BROOKLYN’S MAGNIFICENT NETS
— April 1, 2021
With a roster full of All Stars and MVP’s, the Brooklyn Nets could win the NBA for the first time in its history. It would add to the borough’s cool factor—but The Garden remains in Manhattan.
NRC – Brooklyn Nets (Dutch)
‘I STILL GOT IT’ — April 9, 2019
It was 1981 and Luis Aponte had just been drafted by the Texas Rangers, when a sniff of coke on a night out ended his prospects for an MLB career. He fell on hard times, but never lost his fast throw—nor his love for the game. In April 2020 he died of Covid, having just become a grandfather.
NRC – Portrait of a Yankee fan (Dutch)
AMERICAN SOCCER’S SOCIALIST STREAK
— March 19, 2015
Can the MLS, with its shared profits and limited number of designated players, compete with the lavishly spending European leagues—not to mention the NFL, NBA and MLB? New York City F.C.’s first home match actually looked promising.
NRC – New York City F.C. (Dutch, PDF)
SPORTS AS ONE LONG COMMERCIAL MANIFESTO
— July 21, 2012
If American sports culture serves as a blueprint for the Olympics, national teams will be replaced by sponsored teams and spectators will be transformed into consumers.
NRC – Future Olympics (Dutch, PDF)
“BALOTELLI, IDIOT, PASS THAT BALL!”
— June 19, 2012
Keeping their grappa and brioches with gelato within reach, Italian-American soccer fans screamed the Italian national team to victory over the Irish. A reportage from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
NRC – European Championship 2012 (Dutch, PDF)
LINSANITY — February 21, 2012
Thanks to the spectacular rise of 23-year old Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks suddenly have a contingent of basketball fans from Chinatown. “Lin is humble, like I was raised myself.”
NRC – Linsanity (Dutch, PDF)
NASCAR’S CHARM — September 4, 2007
The noise is deafening, the smell of kerosene is overwhelming and the drivers make the same left turn 800 times. Why, then, does the average NASCAR race draw 120,000 live spectators?
De Pers – NASCAR (PDF, Dutch)
A WAY OF LIFE — July 7, 2005
More than 700 bike messengers from over 30 countries gathered in the streets of New York City for the “World Championship for Bike Messengers”. As skilled as the contestants were, the gathering was first and foremost the celebration of an international subculture.
Nieuwe Revue – Bike Messengers (Dutch, PDF)