Oliver Fox is a sophomore studying history. Oliver can be reached at [email protected]

Sports and Society: Race and the NBA MVP

The NBA MVP Award has always been completely ridiculous. It is the most confusing award ever conceived with zero agreed-upon criteria with which voters can even begin to formulate an opinion. Surely this hasn’t caused any problems over the past few weeks. While stupid in its own unique way, the NFL at least narrows down […]

Sports and Society: Hellenizing college basketball

I have a friend who goes to Georgetown, a still-great school with a once-great basketball program. Aside from weekly Celtics mental health check-ins, an ever-increasing proportion of our conversations consist of three words, unmatched in history in their titanic importance:  Fire Patrick Ewing.  The once-great Georgetown center, who brutalized the Big East for four straight […]

Sports and Society: 56 or 38,387?

“Records are meant to be broken.”  What? No, they’re not. When LeBron James scored his 38,388th point — shattering the nearly 40-year-old ceiling held by league icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — it was super weird. James hitting a nice and respectable mid-range turnaround over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kenrich Williams is possibly the least notable basketball […]

Sports and Society: Buying championships

Sports are about money. Nobody understands that better than owners, whose money is the principal currency of competitiveness. Two of them, Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob and Boston Red Sox owner John Henry, recently gave interviews to The Athletic about funding their respective enterprises, the former approaching dynastic status and the second in panic […]

Sports and Society: Unfairly psychoanalyzing referees

Refereeing is literally impossible. That makes no sense, so I’m going to explain it with my favorite overly-complex comedy bit: responding to an imaginary heckler. Action. Imaginary Heckler: “Ahem, that’s uh … (fixes glasses) NOT what the word literally means. Heheh.” Ok, listen here, Mr. I-haven’t-evolved-my-sense-of-humor-since-the-seventh-grade, you were supposed to comment on the egregious take […]

Sports and Society: Kyrie Irving’s job interview

I heard someone say that Kyrie Irving is an allegory for the modern American worker. Employers want a return to pre-pandemic normalcy — complete with in-person offices and regular working hours—while their employees increasingly expect their work to adapt to how their lives have already changed because of the pandemic. Except Irving is not down-to-earth, […]

Sports and Society: Goodbye, Tom Brady

I am really glad I did not write this column last year. It would have been the perfect opportunity. When Tom Brady “retired” last spring, formally-officially-certainly-absolutely-unequivocally ending his two decade reign of terror over the NFL, it was full of pomp and circumstance. The greatest athlete of my lifetime, and by far the most important […]

Sports and Society: B.I.F.Y. and Basketball

The Boston Celtics are the best team in the NBA. And I might need a doctor.  In my previous attempt at dissecting Boston’s unique sports anatomy — an introspective reckoning with my pinstriped demons that, to date, insist on being called the New York Yankees — two conclusions, each deserving of further academic inquiry, emerged: […]

Sports and Society: Believing in Damar Hamlin

“Faith. Family. Football.” Sincerely, Skylar Thompson’s Twitter bio.  These three words — potentially the least controversial bio a professional football player could concoct — are positively loaded. Thompson’s football life has never been more exciting. As the emergency stand-in quarterback for the Miami Dolphins and facing impossibly long odds against the Buffalo Bills, he nearly […]

Sports and Society: Orwellian baseball

Steroids once were the secret sauce to hitting greatness but not if you ask the Baseball Hall of Fame. When asked over the years what the legacy of steroids in baseball is, the Hall has responded with a mix of denial and administrative fight-or-flight. Mix that with a healthy dose of inflated self-importance — along with […]