Topic: Football

June 25, 2013

Aaron Hernandez is under suspicion for some very bad things. This doesn't look good, but given that none of us really knows a thing about Aaron Hernandez, it's tough to say any more about it than that.

May 10, 2013

With the FA Cup final between Wigan and Manchester set for noon Saturday, American fans will descend upon pubs through the country to watch England's most important annual football game. It can be a daunting scene for newcomers, which is why we pulled together a brief guide for fans looking to fake it effectively. 

April 4, 2013

Despite his claims to the contrary there's a pretty good case to be made that Sunderland FC's newest manager, Paolo Di Canio, is at least sort of a fascist. A wee bit of the iron fist never hurt anybody, right? 

April 4, 2013

One of the dirty little secrets football fans don’t like to talk about is that, in the game, a lot of things happen by accident. Xavi Hernández is the antidote to all that.

March 6, 2013

A bad call at a worse time will presumably prevent England from winning the Champions League trophy. It's not the first time a ref has made a mistake that cost a team a chance at glory, but it happens more in soccer than it feels like it should. Or at least that's what the death threats that the refs get would make you think.  

January 30, 2013

It may be some time before the Buffalo Bills play in another Super Bowl. Luckily, there's Second String, the movie in which a tiny Canadian quarterback with a big heart leads the Bills to an unexpected win. Also, Jon Voight wears a hat and looks angry.

January 19, 2013

I first saw Jim Harbaugh in a grocery store in Evansville, Indiana, where I was raised, his arm half-cocked, staring into the middle-distance of some 1991 defense, on a black-and-blue football card. H-A-R-B-A-U-G-H. I asked my father, lugging Busch Lite and laundry detergent, if this man was really a Harbaugh like us.

January 18, 2013

While he had many other skills -- including a ferocious shot -- Brazilian legend Garrincha is best known for his prodigious dribbling skills. As we approach the 30th anniversary of his death at the age of 49, many of the stories of his greatness -- both on the pitch and at the bar -- told about him sound apocryphal. But that's what made him so great: he had to be seen to be believed. 

January 17, 2013

Advanced NFL Stats' Win Probability is football's killer stat of the moment, for good reason. But while there's no reason to watch a graph instead of a game, there's an eloquence to Win Probability Graphs, especially during the game's most improbable moments.

January 16, 2013

Amid the calls for more studies and commercials reassuring us that the NFL is on it, there is a stark and simple fact: football killed Junior Seau, as it has killed a good number of NFL players before. Now that we know this, what are we, and what is the NFL, going to do about it?