Stage 12 and Alpe d’Huez may be the last chance to beat Team Sky at the Tour de France

It’s sad to think that there are only four true mountain stages left in the Tour de France, and just two more mountain top finishes. We need to savor courses like Stage 12, which will complete a trifecta of ridiculously hard Alps stages with one of the Tour’s most historically significant climbs: Alpe d’Huez. Among […]


Switzerland’s World Cup Team Sits At The Heart Of Europe’s National Identity Panic

As an official matter, the concern was that the goal celebrations might, as ESPN put it, “incite Balkan political tensions.” After their crucial World Cup goals against Serbia, Switzerland’s two Albanian-Kosovar stars, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, both had flashed a “double eagle” gesture with their hands. This was an allusion to the eagle on […]


The United States Has A World Cup Team. It's Mexico.

Sergio Tristan couldn’t believe he was alone. His beloved Mexican national soccer team was about to face the United States in the final of the 2011 Gold Cup, the regional tournament that the two North American rivals have dominated over the last two decades. The Rose Bowl, in Pasadena, California, was split almost evenly between Mexican and […]


Ciara And Russell Wilson Join Effort To Bring An MLB Team To Portland

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson wants more professional sports in the northwest.  The 2014 Super Bowl champion announced Friday that he and his wife, Grammy winner Ciara, are joining the Portland Diamond Project, a local management group focused on bringing a Major League Baseball team to the city of Portland, Oregon. Wilson and his wife have […]


Vegas is the best expansion team ever, period. By a lot

As the Vegas Golden Knights begin the Stanley Cup Final in their first year of existence, it’s worth reflecting on the wild season they’ve had. It’s not wild because Vegas doesn’t have some good players (it does) or because nobody figured hockey could work in a new market (plenty thought it could). It’s wild because […]