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.
We've finally reached critical mass. It's time to blow up the NCAA and find a new approach to college sports.
Centenarian L. Hopwood Poteat, who has witnessed and participated in more sporting events than all the ancient Greeks combined, weighs in basketball's rules, tripping, Cam Newton, weak roofs and more.
The old definition: "One who trains athletes or athletic teams." But that might not be how Erik Spoelstra defines his job right now. A "coach" these days just ain't what he used to be.
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?