Sport Archives - The Millions

October 24, 2016

What Is It About Baseball? W.P. Kinsella, José Fernández, and the Dust of the 2016 Season 0


Baseball can do that, I guess.  It can remind you of everything that once mattered to you, everything that matters still.  It can brush the great promise of tomorrow against the agreeable sting of the past, and the sorrows of today.

October 24, 2016

Running in the Wake 3


What better way to test my fortitude than by hammering my head with the legendarily impenetrable Irish jibberish of Finnegans Wake? If I can run 20 yammering nonsensical miles, then an extra six with folks cheering most of the way instead: easy, right? Maybe easier.

May 9, 2016

The Revolution Has Been Televised: On Big Sports and Big Money 0


In 1966, baseball’s reserve clause that bound a player to one team meant that the average major league player’s salary was $14,000. Topps paid each exactly $125 to put them on a bubble-gum card.

March 15, 2016

The $ick Lie of Mar¢h Madne$$ 3


Many of the kids who play college basketball today are insanely talented. Too bad they’re being so shamelessly exploited.

November 25, 2015

Hanging ‘Em Up: On Reading About (and Not Watching) Sports 3


All of this would suggest that I’m a boxing fan, one of those old-timey cigar-chewers eager to overlook the sport’s myriad problems and mainstream insignificance in order to enjoy its brutal purity. But despite boxing’s outsize presence in my reading, I’m not particularly interested in it.

November 12, 2015

Shaggy Grass, Seaside Golf, and French Theory: A Review of Cabot Links 2


Despite the efforts of the Cabot PR machine and the love sprinkled upon the course by the big golf magazines, a properly insufferable postmodernist has to, in the end, refuse its existence. Yes, Cabot lets you pretend you’re on a true links. But you aren’t. It was just built to seem that way, just as more or less every links course anywhere must be considered as some combination of real and fake.

October 29, 2015

And Then We Pick: On Ed Caesar’s ‘Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon’ 0


Seconds don’t come cheap in elite racing, and the two-hour marathon, at least when Caesar was writing his book, was still 218 seconds away.

October 9, 2015

Requiem for a Sports Column: On Mike Lupica and the Daily News 3


Lupica not only made me want to become a writer; he made me want to be a persuasive and convincing one. He taught me the value of having a viewpoint and seeing it through.

April 6, 2015

Stodgy, Slow, Sacred: Fathers and Sons and Baseball 1


This is why baseball matters so much to me. In an era of relentless change, here is one thing that has remained constant without losing its capacity to dazzle. Here is one thing a dad and an eight-year-old can talk about without either one having to pretend to be interested.

March 27, 2015

Scorebooks and Commonplace Books 0


Though the scorebook does occasionally record the spectacular, for the most part its method is antithetical to the commonplace book. One chronicles the monotonous; the other collects the exceptional.