Topic: Football

March 1, 2012

Basketball specializes in things-happening, not even discrete events, and the effect is both exhilarating and deadening. To watch the NBA properly, to follow like it like a full-fledged 21st century fan, is to eschew a certain amount of coherence. Stuff happens and it never stops. 

February 27, 2012

The New Orleans Saints defense, during the reign of departed defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, was offensive in any number of ways. But, when viewed in terms of evolutionary biology, it makes a strange sort of sense.

February 26, 2012

Randy Moss is working out with the Dolphins, and apparently having fun again. How are we the first people on this story?

February 23, 2012

At the game that marked the turning point in the Philadelphia Eagles' disappointing season, a novelist and longtime football fan found karaoke and Yuengling in the parking lot, and all kinds of uncomfortable inklings in the stands.

February 21, 2012

Once you're cast in bronze, there isn't really anywhere further to go. All that's left is the chance to reaffirm, and when what's being reaffirmed is Thierry Henry's Arsenalness and Arsenal's Henryness; when what's being reaffirmed is the standing of someone who was departed yet now stands before you: it's going to get monumental.

February 10, 2012

A design guy named David Rappoccio is putting Peyton Manning's scowly/poopy Manningface on different NFL logos. We could not be happier about him doing this.

February 10, 2012

O.J. Simpson. Delta Burke. Christopher Meloni. Tiny Lister. Shannon Tweed. There is a lot worth remembering about HBO's bafflingly long-lived, fantastically not-good football-themed semi-sitcom 1st and Ten. The hard part is getting the theme song out of your head.

February 9, 2012

However fumblingly or idiosyncratically or irresponsibly, Ricky Williams is looking for truth, and that search never really stopped being at odds with his professional football career. John Keats would've understood.

February 7, 2012

Tom Coughlin, the crimson-faced middle school principal and easily goofed-upon disciplinarian who coaches the Giants, has now won as many Super Bowl rings as Bill Parcells, Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry. Does this have to mean anything?

February 3, 2012

A few thoughts on escapism from Roger Goodell and Philip Roth and Madonna and Roberto Bolano and a dozen or so other great football thinkers.