America's Ugliest Accent, Round One: Boston, Baltimore, L.A., Chicago

If you're from Philadelphia, your preferred non-Yuengling beverage is wooder. If you're from New York City, your greatest enemies are the bridge-and-tunnel crowd from Lawng Island. If you're from Los Angeles, you respond to people who hop on the 405 at rush hour with a pained "Whyy-ee?" » 9/29/14 2:44pm 9/29/14 2:44pm

What Reparations in America Could Look Like

Ta-Nehisi Coates made the case that America owes reparations to its black community. But he purposely left out the details of what a reparations program might look like. We will now make a proposal, for your consideration. » 9/22/14 1:32pm 9/22/14 1:32pm

Watch James Harden Not Play Defense, Again

James Harden and defense still aren't so hot on each other. In today's FIBA final against Serbia, Harden just drifted away from Nikola Kalinic, the player he was supposed to defend. Or maybe Harden was covering an invisible sixth player! Yeah, maybe. » 9/14/14 5:10pm 9/14/14 5:10pm

Keith Olbermann Has Seven Ways To Grow Soccer In The U.S.

Before this devolves into the inevitable flamewar (and it will; it's got Keith Olbermann, and it's about soccer in America, so it's going to be bad), take note of the pains Olbermann goes to to insist that he doesn't have a horse in this race. "I don't care," he says, "whether or not soccer succeeds or fails in this… » 7/02/14 11:45am 7/02/14 11:45am

The U.S. Lost And Everything Sucks

And that's how it ends, after a high-scoring, vein-popping extra time that provided the variety of heartbreak we never would have expected over the first 90: the sense that they could have done it. But that's the World Cup—could've-should'ves may provide moral victories, but they don't keep you warm for four years. » 7/01/14 7:05pm 7/01/14 7:05pm

Here's The USA Lineup Vs. Belgium

Jozy Altidore, while cleared to play, will not start. In a shock, neither will Kyle Beckerman—and it's a coach's decision. The USMNT starting XI: » 7/01/14 2:52pm 7/01/14 2:52pm

Watch Various Americans Deal With Portugal's Last-Minute Equalizer

This group of U.S. fans weren't aware of the hammer of disappointment that was about to be dropped on their heads. Right in the middle of their "I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN" chant, Varela's equalizer ties the game, and ruins everything. It's so painful. » 6/23/14 1:19pm 6/23/14 1:19pm

The Non Sports Fan's Guide to Today's Crucial US-Portugal Match

Hello, non sports fan. It's me again, your loyal tour guide to the World Cup. First I walked you through the broad strokes of the tournament, then we cracked open our school books, and now I want to let you in on a little secret: today is a very big day. » 6/22/14 3:41pm 6/22/14 3:41pm

How To Beat Portugal: A Blueprint From 2002

On Sunday, the United States will take the field against Portugal in Manaus, where, despite a dramatic victory over Ghana and Portugal's feeble showing against Germany, the Yanks will find themselves as slight underdogs. » 6/21/14 12:42pm 6/21/14 12:42pm

John Brooks Lives His American Dream

No factoid highlights the improbability of John Brooks scoring the game-winner for the United States quite like this one: Until he came on as an injury sub at the half, he was still technically eligible to play for Germany. » 6/17/14 9:34am 6/17/14 9:34am

U.S. Fans Buy Three Times As Many World Cup Tickets As Any Other Nation

The World Cup kicks off in—holy crap—71 days, and other than host nation Brazil, no side will have as many supporters as the U.S. Recently released FIFA numbers show that Americans have purchased the most tickets of any visiting country, and it's not even close. » 4/02/14 11:37am 4/02/14 11:37am

Canada Blows Out USA, 1-0

This was the game's only goal, a near-90-degree deflection from Jamie Benn early in the second period, a completely unsaveable puck for Jonathan Quick. Don't make the mistake of believing this was a fluke win, though; This was perhaps the most dominant 1-0 victory in recent memory. » 2/21/14 2:31pm 2/21/14 2:31pm

The Battle Lines Are Drawn

The CBC's Douglas Gelevan tweeted out the above photo, of the Mountain Broadcast Center. We are three hours away from the U.S. vs. Canada in men's hockey, and North America's best and friendliest rivalry is proving as divisive among the media as it is in whatever trolly corner of the internet you plan on hanging out… » 2/21/14 8:52am 2/21/14 8:52am

Canadian Pride At The Women's Hockey Medal Ceremony

Here are the Canadian women singing, crying, hugging, celebrating their way through "O Canada." Congratulations to them. But this video is really for Americans. Click play. Force yourself to watch all the way through. » 2/20/14 3:54pm 2/20/14 3:54pm

This Is How Close The U.S. Was To Gold

Canada came back from a 2-0 deficit with two scores in 3:26, including Marie-Philip Poulin's equalizer with 55 seconds remaining, to send the gold medal game to overtime. It wouldn't have mattered if Canada's greatest hero—an inanimate goalpost—didn't come up with this huge save. » 2/20/14 2:28pm 2/20/14 2:28pm

IIHF To Change Rule That Gave U.S. Victory Over Russia

The U.S.'s shootout win over Russia on Saturday—and the accompanying canonization of T.J. Oshie—wouldn't have occurred if not for a disallowed goal late in regulation. The call was controversial, correct, and unfair. Now international hockey's governing body is making sure it doesn't happen again. » 2/18/14 10:36am 2/18/14 10:36am

Here's Why Russia's Third Goal Was Disallowed

Russia took a 3-2 lead in the third period after Fyodor Tyutin's blue-line goal, until they didn't. The goal was reviewed by officials, and because USA goalie Jonathan Quick slipped and knocked the net off of one of its moorings ever so slightly—look at the bottom of the left post—Tyutin's score was disallowed.… » 2/15/14 9:55am 2/15/14 9:55am