Professional sports has reached its tipping point. The players, already too big, already too fast, already too strong, are now engaged in a game of attrition not against the other team, but against the regular season.
In an era when many rival players would rather be friends than foes, Kevin Garnett's competitive fire still runs hot - and Ray Allen is now feeling the burn, writes Howard Bryant in ESPN The Magazine.
Did Brett Favre "big-time" the Vikings? Did LeBron James do the same to the Cavs? Here's one man's answer: If they did, it's only because Minnesota and Cleveland allowed them to.