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Clever or klepto?

Third examines dogma, preconceptions
A certain branch of modern liberal academia could stand a little likening to Lear, as stubbornly entrenched in its own theories, deconstructions, and Weltanschauungen as it is.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 14, 2009
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Getting the boot

The Seminoles do it again. Plus, will the real Vontae Davis please stand up?
Last month, we announced the triumphant return of the Florida State football program to the summit of the sports-crime world.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  July 01, 2009
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Shuffling off to infamy

Buffalo doesn't have a counterfeiting problem — but it does need to curb its bad Bills
Tasering Donte . Sounds like a movie title, doesn't it?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 22, 2009

Ballspuck: Where's the hate?

Say it with me: Manchester totally sucks!
I think Portland sports fans should get their hate on. And who should we hate? The answer is easy and plausible: we should hate Manchester, New Hampshire.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  April 22, 2009
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Blue Balls

The word on the street is that sports are recession-proof — think again
It's one of the great myths of modern American life that, no matter what travesties befall us, sports will carry on unfazed.
By STEVEN STARK  |  April 15, 2009
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Strange tales

Deportation and baby-napping collide in Florida. Plus, a badger double DUI shakes up the Justin Miller Award standings.
Freaky. That's really the only word to describe the story of Amalia Tabata Pereira — the wife of top Pittsburgh Pirates prospect (and former Yankee farmhand) Jose Tabata.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  April 01, 2009
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Return of the big fatty

The sumos get stoned . . . again. Plus, an early leader in the 2009 Justin Miller-Award race.
It's nice to know that Michael Phelps isn't the only prominent athlete getting the shaft lately for sparking up.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 11, 2009
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BBs and b-balls

Sports blotter: "Inducing panic" edition
A few years ago, it looked like college athletes shooting strangers with BB guns was going to be the boutique sports offense of the 21st century.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 29, 2008
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Night of the living dead

What if the election doesn’t end on Election Day?
It’s almost over. This is welcome news.
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 03, 2008

Words over pictures


My first thought when I learned about the project to paint 16 of the tanks in the big South Portland tank farm was “Why would anyone think this is a good idea?”
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  September 03, 2008
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Zip line

Sports blotter: "Guns and skimasks" edition
There was an extraordinary incident in Akron, Ohio, this past week involving 20-year-old Rydell Brooks, a sophomore guard on the UA Zips basketball team.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  May 28, 2008
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Power + glory

The peculiar American brashness of George Bellows
The work of George Bellows has a peculiarly American brashness about it.
By KEN GREENLEAF  |  April 30, 2008
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Not-so-instant karma

After decades of curses and calamities, Boston’s sports fortunes are at an unprecedented high. So can we stop the whining?
No matter what happens over their next two games, the Patriots will not have gone undefeated in 2007.
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 19, 2007
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Can't drive 55

Sports blotter: "Sammy Hagar" edition
This past week, we snared an early candidate for the next Justin Miller Award, given to the athlete who most bollockses up his professional-draft status with an avoidable pre-draft arrest.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 12, 2007
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The dictator slayer

East Boston's Gene Sharp is soft-spoken, but he makes bad guys from Caracas to Beijing cringe
According to some people — including at least one sitting head of state — East Boston’s Gene Sharp is a dangerous dude.
By ADAM REILLY  |  December 05, 2007
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Willie returns

Sports blotter: "Never fade away" edition
Remember Willie Williams?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 03, 2007
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Texas trouble

Sports blotter: "When's he going to talk about Michael Vick?" edition
Some college-football positions just seem to be cursed, arrest-wise.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 06, 2007
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Untold tales

Bebe Miller at the ICA, Kelley Donovan at the Dance Complex
Some dances are made on specific story lines that they keep to themselves.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 26, 2007
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Hot box

Sports blotter: "It's in the game" edition
Remember that South Park episode where Cartman froze himself for 600 years so he wouldn’t have to wait for the release of the new version of Nintendo Wii?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  December 06, 2006
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The new U

Sports blotter: Buckeye edition
Slowly, imperceptibly, the cumulative arrest record of current and former Ohio State University Buckeye football players is approaching the status of great football crime families, nearing the Olympus where live giants like Miami and Florida State.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 01, 2006
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Breeding injustice

In the face of recent setbacks in the courts, advocates of same-sex marriage should take a look at old-fashioned efforts to prevent the disabled from marrying
How “fit” is your family? Bloody July: In just one month, six different State Supreme Courts have ruled against gay marriage. By Michael J. Amico
By MICHAEL J. AMICO  |  August 10, 2006
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Falwell U

The Moral Majority's higher education
This article originally appeared in the August 4, 1981 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
By JERE REAL  |  August 03, 2006
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To BB or not to BB

Sports Blotter: Red Rider Edition
It took a hell of a long time, but 2006 finally has its first college-jock-randomly-shoots-pedestrian-with-BB-gun offense.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 14, 2006
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Still kings of the hill

A Yankee fan’s perspective
Rivalry? How can anyone call the Yankees-Red Sox a rivalry when it’s so one-sided?
By FRENCHY BORDAGARY  |  May 19, 2006
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Numbing carnage

Once an upbeat hit, Bush’s Iraq show has jumped the shark
On the morning of March 8, viewers had their first sip of coffee to a grisly sight on the news shows: grainy video of roughly two-dozen dead Iraqis lined up in a makeshift morgue, many of them apparently bound and strangled.
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  March 15, 2006
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Canadians gone wild

Gretzky's bets, plus Clarett's woes
“BETZKY” screamed the inevitable New York Post headline, seemingly minutes after word leaked out that none other than the great Wayne Gretzky, his troublemaking big-haired wife Janet Jones, and Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Ric Tocchet had been inveigled in the latest major gambling scandal to rock pro sports.
By MAT TAIBBI  |  February 15, 2006

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