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The Head and the Heart of Novak Djokovic
  + stars: | 2023-01-29 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Who’s surprised? Not him, really. Not the latest vanquished soul on the other side of the net. Novak Djokovic prevailing as champion of the 2023 Australian Open was as assured a result as tennis offers. The most comparable outcome is Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, but lately those titles have had twinges of intrigue— could this be the year Rafa finally slips on the clay?
The Lacrosse Superstar Who Wants to Feed Steph Curry
  + stars: | 2023-01-26 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Pro basketball talent arrives from everywhere now. International players—Giannis! Nikola!—are some of the biggest names in the NBA. You have late bloomers who play four seasons of college, can’t miss sensations who leave for the draft lottery after one year, and some who skip it altogether, heading to overseas clubs or into a developmental program like the NBA’s G League. Pat Spencer is trying to make the NBA from a more unusual place:Lacrosse.
Don’t You Dare Disrespect the Eagles—or the Bengals
  + stars: | 2023-01-23 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
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Please hold on after this alleged humor column for a brief, three-minute survey. Your feedback is extremely valuable. Oh come on! You’re used to this maddening modern drill. These days, every consumer experience—both online and in real life—is getting subjected to an immediate debrief, conducted by a faceless robot who really seems to care.
I write to assure you that, yes, Sam Hubbard has caught his breath. “I’m all good,” the 27-year-old Cincinnati Bengals defensive end tells me. “We’re on to Buffalo.”
Wow: Did the New York Giants Really Just Win a Playoff Game?
  + stars: | 2023-01-16 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Decades from now, mystified scientists will gather to study the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, to try to figure out what they were all about—if they existed to compete in football, or merely to psychologically torment a population of loyal, long-suffering fans. Tests will be run; helmets will be carbon-dated; archaeologists and academics will scour the ruins of old Twin Cities stadia. Brainy lab coats will review those regular-season box scores and heartbreaking playoff collapses, the fact that a 13-4 team could be quite statistically terrible, and ask a simple, probing question:
The Perfect Job for Jim Harbaugh
  + stars: | 2023-01-12 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Look, my friends, I am not trying to be the athletic director of the University of Michigan, which, admittedly, is one of the top schools in all of Ann Arbor. Readers of this column know that this grumpy Badger doesn’t really care what happens to the Wolverines, especially now that Wisconsin has gone and hired their own fancy coach, and will soon return to greatness atop the Big Ten West, the guppy tank of Midwest Power 5 football.
Football Can Wait for Damar Hamlin
  + stars: | 2023-01-03 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
A son, a big brother, a friend, a neighbor, a teammate. These are the essential ways to describe Damar Hamlin, currently fighting for his life in a Cincinnati hospital. Football is a brutal game camouflaged under heavy padding and helmets with darkened visors, but it got very human Monday night, after Hamlin, a second-year safety for the Buffalo Bills, collapsed on the field early in a game at Cincinnati.
Like a pair of grizzled deputies in a movie Western, left for goners in a corn silo by the outlaws three scenes ago…Like a couple of vintage, chrome-bumpered pick-ups found under dusty tarps in an abandoned barn…
More New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep
  + stars: | 2022-12-31 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Some of us are drawn to ambitious New Year’s resolutions. Pogo stick from Maine to San Diego; finish an 80,000-piece puzzle of chameleons playing poker; unmask a trove of secret government records showing Elvis is alive and running a combination Jet Ski/poke bowl shack in Islamorada. If you read my New Year’s column last year, you know I prefer a modest resolution, with a lower barrier to entry. Here’s a fresh list of humble resolutions for 2023:
Yes, thanks for asking: I am terrified thinking about Saturday’s college football playoff semifinals: Michigan vs. TCU and Georgia vs. Ohio State. For this grumpy, grudge-carrying Wisconsin graduate, the idea of Big Ten rivals Michigan and Ohio State winning their semifinals and then meeting Jan. 9 for a national championship is a bone-chilling nightmare.
A Very Flawed List of Great Sports Stuff in 2022
  + stars: | 2022-12-26 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
It’s that time of year, when newspaper columnists put out their Best of the Year lists. Lists are a Get Out of Town gimmick for columnists to bank material before going on a holiday ski vacation. The sad truth is I wrote this list this morning, to avoid doing the rest of last night’s dishes from Christmas dinner. I’m not saying it’s a perfect list. You’re on a holiday ski vacation.
Franco Harris Was More Than One Play
  + stars: | 2022-12-21 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
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For two disciplined NFL decades, the New England Patriots have been a fortress of competency. Grumpy Lobster Boat Captain Bill Belichick ‘s team has won big games, and lost big games, and they have made mistakes along the way, but there’s been a baseline of coaching and execution that has prevented the 21st century era Patriots from being a punchline of professional football.
Messi, Mbappé, and a World Cup Masterpiece
  + stars: | 2022-12-18 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Alright, I did not think anything could top the Minnesota Vikings roaring back from 33-0 to stun the Indianapolis Colts Saturday in yet another absurdist “Minneapolis Miracle.” And yet…If you watched Sunday’s World Cup final between Argentina and France, I don’t need to explain.
My son Jesse, a fourth-grader, has agreed to house and feed two leopard geckos from the science room over the holiday break. I was not consulted in advance about this reptile invasion—it was a pact between my son and his reptile-friendly mother. But there’s no getting out of it now. They arrive within hours. I have my concerns, which I publish here:Dear Phantom and Squeaky Ninja,
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The No-Name Quarterback Who Just Outplayed Tom Brady
  + stars: | 2022-12-12 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
A reminder, and a warning:In approximately two months, you’re going to start getting deluged with a gazillion, gassy “expert” opinions about what constitutes a potentially successful NFL starting quarterback. Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Ariz., will be in the books (Lions over the Bengals; Rihanna rocking “Umbrella” at halftime) and the NFL’s 2023 pre-draft nerd circus will be in full, hyperbolic frenzy, most ferociously on the topic of possible franchise QBs.
Soccer’s Greatest Beauty: It Takes Two Hours
  + stars: | 2022-12-08 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
When the case is made for soccer as the “beautiful game” it invariably comes down to points about expressionism, flair, and its irresistible cycles of heartbreak and joy. To that I’ll add a modest reason why soccer is a beautiful game: It takes two hours.
The Joy of Kylian Mbappé
  + stars: | 2022-12-05 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
Is there anything more joyful in sports than watching an athlete who is the very best in the world at what they do, who is living up to that ridiculous hype and mantle and all of its associated pressure, and delivering? Shorter version: Is there anything more fun than watching the French soccer sensation Kylian Mbappé in the World Cup right now?
A ‘White Lotus’ Mystery: Constant Hotel Dining
  + stars: | 2022-12-02 | by ( Jason Gay | ) www.wsj.com   time to read: 1 min
One of the great delights on television at the moment is “The White Lotus,” HBO’s comedy-drama about terrible people vacationing in luxurious places. Set in its first season at a Hawaiian resort, and currently at a cliff-side Sicilian hotel (both part of the fictional White Lotus hotel chain), creator Mike White ’s series is a voyage into the empty lives and damaged psyches of the privileged class. Mr. White’s characters, for the most part, are rich maddening narcissists, incapable of joy. I love them all very much.
Hypothetical question! Which of these sports franchises would you buy? (For the sake of arguing, you may purchase just one.) Manchester United Liverpool Phoenix Suns The Los Angeles Angels The Washington Commanders aka Dan Snyder’s Washington Sadness MachineIf you’re in the market, there’s never been a more intriguing billionaire’s bazaar for sports teams. Currently for sale are two iconic English Premier League soccer clubs, a well-known NBA franchise still chasing a title, an underwhelming baseball club with a historic duo, and a colossal NFL train wreck you’ll be a hero just for buying.
Enjoy the big game. It doesn’t need to be a referendum. The United States plays Iran Tuesday (2 p.m. ET) in the final match of its World Cup Group Stage, and the stakes couldn’t be larger: If the U.S. men win, they stay in the tournament, continuing onto the knockout round in their first Cup since 2014.
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