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Review: Undefeated

Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin's Oscar-winning documentary about an underequipped high-school football team competing against big-time programs across Tennessee offers a potent contemplation on race and opportunity.
Reflections on race and opportunity
By TOM MEEK  |  March 16, 2012
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10 songs to get you, and the Pats, fired up

While most Patriots fans this past weekend watched with glee as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was denied a return trip to the Super Bowl, I couldn't help remember the time 11 years ago when I didn't completely detest the guy.
Super selections
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 21, 2012
Rick Perry is the Houston Texans, and how the rest of the GOP presidential field measures up to the NFL playoffs

Rick Perry is the Houston Texans, and how the rest of the GOP presidential field measures up to the NFL playoffs


Sports radio guy and notorious pants salesman DAMON AMENDOLARA breaks it down: RICK PERRY is the Houston Texans: meaning he has no chance. NEWT GINGRICH?...
By Carly Carioli  |  January 11, 2012

Bad as me

I'm an economist in much the same sense that I'm commissioner of the National Football League.
The Law of Low Expectations
By AL DIAMON  |  January 06, 2012
The year ahead in sports

The year ahead in sports

It seemed for every hail Mary, walk-off homer, and buzzer beater in 2011, the sports pages had a story on work stoppages, performance-enhancing drugs, or mind-boggling college-conference realignments.
Looking forward to more scoring and less scandal
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  December 30, 2011

Small potatoes

There are too many ridiculous college football bowl games to really care about unless your alma mater plays in one.
Balls, pucks and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 30, 2011


Shopping, simplified

With the holidays, and their attendant sturm und drang , upon us again, I was thinking about sports news in the context of Thanksgiving.
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  December 02, 2011
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SF’s no Boston

While escaping New England for a few days on the west coast, in the Bay Area, just ahead of all that unexpected October wind and snow, I decided to catch a 49ers game.
Balls, pucks and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  November 04, 2011
Faire in Love

Review: All's Faire In Love

It seems that before actually performing in a Renaissance Faire, actors first have to appear in a movie about one.
Scott Marshall's Renn Faire stinker
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 28, 2011

Political football

Sadly, the only upcoming event with the capacity to truly inspire hope for millions of Americans, the start of the 2011 NFL season, will be twice marred by our current political culture and media.
Balls, pucks and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  September 09, 2011

Let's compromise

I am writing in response to the article that ran in the paper on July 1 entitled " Democrats Celebrate Victory in the Face of Defeat " (by Lance Tapley).
Letters to the Portland Phoenix Editor, July 22, 2011
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 22, 2011


The cruelest month

When T.S. Eliot wrote "April is the cruelest month," was he talking about how the last few weeks unfolded for New England's major sports teams?
Balls, pucks and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 22, 2011
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Blackboard jungle

Look who's swinging in on a vine with a long and loud Tarzan yell to take over as chairman of the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education: it's our old pal "George of the Jungle" Caruolo.
Taking charge; bitchin' 'bout the Steelers; campaign notes
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 11, 2011
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A stellar Super Bowl spread matters when no one cares who wins

While Patriots fans may not have much enthusiasm for this year's Super Bowl, that's hardly an excuse not to bring your A game to the party.
Bring your best game
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  February 04, 2011
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Beer and cheese unite!

As disappointed Patriots fans, we're definitely going to need some quality beer and snacks to get through the Super Bowl this year. While chicken wings, pizza, or chips and dip will be served at most houses come kickoff, I'm opting for what I consider t
A super pairing for the big game
By JOSH SMITH  |  February 04, 2011
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Packers, Steelers — wine?!

The Super Bowl is an event that was expressly created to test exactly how many plates of guacamole and nachos a person could consume in a nine-hour period. This occurs while observing an equally large number of commercials praising the same.
Super Bowl beverages
By LAYNE WITHERELL  |  February 04, 2011


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Beer bottle football

It's a sad, sad day for beer bottle football ...
Hoopleville
By DAVID KISH  |  February 04, 2011

Three-point stance

With Green Bay and Pittsburgh squaring off on Super Bowl Sunday, three things about the current state of pro football keep occurring to me that I'd like to share with you, gentle reader.
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 28, 2011

Why the NFL sucks

Oh, we meant to say "Why the NFL sucks . . . except for the Patriots." Sorry. And prepare yourself for a sporting screed.
Tales of the No Fun League; judging the judges; parsing the Pamphlet of Record
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 07, 2011

Post-primary punditry; war games; holy howlers; words worth reading

OK, boys and girls, the primaries are over. Let’s see what hit the floor when the chips fell on Tuesday.
Fallen chips
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 17, 2010
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Tom Brady's contract renegotiation could change the team — and the NFL — forever

For the first time since he became Tom Brady, the Patriots quarterback is going into a football season in the last year of his contract.
The good soldier
By PAUL FLANNERY  |  September 10, 2010


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Sports Blotter: Down, lineman

Brace yourselves, because this week we have, hands-down, the best sports-crime story of the year. Are you ready?
An arrest for the ages in Oregon. Plus, Jay Mariotti needs a timeout.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  September 03, 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

Patriots training camp special you don't wanna miss.


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By Pat D on Sports  |  July 30, 2010
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Shack attacked

Before Shaq, there was Shack.
Overzealous cops are at it again. Plus, is UGA going for Oregon's crown?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 30, 2010
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Sports Blotter: ESPN kiddie rap

Man, has any sports scandal ever gotten less coverage?
It ain't easy being Green. Plus, UGA cops play the name game, and D-West gets weird.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 23, 2010


The obituary mambo

As some of you may know, on a biweekly basis your superior correspondents chat with former mayor and current local talk radio titan, Vincent A. "The Bud-I" Cianci.
Passings near and far; Huzzah for Harley; Farewell, World Cup
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 16, 2010
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Escape from Soccer City

The FIFA complex here is a swishy maze of a mall, all upscale shops and unrelenting fluorescent lights, attaching the hotels to each other before spilling out into Nelson Mandela Square, which is right now dominated by a Sony tent — a 3D World Cup viewin
Outside the World Cup, seeing South Africa in black and white
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 16, 2010
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Photos: World Cup revelers on Lansdowne Street

Aztec Gino wails on his vuvuzela, and more
Soccer fans celebrate the final game of the 2010 World Cup
By REYNOLDS AVLON  |  July 16, 2010
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Cincy stampede

Things have been relatively quiet, sports-crime-wise, for the Cincinnati Bengals lately.
Are the Bengals on the comeback trail? Plus, not a good week to be ex-Texas.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 09, 2010