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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Sports week in review

    Jeff MacGregor

    The week in review from death to life, from loss to win, from political metaphors to sports clichés.

    Story | Conversation | May 11, 2012
  4. Australian Open, Patrick Witt, Phil Knight, All-Star Sunday, Sidn...

    Jeff MacGregor

    From the Australian Open to Patrick Witt, Phil Knight, All-Star Sunday, Sidney Crosby and Tim Thomas: legend-making and revisionism, back-pedaling and product placement and plausible deniability.

    Story | Conversation | January 30, 2012
  5. College football underclassmen and the NFL draft decision

    Jeff MacGregor

    The NFL intake mechanism for its raw materials, the draft, requires very young men to make what seem like very important decisions. Its feeder league, big college football, suffers or benefits accordingly.

    Story | Conversation | January 09, 2012
  6. Us vs. Them -- illogic of sports fandom spills over into life

    Jeff MacGregor

    Sooner or later, everything in sports -- all the madness and passion and struggle and money -- boils down to "Us" against "Them." And too soon that illogic spills over into real life.

    Story | Conversation | November 21, 2011
  7. Do football coaches mold men, or have we mythologized their decis...

    Jeff MacGregor

    The big lie of big football is that it builds character. Truth is, the coaches make the decisions (i.e., "kick away from Devin Hester") while the players merely act upon them (i.e., "oops").

    Story | Conversation | November 14, 2011
  8. The NFL draft: No good reason for underclassmen not to go pro

    Jeff MacGregor

    Leaving football school to take a job in football, as Cam Newton and other early entries are doing, makes perfect American sense.

    Story | Conversation | January 17, 2011
  9. Naismith's basketball rules, Urban Meyer, Jets trip and Cam Newto...

    Jeff MacGregor

    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.

    Story | Conversation | December 13, 2010
  10. The fates of Erik Spoelstra, Randy Shannon and others are indicat...

    Jeff MacGregor

    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.

    Story | Conversation | November 29, 2010
  11. What fans believe, and what they don't about sports

    Jeff MacGregor

    Jeff MacGregor asked sports fans what they believe. This week, some of their answers. All of which, in their hundreds, were terrific.

    Story | Conversation | October 11, 2010
  12. Sports debates about Ines Sainz's attire, Urban Meyer's team and ...

    Jeff MacGregor

    Sports debates about Ines Sainz's attire, Urban Meyer's team and Floyd Mayweather's behavior are teaching moments for serious issues.

    Story | Conversation | September 20, 2010
  13. What's the proper response to Arizona's new immigration law? Turn...

    Jeff MacGregor

    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.

    Story | Conversation | May 04, 2010
  14. Every sport seems to have evolved into a year-round season, which...

    Jeff MacGregor

    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?

    Story | Conversation | April 13, 2010