The Fall: It's ostensibly about diving, but that's like saying Moby Dick is about the whale. A great read about how football has changed and is still changing.
Wenger's Arsenal : Jonathan Wilson goes totally postmodern, referencing Said, Shakespeare, Sophocles, Monet, Liszt, Rembrandt, Bach, Matisse, Foster Wallace, Becker and Freud. Actually, that wouldn't be a bad starting XI.
The Rugby World Cup Final is on Saturday: between Australia and New Zealand at Twickenham. After over a month of pool matches, quarter finals and semi finals, the best two teams in the world get to slug it out. The winner will be the first three-time holder of the Webb Ellis trophy. Trans-Tasman rivalry at it's finest.
Howard Kendall, the former Everton player and manager, died last week. : This isn't just about him, though. Some of these stories shared by Guardian readers have a way of getting in and warming your soul.
Rugby (Union) World Cup Starts Tonight: As usual, the All Blacks will be favourites, but this time around it's a bit more open. England, Australia, France, South Africa and Ireland could all be in with a shout. Usually with Rugby World Cups, the pools are fairly predictable, and action won't get interesting until the knockout stages at the Quarter Finals. However, this year the Pool of Death (TM) means that one of England, Australia or Wales will be going or staying home early.
Cheating in Sports: With computers and downloadable apps.
Australian Rules Tactics: For a long time, they didn't seem to actually exist. A new book delves into the history of coaching, and tries to explain what's happening to the average punter.
The Ashes. Explained.: England and Australia resume their 148 year old cricket rivalry.
Matthew Dellavedova and the Australian Way.: “What the fuck are you staring at?” That’s the attitude Australia takes into the world, in sport as in much else."
Yes, But Is It A Sport?: A landmark court case in Britain to judge whether Bridge is a sport or not. Significant lottery funding is at stake.
The Man Who Never Was, Or Who Was He?: The story of Clifford Grey and the gold medal winning 1928 and 1932 bobsled team.
Arsene Wenger, The Martyr: The sacrifices involved in playing the beautiful game.
Around the ballparks.: In celebration of opening day, the best food in the MLB.
Cyclones and Grass Roots Football: The Nerimbera Magpies. The soul of a town.
Last Man (or Woman): A game for those not interested in NFL. Or at least the Superbowl result.
People Who Like Sport Remember Their Lives Better Than People Who Don't.: A long rambling look through 2005. Life, death, divorce. And cricket.
Coming of Age: The long, hard luck story of Australian football may be coming to an end.
Crowd Catch: The lengths some people will go to to catch a ball in the crowd. Also, in cricket, using a mitt is illegal.
Requiem for Phillip Hughes: "So rest in peace my little brother. I'll see you out in the middle."
Crossing Over:: Club Tijuana is also San Diego's team.
Through Thick and Thin: Using Manchester United as an example, how happiness doesn't always relate to winning all the time. With real psychology stuff.
The Best Football (Soccer) Writing 2013: It was a good year for the long form piece, judging by this list.
This is Football: Normally the English FA can be relied upon to do something stupid. However, they commissioned poet and writer Musa Okwonga to pen an ode to celebrate their 150th anniversary. With a few special guests.