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Sports and Fashion: NBA’s Preppy-Hipsters and Vain Baller Selfies

Fashion has always carried a lot of weight in the NBA. Think of “Pistol” Pete Maravich and Walt Frazier’s three-piece bell-bottomed suits in the ’70’s, Larry Bird’s impeccable mullet in the 80’s, Michael Jordan’s and his killer Armani’s, and Allen Iverson’s cornrows, chains and tattoos. That’s off the court, though. On the court, style is […]

The Flying Dutchman, Schadenfreude, and Tim Tebow

The scientist who yields anything to theology, however slight, is yielding to ignorance and false pretenses, and as certainly as if he granted that a horse-hair put into a bottle of water will turn into a snake. –H. L. Mencken Saturday was my birthday, and I was showered with a heap of my favorite kind […]

“We’re Talkin’ About Practice?”—Coach Brown as Helper Not Robber

Allen Iverson has to be one of the most fascinating players in the history of the NBA, and he’s definitely one of my personal favorites. What did AI bring to the game of basketball other than cornrows, tattoos-galore, and baggy shorts?  A lot. Not only was Iverson’s unique hip-hop swagger new to the NBA in […]

Ricky Williams: Pot-Head Running Back or Secret Genius?

If you’re not a sports fan, you’ve probably missed ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, a series of 30 sports documentaries celebrating the 30th anniversary of ESPN’s existence. Missing these films, though, is a mistake, sports fan or not. They are uniformly insightful and profoundly moving. Sports is often just the framework for stories about real […]