10 Transcendentally Campy Figure Skating Routines Performed to Pop Songs

The 2014 Winter Olympics bring complicated feelings: on the one hand, I don’t want to watch because I don’t support Russia’s anti-gay laws. On the other hand: figure skating!!! No other sport mashes together athletic talent and overwhelming camp so nicely, and its biggest stars have been doing it for years. Luckily, there’s YouTube, that great archive of bizarre moments in pop culture, which allows us to revisit some of the wackiest routines in recent figure skating history — the kind that blend grace and pop music to sometimes hilarious results.  … Read More

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12 Moments from the 2014 Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony Everyone is Talking About

The Sochi Opening Ceremony kicked off the 2014 Winter Olympics. It was a surreal extravaganza, filled with beauty, controversy, and even a little bit of terror. It took audiences on a journey through the history of Russia and the country’s cultural milieu. The most expensive Winter Olympics was a feast for the eyes, and we’ve rounded up a few of the biggest moments from the ceremony that got people talking. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Super Bowl Commercials of 2014

By almost all accounts (except for those of Seahawks fans, probably), last night’s Super Bowl was one of the most boring Super Bowls in recent memory. Bruno Mars’ halftime performance hovered slightly above our neutral expectations (his music is bland, but at least his feet can move), and the neon-green accents on the Seahawks uniforms looked kind of cool onscreen. Aside from that, without any power outages or nip slips, it was a pretty bland night (unless, of course, you entertained yourself with Flavorwire’s Official Halftime Show Drinking Game).
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Before Richard Sherman: 7 Other Athletes Who Spoke Up Against Bigotry

If you like sports, you should like Richard Sherman for a number of reasons:

1. He’s really good at what he does. He is a Pro Bowl cornerback on a defense that, in my estimation, is one of the best ever. He is only 25, and will undoubtedly get better at his position, meaning that he could very well be one of the best-ever players at his position — if he isn’t already. … Read More

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‘Kick and Run’ Author Jonathan Wilson’s 11 Favorite Works of Soccer Literature

Best known for his short stories and novels, author Jonathan Wilson has veered into memoir with Kick and Run, an account of his lifelong love of soccer. Funny and always full of heart, Wilson’s distinctive storytelling style sets it apart from your average fan’s tale of the world’s most popular sport. The book takes us from Wilson’s childhood, growing up Jewish in postwar England, through his travels around the world and plenty of other big life experiences, connecting it all to his love of the game. … Read More

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Kobe Bryant Statue Emerges in China

The English-speaking press is befuddled as to why there is now a bronze statue of LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant in a sculpture park in Guangzhou, but all you really need to know is that it’s there. On Twitter cross-border sports fan Eddie Robles has shared a photo with anyone who’s interested in checking the statue for accuracy. The only question that remains is: “Why?” … Read More

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Watch Nick Offerman and Craig Robinson Argue About Baseball

Just as Jimmy Fallon (and David Bowie) has the power to make us care about football, Ron Swanson has forced us to pay attention to baseball, which is apparently a thing that’s happening right now. In a recent series of ads for New Era baseball caps, Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski faced off over that immortal rivalry, Yankees vs. Red Sox. Now, we’ve got a new duo of Thursday-night NBC comedy stars choosing sides in a hometown feud. In one corner, supporting the Cubs, there’s Nick Offerman; in the other, White Sox fan Craig Robinson. As we may have mentioned, we know virtually nothing about baseball. We just like to hear Offerman’s voice, saying things like, “Cubs are the strong foundation from which grows a mighty beast.” … Read More

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