Even God Cheats: How Anderson Silva Shocked Us By Doing The Expected

The Nevada State Athletic Commission is a bumbling, soulless government agency, and so a strange agent for the delivery of the message that our gods have forsaken us. They never have been particularly diligent messengers in any event, but for whatever reason—bureaucracy, incompetence, something more nefarious—they… » 2/19/15 9:15pm 2/19/15 9:15pm

A Way-Too-Serious Scouting Report On The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 

The Celebrity Game is without question the crown jewel of NBA All-Star Weekend, an event that provides the too-rare opportunity to see the TV and movie and music stars (and in some case, "stars") the world worships be extremely terrible at something, and for however brief a second, be able to say to ourselves, "I… » 2/14/15 11:42am 2/14/15 11:42am

Has Detroit Found An Answer To The Publicly Financed Stadium Scam?

When Marathon Petroleum received a $175 million tax break from the city of Detroit in 2007, they promised jobs for Detroiters. And, as of last January, the $2.2 billion expansion of Marathon's refinery on the city's southwest side had, in fact, created new jobs for tax-paying residents —all of 15 of them. » 2/10/15 2:47pm 2/10/15 2:47pm

This Chill Californian Might Be The Future Of The U.S. Downhill Team

Shortly after his run, just before mounting the most important podium of his career—and the first World Championships downhill podium for the U.S. since 2005—Travis Ganong was already thinking of powder. In particular, the two feet of powder that had hit the slopes at home in Lake Tahoe the night before. "I've dreamed… » 2/07/15 7:02pm 2/07/15 7:02pm

Why Tonight's Heavyweight Title Fight Shouldn't Be On The Level

While professional boxing unquestionably often involves two fighters hitting each other as hard as possible in order to win their match, it also often puts business first. It looks as if a lot of X's and O's are being moved around in two upcoming heavyweight title bouts, presumably as long-range setups for a… » 1/17/15 12:41pm 1/17/15 12:41pm

MLB, The Giants, And The Law Job The A's ... Again

Major League Baseball is breathing a huge sigh of relief after a federal appeals court upheld a broad scope of the league's exemption from federal antitrust law on Thursday. But the league's win comes at a high price for the Oakland A's—and adds to the literal shitstorm the A's are in at the old and dilapidated… » 1/16/15 2:06pm 1/16/15 2:06pm

Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao Is (Maybe) Happening, Five Years Too Late

Manny Pacquiao has reportedly agreed to two of the key obstacles holding up his long-awaited showdown with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. First, a 60/40 split of the revenue, with Pacquiao's side taking the short end; second, a fight date on May 2, Cinco De Mayo weekend, a popular date for pay per view cards featuring Mexican… » 1/14/15 1:25pm 1/14/15 1:25pm

Wait, The NCAA Can Pay Players' Parents Now?

The day before yesterday, if a school reached the Final Four or the College Football Playoff and anyone—the NCAA, the CFP, the school, a booster, President Obama, etc.—agreed to pay for a parent of one of the athletes to travel to the game, it was unethical conduct, an extra benefit, and punishable with… » 1/07/15 10:18am 1/07/15 10:18am

Dan Snyder's Stooge Has Spotted A Symbol of Organizational Dysfunction

Here's a surprise: Craven Dan Snyder hand-puppet Chris Cooley took a break from manning the office of Exalted White Ex-Player at D.C.'s Snyder-owned ESPN radio affiliate to go in, for the umpteenth time, on former teammate Robert Griffin III, to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post yesterday. » 12/29/14 3:57pm 12/29/14 3:57pm