Topic: Dispatches

November 27, 2012

The inaugural meeting between Austin and Formula One racing was exactly as strange as expected. But in Austin's strip clubs, at least, it made for three days of lucrative cultural exchange (and boners). Even the Quebecois couldn't ruin it.

October 29, 2012

A dispatch from The D, where a city gets excited about the Tigers, promptly and painfully runs up agains the limits of fan-power, and retires to the casinos.

October 26, 2012

America's Greatest Fans, or whatever St. Louis Cardinals fans call themselves these days, have their own roost in New York City: Foley's, a bar in the non-neighborhood around the Empire State Building that's transformed into a bustling, red-clad scene during every Cardinals game. It's a unique scene—and a very different place once the Cardinals are out of the playoffs.

October 4, 2012

In which the author learns the Estonian Carry, meets the foremost competitors in one of the world's strangest and most deceptively difficult sports, and flirts with very serious injury while carrying his wife through the National Wife-Carrying Championships obstacle course. 

August 27, 2012

As the editor of the Best American Sports Writingseries, Glenn Stout is one of the most important people in the sports journalism business. He also lives in the remote, ice-bound wilds of Vermont, rocks a ponytail, and is otherwise utterly unlike what you might expect the nation's resident sportswriting curator-king to be like.

August 20, 2012

Beep Baseball is the modified version of baseball for the visually impaired, and the Beep Baseball World Series is, yes, its answer to the World Series. But even at an event that's chock-full of sportsmanship and charitable feeling—what's more wholesome than a baseball tourney sponsored by an Iowa Lions club?—there was a little rivalry, some jingoism, and a dash of chest-thumping sports bluster.

July 25, 2012

The NBA Summer League was, as usual, giddy, goofy, mostly useless for its stated player-evaluation purposes and not necessarily even all that much like basketball in a lot of ways. It is also, in its way, totally perfect, and exactly what basketball fans need at this time of year.

July 9, 2012

Williamsburg Night at the Brooklyn Cyclones was promoted as "Hipster Night," online and elsewhere. Instead it was, quite understandably and quite enjoyably, just another minor league baseball game in Brooklyn. What else could it have been?

June 29, 2012

There was nothing scripted about the recent Clay Guida-Gray Maynard fight in Atlantic City. Which made it all the more amazing that the fight, and the fighters, couldn't have followed a classic wrestling script any more perfectly.

June 6, 2012

A non-fan makes a pilgrimage to a local sports bar, in search of beer and the secret to what he has always missed about hockey. The beer helps, somewhat.