The Week: Most Recent Sports Posts recent posts.en-usSat, 19 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Sports Posts from THE WEEKSat, 19 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0400The life of a female boxer<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Susanna Mellone-Spence won her first fight when she was only three. When a boy in her pre-school in northern Italy tried to take her lunch, Susanna slammed his head against a locker. She was expelled. While some parents might have been ashamed of such violent behavior, Susanna, in her imperfect English, says her mother was proud. "I mean not to broke his head, but he was stealing my lunch!" she says with a laugh.</p><p id="text:527d848082034ab9913c853987e62a84" class="TextBlock" data-role="paragraph" data-type="text" data-align="left">Some 20 years later, on the morning of April 8, 2011, Mellone-Spence and her coach, Francisco Mendez, a short, stocky man with sad, dark eyes and jowly cheeks, leaned against a bare...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Shannon FirthSat, 19 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0400Get in the All-Star Game spirit with these 100-year-old baseball cards<img src="" /></P><p>With the Germans barely done hoisting the World Cup trophy in Maracana, you might be forgiven for feeling a little underwhelmed by tomorrow's MLB All-Star Game. Luckily, we have just the strong dose of baseball you need.</p><p>From Babe Ruth to Cy Young, Ty Cobb to Christy Mathewson, these simple trading cards paint a picture of a time before jumbotrons and Big Gulps &mdash; heck, they hark back to a time before night games were even feasible. Between the endearingly cumbersome uniforms (are those lace-up boots?) and the sepia toned illustrations, you'll be wooed back to the slow-burn sport in no time...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a> and <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:08:00 -0400The 7 best World Cup cartoons<img src="" /></P><p ><br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <br /><br /><br /> <strong>**See more cartoons**</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 14 Jul 2014 06:08:00 -0400The catastrophe of Brazil's World Cup<img src="" /></P><p>In the melancholy aftermath of Brazil's devastating semifinal defeat to Germany, an old Morrissey song called "Boxers" got stuck in my head. The song is about a young fighter who tries and fails to make the locals proud, and its opening verse should have special resonance for a Brazilian national squad that, on this day at least, might be willing to trade the samba for a little Mancunian misery:</p><p >Losing in front of your home crowd,<br />You wish the ground<br />Would open up and take you down.<br />Will time ever pass?<br />Will time ever pass for us?</p><p>Surely, Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar would have welcomed the earth...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:17:00 -04008 ways FIFA ruins soccer<img src="" /></P><p>The 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups will be broadcast domestically by Fox, leaving ESPN more room to cover the organization more skeptically. Like the International Olympic Committee, FIFA is a cartel, a nonprofit entity that profits handsomely from the games, that exempts itself from tax laws, and that is fiercely resistant to change. It is run (mostly) by old white men with messianic tendencies whose response to criticism is to make messianic gestures.</p><p>Here's a quick rundown of why FIFA is fairly abominable.</p><p>1. FIFA is very slow to allow the use of technology to help referees adjudicate close...</p> <a href="">More</a>Marc AmbinderWed, 02 Jul 2014 06:08:00 -0400The 2014 World Cup has its villain, and it is Luis Suarez<img src="" /></P><p>Why does he do it? Why does he feel the need to sink his teeth into his opponent like a dog gnawing a steak? And why does he feel the need to do it again and again?</p><p>These were the questions that raced through my mind after Luis Suarez was caught chomping on the shoulder of Giorgio Chiellini in the latter stages of Uruguay's crucial Group D match against Italy. Suarez took Chiellini completely by surprise, coming up from behind and pouncing on that shoulder as if he hadn't eaten in days. He should have been sent off, but the referee only saw the incident's aftermath, with the two players rolling...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 24 Jun 2014 15:58:00 -0400The vibrant drama of the World Cup, illustrated<img src="" /></P><p>The World Cup isn't a time for multitasking. Warm, flat beers are remembered and sipped during half time. Bathroom breaks are scheduled for the game's end. In those crucial 90 minutes, often the only measurable productivity is the number of nails chewed down to their stubs.</p><p>Which makes illustrator Sim&oacute;n Prades' World Cup drawings all the more impressive. Not only is the half-German, half-Spaniard watching the games as an impassioned fan, but also as an artist eager to capture the tournament's defining plays with pen and ink.</p><p>In collaboration with <em>The New Republic</em>, Prades is illustrating...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:15:00 -0400The history of English soccer, from violent peasants to multi-million dollar megastars<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The Conversation<br /></p><p>With the World Cup on, there are many out there who have no idea about the history of this long-loved sport. If you love soccer, you're probably only aware of its history from recent times. But soccer has a long, gruesomely violent, and hugely interesting past. And so begins a tale of how a violent peasant pastime became a multi-million dollar industry.</p><p>Traces of soccer's history go way, way back. The Greeks had a game called phaininda, which seems to have involved athletes hurling and catching a ball (there is a marble relief of this in the National Museum in Athens). This game may have been...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Ariel HessayonMon, 23 Jun 2014 10:37:00 -0400The thrill of World Cup nationalism<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The United States' men's soccer team entered the World Cup as the 13th best team in the world, per FIFA. Ghana, by contrast, came in as the 37th-ranked team. And yet, when the Americans went up 2-1 en route to vanquishing the Black Stars in a thrilling affair Monday, fans across the U.S. exploded like we'd just one the whole danged tournament, like David had slain Goliath with an improbable header.</p><center><iframe width="600" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></center><p class="p1">Similar scenes unfolded in bars, plazas, malls, parks, offices, and living rooms around the nation. Vice President Joe Biden did his best Joe Biden impersonation, back-slapping and glad-handing his...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:03:00 -0400Face it, America: The U.S. men's soccer team is pretty bad<img src="" /></P><p>After an extraordinary start, the World Cup saw its first day of truly mediocre soccer on Monday. It is no coincidence that Monday also saw the debut of the U.S. men's team.</p><p>Don't get me wrong. The U.S.'s 2-1 victory over Ghana was about as dramatic as they come, a fitting chapter in what has turned out to be an improbable rivalry stretching over three World Cups. Clint Dempsey scored a fine goal in the first minute, before powering through a broken nose to complete the game. John Brooks came off the bench to score the winning header just moments before the final whistle, lifting the spirit of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:14:00 -0400