Topic: Dispatches

April 18, 2014

Boxing is an elemental thing governed by some exceptionally venal and untrustworthy authorities. Watching the amateur bouts at a Golden Gloves tournament, for all the things it lacks, offers something pro boxing doesn't: the thrill of watching a fair fight.

April 14, 2014

Cedric Moodie has had a long career in basketball, and continues to pursue it Canada's National Basketball League. It's his job and his calling, but Moodie is not likely to get higher than a long-ago meeting at the rim with the greatest that ever played.

April 2, 2014

The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is dramatic enough without anything more than sentiment riding the games. It's a purer madness with money on everything, and watching from Las Vegas.

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.

March 25, 2014

One of the world's great Scuba experiences happens to exist on Mickey Mouse's turf, which means that diving with the rays and sharks and Guitarfish at Epcot's 5.7 million gallon tank means being a Part Of [Their] World, minus an actual Little Mermaid.

March 14, 2014

Major League Soccer is looking to expand, and the expansion Sacramento Republic FC wants to be a part of it. It'll be a lot of work, but the presence of an American soccer legend has helped them to see the goal clearly.

March 3, 2014

A wobbly journey into the heart of China, or the unicycling adventures of an American abroad.

February 25, 2014

The Olympic Games are invariably expensive, and defined by their hugeness. But, as the author learned while working on the 2008 Beijing Games, they are made of many small things. Very small ones.

February 21, 2014

Some notes from Sochi, including but not limited to happy-drunk Estonians, the Utah Jazz hats of Sochi, a surprise visit by Xzibit, and where snow comes from in 60-degree weather.

February 20, 2014

Rainier Beach is a shrinking public high school in an unglamorous and gentrification-squeezed part of Seattle. It has a droput rate around 40% and one of the very best basketball teams in the nation. A dispatch from one of the more unlikely dynasties in high school sports.