John Foster
To Catch a Fish

The Art of Handmade Fishing Lures

Rob Walker
Object of Interest: The Yellow Card

An appreciation of a great World Cup object: the yellow card.

Owen Edwards
The Quickest Fix
Rob Walker
No. 1 Object
One World Futbol

For children in impoverished countries, where soccer balls donated by relief agencies often rip and quickly deflate, Tim Jahnigen has developed a ball that can last for decades.

Alexandra Lange
The Critical Olympics
Olympic App-elete

Curly’s pocket guide to Running, Jumping, Swimming, Cycling, Riding, Kicking, Lifting, Poking, Hitting, Rowing, Firing and Throwing Things. A mouthful to say, but the ideal mobile app for anyone watching or attending the games this summer

Owen Edwards
Designers Leap, Users Lag

Trying to meet the challenges designers and engineers set for us is pretty much hopeless, though we can have a lot of fun trying.

Alexandra Lange
New City Reader: Sidewalk Sale

How Atlantic Yards became Barclays Center and disappeared from Brooklyn in the process.

Jen Roos
Cup of Heroes

Thoughts on design, sports, and the author's return to a South African township during the World Cup.

Patrick Chappatte
Study in Contrasts

Cartoon commentary on 2010 World Cup by Patrick Chappatte.

Mark Lamster
Dandies at the Ballpark

What, you ask, did the well-dressed gentleman wear to the ballpark in 1870? The sartorially inclined team outfitter might have turned to the lovely "New York Fashions" lithograph above for inspiration.

Mark Lamster
(Not) Basic Training

The J-E-T-S are out of the playoffs following a valiant effort yesterday afternoon. That's not a shocker, though their appearance in the AFC Championship Game certainly was surprising.

Jonathan Schultz

AIDS education mixes with soccer in plans for a new Lesotho stadium.

Julie Lasky

Report on a foundation that distributes bicycles to children in the developing world.

John Cantwell
The Big Screen in Big D
Mark Lamster
The Curious Architecture of Albert Spalding

The house that the Spaldings — of baseball fame — built for themselves was an oriental fantasy.

Mark Lamster
Ballparks Redux

Metropolis has posted a slideshow of the outtake photographs by Sean Hemmerle for my story on New York's ballparks.

Mark Lamster
Play Ball: The Last Word on New York's New Ballparks

My comprehensive, last word on New York's ballparks can be found in Metropolis.

Steven Heller
Take Me Out to the Old Yankee Stadium

The new Yankee stadium, like most retro stadiums, bears the burden of being faux, a recreation, like a Disney version of reality. It works and it doesn’t.

Mark Lamster
Bottom of the Ninth

My review of Michael Shapiro's new book on the aborted life of the Continental League, a would be addition to the majors, appears in today's Los Angeles Times.

Mark Lamster
Curse of the Bambino Strikes Again!

Good Lord! Is the new house jinxed?

Mark Lamster
Auction Block

I'm not much of a buyer, but I do like to keep an eye on the baseball memorabilia market, a project undertaken with a combination of curiosity, envy, bemusement, and sheer stupefaction.

Mark Lamster
Bronx Cheer

To say that I've been disappointed by coverage of the new Yankee Stadium by the design press would be an understatement, as noted in this "rant" column for ID magazine.

Mark Lamster
Splendor on the Grass

What makes a great tennis match great? I started asking myself this question while I was putting together a review of A Terrible Splendor, a new book hooked on a 1937 Davis Cup.

Mark Lamster
Roid Rage

The baseball world is up-in-arms over the revelations that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroid use a few years ago. My suggestion: move along, folks.

Mark Lamster
Who Needs Two?

In this brutal economy, the Yankees have enlisted Prudential Douglas Elliman to help them move high-end seats at their new stadium.

Mark Lamster
If the Wire Cast Was a Football Team

The Baltimore Ravens look pretty formidable going into the AFC Championship game, but I wonder if this squad from Charm City could give them a run for their money.

Mark Lamster
Malcolm and Alex

Just how much of an outlier is Alex Rodriguez?

Mark Lamster
Memories of Yankee Stadium

The opportunity to sit in the Yankee Stadium cheap seats close to the field and to become a part of a community was very special. One of the things I find most troubling about the new ballpark is that this opportunity will be dramatically compromised.

Mark Lamster
Practice Does Not Make Perfect

The J-E-T-S spent $75 million this year on a state-of-the-art new training facility designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, but they may still miss the playoffs.

Michael Bierut
My Handicap

I've come to know a little bit about demographics, customer profiling and market segmentation, and I can tell I'm supposed to care deeply about golf. But I don't.

Michael Bierut
The (Faux) Old Ball Game

Since 1992, every ballpark in America has been designed on the nostalgic model of Baltimore's Camden Yards, including the new parks for the Yankees and the Mets. Why is it impossible to build a baseball stadium that looks like it belongs in the 21st century?

William Drenttel
Any Baseball is Beautiful

Baseball spring training opens Tuesday. It is in this spirit that I stumbled upon the photographs of Don Hamerman. For the past few years, as he's walked his dog at a local park, he's picked up lost and forgotten baseballs. There are dozens of them now, all lovingly photographed.

Adrian Shaughnessy
The 2012 Olympic Logo Ate My Hamster

Designers often bemoan the lack of coverage given to graphic design in mainstream media. Yet when design catches the attention of journalists and commentators it usually results in a vicious mugging rather than hearty praise.

Michael Bierut
The Graphic Design Olympics

The event graphics and pictograms created for the Olympics by designers such as Otl Aicher, Lance Wyman and Deborah Sussman are part of a historic tradition that continues to this day.

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