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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

Review: Backwards

In the press notes, writer/lead actress Sarah Megan Thomas describes her film as "unabashedly mainstream."

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  September 28, 2012

Olympic fever; Mittpicking; farewell, Johnny Connell

The 72-inch widescreen TV has been on 24/7 in the Boom Boom Room as Phillipe and Jorge — clad in togas, with laurel crowns on our heads, and faux medals made from the tops of yogurt containers around our necks — have paid rapt attention to the London Ol
The Sporting Life
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  August 03, 2012

Romney’s Shadow Years

With just six weeks to go before the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney's campaign has bogged down over the seemingly insignificant minutia of how to precisely define the leave of absence he took from Bain Capital, while he ran the Winter Olymp
Mitt wants to make his departure for the Olympics a clean break from his business life — but it’s not that simple
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  July 20, 2012

The Year Ahead in Mitt

Here's a quick look at some key dates for Romney, and what you might want to keep an eye on when his face pops up on your TV screen. Remember, there's a lot at stake: if he wins, you get at least four more years of Mitt-watching.
Prepare yourself for 12 months — well, at least 11 — of watching our handsome, well-coiffed former governor
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 30, 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


Burn, baby, burn

The Phoenix opposed President Barack Obama's efforts to help Chicago win the 2016 Summer Olympics on the grounds that doing business with the International Olympic Committee is always bad news for the host community.
The Olympics, zipper-gate, stimulus money, and why Coakley must investigate City Hall
By EDITORIAL  |  October 09, 2009
Windy City Gets Blown

Windy City Gets Blown

  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) delivered a stunning blow to Chicago this afternoon in Copenhagen, Denmark, when, in voting to determine which of four...
By Lance Gould  |  October 02, 2009
Obamalympics: Is Obama's lobbying of the IOC a recipe for multi-billion-dollar financial disaster?

Obamalympics: Is Obama's lobbying of the IOC a recipe for multi-billion-dollar financial disaster?

Let Madrid, Rio, or Tokyo have the 2016 Olympic Games. Mr. President, if you love Chicago, you will ask the IOC to spend that summer...
By Carly Carioli  |  September 29, 2009

The Olympic (shell) games

It’s been 13 years since the pageantry and spectacle of the Summer Olympic Games — and the mythical economic boon that goes with it — has graced US soil. But we’ll find out next week if, in a secret-ballot vote in Europe, the International Olympic Commit
Next week, we’ll find out if an American city will host the 2016 Olympic Games — and if Boston has a shot at 2020. Despite the glitzy international attention, there are billions of reasons why every debt-saddled American should hope that the US does not get the gold.
By ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE  |  September 25, 2009

Barkley edition

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

Ready or not (mostly not)

Oh, Beijing. You’re like the ex-boyfriend that I wanted so badly to love, but just couldn’t bring myself to face in the morning, once the booze wore off.
Beijing says it's ready for the Olympics. Uh, really, Beijing?
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  August 06, 2008
MRTPQ, Stark and WTF

MRTPQ, Stark and WTF

The Mega Robo Thunder Phone Query inspires women to send pictures to Special Ed, Stephen Stark weighs in on McCain, Hilary and Barack and we...
By Charlie  |  April 16, 2008