Topic: RIP

April 9, 2014

The Ultimate Warrior was a memorable wrestler and a grandiose homophobic jerk. But for a generation of fans, some of whom happen to be gay, Warrior was our grandiose homophobic jerk.

July 3, 2012

Andy Griffith's breakout as an entertainer came via a monologue about a country preacher at a football game. It feels about 200 years old today, but for Griffith—who died today at 86—seeming of-the-moment was never a big part of the game.

January 18, 2012

Professional wrestling doesn’t have many actual physical landmarks, unless you count the wrestlers themselves. But it had the ECW Arena, a dingy building in a scuzzy South Philly neighborhood—at least until last Saturday.

January 6, 2012

Al Davis's win-at-all-costs approach didn’t always work, obviously, but it didn’t always fail, either. Even when the Raiders were mediocre, they had a mystique. “I don’t want to be the most respected team in the league,” Davis famously said. “I want to be the most feared.” And so he was.

December 15, 2011

Some early sports memories from my late grandfather. 

November 9, 2011

In the public consciousness, Frazier was always straining at the right words—any words. Not because he was an especially quiet or ineloquent man, but because he wasn’t Ali, for whom speech was performance.