Topic: Growing Up

March 17, 2014

Michael Bradley might have been the best American player in European soccer. Instead, he decided to come home and play in the MLS. It's a big deal, for him and his league, even though the story's a long way from finished.

March 6, 2014

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was a winner at Daytona this year. His triumph at the place where he lost his father 13 years ago was inspiring, but for a young writer dealing with the loss of his own dad, it's what Junior did during those years of growing up in public that really makes this triumph meaningful.

February 27, 2014

Baseball's foggy, fussy mythos remains one of its biggest selling points, for better or worse. But even heroes are humans in the spring, and everything seems bigger and brighter and better when you're a kid.

January 24, 2014

On what video games can teach us, about sports and ourselves, and when it's time to stop playing. In this case, what a maddeningly difficult soccer simulator Winning Eleven teaches about soccer and not-soccer. A bonus beat from The Classical Magazine's most recent issue.

December 19, 2013

At times, Jozy Altidore both looks like and is the most electrifying American soccer player in recent memory. At other times, during his peripatetic and mostly unhappy pro career in Europe, he really doesn't. The fun, and the emotion, comes from watching him figure it out.

January 28, 2013

There was once a story tennis fans told themselves about Andy Murray, and he wasn't the hero of it. After a script-flipping 2012 and an impressive run to the finals of the Australian Open, it's clear that Murray is both ready to change that storyline and seize authorship of what could be very good career.