Topic: Politics

December 27, 2013

This year's Padres aren't a very good baseball team. But what's been truly bad and sad about them in recent years, and the reason they've lost a fan base that seemed ready to love them, has less to do with baseball than how business gets done in San Diego.

April 25, 2013

A movie theater owned by Shaquille O'Neal canceled a screening of a documentary about Mumia Abu-Jamal. Dave Zirin is not happy about it. What's going on here?

April 22, 2013

In 1994, Heath Shuler was among the top quarterback prospects in the world, and bound for Washington with great expectations. In the years since, Washington has undone Shuler more than once, first as a Redskins quarterback and then as a North Carolina congressman.

April 8, 2013

Michael Brendan Dougherty has written about politics for a long time. Long enough that he's now decided he'd rather get up at 4am every day to write about baseball.

September 4, 2012

The Tri-City Herald, in Southeastern Washington, put together a strange and magical and entirely unique high school football preview section this year. Not only are newspapers not dead, they're photographing high school football players as if they were Presidential candidates.

September 4, 2012

The Basketball Fan in Chief has spoken: Barack Obama's campaign is the Miami Heat, Mitt Romney's is Jeremy Lin. As basketball metaphors go, this is something of a deep cut. But is it really the comparison that Obama wants to make? And, more to the point, what does it even mean?

August 23, 2012

Inside a stuffy, ramshackle warehouse on the northern outskirts of Yemen’s capital, a dozen male gymnasts line up at the end of a tattered vaulting runway. They are hoping to be able to "jump big" as they do in their dreams. But obstacles, both inside and outside of the gym may prevent them from jumping to their biggest dream of all: a return to international competition. 

July 12, 2012


It is the poet's job to provoke us to think, and feel, in new ways. It is the spammer's job to embed hyperlinks to bootleg headphones and running shoes in chunks of garbage prose. Here is where the two meet, on the battlefield of politics and prose. Or whatever.

June 27, 2012

John Rocker was once, if briefly, a very effective Major League pitcher. A decade or so later, he has reinvented himself as a part-time right-wing polemicist and full-time human example of the paralyzing, toxic effects of dumb fame.

June 18, 2012

Mark Judge's paean to Bryce Harper, 19-year-old baseball prodigy and "conservative hero," has been kicked around the internet since it made its falling-down-the-stairs-and-then-catching-on-fire debut on the Daily Caller last Friday. It's absolutely as bad as you've heard, but not necessarily for the reason you might expect.