Tim Layden

Sports are coming back, but they’ll never be the same

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The scene plays like something from another time, which it is, both manifestly and metaphorically. Fifty-eight minutes into the ninth episode of the Michael Jordan documentary, The Last Dance, Jordan is captured walking off the floor in the spring of 1998, after the deciding game of the NBA Eastern Conference finals. As Jordan reaches the [more]

One year later, the 2019 Kentucky Derby remains surreal, and unfinished

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In the middle of March, the two horses became neighbors of a kind, separated by 26 miles of central Kentucky bluegrass and hillsides, and connected by a straight stretch of I-64. Country House, the official winner of last year’s 145th Kentucky Derby, was retired to a postcard paddock at his owners’ Blackwood Stables in Versailles, [more]

Sports crystallized coronavirus for America; now we adjust to life without them

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The future is as uncertain as the present. Perhaps we will see an autumn for the ages, a healthy nation consuming the Masters, the Triple Crown and the NFL and college football together. Perhaps it will be longer. There is a vague awareness that sports will return, but that awareness seems almost untouchable in the present, far away. [more]