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It’s Complicated

It’s Complicated

We have a very complicated relationship with sports. There are whole books, dissertations and conference talks dedicated to this, but it remains difficult to pinpoint exactly what about the viewing of sports is so titillating to the average American. Is it a simple case of projection, of vicarious experience? A medium that teems with fodder […]

Let Me Tell You About Andrei Arlovski

Let Me Tell You About Andrei Arlovski

Have you heard of Andrei Arlovski? Arguably the baddest-ass of all mixed martial artists with the nickname “Pitbull,” Arlovski won the UFC heavyweight title right around the time I was getting into sport. A former World Youth Combat Sambo champion and World Cup silver medalist — combat sambo, for the uninitiated or apathetic, is kind […]

The Scope of Our Lives

The Scope of Our Lives

Whether we realize it or not, we tend to measure the scope of our lives in events. Sometimes, these events are seemingly disconnected, held together by the common thread of their sheer historical gravity: my grandfather fought in World War II, was around when the Stock Market crashed, experienced the cultural gut-punch of integration in […]