Topic: Bad Jobs

February 12, 2014

A frank conversation about Sochi's extravagantly and ridiculously messed-up facilities and logistics, and the numerous and more egregiously messed-up things that explain those more cosmetic problems, and how we talk about all of it.

December 13, 2013

Late nights, strange feelings, general ambivalence, and also, very early in the mornings, a wheelchair-bound, tentatively rapping Drake. If it's strange to watch someone you watched on television grow up to become a star, it's not much stranger than growing up, yourself.

August 1, 2013

A lesson in humility, and the importance of language, and the significance of playing soccer very badly, as learned at a high altitude in a former Soviet republic.

May 24, 2013

How do teams wind up getting tarred with goofy, meme-ish Defining Things in the way the Mets have been with Bobby Bonilla's LOL Contract? Laziness helps a lot, but that's not quite the whole story.

April 26, 2013

Late-season games between teams at the bottom of the standings are never easy to get through. When the second-to-last Flames visited the last-place Avalanche, things got dull on the ice. Off the ice, they got really real. A play in verse seemed like the right way to figure out how things went down. 

September 11, 2012

When the veteran American League ump Ron Luciano wrote The Umpire Strikes Back in 1982, it was a bestseller as a quintessential Dad Book: a safe, sports-y Father's Day gift. Thirty years later, and 17 years after Luciano died by his own hand, the book looks like something altogether stranger, sadder, and more interesting. This may be the saddest baseball book ever written.