1. LaVar Arrington Is Not an Idiot

    Let's all have the presence of mind to agree on this much, before the hand-wringing and the finger-wagging start: LaVar Arrington is not an idiot. It's fair to call Arrington a lot of things as he lies in a hospital after wrecking his motorcycle...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about 7 years ago 669 reads 4 comments

  2. What Sidney Crosby Didn't Win on Thursday Night...

    A playoff series. Sidney Crosby took home plenty of hardware on Thursday night, including the Hart Trophy, but he didn't win a playoff series. He had a chance to do that this spring, when his Pittsburgh Penguins squared off against the Ottawa Senators.

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 7 years ago 512 reads 0 comments

  3. Duke Rape Case: Why Mike Nifong Deserves Your Pity

    We're all victims, when you really get down to it. It's easy to cast the Duke rape case as a morality tale: the pure and innocent players against the lying dancer and the scheming DA. But let's be serious...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 7 years ago 622 reads 15 comments

  4. Why Fans Swoon for Rafael Nadal, Shrug for Roger Federer

    It's lonely at the top. That's the rub, for Roger Federer: It's lonely at the top. Sure, everyone loves a winner—but if you win too often people start to take you for granted.....

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 7 years ago 2,515 reads 38 comments

  5. What Rafael Nadal Proved by Beating Roger Federer

    He's that good, folks. Rafael Nadal has had to listen to his share of skeptics in the last month. He's losing it, people said. Roger Federer's got the edge, people said. Maybe not...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 7 years ago 397 reads 5 comments

  6. Roger Federer's Warning to Rafael Nadal: Be Afraid

    It's almost D Day at Roland Garros. Roger Federer is in the finals. Rafael Nadal is poised to advance. Finally, the tennis world will get to see the truth that's been so long in coming: Nadal's days of clay-court dominance are over...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 7 years ago 692 reads 13 comments

  7. Weekly Five Spot: Grand Finales

    Warm up the fat lady, Meat, it's about that time. You know what they about all good things: Nothing gold can stay, and all that. If you're smart, you also know that it's a foolish man indeed who dallies too long in the fading of a sunset...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 7 years ago 304 reads 1 comments

  8. Weekly Five Spot: Dirty Ballers

    You know how it goes, Meat: In the war of every man against every man, nice guys finish last. And it doesn't get much more nasty or brutish than that...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 7 years ago 381 reads 4 comments

  9. Weekly Five Spot: Sports Names

    Ain't nothing like the real thing, Meat. With all due deference to Marvin and Tammi, that's about the rub here: Catchy nicknames are nice...but they can't hardly hold a candle to the genuine article...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 7 years ago 457 reads 6 comments

  10. Weekly Five Spot: Sports Nicknames

    A Rose by any other name... Might just be Charlie Hustle. Shakespeare never tried his hand at sportswriting—iambic pentameter and the AP style, you know: not a great match—but ...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 7 years ago 356 reads 7 comments

  11. Weekly Five Spot: New Year's Resolutions

    How's that noggin, Meat? If you're anything like us, New Year's Day just hurts: Your head aches, your eyes throb, your gastrointestinal tract feels like someone gave it a once-over with a super-bristly Brillo pad...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 7 years ago 269 reads 0 comments

  12. Weekly Five Spot: Gifts for the Sports Fan Who Has Everything

    Ho ho ho, Meat. The big day's finally here, and everything is as it should be: The tree is trimmed, the stockings are stuffed, Bill O'Reilly's picketing the local Target for failing to use the word "Christmas" in hawking its wares...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 7 years ago 323 reads 0 comments

  13. Weekly Five Spot: Flyest White Guys

    Of course, Michael Irvin can't be right all the time. Last week, we deferred to ESPN's resident anthropologist on the subject of race and grace: White guys, the logic went, just don't have it between the lines...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 7 years ago 353 reads 6 comments

  14. Weekly Five Spot: Whitest White Guys

    Who says Michael Irvin's a raving crackpot? Well, plenty of people, actually—but that doesn't mean ESPN's favorite lightning rod doesn't know what he's talking about...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about almost 8 years ago 546 reads 3 comments

  15. Weekly Five Spot: Guys Who Make You Ashamed To Be a Sports Fan

    Guilt by association is an ugly thing. Like they say: Man is a social animal. For all of our insular impulses and isolating obsessions, we still love us some group association; we ...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about almost 8 years ago 242 reads 6 comments

  16. Weekly Five Spot: Sports Cuisine

    Who knew turkey could do so much damage? It's four days after the fact, and we're still feeling the effects: Torpor. Bloat...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about almost 8 years ago 290 reads 2 comments

  17. Weekly Five Spot: Lifetime Achievements for the Weekend Warrior

    It's not all bad. Last Monday, we ran down a list of the all-time lowlights for the weekend warrior, and we came away feeling a little, you know, mean. Snarky. Sadistic, even...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about almost 8 years ago 264 reads 2 comments

  18. Weekly Five Spot: Embarrassing Moments for the Weekend Warrior

    Don't be that guy. At some point, that becomes the overriding point of emphasis for every amateur athlete: Don't be the guy who plays the fool. The cat who has no business being out there in the first place...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about almost 8 years ago 328 reads 2 comments

  19. Weekly Five Spot: Political Jocks

    Here goes nothing. American elections are a lot like American sports: the fiery speeches, the raucous rallies, the unthinking partisan loyalties that ultimately make fools of us all...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about almost 8 years ago 288 reads 4 comments

  20. Weekly Five Spot: Sports Impostors

    Trick or treat, Meat. Yeah, we're a day early, but it's never too soon to get into the Halloween spirit...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about almost 8 years ago 309 reads 2 comments

  21. Weekly Five Spot: Formative Moments in the Life of a Sports Fan

    You are what you come from. That's the bottom line —round these parts: you can't be anything other than what you've been. You can fake it, of course, and maybe even convince the world that the faking is all there is to know...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about almost 8 years ago 191 reads 5 comments

  22. Weekly Five Spot: Herculean Feats

    We wouldn't watch if we could do it too. That's the point of pro sports, isn't it?: they show us something bigger—something grander—than just ourselves...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about almost 8 years ago 284 reads 5 comments

  23. Weekly Five Spot: Unathletic Athletes

    How in the world... In a universe full of logical syllogisms, there's nothing quite like a paradox to shake you out of your reason-weary stupor. The honest politician. The ethical used-car salesman...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about almost 8 years ago 673 reads 10 comments

  24. Weekly Five Spot: Gruesome Injuries

    Better him than me. That's the first thing that goes through your head when you see a really nasty sport injury, isn't it Meat?: better that poor bastard than yours truly...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about almost 8 years ago 387 reads 6 comments

  25. Weekly Five Spot: Rebel Athletes

    Why do good fans love bad boys? At the risk of plagiarizing DMX, that's the question of the week: why is it that we can't get enough of the athletes we're supposed to scorn? We've got principles, after all...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about almost 8 years ago 420 reads 6 comments