Topic: Dispatches

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.

February 14, 2014

More updates from Sochi, regarding Canadian media, the heated underground economy in Olympic pins, the persistence of 4 Non-Blondes, and a slogan so spectacularly vacuous that it comes all the way back around to profundity.

February 10, 2014

Our Sochi correspondent checks in with sketches on living, working, slurping eel soup, and destroying bathroom doors at the Winter Olympics.

January 23, 2014

A night at the Professional Bull Riders tour's New York City stop offers some culture clash, some non-culture, and some sense of what this strange sport is all about. It has something to do with Sports Entertainment, and something more to do with ferocious livestock.

January 7, 2014

How does a small-time team from a small town make it onto the doorstep of the Premier League? By refusing to think of themselves as a small-time team, for starters.

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.

December 30, 2013

One of the oldest and shabbiest stadiums in Minor League baseball is also, improbably or not, one of the best places to watch baseball in the country. That ballpark is Nashville's Herschel Greer Stadium, the product of Conway Twitty's mad real estate dreams and home to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. If an upcoming vote in Nashville goes as expected, its days are numbered. This dispatch from Herschel Greer first appeared in The Classical Magazine: Being There.

November 13, 2013

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a new coach, who is also their old coach, and who is sort of a more complicated case than you might think.

October 30, 2013

The New York Knicks stage-managed their team's media rollout as best they could, and with all the paranoid passion the organization brings to its engagements with the media. Nevertheless, plenty of humanity still seeped into the proceedings—because these were the Knicks, and because that's just the way it works.

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.