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  1. Age-old sports -- Diana Nyad, Chris Horner, Peyton Manning, Jamei...

    Jeff MacGregor

    As inspiring as Diana Nyad's swim from Cuba to Key West may have been for baby boomers, the symbols and limits and pigeonholes of age remain weirdly fixed in American culture. Or at least in the minds and blogs and daily columns of our zombie sporting press.

    Story | Conversation | September 06, 2013
  2. The drudgery of fantasy sports

    Jeff MacGregor

    I've never understood the appeal of fantasy sports. They're not really sports fantasies, after all; they're business fantasies. Management fantasies. And a fantasy of office work, even front-office work, never made much sense to me.

    Story | Conversation | August 30, 2013
  3. Detroit is bust, Detroit is an idea, Detroit memories

    Jeff MacGregor

    Detroit is bust. Detroit is an idea. The city will live on in memories of the 1968 World Series, Gordie Howe and automobiles. Bankruptcy, or no, the Red Wings, Tigers, Lions and Pistons will play on.

    Story | Conversation | July 31, 2013
  4. Chris Froome, Chris Davis and doping questions

    Jeff MacGregor

    Both Chris Davis and Chris Froome are presumed guilty by lazy implication and cynical inference. Again and again we find cheaters of every kind succeeding in every sport. But a free society rests on the principles of due process and the presumption of innocence.

    Story | Conversation | July 23, 2013
  5. Sports and pain, lessons and limits

    Jeff MacGregor

    Is pain a means to grace? To clarity? Is it an "instrument for perfecting" ourselves? Where's the line between the instructive and the destructive? What are sports meant to teach?

    Story | Conversation | April 26, 2013
  6. Oscars become a national holiday ... and all that jazz

    Jeff MacGregor

    In next week's news, the Oscars become a national holiday, Manti Te'o gets clocked again, and Kobe and Dwight try to work it out, Jeff MacGregor writes.

    Story | Conversation | February 26, 2013
  7. The Super Bowl has overtaken American culture

    Jeff MacGregor

    While you weren't looking, the NFL became our national metaphor for everything. From Sandy Hook to Camp Courage, the measure of America is football.

    Story | Conversation | February 04, 2013
  8. How we watch football, all sports has changed

    Jeff MacGregor

    With the Super Bowl rising this week until it blots out the sun, maybe it's worth asking how and how much technology has changed the way we watch and think of sports.

    Story | Conversation | January 28, 2013
  9. Football and men at work

    Jeff MacGregor

    On the day of Robert Griffin III's knee surgery, we're reminded that football players will do what football players do -- and that football coaches behave as football coaches. As do football owners and writers.

    Story | Conversation | January 09, 2013
  10. Kasandra Perkins, Jovan Belcher -- trying, failing, to understand...

    Jeff MacGregor

    Trying to understand tragic deaths and failing. Considering the nature of violence and human nature. About guilt and complicity. Thinking, in the wake of Jovan and Kasandra, how we struggle with the truth of things.

    Story | Conversation | December 06, 2012
  11. Coaches, generals, CEOs and executive failure

    Jeff MacGregor

    Why do we insistently mythologize bad leadership and poor decision-making? Why do we treat all coaches with the same mystical regard we treat the best coaches?

    Story | Conversation | November 29, 2012
  12. Sports, travel in the jet age

    Jeff MacGregor

    On my way to the airport, I think of them flying home in the middle of the night. San Francisco in St. Louis, New York in Detroit, everyone everywhere and back again all at once on their way somewhere else.

    Story | Conversation | October 17, 2012
  13. Alex Karras death marks an end to another time - NFL

    Jeff MacGregor

    Football is the last Great Circus and the last of our epic American fables. To say otherwise is dishonest.

    Story | Conversation | October 10, 2012
  14. Money talks in agreement between NFL, officials

    Jeff MacGregor

    In the end, the resolution between the NFL and officials came down to money. Not the change owners might have saved on pension costs, but the billions rung up by bookies from Las Vegas to Sri Lanka.

    Story | Conversation | September 26, 2012
  15. Waiting for Goodell

    Jeff MacGregor

    In which we return yet again to the work of Samuel Beckett in the interest of clarifying American football. A country road. A tree. Evening. ESTRAGON: Nothing to be done. VLADIMIR: I'm beginning to come around to that. All my life I've...

    Blog | September 19, 2012
  16. Art Modell, Browns, Ravens -- How much loyalty does a team owe it...

    Jeff MacGregor

    The scourging, purifying hate last week for a man who ran a football business was kind of extraordinary. Art Modell left Cleveland and the fans did not forget. How much loyalty does a team owe its city?

    Story | Conversation | September 11, 2012