Intolerable Differences

The U.S. didn’t lose against Belgium on Tuesday afternoon due to a refereeing decision. They lost, among other reasons, because Belgium have Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne and Jan Vertonghen and Romelu Lukaku — the latter off the bench, … More

The World Cup is fantastic, but it can be spoiled a bit by a xenophobia that comes to us all too easily. (Getty Images)

The World Cup is fantastic, but it can be spoiled a bit by a xenophobia that comes to us all too easily. (Getty Images)

Consider the Rebuild

One of the more useless sportswriterly clichés of the moment is that fans are smarter these days. What’s wrong with this meme is that “smarter” isn’t really the word. Being better informed is not the same thing as being more … More

Fans, by and large, know more about the games we watch than ever before. But that doesn't provide much solace to teams that are rebuilding. Their arenas and stadiums are still empty. (Getty Images)

Fans, by and large, know more about the games we watch than ever before. But that doesn't provide much solace to teams that are rebuilding. Their arenas and stadiums are still empty. (Getty Images)

A New Way To Consume Sports

So much of the modern experience of consuming sports revolves around social media and mobile, whether it’s through periodic check-ins (or permanent residence) on Twitter during a day at work, or the second-screen experience on a laptop, tablet or phone … More

120 Sports will launch on Wednesday as a mobile-optimized app for live sports content. (Photo via 120 Sports on Instagram)

120 Sports will launch on Wednesday as a mobile-optimized app for live sports content. (Photo via 120 Sports on Instagram)

Sympathy for the Athlete

Vince Young has retired from football. He didn’t hold a press conference, and he won’t receive any appreciative send-off. This was one of those after-the-fact deals, something he told to a local news crew, in the space of a few … More

Vince Young had a brief and bizarre NFL career, but our familiarity with him as a player only tells us so much. (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Vince Young had a brief and bizarre NFL career, but our familiarity with him as a player only tells us so much. (USA TODAY Sports Images)

“The 84 Draft” Falls Flat

The 84 Draft begins with Steve Nash doing the kinds of contextless basketball things you might see in a low-key Gatorade ad: crossing up defenders who aren’t there, taking slow-motion jumpers. He speaks only in voiceovers, and the first thing you … More

The Houston Rockets took Hakeem  Olajuwon with the top pick in the 1984 NBA draft. (Getty Images)

The Houston Rockets took Hakeem Olajuwon with the top pick in the 1984 NBA draft. (Getty Images)

Clamming Up

Roy Williams has a way of using language to say nothing at all. This is a skill most coaches develop because part of their job is fielding questions they don’t want people outside their locker room to know the answers … More

Roy Williams isn't saying much about Rashad McCants' allegations about UNC's basketball program. That's because he doesn't need to. (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Roy Williams isn't saying much about Rashad McCants' allegations about UNC's basketball program. That's because he doesn't need to. (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Mind-Expanding Finals

Any pursuit people care about has various belief systems, one of which you consciously or unconsciously adopt. You are a certain type of lawyer, film critic, hair stylist or comic book enthusiast. You are a certain type of sports fan. … More

The NBA Finals are going to be tremendous one way or another. So why should we run back the same old storylines and arguments? (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The NBA Finals are going to be tremendous one way or another. So why should we run back the same old storylines and arguments? (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Hanging Themselves

It’s June, which means we shouldn’t be concerning ourselves with football. As effortfully as the NFL strains to portray itself as a 12-month sport by eventizing every minor happening, this is a time to ignore the announcements of signings of … More

The Washington Redskins' baffling public relations incompetence imperils the continued existence of the team's racist nickname more severely than any outside agitation could. (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Washington Redskins' baffling public relations incompetence imperils the continued existence of the team's racist nickname more severely than any outside agitation could. (USA TODAY Sports Images)