Topic: Obsessions

October 8, 2013

On the Champions League, aesthetics, branding, the vague but deeply felt subliminal effects of a great-looking soccer pitch and the profound, strange significance of groundskeeping.

March 4, 2013

Pro wrestling demands an unusual suspension of disbelief, but Efedding—online, role-playing virtual wrestling—requires something more profound of the people who are obsessed with it: actual, total belief in the wrestlers and rivalries that they've collaborated in making up.

February 19, 2013

Millions of people play FIFA on PS3 and Xbox. The author was very recently among the best one-tenth of one percent of those players. All of it is more complicated than you might think.

February 15, 2013

For the last nine years, three friends have made painstakingly crafted, fully comprehensive rap songs dedicated to the NBA All-Star Game and its participants. Is it impolite to ask why and how they keep doing this?

November 9, 2011

The game that decided baseball’s 2011 season had it all: a see-saw slugfest that inevitably led to a 9th-inning blown save; a starting ace coming out of the bullpen for extra-inning heroics; a crucial defensive error setting up the series-winning run. And that’s how the Far Mountain Redhawks became the first team to come back from a 3-1 series deficit to win the championship, celebrating in front of nearly 12,000 stunned Ozarka Naturals fans at Ellie Ewing Stadium.