Topic: Conversations

April 24, 2014

A number of sports-minded academics, including some friends of ours, are starting an academic-minded sports site. So we talked about it.

March 27, 2014

In which a lawyer and a... non-lawyer figure out what an NLRB ruling means for the future of the NCAA, and the whole weird feudal endeavor that is college sports.

March 5, 2014

In 1965, Juan Marichal attacked John Roseboro with a baseball bat at Candlestick Park. The photo is iconic, and still horrifying. The story behind it is less well-known.

February 14, 2014

A frank discussion of The Captain, in preparation for what will probably be a less-frank year-long discussion of The Captain. By "frank" we mean mostly goofy ad hominem jokes.

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.

January 27, 2014

Talking about autobiographical ultra-violence -- and The Shield, and feuds, the Nope phenomenon, and other important topics -- with one of the WWE's premier practitioners of the form.

January 22, 2014

Alex Wong is a sportswriter in Canada who has written at The Classical and elsewhere. He also has a new book out full of art and words, and we talked about that.

January 20, 2014

A conversation about finishing moves, dating on television and the DNA wrestling shares with MMA, with one of the most interesting humans in the World Wrestling Federation? Yes!

October 9, 2013

Sportswriting as we know it more or less began in Chicago. From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sportswriting from the Tribune, Sun-Times, and Other Newspapers, a new anthology of Chicago sportswriting edited by the veteran columnist Ron Rapoport, shows how sportswriting grew up, and grew with the times, in the Windy City.

September 27, 2013

... because we are after all running out of September, and there isn't an issue yet. It's coming. It will be good. And it will be here soon.