Television

FIGHTLAND

Letterkenny Is The Best Fight Show On Television

This cult Canadian comedy also doubles as a near pitch-perfect psychological portrait of the small town brawler.
Sarah Kurchak
11.29.16
sports on tv

Ball Four, You're Out: How A Classic Baseball Book Became A Failed Baseball Sitcom

Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" still stands as the best, funniest, most revealing baseball memoir ever written. It was also a short-lived CBS sitcom, and a bad one.
Dan Epstein
9.22.16
weak in review

Beat That Wall, or "American Ninja Warrior" in Uneasy Times: David Roth's Weak In Review

What the best sports show on earth shows us about people, and sports, at a less-than-great time.
David Roth
7.22.16
esports

The ECS Counter-Strike Finals Show How Esports Live Events Are A Breed All Their Own

The production value may be similar to traditional sports, but the intricacies and quirks of a esports event are uniquely theirs.
Matt Porter
7.8.16
Skateboarding

Howl of the Manwolf: The Lost Skateboarding Classic "Machotaildrop" Stays Lost

In 2009, Corey Adams made a skateboarding movie unlike any other. For one thing, it was good. For another, it took place in a castle. And then it disappeared.
David Colon
6.3.16
Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: What Al Campanis Revealed On Nightline 29 Years Ago

When Al Campanis went on "Nightline" 29 years ago and said a bunch of stupid things about why baseball had no black managers, he showed more than his own idiocy.
Steven Goldman
4.7.16
Pro Wrestling

Talking, Selling, And Wrestling: A Conversation With Jim Ross

Jim Ross is the voice of wrestling for something like three generations of fans. Now he's the voice of New Japan Pro Wrestling, the wildest indie promotion out.
Ian Williams
3.4.16
weird sports television

Remembering "Flag on the Play," the Illuminati's Most Hated NFL Pregame Show

In 2011, two Canadian goofballs created a NFL pregame show built around conspiracies and a sprawling cast of characters. For a few years, they got away with it.
David Colon
1.11.16
motorsports

Could Amazon Save Formula 1?

Television ratings in Formula 1 are falling, but there's reason to believe that the audience is not disappearing; it just wants to watch F1 in a different way.
Jonathan Noble, Motorsport.com
12.14.15
FIGHTLAND

The Post-Apocalyptic Kung Fu of 'Into the Badlands'

AMC's new show, Into the Badlands, attempts change the formula of traditional kung fu storytelling.
Sascha Matuszak
12.7.15
modest proposals

I, Corbin Smith, Should Host ESPN's "First Take"

As evidenced by Stephen A. Smith's semi-coherent, semi-menacing monologue to Kevin Durant, ESPN's "First Take" has problems. We know just the man to fix them.
Corbin Smith
10.6.15
weak in review

David Roth's Weak In Review: "American Ninja Warrior" Is The Only Sport

"American Ninja Warrior" is a television show about people climbing around on a crazy playground. It also gave us the purest, cleanest high in sports this week.
David Roth
9.18.15