Here Comes the Sun

By Matt Mataxas Destiny is a weird, nebulous thing. “We were destined to win the Super Bowl.” “I was destined to pass that test.” “We were destined to meet and fall in love.” Dates with Destiny are often infrequent and fleeting, over before you even get a full glimpse of the whole picture. Seurat’s “A…

Reigning in a Drought

By Matt Mataxas A drought is a period of slow, prolonged suffering. Dust insidiously worms its way into every open crevice and chokes a region into oppression; hope for rain is whittled down into a bitter acceptance that none is coming. Cleveland, Ohio has been in a championship drought for 51 years. For 51 years,…

The Rose That Grew From Concrete

A Moment of Silence for Derrick Rose By Matt Mataxas The career of a professional athlete is something that fans often take for granted. We watch in stupefied awe as Russell Westbrook explodes towards the rim with reckless abandon. We howl with glee as James Harden collects the ankles of a helpless defender. And of…

The Lebron James Sitcom

By Matt Mataxas “Lights…cameras…action!” The scene opens with a once-in-a-generation athlete touching down at a metropolitan airport and being welcomed by a throng of citizens, all shouting jubilant, championship-or-bust proclamations. “We love you!” “Marry me!” “Welcome, Basketball Messiah!” they exclaim with frenetic glee. Until, that is, the games start. Suddenly the Super Friends don’t mesh…

The Atlanta Hawks: Fischer Price or Schwinn

By Matt Mataxas Consider for a moment a tricycle. A tricycle is reliable. It’s unlikely that someone will fall off of one. A tricycle is safe and dependable. However, they also aren’t very sexy. And while you may enjoy having the dependable, safe tricycle, after awhile you realize that this mode of transportation isn’t sustainable….