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?
The week in review from death to life, from loss to win, from political metaphors to sports clichés.
It might be hard this week to remember that justice means more than punishment. Justice is the world's return to equilibrium. Justice is fairness. Balance. And part of the point of sports is to see justice done.
Jeff MacGregor asked sports fans what they believe. This week, some of their answers. All of which, in their hundreds, were terrific.
If you're standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, these days ... well, maybe it's best to keep your head down and stay put. Here's one writer's modest proposal about the new immigration law.
We're fat with sports right now: baseball, pro hoops, NHL playoffs, golf, the NFL draft next week. But are we happy? Can we really appreciate a season if it never ends?