Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dean Smith’s Coaching a Common Bond for the Ages

By Kyle Magin Vince Carter is the last in a proud lineage of former Dean Smith-era North Carolina Tar Heels who played well in the NBA well past their expiration dates. Carter’s every game for the Memphis Grizzlies extends a 16-year professional career that began as prodigal and gravity-defying and is now sly and spry. He’s the oldest player on his...

Hey NCAA Let Them Play: Why Oregon’s Darren Carrington and Ayele Forde should be reinstated

Nobody ever accused the NCAA of being fair or in lockstep with the times. After all, the official governing body of college athletics had to be drop-kicked into the 20th century in 1972 giving women equal any opportunity to play sports and not be discriminated against with Title IX. And the league’s brass still has the cojones to pretend they...

NFL to Veterans: Screw You

Here lies the extent of our Super Bowl XLIX coverage: $1 more for the cause. By Kyle Magin One of the NFL’s shittier make-nice efforts is its in-your-face pseudo-patriotism. In this weekend’s Super Bowl, the league will wrap itself in the flag—you’ll probably see a full-on colorguard, a military jet fly-over and some sort of we salute the troops messaging throughout the...

Goodbye Jeets

Derek Jeter began his career as a wisp on the calm shores of Baseball-as-National Pastime. He dipped his bat into still waters with the uncanny ability to not lose. Before he could properly puff on a cigar, his right hand was laden with a quartet of rings. But the seas grew rougher. There was a strike. There was steroids....

Potential Jersey Advertising Matches for the Philadelphia 76ers

Now that there's a two-and-a-half-inch square up on the Sixers' Airbnb for rent, we've got a couple suggestions on how it can be used. By Andrew J. Pridgen The 76ers announced Monday morning that StubHub will place its logo on the team's jerseys starting in the 2017-18 season, when the NBA's three-year pilot program will start. Sources say the team sold all...

The N.B.A. will do everything in its power to keep the Warriors from closing out the Cavs Monday night

The ratings numbers from Friday night’s game are in ...and what’s great for the league doesn’t bode well for Golden State. By Andrew J. Pridgen Warriors fans maybe shouldn’t put that champagne on ice just yet. Friday night’s Game 4 of the N.B.A. Finals averaged a total live audience of 19 million viewers on ABC. The total live viewership for the...

How I lost my virginity …to the Swimsuit Issue

Editor's Note: Today's column is to honor this week's release of the 50th Anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. The magazine's biggest-selling annual attraction has also deflowered three generations of young men. And so, if you're a mother to one of those young men, you may just want to stop reading here and click on this HGTV link instead. For...

Matt Bush, Shithead Hero

Baseball is a complicated sport...played by even more complicated individuals. Written by Kyle Magin Lost amid the #ourmoment celebrations in Toronto on Sunday night was the gutsy/freakish outing by Rangers’ losing pitcher Matt Bush. Bush, for those of you unacquainted with his story, is a washed-out 2004 first overall pick of the San Diego Padres. He’s also a demonstrable shithead. Picked originally as...

The Warriors’ first order of business this off-season: Boycott the White House Visit.

Citizenry take note: If he’s not going to play by the rules and traditions—written or unwritten—you don’t have to either. By Andrew J. Pridgen On the eve of the tip off of the 2017 N.B.A. Finals, news broke that LeBron James’ Los Angeles home was vandalized. An unknown vandal spelled out the only two-syllable word he likely knew, the N–word, onto James’...

A rare moment for the Western States 100

Every year the first Saturday in August I run up the slippery granite face of Squaw Valley. I am infected by the morning hum of race-day runners, the smell of coffee and sunblock and fine Alpine dust mixed with flirting-with-the-ground sound from the bronze pistons of experienced climbers and endurance athletes—all elongated fingers and push pins for knees shaking...

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