What Johan Cruyff's Flameout Says About Mexican Soccer's Problems

Republished with permission from The Classical, which just launched a fancy new web magazine. The magazine is available via monthly or yearly subscriptions, as well as single-issue purchases, on the Apple iOS newstand. It’s $2.99 if you pay monthly, $29.99 if you sign up for a year in advance, and $3.99 to buy… » 5/15/13 4:43pm 5/15/13 4:43pm

How One Man's Hard-Luck Journey Through The Indie Wrestling Circuit Ended Behind A Deli Counter

During his 10-plus year career, Nigel McGuinness, the former Ring of Honor World Champion, wasn't recognized much away from wrestling. There was that one time on the New York City subway, but he was commuting to a match and there were wrestling fans on the train. Being spotted in the Tampa delicatessen where he… » 2/14/13 2:15pm 2/14/13 2:15pm

What One Writer Learned At Bleacher Report University

Nick Bond, writing for our friends at The Classical, recently went through the training program at Bleacher Report, a sort of orc pit out of which all B/R writers must climb before they write for the site. Bond's entire piece is well worth your time, but the best artifact is this horrifying paragraph, part of a… » 2/08/13 1:30pm 2/08/13 1:30pm

Cheerleaders, Endless Chants, And Fan-Created Performance Art: Why Baseball Games In The Far East Feel Like College Football Games

On my flight to Busan, South Korea I sat next to an older Korean woman sporting a Detroit Tiger hat. It seemed serendipitous that I'd be seated next to a fellow Tigers fan on a vacation planned entirely around seeing baseball games. The issue, which was a big issue, was expressing this. » 9/27/12 4:45pm 9/27/12 4:45pm

The Specialists: What's In It For Oregon's Quarterbacks?

Finished in 2010 and funded by a $41.7 million gift from Phil Knight, the John E. Jaqua Academic Center rises from a reflecting pool like the pyramid of the Louvre, a monument to student-athletes gilding a busy Eugene, Ore. thoroughfare. This past August, the unveiling of the University of Oregon's latest uniform… » 9/12/12 4:00pm 9/12/12 4:00pm

Going Under: What Happened To U.S. Synchronized Swimming?

There is a YouTube video of synchronized swimmer Mary Killman performing what is called a Rocket maneuver to the song "Johnny B. Goode" as part of her final solo at the 2011 synchronized swimming world championships in Shanghai. Killman, who will compete in this summer's Olympics, says it is one of her favorite… » 8/01/12 1:20pm 8/01/12 1:20pm

The Happiest Man In The World: Teófilo Stevenson And Cuba's Lost Fighters

Teófilo Stevenson won his first Olympic gold medal in 1972 and his last world amateur championship in 1986. He won 302 fights and once went an unbelievable 11 years without a loss. Had Cuba not boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics, many think Stevenson would have won an unmatched four gold medals in boxing. Stevenson… » 6/28/12 4:20pm 6/28/12 4:20pm