Posts by Spike Friedman
We Went There: Jordan Spieth Makes U.S. Open History, or Dustin Johnson Chokes
The immediate feeling in the aftermath of the event was that Johnson had lost, not that Spieth had won. And an almost great, kind of disastrous U.S. Open got itself an ending befitting the week that had preceded it.
Lunacy in London: PSG Go Full OMG and Knock Chelsea Out of the Champions League
The match went off the rails again and again and again, ultimately ending in a 2-2 extra-time draw, which sent the Parisians on to the next round.
Press, Press, Boom: How a Bit of Brilliance Decided a Suffocating Tactical Battle Between Leverkusen and Atlético
Two über-aggressive pressing sides rammed heads and locked horns for 90 minutes — only for the game to be decided by a subtle moment of brilliance and a sudden thunderbolt.
Portuguese Promise: Could FC Porto Be This Year’s Champions League Dark Horse?
In a relatively weak group, Porto can look like a Champions League contender, but this squad isn’t Bayer Leverkusen or Atlético Madrid.
Not Quite a Dynasty: Are the Seahawks the Next Yankees, Celtics, or Bayern Munich?
What happens when an expected title gets snatched away and replaced with a heartbreaking loss?
Champions League Roundup: We Honor the Departed With Bulgarian Eagle Tears
The real Gervinho keeps standing up, Liverpool’s European disaster continues elsewhere, and Cosmin Moti gets one last tribute.
We Went There: Nate Robinson Opens a Chicken and Waffles Restaurant in Seattle
A traditional four-star restaurant-review system just doesn’t cut it. Instead, we rate each dish on the Official Nate Robinson Scale of Irrational Confidence.
Alien Space Tours, Vladimir Putin, and World-Exploding Double Blunders: Welcome to the 2014 World Chess Championship
Magnus Carlsen walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the World Series and Vishy Anand hit into a triple play.
Champions League Roundup: So You Wanna Be a Big Club, Liverpool?
Liverpool’s loss in Madrid, Manchester City’s capitulation at home, and Franck Ribery’s beard.
Ranking the Champions League Blowouts
After a round of Champions League fixtures that saw 40 goals scored in a single day, let’s take a moment to highlight a series of blowouts that have reestablished this year’s league hierarchy.