college basketball

One Bid, Or Greetings From College Basketball

The Metro-Atlantic Athletic Conference will almost certainly get just one bid for the NCAA Tournament. In college basketball's uneasy middle, that is worth a lot.
David Roth
Michael Jordan

To Michael Jordan on His 54th Birthday

A few words on the greatest of all time, the things he has won, and what it means to want more than anything else in the world.
David Roth
Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes Is Getting What He Deserves

The Mets are paying their star $27.5 million over the next four years. It's a lot, but what a star is worth can't be measured in dollars alone.
David Roth
Chicago Cubs

Cubs Fans Are So Fucking Ready for the World Series at Wrigley Field

People are already lined up at the bars in Wrigleyville, and some of them are going to be paying a lot of money for the privilege.
Sean Newell

Business Is Business, Football Is Family: David Roth's Weak in Review

Can the NFL be trusted with something as valuable as football?
David Roth

What It's Like For American Players Trying To Make Careers In The Korean Baseball League

The U.S. isn't the only country that loves baseball, or the only place where ballplayers can make a living. But playing in Korea offers challenges beyond the game.
Sung Min Kim

WWE's Weirdly Flat Draft Was Haunted by the Past

WWE wanted to do a NFL-style draft to kick off its recent brand split. Smackdown and Raw got their wrestlers, but a looming lawsuit made it too NFL-like for comfort.
Ian Williams
Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: The End Comes For Benny Kauff, Baseball's Unluckiest Renegade

Benny Kauff had the talent to become an All-Star. Instead, this week in 1921, he was banned from baseball forever for dubious reasons. He had that sort of career.
Steven Goldman

Ryback Spoke Out About How Things Really Work in WWE, and It Hurt

Wrestling is a secretive, silence-driven business. That silence conceals a lot of sketchiness, and when wrestler Ryback wrote about it on Tumblr earlier this week, he exposed it.
Ian Williams

Uncertainty Carries The Day At The NBA Trade Deadline

Moves got made, but the NBA's uneventful, anticlimactic trade deadline made clear that teams still don't know how they'll handle the coming salary cap boom.
Blake Murphy
weak in review

David Roth's Weak In Review: The NFL In LA, Or The Deep Out

On a week when three NFL teams tried to move into the same city—and two succeeded—the question was what teams owe their fans. The answer is...complicated.
David Roth

Cheering Together, Drifting Apart: The Future of Basketball in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Bucks are a team in transition. A diverse community has emerged around this team, but it might not survive.
Louis Keene