Wireless: Curmudgeons of the World Unite

BBC Radio 5 Live's commentators aren't afraid to tell the truth about how tedious sport can be

Bowled by a Bounder

Standpoint's Mole in English cricket dissects an institution dazzled by the prospect of big money

How to Play the Game

In sport, it’s not just knowing how to lose that’s important, it’s also knowing how to win

Goal-hangers and Glory-hunters

‘The banking-football XI would certainly play an unusual formation: no defenders but 11 strikers’

An American in Fulham

‘Dempsey's late equaliser caused a drowsy American to rise from his sacred couch and send his voice skyward, filled with pure exultation’

Pinter’s Paradise

A memory of the time Harold Pinter claimed that "cricket was better than sex"

Bonus Envy

‘Why should the Beckhams and Rooneys of corporate finance be penalised, but not the Beckhams and Rooneys of football?’

Kicking the Football Habit

With the community-based bond between football clubs and their fans having long since disintegrated, why do the fans of hopeless teams remain addicted?

Pulling Punches

Boxing, A Cultural History by Kasia Boddy

A Modest Proposal for Rugby

No doubt the haka is all very well in its time and place – but that place was long ago and far away. It’s essentially a cannibal war dance designed to scare the living daylights out of those you hope to kill and eat

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"