Topic: Style

January 22, 2014

More efficient basketball is a worthy goal and all, but sometimes a certain slackness will prevail in shot or word selection, whether by design or will. The manifest goal of a game is to win; a team’s clearest goal in a season is a title. Writing’s most explicit goal is communication with clarity, yet there’s a reason we don’t only read manuals and airplane evacuation cards, and there’s a reason we don’t only follow the frontrunning teams.

July 3, 2012

World #1 Novak Djokovic is changing clothes. He's jumped from repping the tacky-to-goofy Sergio Tacchini brand to wearing Uniqlo, a Japanese alternative-basics line whose growth (as many as 300 new stores opening every year until 2020) rivals Nole's own dominance of the men's pro tour.

May 4, 2012

A wrestling heel seems to be where Floyd gets most of the inspiration for his persona. His moves are calculated to offend, more in the vein of the Million Dollar Man than Muhammad Ali.

April 5, 2012

Josh Hamilton's history of addiction is alternately sanctified and lamented. But it's on the baseball field where his daily struggle becomes most apparent.

March 19, 2012

Mike D'Antoni left the Knicks amidst accusations that his coaching style was too rigid. This after his tenue in Phoenix, where he earned a reputation as a free-thinking revolutionary who opposed any and all basketball orthodoxy. Neither one is exactly true, and neither does the man justice.

March 14, 2012

Golden State's breathtaking but flawed guard, has finally been traded. One of the league's most electrifying player, he's also one of its most frustrating—and, if you aren't watching him regularly, one of the most empty and ill-defined. To watch Monta Ellis is to love him. 

March 6, 2012

It's been a truism for some time now that the NBA and Twitter, if not necessarily a natural match, work together in a way that no other sport can claim. Maybe it's the density of activity, the level of detail, the amount of material to crack wise about. Mostly, though, it seems to reflect the idea that the NBA, as non-stop activity, defies good, old-fashioned storytelling.

March 5, 2012

The Miami Marlins are a team of obvious talent, led by strong personalities, playing for an organization that has disregarded expectations of what a baseball game should look like for fans. They scream to be considered as an experience in a way that no baseball team has for a long time.

February 27, 2012

Mary J. Blige's "Star-Spangled Banner" may not quite have been on par with Marvin Gaye's—what is?—but more than Pitbull or Nicki Minaj, it brought out what's great about All-Star Weekend. 

February 20, 2012

Tyson Chandler and J. R. Smith both came to the Knicks as free agents this year, drawn there by the allure of the city as much as the franchise's plans. One of them had every right to do so. The other, well, that depends on what you think it means to play for the Knicks.