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Ten years of great sports
Moments after Adam Vinatieri's field goal split the uprights as the clock expired in the Louisiana Superdome on February 3, 2002, the streets of Boston were in bedlam. Drunk people dangled from trees and hung off lampposts. Motorists leaned on their ho
Boston's road from Loserville to Title Town
| December 25, 2009
It wasn’t quite the world-shattering, where-were-you-when moment as the space shuttle Challenger exploding into cottony plumes earlier that year. But I still remember my naive and dazed disbelief upon hearing that basketball star Len Bias had died of a
Len Bias’s death was more than just a basketball tragedy.
| October 30, 2009
Review: More Than a Game
Most know about the rise of LeBron James from impoverished Ohio roots (fatherless and raised in public housing) to mega-millionaire and NBA phenom, so why make a documentary?
More than a LeBron James showcase, too
| October 16, 2009
Love is nothing
Here’s what I know about tennis: if you’ve got love, you’ve got nothing. From love to 15 to 30 to whatever comes between 30 and the sets and the matches, with those advantage points and tiebreakers thrown in, tennis scoring is less intuitive to me than t
Balls, Pucks, and Monster Trucks
| September 11, 2009
On July 30, the New York Times revealed that David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez — heroes of the Red Sox' 2004 and 2007 World Series wins — are on the (supposedly) secret list of a hundred-plus major leaguers who tested positive for performance-enhancing d
Did the Globe drop the steroid ball?
| August 07, 2009
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
| April 01, 2009
Thank you, Charles Barkley. Thank you!
| January 07, 2009
Wu-Tang Clan's essential flavor
Fortune magazine once estimated that Michael Jordan has fueled our economy to the tune of $10 billion. Wu-Tang Clan are responsible for the careers of about that many MCs.
Lupo's, January 2, 2009
| January 06, 2009
Eight is enough
Sometimes we’d rather root for the unknowns, the underdogs, and the uniques than the professional jerks who are only competing to sweeten their endorsement deals.
Olympians to watch
| August 06, 2008
The Baseball Project
The smart, funny, fanclub chants herein, each as catchy as Willie Mays in the ’54 Fall Classic, are gemlike tributes to the characters who’ve made that diamond shine.
Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails | Yep Roc
| July 08, 2008
The 100 unsexiest men in the world
Welcome to the first installment of ThePhoenix.com's 100 Unsexiest Men in the World.
Who would Scarlett least like to be with?
BILL JENSEN & RYAN STEWART
| March 27, 2008
Young people doing stupid things
“This isn’t fixin’ to stop me,” crowed a defiant Josh Jarboe.
Sports blotter: "Carrying a gun to a track meet" edition
| March 19, 2008
Bases very loaded
Even as the sun rises on the new Major League Baseball season, skies are cloudy for the game we love.
Spurred by fans’ ’roid rage, new books focus on our national pastime’s dark side. Meet baseball’s seven deadly sins.
| March 19, 2008
Once upon a time, the washed-up hulking athlete didn’t have very many employment opportunities.
Sports blotter: "Real-life Rocky" edition
| February 13, 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
| November 28, 2007
This Barry Bonds thing is going to be a big story, no doubt, but trust me: even bigger news is probably coming.
Sports blotter: "Barry's indictment" edition
| November 19, 2007
Maybe we shouldn’t lament the sundry scandals that have made 2007 the Year of the Cheater.
Why steroids, spying, and all those other sports scandals are actually good for fans
| October 03, 2007
Good Shaq, bad Shaq
Say this for Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal: in Shaq’s Big Challenge , signs abound that his intentions are good.
Is O’Neal’s fat-camp show kind or cruel?
| July 10, 2007
The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
| June 29, 2007
Playlist: May 18, 2007
Mr. T, Urkel-Os, Bill & Ted's Excellent Cereal, and more.
Guster singer rates the top five real-life breakfast cereals based on non-animated movie characters, television characters, or Barry Bonds
| May 22, 2007
The diamond patriot
The plane shook. The cockpit coruscated with distress lights. And Ted Williams realized the landing gear was stuck.
Bill Nowlin's Ted Williams at War
| May 16, 2007
Number of the beast
It’s become the creationism v. evolution argument of baseball.
Baseball stats demystified
| April 26, 2007
The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 10-1
These guys couldn't turn on a radio
| April 14, 2007
Natural born liar
If you ever wanted a definition of “congenital liar,” just look at Dick “Big Time” Cheney.
“Shots and Beer” lives in persistent denial
PHILLIPE & JORGE
| January 31, 2007
In the 2007 installment of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour , what I found was a buggy, unfriendly experience that left me feeling as unwelcome as a woman at Augusta.
Tiger Woods PGA Tour fails to burn bright
| October 18, 2006
A former college football star turned prison guard trying to make a difference in a juvenile-detention lock-up turns kids onto the game. Sound like a cog out of the feel-good factory? Watch the trailer for Gridiron Gang (QuickTime)
| September 13, 2006
You're with me, mousepad
Games we'd like to see
| August 30, 2006
The tale of the tape
Okay, so we know what the rivals’ all-time score is in terms of championship wins. It’s written — in hideously-stretched, mustard-stained bold face — on the reeking, pitted-out T-shirts of every 380-pound creep from the tri-state area. Jose Canseco re-
Sports Blotter: Red Sox-Yankees Edition
| August 21, 2006
The return of trash talking
When French midfielder Zinedine Zidane pounded his bald, rock-hard noggin into Italian defender Marco Materazzi’s sternum during the World Cup final last Sunday, approximately 1.2 billion people gasped in unison.
Beavis and Butt-head
| July 14, 2006
Remember the '80s?
Times have been tough for professional baseball this year.
Sports Blotter: All-Star Break edition
| July 11, 2006
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