Thrown Is The Only MMA Book Anyone Ever Needs To Write

Nearly no one writes really well about fighting, which I've always thought was less because of the sport itself than because of the institutions around it. Promoters, matchmakers, agents, sponsors, and reporters are, after all, at all times engaged in a conspiracy to deny the essential humanity of the fighters, who… » 10/21/14 4:37pm Tuesday 4:37pm

This week was pretty laid back in terms of there not being one really big story to worry to death, so that most of our best stuff was a bit weird one way or another, which isn't a bad thing. Our best features, for instance, were Eric Nusbaum turning in a really wonderful dispatch on ping-pong and American identity and » 10/10/14 4:55pm 10/10/14 4:55pm

Here's What I Learned Watching FIFA's Incredible Propaganda Movie

Recently, soccer fans all over the world were impressed to learn that United Passions, a FIFA-financed movie about how wonderful FIFA is starring Gérard Depardieu, Sam Neill, and Tim Roth, had pulled in $200,000 at the box office since it premiered at Cannes in May. This sum may be a bit less than the film's… » 10/10/14 3:45pm 10/10/14 3:45pm

John Rocker Made An Ass Of Himself On Survivor

As ready-made Survivor villains go, John Rocker was always a bit too good to be true. A beefy dude with a hot temper, a notorious past, an empty head, and a (presumably) well-stocked bank account? Fans might have been rooting for him to stick around for hate-watching purposes, but there was no way he was going to… » 10/09/14 4:56pm 10/09/14 4:56pm