How do we grapple with a life that inspired so much joy, but also brought about pain?

It’s taken me a little while since the news broke about Kobe Bryant to come up with the words to write. Admittedly, I’ve kept up with the tributes, montages, and remembrances for him, his daughter, and the seven other victims in the horrific helicopter crash. There’s been a careful balance…

Today, Netflix released Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez. The story itself is highly compelling and offers an array of evidence surrounding Hernandez’s mysterious downfall. Yet, the documentary uncovers the most tragic reasoning right under its own nose.

During the opening segment of the second episode of the series, Aaron Hernandez is on the phone with his agent. …

The Rise of Skywalker proves that asking too many questions in the finale without explanation is a faulty web to finish.

“It should be all rise, baby,” are the words that Barney Stinson declares in an episode of How I Met Your Mother. He’s referring to a mixtape he made — remember those? …

Mikey Taylor was once synonymous with professional skateboarding. He has since retired from skateboarding and is pursuing his own business endeavor to continue to provide for his family. Yet, balancing skating and fatherhood proved to be worthwhile for his personal growth, which has lasted beyond his days as a professional skateboarder.

There’s a moment in any career — let alone a professional skating career — where you have to stare down the barrel of a gun that is retirement. For most people, this is a momentous occasion, full of celebration. …

The Nationals completed a previously unseen postseason run by topping the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the World Series. Perhaps, like no others before them, they were the Team of Destiny.

Let me preface this with a fact: I am no baseball savant or aficionado. I only ever really watch baseball in October, but have found a recent liking to the sport. Yet, what the Nationals just thrillingly accomplished was exactly what I hoped for heading into October baseball.

The Ewing…

While the skate world waited impatiently, Mark Suciu finally released his part “Verso.” The part, in itself, was perhaps weirdly dissatisfying albeit awe-inspiring, which is very much like the man himself.

Suciu isn’t as heavily regarded as his counterparts, Shane O’Neill or Paul Rodriguez, who make their due with flip-in, flip-out types of tricks. Methodically, both O’Neill and Rodriguez attack their prey with a slow roll, but tenacity nonetheless. …

Tebow’s recent claim that college athletes should remain unpaid perfectly summarized his privilege as an unknowing, white male among a sea of marginalized groups.

Tebow made his way back into the headlines by claiming a belief that college athletes should remain unpaid. His opinion isn’t unheard of per se — but it perfectly summarized his privilege as an unknowing, white male among a sea of marginalized groups.

Tim Tebow emphatically went on ESPN’s First…

Where do you turn when you have spent your whole life indulging in a variety of passions?

When I was six years old, my first-grade teacher had an interesting book project for my class. We designed our own stories and illustrated them. She then took our pages and bound them to create a version of a softcover book. At six years old when you see your name…

With their recent fourth quarter fallout (and subsequent loss) to France, the question looms large: What will become of Team USA? The answer lies in recent history.

Dan Woike floated a photograph onto Twitter that showed the roster of the last Team USA to lose in international competition. The names are quite astounding: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, and Chris Bosh all graced their presence on the team.

Mind you, this was all the…

After a tumultuous season with the Hawks and Raptors, ending with a title, Jeremy Lin is moving on from the NBA to China. What kind of legacy does Linsanity leave behind?

Jeremy Lin broke the news himself that he was signing with the Beijing Shougang Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association, while other outlets uncovered his annual salary. At $3 million per season, that’s about $750,000 more than a minimum contract he would have earned in the NBA, according to Dan…

Andrew Hughes

Writer and blogger — a mix of sports, pop culture, and sometimes about myself. Email for inquiries: andrew.hughes2012@gmail.com

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