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Review: Head Games

Legendary documentarian Steve James ( Hoop Dreams ) again turns his camera on the dark side of America's obsession with sports, this time looking at the rash of suicides and dementia linked to concussions.
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 02, 2012

Open your mind

Letters to the Boston Phoenix editors, January 13, 2012
I simply love bass — there is nothing wrong with that.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 11, 2012

Come the revolution?

Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
As the Pats, Sox, and Celtics all won recent championships, the Bruins were the unlucky, left-out stepchildren during a decade of professional sports dominance the likes of which New England (nor anywhere else, for that matter) had never seen. Of course, to the delight of their fans, the Bruins won the Stanley Cup last month and finally joined the party.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  July 13, 2011

Life during wartime

NGO big or go home
In Fallujah, Marine Captain Rye Barcott got good at separating the two parts of his soul.
By S.I. ROSENBAUM  |  April 06, 2011

Review: Bosphorus

A coming-out party for Turkish food in Boston
I've given up trying every crème brûlée or fried calamari in the Boston metro area; that would be akin to taking on the labors of Hercules.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 19, 2011

Two killings, a documentary, and the healing of a nation

Film dept.
One of the most powerful scenes in The Two Escobars is an interview with a Colombian assassin who chuckles as he recalls how his boss, the drug lord Pablo Escobar, compulsively listened to a soccer match on a portable radio as the gunshots of police hunting him down in a ditch rang out in the distance.
By ELIZABETH RAU  |  September 16, 2010

More muzzles

Letters to the Boston editor, August 6, 2010
I question whether "soft censorship" is actually a form of literal censorship.
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  August 04, 2010

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Photos: World Cup revelers on Lansdowne Street

Soccer fans celebrate the final game of the 2010 World Cup
Aztec Gino wails on his vuvuzela, and more
By REYNOLDS AVLON  |  July 15, 2010

Escape from Soccer City

Outside the World Cup, seeing South Africa in black and white
The FIFA complex here is a swishy maze of a mall, all upscale shops and unrelenting fluorescent lights, attaching the hotels to each other before spilling out into Nelson Mandela Square, which is right now dominated by a Sony tent — a 3D World Cup viewing pavilion — and circled by tourist restaurants.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 15, 2010

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Ghana baby Ghana

A Letter from South Africa
Florida Road is a crowded strip of bars and clubs in Durban, a city on the eastern coast of South Africa.
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 30, 2010

As the World Cup kicks off, Guinness and panic at Ri Ra

World Cup fever has not, exactly, gripped Providence.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 16, 2010

Bandwagon fans gear up

Only after buying a "Beat L.A." T-shirt, methodically checking ESPN for World Cup updates, and watching every installment of the NBA Finals with a religious fanaticism, has the hard truth settled in: I am a bandwagon fan.
By ANDREW STEINBEISER  |  June 16, 2010

Tugboats and bugboats

Balls, Pucks & Monster Trucks
As I write this, the Celtics are one win away from their 18th NBA title, but that is not our focus.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  June 16, 2010

Stark reality

Your indispensable World Cup update
Steven Stark is known to Phoenix readers for his "Presidential Tote Board" odds-making feature, but it turns out that he and his son, Harrison, are also soccer aficionados, having become fans of London side Fulham FC during stays in the British capital.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 14, 2010

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Balls of fire

Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup
For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.

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Crime In Stereo | I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone

Bridge Nine (2010)
Crime in Stereo are fighting to grow out of hardcore.
By REYAN ALI  |  March 09, 2010

Team spirits

Competitive Drinking Dept.
Up in Vancouver, the red, white, and blue are riding high on gold (medals that is) for feats of awe-inspiring athleticism.
By SCOTT KEARNAN  |  February 24, 2010

Weapon of choice

Gun Control
As amazing as it seems in this age of 24-hour-a-day punditry, there are still issues about which it is permissible not to have an opinion.
By AL DIAMON  |  February 17, 2010

The Olympic (shell) games

There are billions of reasons why every debt-saddled American should hope that the US does not get the gold in 2016.
It’s been 13 years since the pageantry and spectacle of the Summer Olympic Games — and the mythical economic boon that goes with it — has graced US soil. But we’ll find out next week if, in a secret-ballot vote in Europe, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will award the 2016 Games to Chicago, the American city competing for the bid.
By ANNE ELIZABETH MOORE  |  September 25, 2009

Trini's Mexican Grill

Splendid Mexican in a mall food court? ¡Absolutamente!
One of the joys of exploring Boston's cheap-eats universe is the occasional serendipitous encounter with an unlikely treasure.
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 20, 2009

Review: Zidane: A Twenty-First-Century Portrait

Almost as boring as Major League Soccer
It's an intriguing concept, but they wind up diminishing the French superstar midfielder.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 01, 2009

Crossword: ''Just add vodka''

Mixing it up a little
Mixing it up a little
By MATT JONES  |  January 29, 2009

Busting Balls: 20 ways to improve sports

We blow the whistle on the ridiculous rules and quirks that make the games lame
College football is stupid. Everybody knows it.
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 12, 2009

Soccer punch

There are, believe it or not, more hated Yanks overseas than George W. Bush: the Americans who own European football teams
When Barack Obama arrives in England in a few weeks on his celebrated European tour, he’ll probably disembark assuming that George W. Bush is the most despised American in Britain. If so, he'll be wrong.
By STEVEN STARK  |  July 16, 2008

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Power outage

As South Africa celebrates 14 years of post-apartheid rule, AIDS and electricity could spark revolution
Damn it, I want to be optimistic. I have always seen my glass as half full and not half empty. Now I think it’s dry. I’ll check once the lights come on again.
By PETER-DIRK UYS  |  April 23, 2008

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