Clusterkerfuffle.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-intercontinental-clusterkerfuffle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-intercontinental-clusterkerfuffle#comments INTERCONTINENTAL CLUSTERKERFUFFLE IT CAME FROM THE VAULT JUST PUSH PLAY IS A SURPRISINGLY GOOD AEROSMITH ALBUM ALL THINGS CONSIDERED... WHICH ISN'T TO SAY IT'S GOOD JUST NOT BAD WRESTLEMANIA 31 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 15:26:50 +0000 Nick Bond 2263 at http://theclassical.org A WrestleMania Preview THAT CAME FROM THE VAULT: Andre the Giant Battle Royale http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-andre-the-giant-battle-royale <p> WrestleMania 31 (or Just Push Play, as the company has decided to forgo numbers because they are too old-fashioned,) is taking place at Santa Clara&#39;s Levi Stadium on March 29th, 2015. Which means it&#39;s about time for The Classical to present a WrestleMania Preview THAT CAME FROM THE VAULT, starting with the Andre the Giant Battle Royale.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-andre-the-giant-battle-royale" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-wrestlemania-preview-that-came-from-the-vault-andre-the-giant-battle-royale#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:24:55 +0000 Nick Bond 2258 at http://theclassical.org NCAA Tournament 2015: Sentimentality and Its Discontents http://theclassical.org/theclog/ncaa-tournament-2015-sentimentality-and-its-discontents <p> Things become complicated in March sentiment is involved. How much does emotion get in the way of calculation?</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/ncaa-tournament-2015-sentimentality-and-its-discontents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/ncaa-tournament-2015-sentimentality-and-its-discontents#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:12:57 +0000 piellucci 2257 at http://theclassical.org Classical Bracket Buddies 2015: The Quest For Respectability http://theclassical.org/theclog/classical-bracket-buddies-2015-the-quest-for-respectability <p> Love being wrong? Enjoy having some small shred of your emotional well-being and self-image tied to the basketball actions of a jittery 19-year-old? We already know the answer, and yes Classical Bracket Buddies is back on and popping.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/classical-bracket-buddies-2015-the-quest-for-respectability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/classical-bracket-buddies-2015-the-quest-for-respectability#comments Classical Bracket Buddies College Basketball Competitions Competitions Without Prizes Per Se Photos Of David Roth In A Corliss Williamson Jersey Basketball Wed, 18 Mar 2015 03:30:59 +0000 David Roth 2251 at http://theclassical.org Fun With MLS Team Names http://theclassical.org/theclog/fun-with-mls-team-names <p> People are always asking &quot;How many Timbers play for the Portland Timbers?&quot; and &quot;Is DC really United?&quot; It is literally all anyone is ever talking about. Here&#39;s our cynical clickbait cash-in that definitively answers the hottest and most urgent questions in sports.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/fun-with-mls-team-names" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/fun-with-mls-team-names#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:00:20 +0000 mcgowan 2241 at http://theclassical.org Speeding Up Baseball: Additional Ideas http://theclassical.org/theclog/speeding-up-baseball-additional-ideas <p> Major League Baseball wants to speed up games, and came up with some mildly controversial rules designed to serve that end. It&#39;s a decent start, but we&#39;re here to finish the job.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/speeding-up-baseball-additional-ideas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/speeding-up-baseball-additional-ideas#comments Baseball Important Solutions To Unimportant Problems MLB Moneyball Always Not-Urgent Things Pace Of Play Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:43:21 +0000 David Roth 2239 at http://theclassical.org Our Submissions Guidelines http://theclassical.org/theclog/our-submissions-guidelines <p> That thing you&#39;re thinking about writing? You should probably send us a pitch.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/our-submissions-guidelines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/our-submissions-guidelines#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:21:52 +0000 Nick Bond 2221 at http://theclassical.org Marshawn Lynch On Film, From Game Tape To Local Cable Advertising http://theclassical.org/theclog/marshawn-lynch-on-film-from-game-tape-to-local-cable-advertising <p> Marshawn Lynch doesn&#39;t like to answer dumb questions. Which leaves us to interpret his generous, toilet-toting commercial for a local Seattle plumbing concern. There&#39;s an answer in here, and it&#39;s a good one.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/marshawn-lynch-on-film-from-game-tape-to-local-cable-advertising" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/marshawn-lynch-on-film-from-game-tape-to-local-cable-advertising#comments Beast Modeling marshawn lynch Memoirs NFL Playoffs Seattle Seahawks Seattle Things Skittles Sports Media Super Bowl Things One Does Not To Get Fined NFL Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:51:44 +0000 David Roth 2206 at http://theclassical.org Sports Journalism Is Decadent And Depraved, Or Hunter S. Thompson At Media Day http://theclassical.org/theclog/sports-journalism-is-decadent-and-depraved-or-hunter-s-thompson-at-media-day <p> In which a legendary journalist encounters a legendary running back, and truly Tastes The Rainbow.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/sports-journalism-is-decadent-and-depraved-or-hunter-s-thompson-at-media-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/sports-journalism-is-decadent-and-depraved-or-hunter-s-thompson-at-media-day#comments American Football Hunter S. Thompson NFL Playoffs Skittles Sportswriting Super Bowl Ventriloquism NFL Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:10:34 +0000 David Roth 2205 at http://theclassical.org A Night at Johnny Football’s Imperial Swag-Circus http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-night-at-johnny-footballs-imperial-swag-circus <p> Johnny Manziel parties more or less exactly the way you think he does: loudly, stupidly, magnificently. Douche-bro cockatoos and dudes with names like Chili Ratchet and Emo Ed are involved.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-night-at-johnny-footballs-imperial-swag-circus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/a-night-at-johnny-footballs-imperial-swag-circus#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:16:42 +0000 Nick Bond 2201 at http://theclassical.org Deflate Yo Ballz, Son http://theclassical.org/theclog/deflate-yo-ballz-son <p> Not all cheating is equal, and some cheating can be fun, or at the very least, funny. But we&#39;ve lost the ability to tell the difference, and it&#39;s hard to imagine us getting it back.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/deflate-yo-ballz-son" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/deflate-yo-ballz-son#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:30:51 +0000 Nick Bond 2191 at http://theclassical.org The Everything Brothers: Nicknaming Every NBA Backcourt http://theclassical.org/theclog/the-everything-brothers-nicknaming-every-nba-backcourt <p> Everyone seems to agree that nicknaming Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson &quot;The Splash Brothers&quot; was a pretty solid idea. But do we really need to nickname every other NBA backcourt? The answer is yes. We do need to, and we did.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/the-everything-brothers-nicknaming-every-nba-backcourt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/the-everything-brothers-nicknaming-every-nba-backcourt#comments #Brands Branding NBA Stephen Curry The Squish Brothers The Tragedy Of Nicknaming Evan Turner Basketball Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:00:49 +0000 David Roth 2184 at http://theclassical.org All The Wrong Questions http://theclassical.org/theclog/all-the-wrong-questions <p> Why do writers ask bad questions to athletes? To get bad answers, mostly. It&#39;s not any better than it sounds.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/all-the-wrong-questions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/all-the-wrong-questions#comments NHL Rhetoric Sportswriting Worst American Sportswriting Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:49:13 +0000 David Roth 2175 at http://theclassical.org Once A Knick/Nick/Nik/-Nyk/Nic/Nich, Always A Knick http://theclassical.org/theclog/once-a-knicknicknik-nyknicnich-always-a-knick <p> The New York Knicks have problems. This is an attempt to fix them by constructing a team built entirely out of &quot;Knick&quot; homonyms. It just might work.</p> <p><a href="http://theclassical.org/theclog/once-a-knicknicknik-nyknicnich-always-a-knick" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theclassical.org/theclog/once-a-knicknicknik-nyknicnich-always-a-knick#comments Big Thoughts Experimental Team Constructions Homonyms Language NBA New York Knicks New York Things Trade Machine Abuse Yes Homo Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:39:56 +0000 David Roth 2172 at http://theclassical.org