Can Messi and Barcelona Achieve Their Perfect Goodbye?

When Sir Alex Ferguson retired from managing soccer club Manchester United in 2013, 13-year-old me could not believe it. He had just led the team to another Premier League title, showing there was more...

The Reactive and Equivocal Politics of the NBA

It was the second time in league’s history — and the first time since 1964 — that NBA players had organized a strike. Back then, the players striked for a pension and an athletic...

How Can Athletes Trust USA Gymnastics?

Last week, elite gymnastics coach Maggie Haney was served with an eight-year suspension by U.S.A Gymnastics following accusations that she had verbally and emotionally abused athletes. Haney has had at least one gymnast represent...

These Sports Stories Should Have Their Own Documentaries

If you haven’t been paying attention, “The Last Dance”  is a 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls’ last championship run and has been premiering in two-episode blocks each week. Because...

Unlike the New York Knicks, the New York Liberty Are Doing Things Right

After a disappointing 10-24 record in the 2019 season, the New York Liberty received the number one pick for the WNBA draft, its first in team history. On April 17, with the number one...

The Best Soccer Celebrations, Ranked

Soccer is full of amazing moments — the skillful dribbling, the insane goals and the celebrations that become iconic in the sport’s history.  Sometimes, the goal celebration becomes more than a forgotten moment in a...

A Reflection on Lost Endings

I realized that I spent my last spring break of college in the exact way I had spent every spring break before that: playing a lot of FIFA 20, watching reruns of classic games...

Let Me Tell You About Your Favorite Pro Athletes

Like many others, I have been spending the past week at home socially distancing myself from the outside world. With no sports (and no anything) for the foreseeable future, many have been taking this...

The National Women’s Soccer League Still Has Work to Do

Following three years since ex-commissioner Jeff Plush stepped down in 2017, the National Women’s Soccer League announced the appointment of Lisa Baird as the new league commissioner last week. The hiring of Baird, former...

Is This the End of Smart Sports Commentary?

Last week, ESPN announced that it was canceling “High Noon,” a studio talk show featuring two of ESPN’s smartest commentators, after less than two years.  The company cited low viewership for the decision — the...

Manchester City’s Greed Made Them Invincible — Until It Didn’t

For years, Manchester United was on top of the soccer world.  Manchester United won more trophies than any other team in England, pumped out talent like nobody else and did it all with the most...

NBA All-Star Weekend Is Fun

Celebrity Game The NBA made ESPN sports personality and meme-famous Stephen A. Smith a head coach for this year’s Celebrity All-Star Game and boy, he did not disappoint. Receiving the first technical foul in the...
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