Any piece of fiction depends on the suspension of disbelief. To enjoy art to its fullest, you have to believe. The bloody "I Quit" match between Tully Blanchard and Magnum T.A. back in 1985 is still considered one the best of all time, because it felt real. More»
For a coach with Steve Spurrier's skills, the easy part is going from 7-6 to 11-2. The hard part is going from 11-2 to 12-1. Or better. The next thing for South Carolina is an SEC championship -- and maybe a trip to the national title game. At 68, that's what Spurrier still wants. More»
Right now, suspended North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston is just a knucklehead who was pulled over three times. But you can bet the NCAA is figuring out why he was driving rentals linked to a convicted felon. That could threaten the season and The Carolina Way. More»
We don't know if Aaron Hernandez is guilty of horrible crimes, but if he is, he is ultimately responsible. With that said, it's only natural to go back and try to figure out what could have changed. How accountable are coaches for character? More»
Seinfeld is right -- fans are just rooting for laundry. But an old name can be full of memories. The people of Charlotte are getting the Hornets back. It matters -- more than it should, probably. But here's hoping going back to the Hornets name is like putting on a rally cap. More»
It's been 10 years since Chris Moneymaker's landmark win at the World Series of Poker, broadcast on ESPN, helped start the poker boom. But while everyone likes to think they'd have a chance to strike it rich, for the pros in Vegas, poker's a way of life. More»
The Super Bowl, Opening Day, "Double Duty," the first day of the NCAA tournament, the Sunday of the Masters... which is the best day to watch sports? I rank my 10 favorite days for all of sports. Arguments expected and welcome. More»
It's hard to follow the Aaron Hernandez case without thinking of Rae Carruth. More than a decade after he was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, the memories of two months in a Charlotte courtroom are impossible to ignore. More»
You have to admire the pros who stick it out. In sports if your skill level is high enough, you can coast to a nice life. But there are some who try harder because they want to be something better than they are. These knockaround guys should be celebrated. More»
There's a fine line between the greatest and the best, and for LeBron James it could make all the difference. The LeBron striving for greatness is diplomatic and unselfish. The best LeBron, though, understands when he needs to put the Heat on his back. More»
In the new "Man of Steel" movie, the story of how Clark Kent grew up in a farm family in Kansas is told once again. But for the first time, it is revealed that he was a Royals fan, leading one to wonder... what if those super powers went to work in the outfield? More»
At this rate, it's going to be a long summer in South Carolina. After the vandalism of Howard's Rock at Clemson, the heat surrounding the underrated Tigers-Gamecocks rivalry will intensify as fans head toward a season of high expectations for both. More»
The NCAA baseball tournament's motto might as well be: Where Weird Happens. Love extra innings, last-chance plays, little high-five rituals and post-game piefaces? College baseball is a blast (even if the bats do "ping"). More»
Injuries and ailments in the last year made it look like Rafael Nadal was wearing down and the end of a Golden Age is near. Not so fast. As Nadal proved Friday against Novak Djokovic, he still has plenty left in the tank -- especially in Paris. More»
There's something powerful about rivalries with a long, deep back story. But it's more fun sometimes to see fresh history being made, and since the Heat and the Spurs haven't played each other at full strength in years, the NBA Finals are history in motion. More»
By his standards, Tony Stewart has had a terrible NASCAR season. But after winning the FedEx 400, he's up to 16th in points. Even more astonishing? The former hot head is mellowing out just a bit -- and getting fans to actually like him. More»
Ohio State president Gordon Gee just comes across as a guy trying to fit in when talking about sports. While he might be a great fundraiser, the problem when he makes inappropriate remarks is that he doesn't really have solid ground to stand on. More»
More than any other modern athlete, Tim Duncan is what he does. The vast majority of what we know about Duncan, we know from watching him play basketball. The rest we know from Gregg Popovich, who describes their relationship as a marriage. More»
Paul Finebaum has built his radio empire around the Alabama-Auburn rivalry. But as his show gets ready to move to Charlotte and to ESPN's wider reach, it's worth wondering if the show is going to lose its unique Alabama-centered flavor. More»
There's something noble about being brilliant in a loss. Miguel Cabrera's 4.250 single game OPS in a loss this weak reminded this writer of a former Brave great who was similarly brilliant in a losing effort and memorable for his monster blasts. More»
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