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February 13, 2014

"Unpacking the reported Juan Mata, Man Utd deal"

Excellent analysis by Gabriele Marcotti.

I particularly like how he identifies the flaw in the "don't sell a top player to a rival" argument.

February 02, 2014

"Paul Allen: Hands-off Seahawks owner with passion for sports"

Seems like I've heard this before: good owners hire the right people and then they generally just let them do their jobs

February 01, 2014

"This Map Shows Exactly Where College Football Players Come From"

Not a big surprise: SoCal, South Florida, and Houston are important. But on a per capita basis, Southern Mississippi, South Alabama, and Montana are pretty hot. 

January 30, 2014

"What Makes a Football Player Smart?"

"In football, as in so many parts of life, the true measure of intelligence is elusive. On a Sunday field, if you combine diligent, grinding application with presence and intuition, you can triumph, even if you are slow and have a Wonderlic score of twenty-four, like Jim Leonhard."

January 28, 2014

Magnus Carlsen 1, Bill Gates 0

Watch Carlsen mate billg in 79 seconds.

Worse: billg had white.

Even worse: virtually all of the quick mates I've seen were of an uncastled king. Bill castled, but it still didn't help.

Explanation of where Bill went wrong

January 27, 2014

"Stanford’s Distinct Training Regimen Redefines Strength"

I thought this was interesting because any pro sports fan knows that a reliable way to reduce injuries would be a huge advantage. Could a guy at Stanford have the answer?

January 26, 2014

"Michael Jordan Has Not Left the Building"

What's it like to be the greatest in the world at something, and then, one day, you're not? For MJ it's apparently not much fun. (Story posted about one year ago.)

"Think these 10 sports records can be broken? Think again"

From the L. A. Times:

The assignment — rank the top 10 sports records that will never be broken — seemed straightforward enough until you dig into the research and realize you could easily fill the list with records from Major League Baseball alone.

To diversify the field, filters were added to eliminate marks set long ago in sports that have undergone such drastic change that those records will never be approached, let alone broken.

January 25, 2014

"Alessandro Florenzi can not believe the goal he just scored"

Pretty bicycle kick.

See also Messi's "Brilliance on steroids".

January 23, 2014

"The List of the Ten Most Expensive Super Bowl Parties In and Around New York City"

I won't be going, so any of you who do, please give my regards to Jay-Z and Brooklyn Decker

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