1. Weekly Five Spot: All-Time Sports Sound Bites

    A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it ain't half as much fun. That's the lesson of our live-action modern age: nothing beats a well-crafted sound bite...except maybe an uncrafted sound bite, if it's deliciously candid enough...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 8 years ago 123 reads 7 comments

  2. Weekly Five Spot: Athletes Who Make You Want to Throw Things at the TV

    This is more than enmity, Meat. When we ran down our list of all-time sports villains, we talked about guys we love to hate—stars who, for all their faults, still garner just enough grudging respect to keep us halfway reverent in our rancor...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 8 years ago 295 reads 2 comments

  3. Weekly Five Spot: Late-Night Sports Viewing Options

    Don't make like you haven't been there. It's Friday night—like, late Friday night; Saturday-morning-late Friday night, as a matter of fact. You, for whatever reason, are at home. Maybe it's because you're tired after a long week of work...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 8 years ago 294 reads 2 comments

  4. Weekly Five Spot: Athlete Endorsement Campaigns

    Sports sells. It's a hardly a Madison Avenue secret, right?: if you've got a product you're trying to move, you'd probably do well to slap an athlete's mug on the thing...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 8 years ago 531 reads 6 comments

  5. Weekly Five Spot: Sports Movie Characters

    Life is people, Meat, not plot lines. Think about your favorite, say, Al Pacino movie for a minute—Scarface, Scent of a Woman, Gigli, whatever...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 8 years ago 286 reads 4 comments

  6. Weekly Five Spot: Overrated Sports Movies

    You've been there, right Meat? You walk out of the theater, and everyone around you is in an altered state. Laughing. Crying. Staring wide-eyed at the horizon, trying to grasp the emotional magnitude of the moment...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 8 years ago 585 reads 7 comments

  7. Weekly Five Spot: Thespian Jocks

    Whither the Renaissance man? Time was, homo universalis-types came a dime a dozen. Leonardo Da Vinci, Benjamin Franklin, Danny Devito—the history books are full of guys who could ...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 8 years ago 407 reads 13 comments

  8. Weekly Five Spot: Sports Villains

    You know you've got one, Meat. If we at the Spot are sure of anything, it's that everybody has a favorite sports villain...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 8 years ago 280 reads 5 comments

  9. Weekly Five Spot: Nauseating Commentators

    Who would it be? Pretend you're Nero-for-a-Day. Pretend you're the big cheese, the head honcho, the man at the top of the sports broadcasting totem pole...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 8 years ago 233 reads 8 comments

  10. Weekly Five Spot: Athletes You'd Want to Party With

    Boys will be boys. Sure, athletes are role models for impressionable young kids. And yes, in a more perfect world the sports section would read a whole lot less like the tabloid page...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 8 years ago 306 reads 5 comments

  11. Weekly Five Spot: Athletes You Wouldn't Let Anywhere Near Your Daughter

    It's every man's worst nightmare, right? You have a daughter. A young daughter. A young and delicate and virginal daughter—a house of gold, a tower of ivory—on whom you've ...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 8 years ago 562 reads 14 comments

  12. Weekly Five Spot: Ugliest Athletes

    Sometimes you've got to come right out and tell it like it is. Ugly is, well—it's an ugly word, a loaded word, really, not the sort of label you'd ever hang on anyone without the duest of causes...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 8 years ago 621 reads 7 comments

  13. Weekly Five Spot: Female Sex Symbols

    Who says Title IX never did anyone any good? Gender equity is a wonderful thing, especially when it gives you an excuse to get intimate with the most athletic babes of all time...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 8 years ago 2,715 reads 4 comments

  14. Weekly Five Spot: Male Sex Symbols

    Like you don't think about it. I mean, come on, right? The tight pants, the chiseled physiques, the sweaty, straining euphoria of it all: what are sports if not an arena for barely-bridled ...

    Nick Nickel Written by Nick Nickel about over 8 years ago 1,933 reads 3 comments