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December 9, 2014 – What separates Jean Béliveau from other players is his role as a Québécois national folk hero, which can’t be overstated.

Humiliation, Honor, and Brazil

July 10, 2014 – The lexicon of national shame is probably the single most dangerous and pernicious of all modern languages.

A Better World Cup

June 24, 2014 – Two points of constructive criticism to consider during the duller moments of the tournament.


Team Spirit

May 12, 2014 – This year’s N.F.L. draft brings into focus a couple of timely, overlapping crises, and all of them point to the same thing: that the ideal of the “student-athlete,” long crumbling, is now pretty much in rubble.

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Canadian Hockey Reigns Supreme

February 24, 2014 – The gold-medal game between Canada and Sweden, for its occasional doldrums, marked a real transition in the history of hockey.

Canada’s Shot at Gold: From the Girls to the Boys

February 21, 2014 – Hockey is Canada—it just is—and the sense of pleasure flooding over my homeland was palpable.

Canada’s Blue-Line Blues

February 21, 2014 – Startlingly, with all the good hockey taking place in Sochi, the Canadian men have played none of it.

Rooting for Russian Hockey

February 14, 2014 – A Russian victory in the game against the U.S.A. on Saturday has a chance of affirming a better kind of game.

Alone on the Ice in Sochi

February 7, 2014 – Those with a mind for winter find something romantic in these games, which celebrate speed in winter.

The Yankees Theory of New York Policing

December 6, 2013 – William Bratton’s return to the N.Y.P.D. is bound to remind many New Yorkers of the Yankees of the mid-seventies.

Jets Lose to Chelsea: Could Football Kill Football?

September 17, 2013 – What is really on my mind as the N.F.L. season begins is the English Premier League—the other kind of football.

The Jets: The Prediction

January 23, 2010 – “And when are you going to post your prediction, Dad? You’ve got to post a prediction.” Said Adam's son, shortly before disappearing into his room to listen again to the new Vampire Weekend record....

The Jets: The Glorious Morning After

January 18, 2010 – A great night. Go Green!

The Jets: Defiant Mike

January 21, 2010 – Since our team’s glorious victory last week, we Jets fans have been smugly eager to hear what WFAN’s Mike Francesa was going to say about it all.

The Jets: The Final Analysis

January 25, 2010 – Well—right idea, wrong order. I expected Peyton Manning to slice and dice the Jets in the first half, and thought that if the Jets could hang close, they would win. I never imagined that...