Topic: Why We Watch

April 16, 2014

In most sports, competitive parity is viewed as a goal. In the post-Tiger PGA, it's flattened things maybe too much. At age 20, after nearly winning at Augusta National, Jordan Spieth looks just about ready to shake things up.

March 11, 2014

Basketball just looks a lot easier when Paul George plays it than it usually does. That hasn't stopped him from working hard at it, which is just another reason why George is one of the NBA's truest must-watch stars.

February 3, 2014

Time is running out on Ichiro's amazing baseball career. But time has never really mattered much in his case. A consideration of his generation's coolest baseball player and his relationship to Zeno's Paradox.

January 17, 2014

In a league overcome and obsessed with its own importance, Marshawn Lynch is more than just one of the most productive running backs. He's a reminder that, under all that synergy and messaging, football is a game to play.

December 25, 2013

Veteran big man Jason Collins has come out as the NBA's first openly gay player, which is good for him and the game and those of us who care about it. He did it with all the invisible but palpable grace and modesty that has helped keep him in the league all these years.

December 19, 2013

At times, Jozy Altidore both looks like and is the most electrifying American soccer player in recent memory. At other times, during his peripatetic and mostly unhappy pro career in Europe, he really doesn't. The fun, and the emotion, comes from watching him figure it out.

December 18, 2013

This is the third of our three-part celebration of the late podcast, The Basketball Jones, which is now an awesome new show on NBATV called The Starters. Today, we'll discuss the legacy of  the group, the roles each member plays, and what TBJ represents to an entire generation of journalists. 

December 11, 2013

Paris Saint-Germain's forgotten star can be one of the most exhilarating players in soccer. Of course, that's more likely to happen when he's playing.

July 18, 2013

David Wright is still young and still great, and has a lot of baseball left in his career. This is good news for Mets fans, but Wright's modest, half-goofy greatness already defines his team, in the best possible way.

July 8, 2013

Marion Bartoli doesn't look or act much like the sort of tennis player who winds up being a Wimbledon Champion. All of which made her jittery, redemptive Wimbledon win that much more fun to watch.