Topic: Football

January 8, 2013

Most soccer rankings agree as to which national team is the best in the world. Paul Brown's signature ranking system doesn't. That he has North Korea making a claim to be the world's top team isn't even the strangest thing about his strangely reasonable-seeming rankings.

January 4, 2013

Aaron Rodgers puts up superhuman stats season after season, and seems magically averse to making mistakes. It's natural to wonder whether there's something supernatural to all this, but his dominance comes from a very human, if freakily refined, place.

January 3, 2013

On the angry, fading, and increasingly imaginary empire of the Dallas Cowboys.

December 21, 2012

On holiday traditions, Garfield's Christmas Spectacular, and Neil Lomax, the ultimate gift for anyone interested in things Neil Lomax-related.

December 19, 2012

Yes, in a basic sense, buying a used replica football jersey on eBay is as easy as searching eBay for used replica football jerseys. But how do you know which Tim Couch jersey is right for you? We've got you.

December 12, 2012

Call it soccer diplomacy if you like, but American coaches have slowly won over the hearts and minds—and won quite a few games, in the case of new Egyptian National Team head coach Bob Bradley—of soccer teams from the Netherlands to Iran.

December 11, 2012

In which a sassy young dude walks on the field at a Buccaneers home game, throws down some dance moves with the Bucs' cheerleaders, and teaches us all a valuable lesson.

December 10, 2012

Arsenal isn't just a soccer team, it's an expression of a philosophy about the sport. But Per Mertesacker, the quiet, constant and deceptively remarkable defender who is the team's best player, embodies a different and more practical philosophy simply by playing the way he does.

November 21, 2012

This Thanksgiving, remember America's foremost placekicking family with a series of videos paying homage to Luis Zendejas, radical abstract minimalism, and (spoiler alert) Paul Rodriguez.

November 7, 2012

Something strange happened to the English League Cup last week. You could even say it was spooked. No, this isn't just a bad attempt to make an otherwise matter-of-fact teaser appear more intriguing by making altogether too much of the chance simultaneity of the recently-played fourth round of the competition and Halloween. How dare you. No, there were odd things going on, alright: goals. Lots and lots of goals.