Topic: Fandom

April 10, 2014

The Bucks are losing, and losing a lot. Which means that, in a weird sense, the would-be fan revolutionaries behind the online movement Save Our Bucks are winning. Their goal is simple: a future that doesn't look like the past for one of the NBA's most consistently mediocre franchises.

January 16, 2014

For Chicago sports fans, Jay Cutler is a problem. For the Chicago Bears, he's something like a solution to a problem that has lasted for generations. No one seems all that happy about it, Cutler very much included. In every possible way, it's complicated.

January 1, 2014

Being a sports fan is a passive thing, and can be a frustrating one. But it shouldn't make us smaller, less happy and less generous than we'd otherwise be. So let's stop letting it do that.

December 27, 2013

This year's Padres aren't a very good baseball team. But what's been truly bad and sad about them in recent years, and the reason they've lost a fan base that seemed ready to love them, has less to do with baseball than how business gets done in San Diego.

December 26, 2013

John Rawls, one of the greatest American philosophers, was also a pretty serious baseball fan. Still, there are some serious holes in his recently unearthed argument for baseball as "the best of all games." Also, though, there's some basic emotional truth about being a fan.

December 19, 2013

Last week, the dysfunction of the Seattle Mariners' front office was laid out before the public. The question for fans is: who, or what, are they rooting for?

December 9, 2013

Tony Romo, Mike Ditka and the Ghost of Jay Cutler are the highlights of tonight's game. Along with, of course, our good friends at Footballz.org, who -- as always -- bring you the noise, the funk, and an interview with someone way more interesting than Eminem or President Obama. 

December 2, 2013

Tonight's Monday Night Football game is a good one, and so a good one to talk about. While our heroes at the Footballz Podcast will be doing just that, one of them will have his own personal biases to contend with. Or, more likely, just give into.

October 28, 2013

The Cardinals are a very good baseball team, and their fans are very good fans. No one really argues with all that, but -- with the Cardinals back in the World Series and the Best Fans In Baseball back in the spotlight -- no one seems to like it much, either. What's so worth hating, here?

October 18, 2013

Karl Sides is a man and a St. Louis Rams fan. He is also a heavily costumed, widely recognized and carefully branded superfan named Ram Man, which is something else entirely.