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Why I play violent video games

When I was 15, I made a new best friend.
First-Person Shooter
By MADDY MYERS  |  February 01, 2013

The local cagefighting scene takes off

"You cannot eye poke. You cannot gouge. You cannot strike to the groin. You cannot knee to the head of a downed opponent."
By PHILIP EIL  |  August 10, 2012

With a Biddeford bout on the slate, MMA is here to stay

"I always knew Maine was full of fighting fans," Rumford state representative Matt Peterson says over lunch one day in March. "We're a fighting state, anyway."
Fighting Maine
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 06, 2012

Photos: Danny O’Connor and 'Irish' Micky Ward do a boxing demo at McGreevey's

Danny O’Connor addresses the media about his plans for 2012 and beyond, joined by the Dropkicks who'll be supporting him in his pursuit of a world title. "Irish" Micky Ward joins Danny for a boxing workout demo with Danny after the talk.
March 14, 2012
By JEREMIAH ROBINSON  |  March 30, 2012

Elusive enshrinement

In December 2010, I made a case for Portland boxer Pete Riccitelli's induction into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, in the snappily titled "The Case for Pete Riccitelli."
Balls, Pucks and Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  February 24, 2012

From the ''Sporting Eye'' Archives

"1973 World Series: You Gotta Believe," "Super Bowl VIII: Bud Grant as Capt. Queeg," and more
From the Phoenix's George Kimball archives
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  November 18, 2011


The Ploughshares years

After reading an item on the Boston Globe book page noting that DeWitt Henry had published a memoir, I bought a copy of the book.
A different perspective on the venerable Boston lit mag's early years
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  November 11, 2011

Review: Real Steel

Charlie Kenton is America.
Boxing robots. Enough said.
By Ann Lewinson  |  October 07, 2011

Amanda Pavone throws her weight around

"You have a puncher's chance all the time," the coach calls from behind the rope. "Don't stop punching."
Sweet Science
By MAGGIE LANGE  |  July 15, 2011
G. Kimball, RIP

George Kimball, 1943-2011

George Kimball, Phoenix sports editor (back when there was such a thing) for nearly 10 years, Boston Herald columnist for 25 more, and truly one of the great boxing writers of our time, passed away last week at his home in New York City. He was 67.
In Memoriam
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  July 15, 2011
RIP George Kimball, 1943–2011

RIP George Kimball, 1943–2011

The Boston Phoenix, and the world of boxing, has lost a heavyweight. George Kimball, Phoenix sports editor (back when there was such a thing) for...
By Sean Kerrigan  |  July 07, 2011


Interview: Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg on bringing Micky Ward to the big screen
The good fight: the actor on bringing Micky Ward to the big screen
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 10, 2010

The case for Pete Riccitelli

Why isn't Pete Riccitelli in the Maine Sports Hall of Fame?
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 03, 2010

Review: Boxing Gym

Whatever his subject matter, documentarian Frederick Wiseman has always been concerned with blood and sweat.
Frederick Wiseman serves up blood, sweat, and hypnotic cadences
By TOM MEEK  |  November 12, 2010

40 years of heroes + villains

Turning 40 this week spurred me to compile the greatest sports moments witnessed with my own eyes during (what I hope is) the first half of my life.
Balls, pucks and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  August 13, 2010

There will be blood

This past Saturday, Dover-raised gladiator Kenny Florian beat the pretty out of long-haired Chicago carpenter-turned-ass kicker Clay Guida.
Beacon Hill is green-lighting elbow smashes to the face, as Mass. officially welcomes mixed martial arts
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 18, 2009

Thunder Road

Whether young or old, sick or healthy, celebrities have been dying at a hell of a clip: David Carradine, Farrah, MJ, Karl Malden, Steve McNair, Ed McMahon, Sky Saxon, even Robert McNamara (yet, somehow, Mickey Rooney and Abe Vigoda live).
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  July 17, 2009

Review: Punch Out!!

Ask anyone to list his or her favorite Nintendo games, and the odds are that Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! will be one of them.
Classic hits
By MITCH KRPATA  |  May 29, 2009

Ring master

At its best, Tyson becomes its subject's psychotherapist, allowing him to disgorge with no judgment and little restraint his memories, fantasies, impulses, and fears.
Toback's Tyson tames two egos
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2009

Interview: James Toback

"Eventually, I think Mike should work with kids who have backgrounds similar to his, because he'd be great with them. They'd look up to him."
Sparring over Tyson
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2009

Busting Balls: 20 ways to improve sports

College football is stupid. Everybody knows it.
We blow the whistle on the ridiculous rules and quirks that make the games lame
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 07, 2009


Mat city

Despite the bleak scenario, this is Aronofsky's funniest film.
Aronofsky, Rourke make The Wrestler a champ
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 22, 2008

Sweet science Saturdays

The trick to finding the Portland Boxing Club for the first time is not giving up right at the end, when you’re getting close.
Balls, Pucks + Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  November 05, 2008

Judgment night for Doomsday

Two men circle the middle of a 24-foot-wide, black chain-link cage in Allston’s Wai Kru gym.
Roxbury-born fighter John Howard is climbing the ranks of mixed martial arts, one chokehold at a time
By JONATHAN SEITZ  |  June 25, 2008

More from Tyson

One of the things about being a non–Pacific Islander  guy with a giant tribal tattoo on your face is that people are forever questioning your judgment.
Sports blotter: "Yikes" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 18, 2008

2008: Year of the Hammer

Everyone knows that boxing is a tough, cruel game, but that’s not the entire definition.
Balls and pucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 02, 2008


Bob's your uncle

When was the last time England was relevant at all in the sporting world?
Sports blotter: "Across the pond" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 28, 2007

The boxer and the Bard

Was it Muhammad Ali who advocated a lot of dancing before landing a punch?
Tunney/Shakespeare in Six Rounds yields no winner
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 27, 2007

Willie returns

Remember Willie Williams?
Sports blotter: "Never fade away" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 03, 2007

Starving Socks

Weird, weird story out in California, and no surprise that Ron Artest is involved.
Sports Blotter: "TruWarier Records Presents" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 14, 2007