50 Great Articles and Essays about Sport
The best short articles and essays about sports — Interesting sport articles and sports essays by famous authors
The bearded man laughing at his daughter is Bill Russell, the most remarkable basketball player of our time. Sport, however, is one of his lesser interests. Here are his trenchant, often angry observations on today’s Negro-white crisis and his role in it
White men in suits follow Felipe Lopez everywhere he goes. They are ubiquitous. They rarely miss one of Felipe’s games or tournaments…
His greatness is not marked in box scores or at slam-dunk contests, but on the court Shane Battier makes his team better, often much better, and his opponents worse, often much worse.
A great profile piece exploring a quintessential moment from the legendary career of basketball’s biggest star.
For the past four years, working with one of the lowest payrolls in the game, the Oakland A’s have won as many regular-season games as almost any other team. How on earth did they do it?
People have accepted that it’s O.K. for a talented 7- or 8-year-old gymnast to go away and not see her family at all, but for a baseball player to do anything close to that, it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s terrible!’
You can hardly see the blur of it as it goes by. As for hitting the thing, frankly, I just don’t think it’s humanly possible
Every other high-school football player in America was dying for Lemming to invite him to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Michael Oher had left his invitation on the table…
Outside, the August night was cool and serene, with just a wisp of West Texas wind. Inside, there was a sense of excitement and also relief, for the waiting was basically over…
Let’s say you run a multibillion-dollar football league. And let’s concussions are making your players crazy. What would you do?
The hot, peppy, underpaid world of the NFL cheerleaders
The biggest little game in the world…
The world of top-flight tennis, and arguably its greatest exponent
An obsessive inquiry into the physics and metaphysics of tennis
What would happen if the fastest man on earth started making an effort?
Allow me to spare you the hyperbole: Usain Bolt is fast…
Should a double amputee be allowed to race against the world’s best able- bodied athletes, or could his disability offer him an unfair advantage?
How world-class sprinter Caster Semenya puts the idea of binary genders into question.
(Although You Should Go Anyway!)
Popped ribs, brain injuries, blinding pain. Are the healing rewards worth the risks?
Soccer, fire and a game at the world’s crossroads
On sumo, ritual suicide and the death of samurai culture
With a keen sense of the power of sports and a genius for mythologizing athletes to help sell sneakers, Nike bestrides the world of sport like a marketing colossus
“There is a dirty truth that professional sports keeps hidden from fans, i.e., guys like you and me who spend winter after winter wondering, What if? And that truth is: Watching sports sucks”
Inside the world of top flight high school basketball
Spellbinding footage of some of the world’s best free runners
Muscle, steroids, and the American Dream
The birth of modern skateboarding, with tons of stunning archive film
How breakdance is helping heal the wounds of civil war in Uganda