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Review: The Other Dream Team

American audiences will be delighted to see how the Grateful Dead helped pay for the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic team, including supplying tie-dyed T-shirts. But only Lithuanians will thrill to the movie's climax...

By GERALD PEARY  |  October 12, 2012


Every June, students wrestle with finals, before either graduating or going off to their summer jobs, waitressing in places that specialize in fried full-belly clams.
Balls, Pucks, & Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 15, 2012

Dumb sports bets

The Bruins have been on vacation for a month, the NBA Finals have started without us, the Sox are playing .500 ball, and the Patriots aren't even in pads yet.
Let's make it interesting  
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 15, 2012

Yoda is in the building

First, the numbers: the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference grew 50 percent from 2011 to 2012, and has now grown 1300 percent from its inception, in 2007, as a roomful of MIT math nerds, to last weekend's 2200-strong blowout at the Hynes Convention Ce
A completely unanalytic guide to the most important sports analytics conference on Earth
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  March 09, 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

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

The Celtics and the birth of the real NBA

The Providence Journal 's estimable sports columnist, Bill Reynolds, is out with a new book, Rise of a Dynasty: The '57 Celtics, the First Banner, and the Dawning of a New America .
Sports Dept.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 24, 2010

Review: NBA Jam

Maybe NBA Jam wasn't the best game of all time, but when it appeared in arcades back in 1993, it acquired a pop-culture cachet that most games couldn't dream of.
Baller status update
By MITCH KRPATA  |  October 22, 2010

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
DECISION 2010: The winners and losers of the Lebron James shitstorm

DECISION 2010: The winners and losers of the Lebron James shitstorm

I've refrained from blogging about Lebron James for too long. Initially opting to leave the commentary to the peeps that do this sort of thing...
By Michael C. Walsh  |  July 09, 2010
CelticsWatch: Pierce is back, just like everyone assumed

CelticsWatch: Pierce is back, just like everyone assumed

 Surprising almost no one, the Herald reports that the Celtics and Paul Pierce have reached a preliminary agreement on a deal that will likely keep...
By Ryan Stewart  |  July 02, 2010

CelticsWatch: Pierce opts out, but he'll probably be back

CelticsWatch: Pierce opts out, but he'll probably be back

 Paul Pierce looked around, saw a free-agency market crowded with the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Dirk Nowitzki and others (including his...
By Ryan Stewart  |  June 30, 2010
Game 7 Exclusive: NBS and Big Bang Return with FREE Summer Celtics Sampler

Game 7 Exclusive: NBS and Big Bang Return with FREE Summer Celtics Sampler

N.B.S. - "Who Are We? (The Celtics)" produced by C-Lance N.B.S. - "B.O.S.T.O.N." (OUT NOW ON iTUNES) produced by Sicknature N.B.S. - "You Wanna" (previously...
By Chris Faraone  |  June 17, 2010
NBS to NBA over Celtics Anthem Controversy: Fuck Off!!!

NBS to NBA over Celtics Anthem Controversy: Fuck Off!!!

As we reported a few weeks ago - way before everybody else - Cambridge rap powerhouse Natural Born Spitters (NBS) dropped a fresh Celtics anthem...
By Chris Faraone  |  June 16, 2010

Parental advisory

An exceedingly bizarre sequence of events transpired this past week — the parents of two different playoff-competing NBA players were arrested in separate incidents, one on each coast.
The pros take a back seat to their misbehaving moms and dads
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 28, 2010

Review: Just Wright

As glossy as you might expect, the film double-dribbles with its familiar story of the ugly duckling who wins the swan.
Bench this fairy tale
By BRETT MICHEL  |  May 14, 2010



When March Madness tips off tonight, Kevin Mackey will be in the stands taking notes. As a professional-basketball scout, he's looking for tomorrow's NBA stars.
More than two decades after Kevin Mackey pulled off the then-biggest upset in NCAA Tourney history, he made it to the NBA.
By JON HART  |  March 19, 2010

Slam Dunk Season

Back in the fall of 2008, WJAB sports guy Chris Sedenka hosted Red Claws bigwigs Jon Jennings and Bill Ryan Jr. on his afternoon radio show. They were solidifying their plan to bring an NBA development league basketball team to Portland, Maine, a schem
How the Red Claws took Portland by storm
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  February 05, 2010

NBA shoot-around

Sometimes, even superstar athletes just wear out their welcome. When Gilbert Arenas came into the league back in 2001, and especially after he moved to the Wizards in '03, "Agent Zero" was poised to be the next big thing in basketball.
Gilbert Arenas brings the Bullets back to Washington. Plus, a D-lineman dustup.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 29, 2010

The China syndrome

There was always a little something off about Kirk Snyder, the onetime University of Nevada Wolf Pack star and NBA washout.
Kirk Snyder's strange tale gets stranger. Plus, Texas Lutheran's divine intervention.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 18, 2009
The Sandbox interviews Wyc Grousbeck

The Sandbox interviews Wyc Grousbeck

The Sandbox interviews owner of the Boston Celtics and drummer Wyc Grousbeck! Listen here! Put us on your iPod.
By Charlie  |  November 19, 2009


Magic man

Magic mushrooms may make for amusing Eminem lyrics, but are not and never have been a strong theme in the ongoing sports-crime story.
A former NBA scrub gets caught speeding. Plus, Patrick Kane is sent to the penalty box.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 21, 2009
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The Wat Misaka story

He only played three games and scored seven points in the 1947-48 season, but Wataru Misaka's story is netted, slammed, and sealed in NBA history. The 5'7" Japanese-American was the New York Knicks' first-round draft pick and the first non-white basket
Making a rebound
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  August 07, 2009

Deal or no deal?

When the Boston Newspaper Guild, the Boston Globe 's largest union, decided to take the New York Times Company's latest contract offer to its members last week, ratification seemed like a done deal.
Will the Globe 's biggest union balk at the Times Co.'s offer? Plus, the Christian Science Monitor 's quietly successful re-launch, and sportswriter Bill Simmons's GM jones
By ADAM REILLY  |  May 15, 2009

After Celtics OT win over Bulls, Big Baby credits "free will" over "faith"

There is no more ubiquitous cliche in professional sports than the post-game shout-out to God. Our w...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 28, 2009

Blue Balls

It's one of the great myths of modern American life that, no matter what travesties befall us, sports will carry on unfazed.
The word on the street is that sports are recession-proof — think again
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 10, 2009

Life on the D-list

Last month Portland learned we'd be getting an expansion franchise in the NBA's D-League.
Name that team
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  March 25, 2009

Barkley edition

Thank you, Charles Barkley. Thank you!
Barkley Rules
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 07, 2009

Bad sports

When historians trace the rise of the blog as the dominant journalistic form of the 21st century, they’ll pay close attention to two recent developments.
While old and new media are mending many fences, they’re still squaring off in jockland
By ADAM REILLY  |  June 18, 2008

Minnesota dreaming

If you're a die-hard sports fan, you’ve undoubtedly had moments where you view your obsession from the outside, like an anthropologist watching a painful circumcision ritual for the first time.
As a steady stream of Twin Cities sports superstars relocates to Boston, a hoops-crazy reporter asks himself: What price fandom?
By ADAM REILLY  |  August 20, 2007