Topic: America

April 1, 2014

A new season means a new start for the Chicago White Sox and those who care about them. It also involves an extremely large American flag.

January 14, 2014

A date with a World Cup Group of Death looms, and USMNT players are bailing on European leagues to join MLS squads. How bad any of this is depends on your perspective, but it's almost certainly not as bad as this.

January 14, 2014

Michael Bradley is one of America's best soccer players, and very much in his prime, which makes it that much more surprising that he's coming home to America's soccer league. But maybe he and Major League Soccer both know what they're doing.

December 31, 2013

As a surrogate for the Tea Party, WWE's Zeb Colter has railed against immigration -- Mexican, British and otherwise -- and incited a well-publicized beef with Glenn Beck. That this is all might be an elaborate allegory for the righteousness of the McMahon family's business-class brand of Republicanism tell you know all you need to know about why professional wrestling is the greatest show on earth.

September 30, 2013

Help us answer an age-old debate (we're not embracing it, we promise) -- Which do we need more to survive as a culture: Football or Beer?

May 2, 2013

The soul of professional cycling has been so warped and decayed by the doping culture of the past decade that there are serious questions about the sport’s future. After the bottom of the Austin Witch Trials, cycling needs a hero badly. Luckily for US cycling fans, 22-year-old prodigy Taylor Phinney might be ready to fill the role.

April 5, 2013

The Davis Cup can be one of the greatest and rowdiest tennis experiences out there. So why is the USTA so content to play it in front of tiny audiences, like the one it's almost certain to find this weekend in Boise?

November 14, 2012

He struggled through a torn MCL, losing 60 pounds and the indignity of being stuck on island with Blair from The Facts of Life; but ultimately, Jeff Kent's run on Survivor ended  because of his biggest vulnerability: how gosh darn likable he is. 

August 7, 2012

When Mike Tyson was only 18, his managers used to market him on posters, reminding you that if your grandfather had missed Joe Louis, or your father Muhammad Ali, don’t you miss Tyson. But what they didn’t mention was that Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali were a boy’s dream of a fighter. Before long Tyson understood his customers a little better and modified the sales pitch. Tyson figured out, in his era, that America really craved a nightmare.

August 2, 2012

NBC is not convincing in the role of corporate ambassadors for the USA, thanks to Olympian helpings of #fail.