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Review: Head Games

Legendary documentarian Steve James ( Hoop Dreams ) again turns his camera on the dark side of America's obsession with sports, this time looking at the rash of suicides and dementia linked to concussions.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 05, 2012
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Open your mind

I simply love bass — there is nothing wrong with that.
Letters to the Boston Phoenix editors, January 13, 2012
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 13, 2012

Come the revolution?

As the Pats, Sox, and Celtics all won recent championships, the Bruins were the unlucky, left-out stepchildren during a decade of professional sports dominance the likes of which New England (nor anywhere else, for that matter) had never seen. Of course
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  July 15, 2011
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Life during wartime

In Fallujah, Marine Captain Rye Barcott got good at separating the two parts of his soul.
NGO big or go home
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  April 08, 2011
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Review: Bosphorus

I've given up trying every crème brûlée or fried calamari in the Boston metro area; that would be akin to taking on the labors of Hercules.
A coming-out party for Turkish food in Boston
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 18, 2011
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Two killings, a documentary, and the healing of a nation

One of the most powerful scenes in The Two Escobars is an interview with a Colombian assassin who chuckles as he recalls how his boss, the drug lord Pablo Escobar, compulsively listened to a soccer match on a portable radio as the gunshots of police hu
Film dept.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  September 17, 2010


More muzzles

I question whether "soft censorship" is actually a form of literal censorship.
Letters to the Boston editor, August 6, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 06, 2010

Winning ticket: Celtic ‘beat’ Sporting, 1-1, at Fenway


Green was the order of the evening last night when football -- the world version -- returned to Fenway Park for the first time in...
By Jeffrey Gantz  |  July 22, 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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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

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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Ghana baby Ghana

Florida Road is a crowded strip of bars and clubs in Durban, a city on the eastern coast of South Africa.
A Letter from South Africa
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 02, 2010
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As the World Cup kicks off, Guinness and panic at Ri Ra

World Cup fever has not, exactly, gripped Providence.
 Goooooooool!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 18, 2010

Bandwagon fans gear up

Only after buying a "Beat L.A." T-shirt, methodically checking ESPN for World Cup updates, and watching every installment of the NBA Finals with a religious fanaticism, has the hard truth settled in: I am a bandwagon fan.
Benchwarmers
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  June 18, 2010

Tugboats and bugboats

As I write this, the Celtics are one win away from their 18th NBA title, but that is not our focus.
Balls, Pucks & Monster Trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 18, 2010
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Stark reality

Steven Stark is known to Phoenix readers for his "Presidential Tote Board" odds-making feature, but it turns out that he and his son, Harrison, are also soccer aficionados, having become fans of London side Fulham FC during stays in the British capit
Your indispensable World Cup update
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 11, 2010


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Messi situations

Can’t you just imagine the high-level meetings taking place daily in the British Petroleum war room these days, full of top execs and engineers, neither of whom speak the others’ language, or have even close to the same concerns?
A giant tampon for BP; plus, the World Cup, and a big bash in Pawtuxet
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 04, 2010
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Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG AND LANCE GOULD  |  May 28, 2010

Will this draw the crowds?


Linda Bean's "Perfect Maine Lobster Roll" restaurant has been empty every time I've gone past it since it opened a few months back.Now, the business...
By Jeff Inglis  |  May 18, 2010
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Crime In Stereo | I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone

Crime in Stereo are fighting to grow out of hardcore.
Bridge Nine (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  March 12, 2010
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Team spirits

Up in Vancouver, the red, white, and blue are riding high on gold (medals that is) for feats of awe-inspiring athleticism.
Competitive Drinking Dept.
By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  February 26, 2010


Weapon of choice

As amazing as it seems in this age of 24-hour-a-day punditry, there are still issues about which it is permissible not to have an opinion.
Gun Control
By AL DIAMON  |  February 19, 2010
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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
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Trini's Mexican Grill

One of the joys of exploring Boston's cheap-eats universe is the occasional serendipitous encounter with an unlikely treasure.
Splendid Mexican in a mall food court? ¡Absolutamente!
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 22, 2009
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Review: Zidane: A Twenty-First-Century Portrait

It's an intriguing concept, but they wind up diminishing the French superstar midfielder.
Almost as boring as Major League Soccer
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 01, 2009

Crossword: ''Just add vodka''

Mixing it up a little
Mixing it up a little
By MATT JONES  |  January 28, 2009


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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
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Soccer punch

When Barack Obama arrives in England in a few weeks on his celebrated European tour, he’ll probably disembark assuming that George W. Bush is the most despised American in Britain. If so, he'll be wrong.
There are, believe it or not, more hated Yanks overseas than George W. Bush: the Americans who own European football teams
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 16, 2008
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Unspeakable

Just when you thought Hillary Clinton couldn’t be more vile or shameless, along comes her remark about Bobby Kennedy’s assassination on the campaign trail.
What lies ahead in the trial of two former CVS officials?
By PHILLIPE + JORGE  |  May 28, 2008
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Power outage

Damn it, I want to be optimistic. I have always seen my glass as half full and not half empty. Now I think it’s dry. I’ll check once the lights come on again.
As South Africa celebrates 14 years of post-apartheid rule, AIDS and electricity could spark revolution
By PETER-DIRK UYS  |  April 23, 2008