Watch Me Eat

Examining the globalization of gluttony

Metabolics, Oct 31 2014

by Stephanie Hayes

Every evening at 8 PM, The Diva sits before her laptop in her South Korean apartment, turns on a camera, and …

The Second Coming

On King James's return and Cleveland's salvation

Metabolics, Oct 31 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

We look up to the heavens: birds chirp, sunlight wrestles through the cloudy sky. As a soft piano ballad fades in, …

Better, Faster, Stronger

Is there a limit to human performance?

Metabolics, Oct 24 2014

by Stephanie Hayes

On September 28, 2014, Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto became the first man to run a marathon in under two hours and three …

The Real Dirt on the Baby Carrot

Metabolics, Oct 17 2014

by Lisa Borst

There is a point in the early evening at my parents’ house, an hour or two before dinner, that I’m tempted …

Conversations Not Had

Considering the media coverage of Ray Rice

Metabolics, Oct 03 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

On February 15, Ray Rice was arrested for domestic violence involving his then-fiancée, now-wife Janay Palmer. On May 21, prosecutors dropped …

Major League Literature

Metabolics, Sep 26 2014

by Kyle Giddon, Tristan Rodman, Zeve Sanderson & Will Underwood

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (2011) Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding is about baseball in the way Good …

Miniature Food Bloom

Metabolics, Sep 26 2014

by Sam Bresnick

The backlash has been brewing for years. Disappearing are the 16 oz. porterhouses bathed in gravy served with a mound of …

Pigskin Pigs

Race, Money, and the NCAA

Metabolics, Sep 12 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

The NCAA, a non-profit institution with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, is governed by a Board of Directors—eighteen college administrators and NCAA …

Video Games

technology and the future of basketball

Metabolics, May 02 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

Up, up, and away Nestled high up in the rafters of every NBA stadium, six cameras are slowly transforming basketball. In …

On The Market

the other side of free agency

Metabolics, Apr 25 2014

by Jake Coonin

In September 1992, eight football players filed an anti-trust lawsuit against the National Football League. They publicly called into question the …

Child's Play

Metabolics, Apr 11 2014

by Five Big Babies

NO RULEZ Calvinball, taken from the comic Calvin and Hobbes, is the essential game of my childhood. It took sports, and …

Student Union

labor organization in the NCAA

Metabolics, Apr 04 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

Student-athlete. The ordering stresses the primacy of scholastics over sports, and the hyphen suggests they are two parts of an inseparable …

We Are What We Waste

legislating food disposal in Rhode Island

Metabolics, Mar 14 2014

by Lisa Borst

Rhode Island’s only landfill is located at the end of a rural road in Johnston, which, when I visited in early …

Buy Me Some Peanuts

the new frontier of cracker jacks

Metabolics, Mar 14 2014

by Nicholas Catoni, Kyle Giddon, Lili Rosenkranz & Zeve Sanderson

Sitting and cheering for three hours is hard work. But stadium food isn’t just about sustenance—it’s about the identity of the …

Etched in Stone

Sports, Statistics, and Making Mount Rushmore

Metabolics, Mar 07 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

It looked like a casual conversation between friends as Steven Smith interviewed LeBron James in James’s Miami home. “Who’s your Mount …

Thin Ice

Amateurs and professionals in Olympic Ice Hockey

Metabolics, Feb 28 2014

by Nicholas Catoni

On February 23, the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi came to a close with the Men’s Ice Hockey gold medal …


Crafting with corn syrup

Metabolics, Feb 14 2014

by Sara Winnick

February 14 is the only day of the year well-suited for red construction paper, public displays of affection, temporary cupid tattoos, …

How to Win a Super Bowl

Pete Carroll’s philosophy of coaching

Metabolics, Feb 07 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

During the summer of 2000, Pete Carroll, now the head coach of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, had his coaching …

Northern Exposure

a conversation with James Mark, owner of north restaurant

Metabolics, Jan 31 2014

by John White

Carpenter and West Fountain Streets on Federal Hill meet in a large, triangular opening called Luongo Memorial Square. The darkness of …

The Recruit

Metabolics, Jan 31 2014

by Zeve Sanderson

Baton Rouge, LA. May, 2013. Dylan Moses is 6’1”, weighs nearly 215 pounds, runs a 4.46 second 40-yard dash, and has …

Offensive Lines

Jonathan Martin, Richie Incognito & Black Masculinity in American Sports

Metabolics, Nov 19 2013

by Tristan Rodman

ON OCTOBER 28, JONATHAN MARTIN left the Miami Dolphins. Martin, 24 years old and in his second NFL season, briefly checked …

The New Experience

Street League Skateboarding & the rise of ISX

Metabolics, Oct 29 2013

by Eli Pitegoff

MOMENTS AFTER 18-YEAR-OLD Nyjah Huston clinched the 2012 Street League Skateboarding Super Crown, cameras swarmed. Lil Wayne rushed through the stadium …

Soft Skulls, Cold Hearts

The Evolution of Head Protection in the NHL

Metabolics, Oct 03 2013

by Madeline Coburn

THE PUCK IS DROPPED at the faceoff and won back to Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen. He fires a low slap …

No Days Off

Medicine, Fitness, and the Modern Athlete

Metabolics, Sep 26 2013

by Sam Bresnick

ON AN OVERCAST DAY in Mexico City in October 1968, Jim Hines ran 100 meters in 9.95 seconds. Hines walked away …

On the Fat Athlete

Metabolics, Sep 13 2013

by Tristan Rodman

“There are two different shapes, one for fitness, one for throwing the ball.” – Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers Some …

March Madness

Metabolics, Mar 22 2013

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Up In the Air

Metabolics, Mar 08 2013

by Alex Ronan, Greg Nissan & Sam Rosen

[start large] [end large] “I'm not quite sure I believe the final shot, though” Roger Ebert said of Love and Basketball’s …

Hometown Brewers

A Toast To Pawtucket's Newest Neighbors

Metabolics, Feb 17 2013

by Belle Cushing

It started with four soda syrup tanks. Reclaimed from a scrap heap, the tanks showed up and for them to get …

Brain Freeze!

Metabolics, Feb 17 2013

by Anna Rotman

1. Like all good recipes, this one starts with a quest: find clean snow. Suggestions: backyards, rooftops, the inner layers of …

The Worst Kind of Punch Line

Metabolics, Feb 08 2013

by Greg Nissan & Joe de Jonge

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All Doped Up

The Cruel Fascinations of Modern Track & Field

Metabolics, Nov 16 2012

by Barry Elkinton

Christian Hesch was having a good week. On August 17, Hesch, a semi-professional road racer from Los Angeles, ran 4:00.01 at …

The Commissioner and I

Bidding Adieu to the Father of Modern Basketball

Metabolics, Nov 02 2012

by Sam Rosen

Last Tuesday afternoon my best friend called, which was exciting because he only calls if he forgets to tell to me …

Limoncello and Sour Cream

Local Flavor at the Hood New England Dairy Cook-Off

Metabolics, Oct 26 2012

by Belle Cushing

In Ballroom D, carpeted and windowless, all the chairs face five kitchenettes. Mirrors above each cooking station reflect the mise-en-place: a …

Newport's Cup

Formerly Schmancy Sailing in the Ocean State

Metabolics, Apr 23 2012

by Alex Seoh

In the world of competitive sailing, winning the America’s Cup signifies the best—the best team of sailors in the best boat …

Thrilling Food

Eating Bugs to Revolutionize the Food System

Metabolics, Mar 06 2012

by Katie Parker

Challenge: watch The Lion King and decide that bugs do not look tempting. The multi-colored, neon grubs, beetles, and caterpillars look …

Musty Beginnings

Finding the Beauty in the Damp and Dark

Metabolics, Feb 15 2012

by Anna Rotman

Basements are sites of dank carpets and unrecognizable storage boxes. Once-prized possessions dwell in limbo: damaged too much to fully enjoy, …