No ApologiesSerena Williams’ decision to return to Indian Wells was inspiring, magnanimous, and totally unnecessary.
What Happened at Slate This Week?Justin Peters takes a tour around the magazine to celebrate his 10 years at Slate.
Curtains UpIs ASU’s bizarre new technique the holy grail of free-throw distraction?
True BlueDean Smith’s political approach to being a coach is missed now more than ever.
The Seahawks Didn’t Throw Away the Super BowlThe Patriots reached out and grabbed it.
Winning UglyThis Super Bowl showcased everything there is to love—and hate—about the NFL.
He Never Touches the BallsTom Brady may be the handsome face of the Pats, but the team’s heart and soul belong to defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.
Rule BreakersWhat the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” has in common with the last Patriots championship team.
Dropped BallsThe Patriots became nearly fumble-proof after a 2006 rule change backed by Tom Brady.
Embrace the HateThe five stages of Patriots fans’ Ballghazi grief.
Let Them DeflateWhy NFL quarterbacks should get to do whatever they want with their balls.
Overheard on Chat: “In Urban We Trust”What two Slatesters had to say about last night’s Ohio State upset.
Buckeye RevivalWhy Urban Meyer’s Ohio State is set to be a perennial title contender.
Melo DramaDid Carmelo Anthony ruin the Knicks, or did the Knicks ruin him?
The Internet’s Favorite ExerciseIs the box jump a worthwhile training technique or just a fancy party trick?
Game, Set, and (Fixed) MatchPro tennis has a match-fixing problem in its lower ranks.
What’s the Hardest Shot in Bowling?It’s not the 7-10 split. It’s the “Greek Church.”
WizardryHow John Wall became the most entertaining player in basketball.
Corner QatarWhat the just-finished Handball World Championship tells us about the 2022 World Cup.
Tough CallWhy Pete Carroll’s decision to pass was not as stupid as it looked.
The Tweet BowlWhat Twitter’s smartest culture and sports writers are saying about the Super Bowl.
Another Data PointNew England’s incredible ball security is not impossible, but also not meaningless.
Dear Patriots HatersA message from a Pats fan to all the chafing, crybaby chumps out there.
Dumb LuckThe New England Patriots’ prevention of fumbles is nearly impossible.
What Happened at Slate This Week?Traffic swami Jeremy Stahl tallies his favorite stories of the week, from #Ballghazi to #SotU.
Football’s JokerWhy Bill Belichick and his antics make the NFL a better place.
The Gridiron BoudoirA totally sensual NFL erotic fiction series.
They Should Have Known BetterThe Mueller report proves the NFL’s negligent handling of the Ray Rice case, but doesn’t go far enough.
Booyah PatoisHow Stuart Scott paved the way for a new kind of black voice in sports media.
Cards Without CardboardCan Topps save itself and a beloved hobby with baseball cards that live inside your phone?