Topic: Heroes

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.

September 27, 2012

Keith Hernandez is many things: one of the better first basemen of his era, one of the better Seinfeld guest stars of any era, and an American original. First and foremost, though, Hernandez is a mustachioed man. Or was: before Thursday's game against the Mets, Hernandez shaved his mustache in front of CitiField, for charity. SNY's Ted Berg was there.

August 20, 2012

In which our hero returns to Manchester City against all odds. Then he steals a photographer's lens, like a big jerk.

May 15, 2012

Mario Balotelli provided the title-winning assist this weekend for Manchester City. In a typical redemption story, we would claim that Balotelli had learned his lesson and proved his mettle as a real professional. The truth is a little messier, because the other incidents of the day suggest Balotelli is the same person he was in April when Roberto Mancini said he’d never play for the club again.

April 10, 2012

In which our hero is terrible and becomes the devil.

April 2, 2012

In which our hero scores a really amazing goal and people trump up a controversy instead.

March 28, 2012

In which, for some reason, our hero decides to intrude on an Inter Milan press conference.

March 12, 2012

In which our hero visits a strip club, gets fined, loves his girlfriend, talks to Noel Gallagher, and seems like a fairly normal guy.

January 23, 2012

In which our hero wins his club a huge match and gets hated on. With good reason, this time.

December 7, 2011

For most of the past decade, Daniel Bryan was, by general nerd consensus, the single best independent wrestler in America. But the WWE has built itself on chiseled, charismatic figures, and Danielson isn't that. Given WWE's lack of tolerance toward wrestler weed-smoking and Danielson's ridiculous physical abilities, I have to assume that he's not actually high all the time, or ever. But he sure does seem like it. He's a vegan because he's got some weird health issues. He sings backup on a song from the new Kimya Dawson album. He's a strange guy.