The Cost of Greatness

The size of the fees is irrelevant. Barcelona and Real Madrid have ocean-deep pockets. They are towering, talent-hoovering mechanisms with enough wealth to buy the heavens, then loan them out to Napoli for a couple seasons. The Catalan club is … More

Real Madrid and Barcelona have bought themselves some terrific players this offseason, including James Rodriguez for Real Madrid. (Getty Images)

Real Madrid and Barcelona have bought themselves some terrific players this offseason, including James Rodriguez for Real Madrid. (Getty Images)

Selling Low

All in all, July 22nd, 2014 was not the ideal day for the San Diego Padres to trade Chase Headley to the New York Yankees. The ideal day to trade him– not just to the Yankees but to any contending team … More

Chase Headley's OBP is at a career low .296, but the Yankees hope a change of scenery will do him good. (Getty Images)

Chase Headley's OBP is at a career low .296, but the Yankees hope a change of scenery will do him good. (Getty Images)

Urban Renewal

To live in a city is to uneasily inhabit someone else’s half-realized vision. We know this because the people who control our cities never cease to dream out loud about how they could be better. This seems high-minded and beneficial … More

Mike Ilitch is no dummy. He knows Detroit is down on its luck, which allowed him to convince the city to shell out some $300 million for a new hockey arena. (USA TODAY Sports)

Mike Ilitch is no dummy. He knows Detroit is down on its luck, which allowed him to convince the city to shell out some $300 million for a new hockey arena. (USA TODAY Sports)

Trade Winds

There are only nine full days left until Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline. That means nine days left until the ever-spinning hype machine builds to an almost unbearable fever pitch — and then throttles back a little bit until the divisional … More

Some big names have popped up in MLB trade talks, but whether any of them will move is a different story. (USA TODAY Sports)

Some big names have popped up in MLB trade talks, but whether any of them will move is a different story. (USA TODAY Sports)

The Travails of Billy Cub

Teams and leagues go overboard with litigiousness. It’s one thing for a franchise to send the guy selling bootleg merchandise two blocks from the stadium a cease-and-desist letter; it’s another that your neighborhood’s beer-stinking sports bar is afraid to include … More

The Chicago Cubs are trying to banish from existence an unofficial mascot who has made a habit of violence and abusiveness. (USA TODAY Sports)

The Chicago Cubs are trying to banish from existence an unofficial mascot who has made a habit of violence and abusiveness. (USA TODAY Sports)

Uggla Ending

On the day the second half of the MLB season started, the Atlanta Braves finally faced facts and released Dan Uggla. (This move coming just five days after the team suspended the infielder for showing up late to a game.) There … More

Dan Uggla had a paltry .162/.241/.231 line for the Braves this year before being replaced at second base by Tommy La Stella. (Getty Images)

Dan Uggla had a paltry .162/.241/.231 line for the Braves this year before being replaced at second base by Tommy La Stella. (Getty Images)

Hold The Fireworks

Two years ago, when a man named Mark Bernstein ran a campaign for a seat on Michigan’s Board of Regents, the Detroit Free Press declared him perhaps “the most enthusiastic and well-studied candidate ever for a university board.” The first … More

Michigan's Board of Regents voted down a proposal for fireworks at football games at Michigan Stadium. (USA TODAY Sports)

Michigan's Board of Regents voted down a proposal for fireworks at football games at Michigan Stadium. (USA TODAY Sports)

A Step in the Right Direction

At SEC Media Days on Tuesday, Steve Spurrier admitted he no longer tries to discourage underclassmen from declaring for the NFL draft: “Any time one of them tells me he wants to go pro, I shake his hand and say … More

Cedric Ogbuehi should be getting paid, but at least if injury befalls him during his senior season, Texas A&M has made sure he'll be taken care of. (USA TODAY Sports)

Cedric Ogbuehi should be getting paid, but at least if injury befalls him during his senior season, Texas A&M has made sure he'll be taken care of. (USA TODAY Sports)

Not His Best Idea

Certainly you’ve heard the old saying, how they don’t hand out trophies in February? Well, the NBA is debating whether to change that. Commissioner Adam Silver is intrigued by the idea of holding a midseason tournament, which nobody else finds … More

Adam Silver is considering a midseason tournament to be showcased in Las Vegas, but the details are unclear. (Getty Images)

Adam Silver is considering a midseason tournament to be showcased in Las Vegas, but the details are unclear. (Getty Images)

Buzzing in Charlotte

Watchability is a slippery and hard-to-define thing. I used to come home from classes in college and throw on MTV Jams for an hour or so. It soothed me. You should know that MTV Jams was circa 2009 — and … More

The Charlotte Hornets have added Lance Stephenson to the fold, which should help make them one of the most entertaining not-great teams in the league. (USA TODAY Sports)

The Charlotte Hornets have added Lance Stephenson to the fold, which should help make them one of the most entertaining not-great teams in the league. (USA TODAY Sports)