Director Ang Lee talks about the varying interpretations of his Oscar-nominated film
Watching exorbitantly overpaid people dwell in mediocrity is an American sports fan's lot in life. But it doesn't have to be. Enter relegation: a multi-tiered system in which the bottom teams get demoted to a lesser league, and their spots are filled by the lesser league's top teams. Already thriving in many of Europe's professional soccer associations, relegation makes every game count; just as the best teams must win to reach the top, the worst must win to escape the bottom.
Some Americans resist supporting their country's team because they worry the squad will lose. But there are plenty of reasons to cheer this year.