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Thou Shalt Be Needed but Never Needy: Sad Clowns, Lonely Husbands, and COVID Friendships

Sad clowns. That’s the term used to describe me and my peers. It’s not flattering. As far as I know, it was coined in a Boston Globe article a few years ago about middle-aged male loneliness. A sad clown is a man of a certain age whose default agreeableness and readymade dad jokes mask his […]

Peloton vs. Sufferfest, Optimism vs. Reality

Peloton and COVID-19 have combined to lead an explosion in your in-home fitness experience. Yuppies around America now know the terms “FTP,” “Power-to-Weight ratio,” and “VO2 max,” schooled by the greatest fitness instructors in the country. It used to be that getting on a bike trainer was the equivalent of torture. You were only supposed […]

Announcing! The Sports Issue!

It’s here, people! The Sports Issue has arrived to the printers and will be hitting mail trucks next week! If you’re not a subscriber yet, you do that here. Or feel free to buy single copies for your entire church volleyball league, here
Until then, sports fans, step up to the on-deck circle with Ethan’s Opener and the Table of Contents: (more…)

Ted Lasso is the Life Coach We Need

“Jimmy Stewart Meets John Wooden”

Sports in 2020 — and Beyond

Competing (in the Flesh, Especially) is in our DNA

Bottom of the Ninth: Baseball and the Eternity of God’s Love

I Suspect that the “Never-Too-Lateness” of Baseball is One of its Chief Draws

Torn Ligaments, Broken Dreams, and Abundant Grace

On Getting Older, Knee Replacements, and Identity beyond Basketball

The Coach Who Changed Michael Lewis’s Life

“Don’t Be Good — Be Great!”

When Is a Baseball Card More Than Just a Baseball Card?

Escapism via Time Traveling, and a Story of Baseball Card Grace

When Doing Nothing Is What Saves You

‘Unprecedented’ Times and Precedented Feelings

A Tennis-Ball-Shaped Anvil (and Other Things That Weigh on Us)

“It’s no accident, I think, that tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love, the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature.” – Andre Agassi Stumbling across Andre Agassi’s autobiography Open was like overhearing a parishioner’s confession to a priest. It doesn’t […]

Super Bowl Psychology: What This Year’s Commercials Tell Us About Ourselves

Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs, winners of Super Bowl XIV. Congratulations to everyone who got up for work today after a fun football game. As the old adage goes, the real reason for the parties we attended last night was not the sport itself, though I really enjoyed a competitive game between two great […]