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Articles by Joseph Epstein

The Most Important of Unimportant Things Wednesday, July 16, 2014
During the last few weeks, one’s confidence about the essential unimportance of sports has been cast into the shadows of doubt.
Stanley Cup Blues Sunday, June 8, 2014
As much as I’ve grown to love hockey, I can’t bring myself to watch the ongoing Stanley Cup finals.
The Playoffs: A Couch Potato's High Holidays Thursday, April 24, 2014
The playoffs — there's something, to the averagely insane sports fan, magical in that phrase.
The Playing Fields of Suburbia Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Adult involvement may be a chief cause of children’s declining participation in sports.
October Is the Richest Month for Sports Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The greatest month to be a sports fan.
Not Being There Thursday, August 22, 2013
Don’t let the hype fool you: the best place to watch the U.S. Open and many other sports these days is from your couch.
The Original Sports Magazine Friday, July 5, 2013
Before the advent of television, Americans relied on sports writers to keep up with their favorite athletes and events. Of all the publications that arose to ...
Batter Up Saturday, May 11, 2013
The national pastime may be past its time. But those who think it’s boring need to think again.
March Sanity Wednesday, March 20, 2013
For a long while we have not been seeing college basketball at its best — the coaches are unpleasant and the most talented college-age players aren’t playing ...
The Unnaturals Friday, February 22, 2013
What to think when a player looks like a rocker, a Fiat mechanic, a cable guy, a terrorist — anything but the very competitive athlete he is.
The Artist Athlete Friday, January 4, 2013
Jocks sometimes rise to genuine athletic distinction, but they are not artist athletes, who comprise a different, more elevated category altogether.
A Couch Potato at a Time of Transition Friday, November 9, 2012
We’re living in an age of transition, and no one feels the sense of transition more strongly than a couch potato as one sports season slides into another.
Football’s Head Games: The Concussion Question Friday, September 7, 2012
A snake has been let loose in the autumn Saturday and Sunday afternoon Edens of those couch potatoes among us who love to watch football.
The Long, Hot Summer Thursday, August 2, 2012
The grave yawns, the economy is in the tubes, the world generally is in peril, yet, upon realizing that there is a game tonight, my heart takes a small but ...
Anyone for Tennis? Friday, June 1, 2012
Fifth-class player that I was, I seem to have retired from tennis, roughly half a century ago, just in time.
The Complex Life of the Couch Potato Friday, February 3, 2012
‘If the question is about sports,’ legendary TV sports producer Don Ohlmeyer once said, ‘the answer is money.’ Whatever is a fan to do?