Topic: History

June 4, 2013

Grant Hill was a great player who could've had a greater career if some things had gone differently. Instead, over the course of a long career defined first by ease and then by struggle, he embodied a different type of greatness.

October 17, 2012

David Young's sprawling, well-researched and amusingly scummy Arrogance and Scheming in the Big Ten: Michigan State’s Quest for Membership and Michigan’s Powerful Opposition is a history of two schools at their worst and most craven, but also a backhanded tribute to some not very good, but very stubborn priorities.

August 31, 2012

Sports, particularly baseball, have helped to grease the wheels of the status quo through tales of triumphant underdogs to the point where a seventy-five-year old Cubs fan could believe from the stands at Wrigley that this, irrespective of the last hundred, was the year his Cubbies were finally going to put it all together. This mindset, “quasi-pathological” at a minimum, is quintessentially American.

June 1, 2012

Everybody wants to talk about saving the Dunk Contest. But there's another part of the dunking lexicon that's gone sorely neglected. 

May 11, 2012

Caribbean immigrants not only helped lead the emergence of basketball among blacks in the earliest days of the sport but also dominated African-American hoops in the early 1900s. This wasn’t just on the court. West Indians were at the top of the power structure that ruled New York City’s black basketball scene

May 2, 2012

The Dodgers are in first place and have new ownership. The Lakers, Clippers, and Kings are all in the playoffs, and all leading their respective series. What the hell's going on in L.A.?

April 24, 2012

Metta World Peace's elbow has brought back memories of his Artest-ian bad old days, as the author of the 2004 Malice at the Palace brawl that was talked about as a low point in American history. MWP's current infraction aside, it's worth remembering his previous work as what it was: a bad scene, but part of a long history of player-and-fan ugliness.

March 9, 2012

The University of Michigan professor just wanted to teach a course about basketball-as-culture. Now he's taking his show on the road. 

February 22, 2012

There have long been rumors that, during Monday Night Football's golden age, ABC had a Saturday morning animated series in development. No pilot was ever made, and very little art survived. But today, it is our great honor to present to you the script for that pilot and a few key frames.

February 16, 2012

The dunk contest has given us its share of iconic moments—some from Hall of Famers, some from role players. Each year, we tune in expecting to see history made. The secret? That was never really the point.