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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. In NFL lockout of referees, no thought of safety or the middle cl...

    Jeff MacGregor

    If the NFL were serious about player safety and player conduct, it wouldn't have locked out the refs. If the general public were serious about saving the middle class, people would be standing up for those officials.

    Story | Conversation | August 23, 2012
  15. 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
  16. Welcome to New York, Broadway Tim Tebow

    Jeff MacGregor

    The basic contribution of Tim Tebow to professional football, it seems to me, and to religious discussion and to modern American culture generally, has been to embody the essential tension between faith and science.

    Story | Conversation | March 26, 2012