The West Indies cricket team has achieved world-class status — could a united Caribbean Olympic team ever be a possibility? Ian McDonald argues the case. A look at how East German ice skater Katarina Witt went from celebrity to persona non grata almost overnight (and more). Who was the greatest athlete of all time? Shaun White's versatility, Bo Jackson's phenomenal speed, Geronimo's nimbleness, and more. Dan Shaughnessy on why Vin Scully is simply the best broadcaster of all time. The surveillance state comes to the ballpark: A film critic ponders baseball's instant-replay cameras. Spending billions of dollars for TV rights and becoming partners with universities desperate for exposure, ESPN has emerged as a sport’s puppet-master and kingmaker (and more and more). Derek Thompson on the global dominance of ESPN: Why hasn’t anybody figured out how to beat "The Worldwide Leader in Sports"? (and more) Following the decision to pull out of a partnership with PBS' Frontline on a film about concussions in the NFL, ESPN execs are fielding questions about Disney's role in the split (and more by David Zirin). 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. To help the environment, watch sports at your neighborhood bar. Ode on a Sports Bar: No one really talks about loving sports bars — very few of us actually do, and yet they're where we go, and something like home.
Sadiq Al-Ali (York): Why Do Youth Become Involved in Gangs? From TPM, Dylan Scott on the all-important Obamacare marketing funding gap; and what good is a conservative fever dream if no one can make a buck off it, right? Behold the “impeachment store” that sells all things impeachment. From the Paris Review Daily, Casey N. Cep on the Last Bookstore. What is it like to be a Nagel? Steve Neumann wonders. Matt Taibbi on Obama's new education proposal: Change, or changed subject? Here is the latest Washington Monthly College Guide and Rankings. Amanda Marcotte on how the wave of abortion restrictions is leading to a wave of clinic closures (and more on free abortions on demand without apology, and more). Plagiarism or coincidence? Writer Daniel Flynn and the Wall Street Journal square off. From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on how the Washington Post prints Tea Party talking points (and more); and so, society is going to hell, no one values anything that isn't material, and fighting a giant war over gay marriage is a loser because our problems run much, much, deeper. Patrick Howell O'Neill on 5 reasons you should be reading the CIA's online magazine, Studies in Intelligence. Ronald Bailey on seven surprising truths about the world: A lot of the bad news you think you know is wrong. Does one dare to drink a smoothie, if one has one or more teeth? A recent investigation bears on that question.
David A. Lake and David Lindsey (UCSD): Moral Foundations and Individual-Level Foreign Policy Preferences. Seung-Whan Choi (UIC) and Patrick James (USC): Why Does the U.S. Intervene Abroad? Democracy, Human Rights Violations, and Terrorism. From The Monkey Cage, do military interventions reduce killings of civilians in civil wars? Erica Chenoweth investigates (and more); and why are chemical weapons a red line? Erik Voeten wants to know. The poison gas war on the Syrian people: Hans Hoyng and Christoph Reuter on Assad's cold calculation. Norm Geras on justifying military intervention in Syria. Matthew Yglesias on how military strikes are an extremely expensive way to help foreigners (and a response). Syria crisis: Janan Ganesh and Peggy Hollinger on the cases for and against intervention. George Packer on two minds on Syria. Alex Kane on 4 of the most awful arguments for attacking Syria made so far (and more). From TNR, the “let's not even try” foreign policy: James Mann on how Barack Obama's choice on Syria will define his presidency (and more); Nora Caplan-Bricker on six liberals' best Syria advice for Obama; and John Judis on why the best reason to intervene in Syria isn't to help the rebels. Shane Harris and Matthew M. Aid on how CIA files prove America helped Saddam as he gassed Iran (and Isaac Chotiner on why “we're hypocrites!” is irrelevant to the Syria debate). Arsenal of hypocrisy: No matter where you look in the world, American words don't match American deeds. How the world is responding to a possible strike on Syria.