Topic: Community

January 13, 2014

Coatesville, Pa. was a city with problems even before a massive scandal broke involving racism and corruption in its schools. Football was a big part of that scandal. It will also be a big part of Coatesville's healing process.

December 31, 2013

Canada's Yukon Territory is 30,000 miles larger than California, and populated by all of 35,000 souls. Whitehorse, the province's remote capital, has become home to thousands of Filipinos in recent years, and one very popular and important basketball league. It's a tough place to call home, but the hoops help.

September 4, 2013

Plenty of people play FIFA Soccer on various video game systems, drunk or sober but mostly alone. Playing it in a bar, after a few drinks, makes for a very different game.

August 19, 2013

No one really talks about loving sports bars. Very few of us actually do, and for very good reason. And yet these shabby, TV-jammed places are where we go to get something we need, and so something like home.

June 27, 2013

Skee-Ball originated on boardwalks, and has become component shorthand for a certain type of contemporary hipster caricature. It is, however, alive and well as a sport, and the fourth annual BEEB—the Super Bowl of skee-ball—was proof that it's a good deal more interesting and vital than any caricature.

April 19, 2013

In The Paint, an exhibition of basketball art produced by a lively, supportive community of artists, was supposed to open in Cambridge on Friday. With the city locked down and in fear, that's currently in doubt. But whenever it opens, In The Paint will be a good thing, and a reminder of some other good things in turn.

February 25, 2013

We love teams. They become ours. Their fate becomes ever more crucial to our day-to-day well-being as the season—whatever the sport or activity may be—wears on to its inevitable conclusion. Then if “we” were good enough, it's on to the playoffs, and—if we're really blessed—to winning it all. Of course whether we win it all or not it all begins anew after a break of a month or three. The slate's wiped clean and we reinvest ourselves in the hopes of the ultimate outcome once more.