Happy 10th Anniversary to the Boston Red Sox Finally Winning the World Series!

This week marks the 10th anniversary of an impossible feat; when the Boston Red Sox pulled victory out of the jaws of defeat with an improbable four game comeback against their sworn enemies, forever rivals, forged in fire, with the immortal fuck-up of The Curse of the Bambino as the kicking-off point, the ever-smug and very victorious New York Yankees. … Read More

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Why We Should Applaud Ferguson Protesters for Interrupting Last Night’s NFL Game

Last night, St. Louis Rams fans were engrossed in the second half of their team’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, when a giant banner dropped over a scoreboard, reading: “Rams fans know on and off the field black lives matter.” This marked a new tactic amid the weeks and months of protests that have continued virtually uninterrupted since the death of unarmed teenager Mike Brown at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson, who still hasn’t been charged (a grand jury is hearing the case). … Read More

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There’s More to Sports Than Macho Football Culture

This week, New York magazine ran a lengthy story by Jonathan Chait, entitled “In Defense of Male Aggression: What Liberals Get Wrong About Football.” I’ve found myself thinking about it a lot this week, and about what it has to say about masculinity and the way in which we raise our boys to become men. I’ve written about this a fair bit on Flavorwire, because I think it’s a socially important issue that doesn’t get talked about as much as it should. As its title might suggest, Chait’s piece has been controversial — but not for the reasons it should have been. Its greatest problem is that it sells sports short. … Read More

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Soccer Player Asamoah Gyan Is Being Accused of Ritually Sacrificing Rapper Castro in Ghana

In what sounds like a gripping hour of television, but is instead an unfortunately true story, soccer player Asamoah Gyan… Read More

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The NFL is Crumbling: Links You Should See

So, a lot of terrible things are happening in the NFL right now. As this helpful piece from CNN breaks down, there are currently six players who have been punished for very recently doing awful things to their loved ones. … Read More

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CBS Sports’ James Brown Gives Real Talk On Treating Women Like Human Beings

Last night, on CBS’ Thursday Night Football, the pre-game coverage was all about Ray Rice. The incident has thrown… Read More

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Ray Rice and the Toxic Culture of the NFL, as Detailed in Steve Almond’s ‘Against Football’

In Steve Almond’s Against Football, a book filled with “obnoxious opinions” by the writer’s own admittance — and they’re not that bad — Almond makes a case for the fact that football, and the NFL specifically, is at the root of a toxic, pernicious, deadly and deadening culture in America. … Read More

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Does ‘No No: A Dockumentary’ Solve the Mystery of Dock Ellis’ Acid-Fueled No-Hitter?

No No: A Dockumentary justifies its existence (and price of admission) within its opening moments, providing actual footage of professional baseball player Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching an erratic no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on June 12, 1970. It is the central incident of the film (out now in theaters and VOD) and one of the great modern folktales: the guy who threw a no-hitter on LSD. Already the subject of a massively viral and perfect Internet short animating Ellis’ telling, filmmaker Jeff Radice’s new 100-minute film presents a rich portrait of a subject worthy of a feature-length documentary whether he achieved one of the greatest feats in sports while tripping on acid or not. … Read More

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