Topic: Underdogs

March 21, 2014

The NCAA Tournament's appeal overlaps with the sentimental appeal of the underdog. Wichita State may well be about to make that old, sweet dream a lot less quaint, and a lot more real. How ready are we for this?

May 14, 2013

David Eckstein has been retired for years, and wasn't all that remarkable during his playing days. So why does he still stand for so much to both sides in baseball's long-running argument about numbers, heart and the relationship between the two?

March 26, 2013

The very term "Cinderella Team" is a reminder of the cinematic aspect that's inherent to NCAA Tournament upstarts. But in the case of Florida Gulf Coast University, an epic upstart with a beachfront location, casting the movie adaptation is almost too easy. The hard part is traveling back in time to 1985 to make it.

February 14, 2012

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is technically a competition, but one in which basically no one involved seems to much care about the outcome. For that reason, or for that reason and the presence of a few thousand dogs, it is the single nicest thing that could happen at Madison Square Garden.

February 13, 2012

Fluffy people. Fluffy dogs. Martha Stewart's chow-chow. We in here.

January 23, 2012

The best player in the NBA has made no secret of the fact that he wants us to like him. LeBron James is tired of playing the villain, but does that matter to how he plays the game? Do we have to like off-court LeBron to believe in on-court LeBron?