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Sports

January 31, 2015

"Research explains why so many people are obsessed with sports"

Piece argues that it's all about the hormones.

January 28, 2015

"Dear Patriots Haters"

Bravo.

(Personally, no matter who it is, I'm tired of trial-by-leaks.)

January 25, 2015

"Messi-To-Neymar Is As Beautiful As Soccer Gets"

You just don't see things like this every game.

"NFL Draft Experts Hated The Draft That Turned The Seahawks Into The Best Team In The League"

Worth remembering if you read those "expert" evaluations of NFL drafts.

The 2012 NFL Draft is the biggest reason why the Seattle Seahawks have been the best team in the league over the last two years. . . .

They drafted five players that have become a part of their core, and got many of them in the late rounds . . . 

January 10, 2015

"That's Deep, Man"

How Aaron Rodgers throws the deep ball.

(I'm psyched for Ice Bowl II--The Revenge.)

January 09, 2015

"The bizarre, multibillion-dollar industry of American fantasy sports"

Supposedly, $11 billion per year.

January 08, 2015

Three on Coach Pop

"Gregg Popovich Shares His Philosophy On Handling Failure".

In today's world, if you don't win the whole thing, whether it's football or basketball, or this and that, people have a tendency to paint you as a loser or act like you just robbed the cookie jar. Well that's baloney.

"55-Year-Old Legend Who Quit His Job To Work For The Spurs Explains Why Gregg Popovich Is A Genius".

"Gregg Popovich laughs off Phil Jackson's dynasty diss".

January 01, 2015

"How the state of Alabama became the center of the college football universe"

It sounds like for the sake of nearly 5 million people, Alabama better win today.

December 21, 2014

"Both Of Lionel Messi's Feet Must Be Made Of Glue"

Leo, yesterday, doing what he does like no one else.

The only downside is one of these times, Ray Hudson is going to have a stroke.

December 18, 2014

"How Muhammad Ali's Rope-A-Dope Myth Suckered America"

News to me, but it sounds right.

The rope-a-dope myth has played an important role in Ali's apotheosis, filling in holes in his resume as a boxer and cultural figure. His career in general is now seen through the prism of his victory over Foreman. Among other things the knockout ratified and deodorized the victories over Liston, though the stink on those fights had always been richly deserved. But the myth itself accomplished the unlikelier feat of reframing Ali's past, which to that point had been unpalatably controversial for many Americans. Skeptics now had to reckon with the saga of a man who'd courageously absorbed the unstinting assault of boxing's most fearsome puncher and come back for a dramatic win. These were the people who'd seen Ali's draft resistance as an act of cowardice instead of a principled stand, who'd looked at Ali—with his hairless body, his self-professed prettiness, his flamboyant personality, his high voice, his lack of interest in anything besides boxing, his less-than-rugged boxing style—and whispered about his sexual orientation, who'd believed that Ali hadn't served his duty to his country or to the ring, having failed to engage in bloody, to-the-death combat on either front. The Foreman fight satisfied those requirements for many, and thus opened the floodgates for the mainstream political acceptance and corporate sponsorship that has for at least 25 years defined Ali's legacy—first President Ford, then the Olympic torch, then the Ali Center, which was made possible by a government land grant. If rope-a-dope was a lie, it at least disabused many Americans of far bigger illusions.

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