The Week: Most Recent Sports Posts recent posts.en-usTue, 29 Jul 2014 06:12:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Sports Posts from THE WEEKTue, 29 Jul 2014 06:12:00 -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 -0400Don't trade David Price<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">David Price is the most talked about man in baseball right now.</p><p class="p1">Dubbed "arguably the best starting pitcher to be available on the trade market since Tom Seaver" by <em>The Wall Street Journal'</em>s Michael Salafino, Price is natural trade bait. The thinking goes like this: His contract with the Rays extends only to next season, after which he is likely to walk away for a team willing to overpay for his late prime and postprime years. Since the Rays are unlikely to be able to afford him, they'd be better off trading him for cheaper, high-upside assets now. Plus the Rays are currently in fourth place in...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/michael-brendan-dougherty" ><span class="byline">Michael Brendan Dougherty</span></a>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:04:00 -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 -0400