Topic: Narrative

August 16, 2013

Darren Young is the first openly gay wrestler in the long, checkered history of WWE. And because Darren Young works for WWE, what his courageous decision will mean for him and his career depends on how WWE decides that story plays.

July 31, 2012

NBC's Olympics broadcast is athletic competition communicated with an unheard-of level of editorial control. In truth, it often looks a lot like the network's regular primetime programming and not all that much like sports. It’s a spectacle guaranteed to bring in viewers and hopefully establish NBC as a home for quality programming. The problem with this plan is that most viewers are not completely stupid.

June 12, 2012

By standard NBA logic, the Oklahoma City Thunder should not be where they are today. In a league where experience is seen as a prerequisite for success, the Thunder have dispatched three veteran-laden West contenders with a young core of four players aged 23 or younger. It’s an accomplishment unprecedented in this era, and the NBA world has bought into the youth movement due to their success. Where that puts the Thunder in the typical NBA championship narrative is unclear. 

May 4, 2012

Nobody knows what the MVP means, unless LeBron James wins it again. If that happens, it's time for an insurrection. It's time to kick in the gates of perception. It's DeMarcus Cousins time.