Scrupulously Avoiding Coherence: Memes and the Alt-Right

Richard Spencer could be described as “moderately infamous.” In the past year, he became fairly well-known among followers of politics as an intellectual leader of the alt-right movement; however, I doubt that many of my older relatives would be able to say with any certainty who he is. He and the movement he leads were

More than a Game: Sports in the aftermath of the election

I didn’t write the column that should’ve come out two weeks ago because after the election, writing about a nonrelated football item seemed trivial, and trying to connect it to football seemed crass. While I have written a column for this week, I also want to purposefully minimize it—I don’t want to assign to it

More Than A Game: What Makes Us Watch?

Odds are, living in the US, you’ve seen a National Football League (NFL) game on TV at some point. It’s almost an eventuality, given the NFL’s complete dominance of the airwaves—in 2015, NFL games accounted for 46 of the top 50 most-watched television programs, and all of the top 25. Of those 46 games, 19

More than a Game: Protest and Politics of the NFL

On Sunday, October 16, Colin Kaepernick started his first game of the season for the San Francisco 49ers. In a vacuum, there are a lot of interesting things going on here: he was a backup quarterback for a currently very bad team; he is being paid like a star player, due to a massive contract

More than a Game: The NFL’s Quarterback Problem, and Why It’s the League’s Own Fault

If you’ve spent some time this fall watching the National Football League, you’ve probably come to the conclusion, just by appearances alone, that the most important people in the NFL are quarterbacks. Congratulations: your eyes have not been deceiving you. They, more than any people on the field or sideline, are responsible for a greater

Only a Game: Paid Patriotism

This week, Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, released a major investigation into publicity spending by the US Department of Defense, specifically into the practice of “paid patriotism.” Paid patriotism refers to the DoD’s practice of awarding publicity contracts to major sports teams, ostensibly for recruiting purposes. Some of this money is

American Fresh Brewhouse’s Unusually Local Flavor

The “American Fresh Brewhouse” at Assembly Row is anything but your standard mall bar and grill. It’s owned and operated by Somerville Brewing Company—a small craft brewer responsible for the “Slumbrew” brand of beer you might see in a local liquor store—but technically, it’s not even a bar. Brewery co-owner Caitlin Jewell describes it as

Only A Game?: Why Deflategate Doesn’t Matter

I had a band director in high school who liked to say that music was great when it effectively built up and released tension. If so, the Super Bowl game played between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks on February 1st was something akin to the 1812 Overture. Between two of the game’s final