Illustration by Arlin Ortiz

Celebrating Latinos in Sports Since 2012

Carmelo Anthony, Alex Rodriguez, Dara Torres: All elite athletes, all Latinos — which isn't to say that they aren't true-blue Americans. It's hard to think of a more quintessential expression of pride than when Oscar de la Hoya draped himself in the US flag after winning a gold medal in 1992. Of course, he also donned a Mexican flag. Because, you know, it's complicated.

V as in Victor celebrates that fluid sense of identity and recounts Latino success from the triple jump to the Triple Crown, from world records to the World Series.

Bill Vourvoulias has worked at ESPN Publishing, Newsweek, and The New Yorker. He comes by his Latino through his mom, a Guatemalan Mexican, and his sports crazy from his father. His surname, too: If Bill had a nickel for every time he heard his father say “V as in Victor…” he'd still have a hard time spelling it himself.

V as in Victor features drawings by Arlin Ortiz, who grew up in Arnold Palmer’s hometown of Latrobe, Pa., attended the Pratt Institute, and is a freelance illustrator in Brooklyn.

Steamed
When even the politicians start talking in awed tones about how awful that thing that you did was, you are so cooked.
September 10, 2014

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Between the Cracks
If you examine the naked pictures that were hacked from Kate Upton’s account, Justin Verlander isn’t exactly frowning about what’s going on. Because the only difference between him and the hacker is that one can throw a baseball 90-some miles an hour.
September 3, 2014

Illustration by Arlin Ortiz

Net Gains
In the universe of the first couple of days at the U.S. Open, there is room for all of them: The dreamers and the clingers, the boomers and the touch players, the never-wases and the almost-weren’ts.
August 27, 2014

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Best of V, 3.2
A sampler of the best V as in Victor pieces from the last few months.
August 20, 2014

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  • Jeepers, Keepers!

    All the indelible performances at the World Cup so far have belonged to a handful of goalies, many of them in CONCACAF. Contrary to what you may think, however, that isn’t a good thing.

  • V. Stiviano

    When Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling got drummed out of the NBA on Tuesday, it may have been NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on the actual podium, but the thanks should go to a 31-year-old, part African-American, part Mexican-American woman named V. Stiviano.

  • The Legacy Twins

    Derek Jeter and Bud Selig—just in case you haven’t heard—were making their final appearances at the All-Star Game in their current positions of Yankees shortstop and MLB commissioner.

  • Peter Quillin

    A champion boxer with a colorful past and a Cuban heart.

  • Sobremesa: World Cup Edition

    As all eyes turn to Brazil for the World Cup, all tongues wag about groups and seedings and whether or not Luis Suárez's tricky tricks will carry Uruguay to the title. (They won’t.)

Don’t Tread on Me
How would you like to be judged, by how you live or how you die? Right now, a few seconds on a dirt track have placed Kevin Ward Jr. into one of those camps and three-time Sprint Cup winner Tony Stewart into the other.
August 13, 2014

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All Wound Up
Why do some people feel it’s necessary and even justified to cause another person pain and injury—be it via a fist or a beanball—just because they have the temerity to be happy?
August 6, 2014

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Juiced
In another century, baseball fans might make trips to Cooperstown in order to avoid seeing the best players in the history of the game.
July 30, 2014

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  • Hall of Blame

    Tony La Russa, may I remind you of a couple of homer-bashing, PED-consuming guys who helped you get into the Hall of Fame?

  • Chip Shots

    Random notes from the world of Latino sports. Might it be that Billy Beane is starting to get desperate for a World Series ring?

Best of V, 3.1
A sampler of the best V as in Victor pieces from the last few months.
July 23, 2014

Illustration by Arlin Ortiz

  • Rico Roman

    Rico Roman sure has some nasty dangles.

  • The Week in Baseball

    It may seem like it happened a million years ago, but the week started last Wednesday with Yankee starter Michael Piñeda getting caught up in another fine pine tar mess.

  • Mayweather vs. Maidana: A Betting Guide

    Skills erode, reflexes slow, pain hurts just a bit more. Mayweather is 37. After turning 37, Muhammad Ali had two professional fights—losses to Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick.

  • London Perrantes

    Virginia’s freshman point guard wants you to know that he isn’t Latino.

  • The Host Stays in the Picture

    The year was 1994, and in soccer terms the nation holding the World Cup couldn't have been more of a fixer-upper.

  • Alec Martinez

    The guy who put the Kings into the Stanley Cup finals for the second time in three years isn’t your average hockey defenseman. He isn’t even your typical Martinez.

  • Sobremesa: Jason Collins and Michael Sam

    Is Major League Baseball the most homophobically retrograde league in American pro sports? The NBA? The N-FU-L? Does it really matter?

Hammered
Most of the problems MLB commish Bud Selig has managed to solve since 1992 were ones that he also managed to create.
July 16, 2014

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Battered, Not Broken
You may not believe this, but once upon a time Brazil was thought to have a pretty good soccer team.
July 9, 2014

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  • Shattered

    You looking for a reason for Brazil’s collapse at the feet of the German conquerors? Look no further than the old devil man himself.

Keeping House
It’s strange to be saying this about the highest goal-scoring World Cup since 1982, but this may be remembered as the World Cup of the Goalkeepers.
July 2, 2014

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Upending the Order
“Such a strange World Cup,” he said. True, provided that you believe that Europe is the be-all and end-all of the soccer universe.
June 25, 2014

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Freeze Out
It’s always bittersweet to observe the changing of the guards; it’s disorienting to watch it happen in stereo.
June 18, 2014

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Order and Progress
The World Cup cupped the World Cup after the worldly World Cup of the world. (It’s the only thing on the brain.)
June 11, 2014

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Raising the Stakes
When you step out onto sport’s biggest stages, strange things can happen.
June 4, 2014

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Vanishing Acts
The World Cup is nearly here. Whither Mexico? Or is it, “Wither, Mexico”?
May 28, 2014

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At Death’s Door
Heading into the World Cup and the “Group of Death,” Jürgen Klinsmann has the U.S. team looking very much like he wants them to: Positively Germanic.
May 21, 2014

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Sudden Death
You might not know it from this year’s NBA and NHL playoffs, but Game 7s are fewer and farther in-between than ever.
May 14, 2014

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Ball Breaking
With the Donald Sterling lifetime ban dominating the sports pages this week, there seemed little room on anybody’s radar for baseball. Even so, it was a full and eventful week for the small ball with the big stitches.
May 1, 2014

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Handle With Care
This year’s edition of the NBA playoffs includes something like 58 feet of Latino. Not sure what to make of that.
April 23, 2014

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  • Fifty-Eight Feet Of Latino

    Think the NBA has made strides in the barrios at home and in the Latin world? You don’t know the half of it.

  • Chip Shots

    Random notes from the world of Latino sports. The lofty and squirrelly club Albert Pujols now finds himself in; the impulse to think that Go-Go Gomez has got to go; and Miguel Angel Jiménez is our Geezer of the Week.

Detritus
Want a recipe for human tragedy? Take outdated Cold War policies, an embargo, float on an island 90 miles offshore in shark-infested waters. Stir.
April 16, 2014

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To Live and Play in L.A.
Something weirder than the weird stuff that normally happens in L.A. happened on Sunday. Or nearly happened.
April 9, 2014

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Breakout
Every baseball season produces a handful of new stars. Last year, that group would have included a 20-year-old pitcher named José Fernández, the 28-year-old Milwaukee outfielder Carlos Gomez, and a certain Cuban defector who helped turn the Dodgers’ season around.
April 2, 2014

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  • Ten Most Likely

    After being last year's MLB breakout star, the L.A. Ddogers' Yasiel Puig may become the year's break-down star. Here are baseball's In 10 Latinos most likely to succeed this year.

  • Chip Shots

    Random notes from the world of Latino sports. The unfriendly friendly between the U.S. and El Tri, and Shabazz Napier is a great kid—just ask his mom.

The Game at the End of the Universe
Last week, a telescope at the South Pole looked further into space and time than anyone or anything ever had before: It found baseball.
March 26, 2014

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Spring Fever
“I would argue that all that time in Latin America altered my dad, that the region imprinted on his cultural DNA. In fact, I did suggest it to him. He scoffed, and not without a little anger.”
March 19, 2014

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Grand Stands
If you haven’t been paying attention to MLS recently, you should realize that a lot of people care about the league. Really care.
March 12, 2014

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  • The MLS Comes of Age

    Has the MLS arrived at last? As Buzz Lightyear once said, Yes. No. Maybe.

  • Chip Shots

    Random notes from the world of Latino sports. The Tea Leaf Readers run rampant at Madison Square Garden, and oh, to walk a mile in Luis Suárez's shoes.

Queer Times
“After political strife like what’s been happening in Venezuela and the Ukraine the last few weeks, the meaningless crap we do during the normal course of our lives (like watch sports) suddenly seems so laden with meaning.”
March 5, 2014

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The Best of V, 3.0
A taste of the best V as in Victor pieces from the last few months.
February 26, 2014

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Cold Comfort
For large portions of last week, CNBC might well have stood for the “Curling News and Business Channel,” they were showing so much of that northern bar game masquerading as an Olympic sport.
February 19, 2014

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Spring Training
“Spring training” doesn't happen in spring, isn’t really training, and is probably useless in its current form. So why does anybody care?
February 12, 2014

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Carrying the Torch
The Latin contingent at Sochi includes a surfer dude, a mariachi skier, Eddy the Jet, a ski brat, and European royalty. Quite the colorful crew.
February 5, 2014

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White Out
“The whole interviewer-interviewee interaction is very codified by professional dictates (on both sides of the mike or pen and pad), not fun, and often a little adversarial.”
January 29, 2014

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  • Manny Ramírez and Louis Vasquez

    Heading into the season, the Denver offensive line was looking about as stitched together as the Frankenstein monster. But nobody counted on the on- and off-field simpatico between these one time college roommates.

Headliners
Here’s looking forward to the day when “Not in My Back Yard” applies to sports stadiums too.
January 22, 2014

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Winter Wonderland
“From Bud Selig to Anthony Bosch to A-Rod himself, has a sports soap opera ever had a less likable cast of cretins … er, characters?”
January 15, 2014

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Out With the Old
“Years from now, after the playoff system has had time to prove that it can’t solve every dilemma, everyone will feel a deep sense of nostalgia for the good old days of the BCS.”
January 9, 2014

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Best of V, 2.3
Another taste of the best V as in Victor pieces from the second half of 2013.
January 1, 2014

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Best of V, 2.2
A taste of the best V as in Victor pieces from the second half of 2013.
December 25, 2013

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Gifts of the Season
Our first V as in Victor awards celebrate humility, charm, good sportsmanship, intellectual achievement, culinary achievement, and spiritual connectedness. Please check your snark at the door.
December 18, 2013

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The Empire Falls Flat
New York teams have been setting a collective record for largest pile of mediocrity. When you have to reach down to the MLS level to find your metro-region pride, you know you’re a fair bit desperate.
December 11, 2013

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The Fight Game
“In boxing, the fix while still being ‘in,’ is now ‘in’ in a radically different way than it used to be.”
November 27, 2013

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Puzzling Out the Cup
What major soccer arena was named after an official famous for blowing a call? The Hand of God or the Hand of the Devil—which was the bigger lie? Breaking down the World Cup picture, one confusing term at a time.
November 20, 2013

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Bully Boys
On any given down there are more players on the field whose sole purpose is to hit others as hard as they possibly can than to score. What does that say about the game?
November 13, 2013

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The Rivalry Game
The most amazing, sensational, dramatic, heart-rending, exciting, thrilling rivalry-game issue in the history of sports publishing!
November 6, 2013

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  • A Dirty, Newfangled Hate

    It is time to lay down a few ground rules about what constitutes a rivalry game and what doesn't.

  • Luis Polanco

    An offensive lineman whose football career began with immense challenges.

  • Chip Shots

    Random notes from the world of Latino sports. Mets to Johan: No Más! or maybe un poco más; Bud Selig, trophy-hunter No. 1; and she ain't heavy, she's a Ryan Lochte fan.

The Empire Strikes Back
“Nothing could dim my enthusiasm for a fresh NBA season. Well, almost nothing.”
October 30, 2013

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  • Tiago Splitter

    When Tiago Splitter was growing up in southern Brazil, one of his favorite NBA players—the guy he most frequently pretended to be when practicing his jump shot—was Tim Duncan.

  • Chip Shots

    Random notes from the world of Latino sports. St. Louis rookie/goat Kelten Wong can learn a lot from the guy at the plate when he got picked off; plus, How is the Massachusetts State Police like Bill Belichick’s Pats?

Lineups in the Sand
In the great divide between the number-crunchers and the old-schoolers in baseball, the gearheads seem the far touchier lot.
October 23, 2013

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Baseball on Trial
The arguments in A-Rod’s suspension appeal will probably be over before the World Series ends, but the Biogenesis scandal will drag baseball through the steroidal mud for years to come.
October 16, 2013

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The Green, White, and Red Blues
Poor Mexico—so close to the United States, so far from a World Cup berth.
October 9, 2013

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The End Is Near
Has baseball’s slavish embrace of tradition doomed its charter franchises to an inglorious, small-market present and future?
October 2, 2013

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The Save-ior
When we talk about the greatest closer in history—which Rivera undoubtedly is—what are we saying about him, exactly? That he was the greatest pitcher ever?
September 25, 2013

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Fresh Sports
For the next six weeks, fans will be rewarded with a bounty from the garden of sports. Smell the freshly-mown hope or reap the harvest of a long season’s work.
September 18, 2013

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Fall Guy
A leaf flutters to the ground in New York, in San Francisco, a pitcher loses a perfect game. There is a time of the year when things disintegrating feels appropriate.
September 11, 2013

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The Spirit of ’13
The Battle for Football will take place on the airwaves, in the courtrooms, on Pop Warner sidelines…
September 4, 2013

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Bright Lights, Big City
Tennis in this country is played mainly in Sun Belt states or in the suburbs. And yet our biggest tennis tournament is nearly impossible to divorce from the nerviest city in the land.
August 28, 2013

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Little League, Big Balls
Is this the best we can do for our kids, dropping them into the pressure cooker of playing in front of a national TV audience?
August 21, 2013

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Best of V, 2.1
A second taste of the best V as in Victor pieces from the first half of 2013.
Aug. 14, 2013

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  • City of Brotherly Love

    Is this the best display that the Italians can put on when it comes to calcio? On the international scene, the country has always been maddening—extremely talented but dedicated to a counter-attacking style that infuriates me.

  • Out of This World

    In the late 1970s Nancy Lopez was the savior of the LPGA tour. Years before that, she was a state and national amateur champ, and a poster child for the potential benefits of Title IX.

  • Nairo Quintana Rojas

    This fruit-seller's son from the Colombian Andes is quickly ascending the ranks of pro cycling.

  • Where Have You Gone, Jackie Robinson?

    Usually, Jackie Robinson Day is a pretty special occasion around these parts. This year, it prompted a day at the movies.

  • Tony Reyes

    A requiem for a man with a heavyweight ball.

Best of V, 2.0
A taste of the best V as in Victor pieces from the first half of 2013.
Aug. 7, 2013

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Shades of Autumn
“Baseball has the politeness to wait until football season is done before asking pitchers and catchers to report. Why can’t football return the favor?”
July 31, 2013

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Hall of Lame
Too bad the 298th, 299th, and 300th inductees to Cooperstown are such a lame crew.
July 24, 2013

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Star Struck
Why is baseball’s midsummer classic so much more successful than the other league’s all-star games? Let us count the ways.
July 17, 2013

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  • The Best of the Best-Of

    Line up the all-stars from the four major US sports leagues and one set of athletes will look a lot more like the rest of the country.

  • Pedro Alvarez

    Alvarez cost the Pirates something they’ve been trying to avoid like the plague for the last couple of decades: A big signing bonus.

Bring the Heat
“In the collective American mind, sports live in pastoral Iowa, Indiana, or west Texas. And yet, it’s hard to think of an American sport that hasn’t had a heyday in the biggest, meanest city in the land.”
July 10, 2013

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Blood on the Highway
I glanced at a web page that said a bus caused a crash in the peloton—riders bleeding, one taken away on a stretcher. I wondered, Was Lance Armstrong behind the wheel?
July 3, 2013

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Free Swingers
“The number of strikeouts in the majors keeps going up and up. But not all strikeouts are created equal.”
June 26, 2013

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The Last Shootout
The Spurs and the Heat have talented players, savvy front offices, and play in front of Latino-heavy crowds. Might as well be the San Antonio Vaqueros against the Miami Habaneros.
June 19, 2013

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Snakebit
“I will always feel the pull of this game that both thrills and embarrasses me, this harsh master that leaves my shoulders sore and my spirit bruised, this love that dare not speak its handicap.”
June 12, 2013

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Feet of Clay
Over the last 15 to 20 years, the French Open might just as well have been called the Hispanic Open.
June 5, 2013

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When in Rome
“On the playground in Guatemala, I would be installed at goalkeeper by my peers. I was pretty good at it, but, being short and stocky, I don’t think it was meant as a compliment.”
May 29, 2013

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Fat Chance
By their very nature, drafts are intended to promote parity. Arguably, the NBA has gone to greater lengths than any other league to subvert that.
May 22, 2013

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Ramped Up
The X Games are a corporate creation whose sole purpose is to generate as much revenue and content as possible for the ESPN octopus. How rebellious is that?
May 15, 2013

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Safe Travels
“The identity of a Mike Scoscia team is directly at odds with the identity of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton as ballplayers.”
May 8, 2013

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Games People Play
How did horse racing become the dirtiest sport this side of boxing?
May 1, 2013

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Old Guys, Short Pants
Who can possibly keep up a frenzy of basketball fandom over the course of two months? Not me.
April 24, 2013

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He Is Legend
Jackie Robinson’s greatness stemmed from the fact that he made us see race when few white people wanted to.
April 17, 2013

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The Big Stain
The one truly singular tradition at the Masters is discrimination. And that’s saying something in a sport built on minority labor and exclusionary practices.
April 10, 2013

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The Béisbol Diaries
Note to self: Never, ever schedule work obligations for Opening Day that can’t be executed adequately from a barstool.
April 3, 2013

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Still Dancing
The Women’s NCAA Tournament was first held in March 1982. Not that anybody noticed.
March 27, 2013

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Bracketeering
There is something almost mystical about the form. The bracket may be the most beautiful pure object that’s ever come shuffling out of your office copier.
March 20, 2013

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Shooting Stars
There seems to be a limit to how many games a team, whether it’s championship-caliber or not, can win in a row—somewhere in the upper teens, low twenties.
March 13, 2013

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Pontification
I bet il polpo, were he still alive, would be able to predict who will be named il Papa.
March 6, 2013

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As the Ball Turns
Some 4.5 billion years ago, the Earth cooled into a hard, solid object not entirely dissimilar to a baseball.
February 27, 2013

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Rain of Terror
If at some point this week you came to the conclusion that the Rapture is upon us, who could possibly blame you?
February 20, 2013

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High Impact
“If Concacaf World Cup qualifying were to end now, the two countries staying home would be Mexico and the United States.”
February 13, 2013

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Spring Ahead
“Let me don my prognosticator’s cap to glimpse into the future. Here is what I see: I see Alex Rodriguez wearing pinstripes for the rest of his career. What is unclear to me is how long that career will be.”
February 6, 2013

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Lights Out
“Most of us who ever peeked inside an OTB can agree that the line between sporting endeavor and pastime of drunks and layabouts is pretty thin, indeed.”
January 30, 2013

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Black and White
Desperately seeking a sport that has failed utterly in reaching out beyond the country-club confines of its traditional talent base when presented with a golden opportunity?
January 23, 2013

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  • Gregory Echenique

    If Creighton hopes to have a deep run in the NCAA Tournament—and don’t be surprised if they do—they had better keep their Venezuelan Thunder healthy.

  • The All-Black Lineup

    The Pirates of the era may have been the only team in history who could have fielded nine black players competitively, without it being obvious gimmick.

  • Chip Shots

    Random notes from the world of Latino sports. Feliciano, Pedro Feliciano; Landon Donovan pulls a Favre; an open letter to Manti Te’o.

Test Cases
What was the biggest cheat in baseball history? Hint: The answer has nothing to do with steroids.
January 16, 2013

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Going Under
“For much of his career, Baltimore’s Ray Lewis has been the very embodiment of the true nature of pro football: nasty, brutish, and short.”
January 9, 2013

Illustration by Arlin Ortiz

The Best of V
A baker’s dozen of the best V as in Victor articles and images of 2012.
January 2, 2013

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  • The First Picture Show

    It’s hard for me to imagine what V might be like without Arlin Ortiz’s wonderful illustrations.

  • What Humans Are Capable Of

    No other sporting event on the planet compares to the Olympics in terms of inducing wonderment.

  • Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks’ star forward was tempted to play for Puerto Rico in 2004. Since then he has become Team USA’s most committed member.

  • Our Man in Philadelphia

    On the gridiron, Steve Van Buren broke barriers as a running back; off the field, he chose not to.

  • Sports Talk With Sierra Jiminez

    “Getting the physical black belt never really mattered to me—I just liked the feeling of being a strong, independent female.”

  • Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

    It has been a generation since the Detroit Tigers won the World Series. Could sportswriter Joe Falls have been right?

  • Brenda Villa

    Water polo is usually dominated by tall trees with long limbs, but its Wayne Gretzky is a Mexican chaparrita with eyes in the back of her head.

  • Chip Shots

    Random notes from the world of Latino sports. What sports celebration held every few years did Brazil qualify for now? Plus, Loria’s lunacy and Silver’s folly.

  • Marathon Man

    “Self-indulgent is a day at the spa. Running a marathon is something else altogether. Masochism, maybe.”

  • Where the Air Is Thin

    Mexico City, 1968: The only time a Latin American nation hosted the Olympics, records fell like dried leaves. So did the bodies.

  • Olympic Talk with Francisco Goldman

    “Too bad they don't have a competition in beheading, Guatemala would be a contender in that.”

  • Martial Plan

    If you believe the events of the Olympic Games are meant to promote peace, think again.

  • Dan Le Batard

    Dan Le Batard Is ¿Highly Questionable?, is the best gift I could ever imagine a son giving his sports-mad father.

Nostalgia Factory
“The yearly top 10 wrap up is the most overused trope in every publication’s arsenal. Who am I to argue with success?”
December 26, 2012

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Post Patterns
“The new Big East: Not dominant in basketball. Not especially East. And not terribly Big (as in important), either.”
December 19, 2012

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The Gloves Come Off
Owners penalizing players for their own spendthrift ways makes about as much sense as a shop-a-holic suing a store for issuing him a credit card.
December 12, 2012

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Questionable Taste
“In traditional conferences like the SEC, relying on the pass is generally acknowledged to be a sign of weakness. Or at least sinfulness.”
December 5, 2012

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  • With God on Their Side

    Never realized that “close” counts in horseshoes, hand grenades, and SEC football.

  • The All-Time Baseball Team: Edición Dominicana

    It’s unlikely that beisbol would have caught on so deeply in the DR without Rafael Trujillo, a ruthless and strong-armed righty with a penchant for high, hard stuff and blood on his hands.

  • Chip Shots

    Random notes from the world of Latino sports. The perils of Mark Sanchez, and let's not forgets the Nets and Mets, Derek Eater, David Wright, and Hope Solo.

Rim Job
“Your average sports fan is kind of like a teenage girl with easy virtue. Just hint at the promise of a deep playoff run and you can bury yourself in her skirts.”
November 28, 2012

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The Numbers Game
“It’s nothing short of apostasy to suggest that the nabob of numerology, Nate Silver—who so recently was proved so right in the presidential elections—might be fallible.”
November 21, 2012

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Sink or Swim
“Want to know true fear? Contemplate your probably soon to be ex future mother-in-law getting as close a look at your hammer and tongs as she can stomach.”
November 14, 2012

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  • Orlando Cruz

    The only active professional boxer in the history of the sport to declare himself a homosexual es bien macho.

  • The All-Time Baseball Team: Edición Boricua

    The starting rotation is like something you’d see on an early ’70s Indians cellar-dweller, but at least the pen is solid. Weirdly, it reminds me of Michael Moore.

Run for Cover
“If you had a loaded gun (or lineman) pointed at my head, there’s no receiver I would rather throw into double coverage to than Victor Cruz.”
November 7, 2012

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Shelter From the Storm
Could the hurricane have been cooked up by Taco Bell to avoid paying out on its World Series giveaway?
October 31, 2012

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Crowning Glory
“Miguel Cabrera came within a whisker of accomplishing something so ephemeral, so statistically improbable that I call it the Triple Crown Royal Flush.”
October 24, 2012

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  • Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright

    It has been a generation since the Detroit Tigers won the World Series. Could sportswriter Joe Falls have been right?

  • The All-Time Baseball Team: Edición Venezolana

    Luis Aparicio, David Concepción, Omar Vizquel: Who would you start, who would you keep on the bench, and who would you send home?

  • Sports Talk With Victoria Roberts

    “In Mexico we did futból femeníl. I was kicked in the shin once and that did me in.”

The Passing Game
“Who do you respect more—the guy who’s saving himself for marriage or the one who causes Eva Longoria to have to deny that she’s pregnant?”
October 10, 2012

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  • Mark Sanchez

    NYC sportswriters have been unceremoniously baying for his head ever since a certain Christian gentleman came to town.

  • Our Man in Philadelphia

    On the gridiron, Steve Van Buren broke barriers as a running back; off the field, he chose not to.

  • Why I Hate ... The N-FU-L

    A certain football league can bite me.

  • Sports Talk With Sierra Jiminez

    “Getting the physical black belt never really mattered to me—I just liked the feeling of being a strong, independent female.”

London Recalling
“The 2016 Rio Olympics promise to be interesting. I expect that the security will be a little laxer than in London and that the parties will be a whole lot better.”
August 13, 2012

Illustration by Arlin Ortiz

No Pain, No Gain
“You have your good days; you have your bad days; you have these days.”
August 11, 2012

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We Are Family
“Watching superfit young Brazilian and Californian women throwing themselves around in skimpy bikinis. What torture.”
August 9, 2012

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Good Sports
“If I were Coach K, I would be worried that Nigeria's team of pick-up players who weren’t even running set plays was able to score 73 points on the Dream Team.”
August 3, 2012

Illustration by Arlin Ortiz

Fear and Gloating
“About the best thing that you could say about an American boxer these days is that he fights like a woman.”
August 7, 2012

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Girls Got Game
“The tension between the young woman who dreams of getting married in a Vera Wang dress and the boxer who pummels her opponents is one of the most compelling aspects of Esparza's story.”
August 5, 2012

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Psyche Job
“In Ryan’s first race, he had no idea what he was doing, but, once he dived in, he just took off and killed everyone.”
August 1, 2012

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War Games
"The athletes weren’t entirely naked for the hoplitodromia; they had to put on about 50 pounds of armor."
July 30, 2012

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Let the Games Begin!
“The thing that has risen to take the place of ideology at the games is money. And it’s awfully hard to root for money.”
July 27, 2012
Un-American Football
“The Uruguayans played a brand of football unknown in the Old World—a ball-controlling game with quick passes and long runs up the field.”
July 26, 2012

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Premier Issue
“Boy, can those athletes can run and jump and swim and throw and put topspin on a Ping-Pong ball!”
July 19, 2012

Illustration by Arlin Ortiz