Topic: International Relations

March 19, 2013

Team USA was bounced from the World Baseball Classic before the semifinals, again. But given the exuberance and joy of the teams that remain, this doesn't seem like a bad thing. National pride aside, a WBC without Team USA is a happier and more interesting place.

March 8, 2013

There are reasons why baseball fans have been slow to warm up to the World Baseball Classic, but the baseball being played in these goofy, great games is not one of them. It's time we got over ourselves, and get into the WBC.

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.

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.