Topic: Conversations

August 22, 2012

For two years, Norman Einstein's Sports and Rocket Science Monthly was one of the best things on the internet, both for people looking for smart, unhurried sportswriting and in general. Einstein has been laying low since 2011, but a recent Kickstarter campaign for the Normanthology, a collection of the site's best work, has brought Norman back to life. We talked to founding editor Cian O'Day and frequent contributor Graydon Gordian about the rebirth.

August 8, 2012

Matt Stairs is a globe-trotting super-assassin, Pat Mahomes biography is a tough sell, Josh Reddick wants to fight you at the nu-metal show, Marlins management is wearing linen and getting handsy. All is more or less normal.

August 2, 2012

The 1984 Los Angeles Olympics had a soundtrack, which was about as 1984 Los Angeles as anything imaginable. That is: Toto writing a boxing anthem, a Foreigner instrumental, Giorgio Moroder being Giorgio Moroder, and a Christopher Cross swimming jam, for starters. In short: something to talk about, and which raises some questions.

July 25, 2012

Baseball's trade-deadline season is all about speculation, which is fun enough. But with Ichiro on the Yankees, a world of horrible new possibilities has opened up. Yakkin' stares into the abyss, and the abyss smells like Nick Swisher.

July 18, 2012

Clint Dempsey just finished the best season any American soccer player has ever had in Europe. He is about to get very, very rich because of it. But the enigmatic dude from Nacogdoches, Texas remains stubbornly, and more than a little admirably, hard to know.

June 29, 2012

"No No: A Dockumentary," is a documentary project about Dock Ellis. You know, probably, that Dock pitched a no-hitter while frying on LSD. But, as producer Chris Cortez explains in this interview, "No No" is dedicated to telling the rest of Dock's story. As usual, the forgotten, human-scale stuff around the legend is the best part.

June 21, 2012

On managerial middle-schoolisms, declining sluggers, terrifying bobbleheads and the origins of the popular baseball slang term "Poop Towel." Complicated... but quite simple.

June 14, 2012

Matt Cain's perfection, R.A. Dickey's inspiring imperfection, a tasteful collection of erotica edited by Joaquin Arias, and a kitchen device called The Bixler that needs to be recalled, and quickly, before someone gets hurt.

June 6, 2012

No-hitters, curvaceous relief pitchers, the apocalyptic appetizer-swarm of the late-'90s Cleveland Indians. The horror. The horror.

May 25, 2012

A frank conversation on the question of Carmelo Anthony's "evolving" sports drink, and what that could possibly mean, and whether it could cause you to melt like Bruce Davison in X-Men.