Topic: Punch Punch

April 18, 2014

Boxing is an elemental thing governed by some exceptionally venal and untrustworthy authorities. Watching the amateur bouts at a Golden Gloves tournament, for all the things it lacks, offers something pro boxing doesn't: the thrill of watching a fair fight.

December 7, 2012

Thanks in large part to his virtuosic talent as a fighter, B.J. Penn could have been one of the greatest mixed martial artists ever. He didn't. But as Penn gears up to fight on Saturday, the old squandered-potential line doesn't feel quite right. No, he hasn't done everything he could have with his abilities. Have you?

November 17, 2012

Georges St-Pierre has to fight Carlos Condit on Saturday night, even though the fight itself doesn't quite matter. But in fighting his way back from injury, and fighting his way to the match-up against Anderson Silva that everyone wants, St-Pierre is running up against the stubborn fact at the core of his career. That's this: the more the world’s greatest welterweight wins, the more he pisses people off.

November 1, 2012

Metta World Peace hurts himself and disappoints his fans, over and over. But all involved keep coming back, if only because a motivated Metta World Peace—a Metta World Peace being himself as hard as he can—is one of the best reasons to watch the NBA, period.

May 17, 2012

Thinking about sports is fun enough, of course. But wouldn't you like to get out there and be a part of it? Wouldn't you like to get ripped the way the bloggers do?