February 04, 2013
Before Beyonce, the greatest Super Bowl halftime show was Up With People, a singing quasi-cult of closeted gay youths. (Illustration by Flatbush Brown | Column by Jonathan Mahler)  

Before Beyonce, the greatest Super Bowl halftime show was Up With People, a singing quasi-cult of closeted gay youths. (Illustration by Flatbush Brown | Column by Jonathan Mahler)  

January 24, 2013
Manti Te’o joined Notre Dame’s long tradition of hooey (Illustration by Andy Rementer | Column by Jonathan Mahler) 

Manti Te’o joined Notre Dame’s long tradition of hooey (Illustration by Andy Rementer | Column by Jonathan Mahler

January 17, 2013
Now that we know Lance Armstrong doped, it’s time to move past the sanctimony and outrage and proceed with a more sensible conversation about drugs and sports. (Illustration by Paul Windle | Column by Jonathan Mahler)

Now that we know Lance Armstrong doped, it’s time to move past the sanctimony and outrage and proceed with a more sensible conversation about drugs and sports. (Illustration by Paul Windle | Column by Jonathan Mahler)

November 29, 2012
For once, the endlessly maligned BCS system seems to have worked. (Illustration by Clay Hickson | Column by Jonathan Mahler)

For once, the endlessly maligned BCS system seems to have worked. (Illustration by Clay Hickson | Column by Jonathan Mahler)

November 12, 2012
Sports betting could help New Jersey turn things around, not only bringing in an estimated $150 million a year in taxes and licensing fees, but also filling its casino hotels on big sports weekends. (Illustration by Tim Lahan | Column by Jonathan Mahler on Bloomberg View)

Sports betting could help New Jersey turn things around, not only bringing in an estimated $150 million a year in taxes and licensing fees, but also filling its casino hotels on big sports weekends. (Illustration by Tim Lahan | Column by Jonathan Mahler on Bloomberg View)

October 19, 2012

Last weekend, we witnessed the first rumblings of a mutiny. If things continue at this rate, the new Yankee Stadium may ultimately become just another symbol of an empire in decline. (Illustration by Damien Correll | Column by Jonathan Mahler on Bloomberg View)

Last weekend, we witnessed the first rumblings of a mutiny. If things continue at this rate, the new Yankee Stadium may ultimately become just another symbol of an empire in decline. (Illustration by Damien Correll | Column by Jonathan Mahler on Bloomberg View)

October 08, 2012
Fans of a winning team are almost always annoying. But when they are also policy makers and newscasters, it’s somehow especially nauseating. (Illustration by Garrett Morin | Column by Jonathan Mahler on Bloomberg View)

Fans of a winning team are almost always annoying. But when they are also policy makers and newscasters, it’s somehow especially nauseating. (Illustration by Garrett Morin | Column by Jonathan Mahler on Bloomberg View)

September 24, 2012
Should baseball learn to be more like football? (Illustration by Jing Wei | Column by Jonathan Mahler on Bloomberg View) 

Should baseball learn to be more like football? (Illustration by Jing Wei | Column by Jonathan Mahler on Bloomberg View

August 28, 2012
How ESPN execs discuss ‘The Football Problem’: “Let’s go over some of the other phrases we’re trying to keep off the air. Sure. Well, ‘tackle’ sounds a little rough. We prefer ‘wrap ‘em up.’ Also, best to avoid ‘hit.’” (Illustration by Patrick Kyle | Column by Jonathan Mahler on Bloomberg View) 

How ESPN execs discuss ‘The Football Problem’: “Let’s go over some of the other phrases we’re trying to keep off the air. Sure. Well, ‘tackle’ sounds a little rough. We prefer ‘wrap ‘em up.’ Also, best to avoid ‘hit.’” (Illustration by Patrick Kyle | Column by Jonathan Mahler on Bloomberg View