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Bringing out the worst in sports

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Sports | The essence of sports is the pursuit of excellence expressed as competition. Athletes compete against opponents alongside teammates and under the guidance of…

Death comes one layer closer

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Sports | Death comes in layers, bit-by-bit, closer to our center. As a child it isn’t conceivable. Fluffy the hamster mysteriously disappears and the dog goes to…

When the tail wags the dog

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Sports | “One of the great frustrations I have is when the tail wags the dog … [when the] policy is now the end instead of the means … the policy is why we’re…

Bill Simmons, sour grapes, and leaving well

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Media | When Bill Simmons left ESPN in May, it was very clearly under unpleasant circumstances. He and ESPN president John Skipper, as well as other management, had…

The power of unwritten rules

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Sports | José Ramirez is a middling shortstop for the Cleveland Indians, but somehow in the last week of the regular season in a game against the Minnesota Twins he…

When teammates fight

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Sports | When a volatile, outspoken relief pitcher calls out a hyper-competitive MVP candidate for not playing hard enough at the end of a disappointing…

Running against yourself

Running against yourself

By Barnabas Piper
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Sports | Last week was my daughter’s second cross-country meet of the season and the first I was able to attend. In fact, it was the first one I had ever attended. I…

Leading from behind

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Sports | A couple weekends ago I was in Lincoln, Neb., for a University of Nebraska football game. I’m not a Cornhuskers fan, but I love football, and Memorial…

Maturing well, not aging

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Sports | Adulthood means leaving behind childhood. We get used to that reality pretty quickly. Youth, on the other hand, sticks around for a while. Even as we age we…

Judging second chances

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Sports | When should a coach take a risk on a troubled player? It’s not uncommon to see college coaches accept transfers who left a previous school because of…

Books that go beyond balls and strikes

Books that go beyond balls and strikes

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Sports | “[H]e said more important things about American values than many writers who wrote about serious subjects—so seriously that nobody could read them.”

When sports become a matter of life and death

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Sports | Sports can be a distraction from real life. They offer a reprieve from the pressures of the daily grind. For two or three hours we can enjoy the thrills and…

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