The Week: Most Recent Sports Posts recent posts.en-usTue, 09 Sep 2014 06:12:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Sports Posts from THE WEEKTue, 09 Sep 2014 06:12:00 -0400On Ray Rice, the NFL should not be the final arbiter of moral justice<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Ray Rice will not play in the NFL for the foreseeable future. But make no mistake: It's not because he beat his wife, but because the NFL is afraid of losing money.</p><p class="p1">The league on Monday suspended Rice indefinitely after <em>TMZ</em> released a video showing him knocking his then-fianc&eacute;e (now his wife), Janay Palmer, unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator in February. The punishment came after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's much-maligned decision to initially ban Rice a meager two games, a decision so tone-deaf Goodell later apologized and announced harsher punishments for future perpetrators...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:12:00 -0400The need for speed<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1">DANNY THOMPSON </span></strong><strong><span class="s1">IS </span></strong>trying to become the fastest driver of a piston-engine car, just like his dad, Mickey Thompson.</p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">When the temperature dances around the century mark and the horizon shimmers over the Utah desert at Mike Cook's Bonneville Shootout, beginning Sept. 12, Danny Thompson will squeeze into the "cigar on four wheels" that he has rebuilt by hand and rage across the desert floor faster than a 747 at takeoff.</span></p><p class="p2"><span class="s1">When his turn comes, he will lie almost flat, his body mere inches from the earth, in a space the size of a coffin. He will see blinding white light ahead, noxious fumes will tease...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By Ann O'NeillSun, 07 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0400Could Derek Jeter cost the Yankees a playoff spot?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Derek Jeter has hurt the Yankees more than he has helped them this season.</p><p class="p1">As of Wednesday, the retiring Yankees shortstop has been worth -0.2 wins above replacement (WAR) on the year, per <em>Fangraphs</em>, playing his typically miserable defense while also posting the worst offensive numbers of his career. His on-base percentage is a tick lower than his career <em>batting average. </em>Among qualified shortstops, he's been third-worst at the plate in all of baseball this year, ahead of only a light-hitting 24-year-old still adjusting to the bigs and a glove-first no-name approaching his 30s.</p><p class="p1">Still, given his...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:22:00 -0400Why baseball is America's most dangerous spectator sport<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong><span class="s1">FRED FLETCHER DOESN'</span></strong><strong><span class="s1">T </span></strong>watch baseball anymore, but one night in May, he got a text from a friend: Something had happened at that evening's Atlanta Braves game. An 8-year-old boy had been hit in the head by a line drive foul off the bat of Milwaukee Brewer Carlos Gomez during the seventh inning. In bed, with the volume on low so he wouldn't wake his wife, Fletcher watched the 11 o'clock news and then turned on a replay of the game. He didn't see the boy, but when the ball rocketed into the stands behind the first-base dugout and the batter dropped to a knee in prayer, Fletcher began to weep.</p><p class="p3"><span class="s1">Fletcher...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By Christine Van DusenSun, 31 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400What I learned from taking an aquacycling class<img src="" /></P><p>The instructor helped us all get situated on our bicycles. I started pedaling. Music blared. It was just like a normal spin class... except I was in the pool.</p><p>Aquacycling is basically what it sounds like &mdash; an exercise regiment that combines bicycling and swimming for a total body workout. Instructors say it burns between 600 and 800 calories per 45-minute session and reduces cellulite without stressing the joints and muscles. Invented by an Italian physical therapist to help injured athletes, aquacycling has been available in gyms in France and Italy for years. Last year, the idea pedaled...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/amy-kraft" ><span class="byline">Amy Kraft</span></a>Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:10:00 -0400The rise, fall, and redemption of Gerry Cooney<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p><em>"For a man rings like a cracked bell when he thinks and acts with a split mind &mdash; one part standing aside to interfere with the other, to control, to condemn, or to admire." -</em><em>Alan Watts, </em>The Way of Zen</p><p>Back when he was the leading contender for the world heavyweight championship of the world, back in the early 1980s, Gerry Cooney didn't seem hard to fathom.</p><p>Gerry was the working-class kid from suburbia who took an afternoon Long Island Railroad train to work every day in Manhattan. On the way, he sprawled over three seats and laughed and flipped through magazines. Arriving at Penn Station...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Charles EuchnerThu, 14 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0400Why it's so hard for soccer to find a home in America<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>David Beckham can't find himself a home in Miami.</p><p>The English soccer icon is trying to build a 25,000-seat stadium for his unnamed Major League Soccer team in south Florida, but he continues to see his efforts stymied by city politics, petty feuds, and a variety of other blockades. One site was voted down, then another, and now that pretty English face of his is poking about for another spot, unlikely to find one.</p><p>A similar fate has befallen NYCFC, an expansion club that will play its 2015 season (and beyond) in Yankee Stadium, as its rich ownership group &mdash; including the Yankees and the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Noah DavisThu, 14 Aug 2014 09:04:00 -0400LeBron James' memory is amazing. Should other athletes train their brains?<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>In a recent ESPN piece, Brandon Weems, LeBron James' childhood friend, related the following anecdote to Brian Windhorst: "When you play Madden with him now you have to be careful which teams you take, because he will know what your game plans were in the past when you've played with him and he'll pick the opposing team knowing what plays you want to run."</p><p>The King's basketball memory is perhaps even more impressive. Again, from Windhorst's piece:</p><p >It's the middle of February now, in a game against the Golden State Warriors, and James is walking the ball down the floor with the seconds running...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Noah DavisWed, 13 Aug 2014 12:47:00 -0400The NFL is terrified of the culture war<img src="" /></P><p>The culture war battle lines are clearly drawn in the National Football League &mdash; even as the league does everything it can to avoid being conscripted.</p><p>The NFL is a bastion of machismo not always associated with the most progressive attitudes (see offensive lineman Richie Incognito and last year's Miami Dolphins bullying scandal). And many players and coaches are evangelical Christians with conservative social values.</p><p>Tony Dungy, now retired to NBC's NFL commentary booth, is one such evangelical. He was also the first African-American head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl title. But...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/w-james-antle-iii" ><span class="byline">W. James Antle III</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:12:00 -0400Ray Rice and the NFL's insanely inconsistent discipline problem<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The NFL thinks wife-beating is less serious than pot-smoking.</p><p class="p1">At least, that's the impression you would get from the way the league has handled off-field infractions of late, treating drugs like an abominable scourge and domestic violence as nothing more than a minor, private incident.</p><p class="p1">That glaring disparity was laid bare Thursday, when the NFL announced a meager two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, who in February was charged with assaulting his wife, then-fianc&eacute;e, Janay Palmer. Rice was caught on camera dragging an unconscious Palmer out of an elevator in an Atlantic...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:08:00 -0400