Topic: ESPN

March 19, 2014

For all the recent nostalgia over the dearly departed Reagan-era Big East, all it takes is a trip to Madison Square Garden to confirm that the conference is still here, and still more or less itself.

December 29, 2013

It seems like a million years ago that ESPN blithely celebrated the NFL's killshot tackles by giving them their own loud, hooting highlight show. It wasn't. In fact, it wasn't very long ago at all.

November 22, 2013

In a follow up on the televised poker conversation, Argun Ulgen speaks with one of the leading innovators in the field of poker theory,  OneBillionHands.com's David Thorton on their methodology, the website and the changing face of "luck" and "skill".

September 18, 2013

Along with online poker, ESPN's repeated showings of the World Series of Poker were the reason for last decade's Moneymaker Effect-fueled popularity explosion. But, is that coverage the reason for its legal implosion?

August 27, 2013

A day at the Little League World Series, complete with kids playing baseball and engaging in ad hoc sledding, happy parents a long way from home, a man in a french fry costume being photographed by a Honda employee, and a great many sponsors surrounding a perfect kid-sized baseball diamond.

July 2, 2013

Bill Simmons started a beef with Doc Rivers on very vague grounds and out of a very ESPN impulse. It was squashed just a few days later. He's figuring this TV thing out fast.

May 31, 2013

The Scripps National Spelling Bee isn't quite a sport, but it is its own unique and virtuosic thing. So why does it so reliably drag the worst bullying instincts out of the internet?

April 30, 2013

Chris Broussard is famous, and ESPN gives him a large megaphone; Tim Brando is less so. But their shared brand of cheap, not-all-that-righteous righteousness is entirely too dim, lazy and small to mean anything, no matter how easy it is hear their voices.

April 17, 2013

It's comforting to see ESPN's Colin Cowherd as a mutant, mainly because he acts like one. But he's also an incarnation of a whole horrible and highly successful way of thinking, talking, and yelling about sports. None of it is good, but the last bit's worse.

March 19, 2013

The general mood at the Sloan Sports and Analytics Conference was that of a happy revolution, and a celebration of good, new ideas overtaking and replacing bad, old ones. But how bloodless is this coup, really, and what would the post-revolution landscape look like?