Topic: Violence

March 5, 2014

In 1965, Juan Marichal attacked John Roseboro with a baseball bat at Candlestick Park. The photo is iconic, and still horrifying. The story behind it is less well-known.

December 5, 2013

This week, Monsters rule the Midway with a mix of old-school brutality and new-school CTE symptoms, Mike Glennon throws a ball through a hole in the time-space continuum and the "drama" of ball-control offense.

May 1, 2012

It's May Day everywhere, which means that the weather's fairly nice, and that some people are in the streets making themselves heard, while others are running around and breaking things. In Seattle, this proved to be bad news for Niketown.

April 24, 2012

Metta World Peace's elbow has brought back memories of his Artest-ian bad old days, as the author of the 2004 Malice at the Palace brawl that was talked about as a low point in American history. MWP's current infraction aside, it's worth remembering his previous work as what it was: a bad scene, but part of a long history of player-and-fan ugliness.

March 30, 2012

As Mike Dowse's hockey blockbuster makes it stateside, we're left asking ourselves whether the action of the sport is resistant to cinema—and whether that's necessarily a bad thing. Goon, which convincingly taps into hockey's ultra-violent culture, gets at the inherent paradox of putting hockey on the big screen.

March 22, 2012

The NFL has finally handed down the punishments due to the New Orleans Saints' bounty-hunting regime. The penalties will sting, but they're also a combination of severity and irrelevance that should surprise no one. There's money to be made, after all.

March 5, 2012

Early last week, Charles Star analogized the Saints defense to an excreta-gobbling remora hitching a ride on a megashark offense. On Friday afternoon, a NFL report revealed that this remora was something of a predator in its own right.

January 6, 2012

Santos Laguna represents the troubled, fascinating city of Torreón in Mexican soccer's Primera División, at times a little too well and a little too closely for comfort. Luckily, though, the only game in town is a pretty entertaining one.

December 20, 2011

The WWE's early-'00s hardcore moment was riotously fun while simultaneously being sickening. The matches themselves are deeply satisfying as spectacle; they move fast, tell big stories, and give Jim Ross chances to air out his most gleefully horrified commentary: "Broken bodies everywhere, King!" But they also function as pro wrestling's Faces of Death. Even as I enjoy the living hell out of the carnage, a voice in my soul keeps asking if this is the chairshot that sent Matt Hardy into a permanent painkiller-induced K-hole. Is there a include such insane action without permanently damaging the talent?