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The Ballad of Illinois State

How the NCAA abuses statistics to stack the deck against small schools.

March 13 2017 2:57 PMHow to Win Your NCAA PoolAct like a hedge fund manager and pick Gonzaga to win it all.
Feb. 17 2017 5:23 PM“That Was My Play!”The future of sports just might be the Screaming Eagles, a football team controlled by fans with smartphones.
Feb. 6 2017 5:33 PMWe Are the 99 PercentHow close were the Falcons to winning the Super Bowl?
Feb. 5 2017 5:40 PMThe Super Bowl of Social MediaWhat Twitter’s smartest culture and sports writers are saying about the Falcons, the Patriots, the commercials, and Lady Gaga.
Jan. 31 2017 4:55 PMIs Russell Westbrook a Rebound Thief?The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard averages a triple-double. He also stands accused of padding his stats.
Jan. 5 2017 4:26 PMCould an NFL Team Miss the Playoffs With a 13–3 Record?What about 14–2? 15–1?
Dec. 9 2016 6:15 PMHeel in ChiefNo wonder Trump wants a WWE magnate in his administration. He and pro wrestling go way back.
Nov. 15 2016 9:15 AMNo More Sticking to SportsWhat athletes and coaches said after Donald Trump’s victory.
Nov. 4 2016 11:44 AM“When They Won, I Cried Because of Her”At a makeshift memorial, Chicago Cubs fans remember loved ones who never got to see their team win the World Series.
Nov. 3 2016 2:03 PMA Better Marathon Time CalculatorTwo years ago, we introduced our marathon calculator. Now, it’s gotten an update.
Nov. 2 2016 4:36 PMRacist Mascot Wins World Series, PresidencyHeadlines from the future.
Oct. 28 2016 1:50 PMWhy Chief Wahoo Is Still GrinningProtests against the Cleveland Indians’ racist, red-faced caricature never work. They just make its supporters stronger.
Oct. 25 2016 4:08 PMThe Curse BreakerFirst, Theo Epstein saved the Red Sox. Now he’s rescuing the Cubs. Here’s his secret.
Oct. 21 2016 12:22 PMCubs Win!How the most pessimistic fans in sports transformed into a bunch of optimists.
Oct. 4 2016 5:58 PMIn Praise of Baseball’s One-Game PlayoffThe traditionalists are wrong.
Feb. 27 2017 7:30 PMThere Is No More American Name Than Muhammad AliWhat the immigration officials who detained the boxer’s son should know about the great champion and this nation’s values.
Feb. 10 2017 2:45 PMThey’ll Tumble for YaThe joys of women’s college gymnastics, the best show on TV.
Feb. 6 2017 2:08 AMThe Greatest, Saddest Super Bowl EverThe New England Patriots’ amazing overtime victory was an even more amazing catastrophe for the Atlanta Falcons.
Feb. 3 2017 5:53 AMHow to Pull for the Patriots in the Age of TrumpA guide for morally compromised New England fans.
Jan. 10 2017 2:10 PMRoll TigersTo beat Alabama, Clemson had to become Alabama.
Dec. 22 2016 3:54 PMThe Minnesota Football Boycott Sounded Like a Social Justice Protest. It Wasn’t.“Justice.” “Awareness.” “Due process.” Players co-opted the language of the recent jock awakening to push a reactionary message.
Nov. 21 2016 6:55 PMBad Coach, Bad for AmericaGoodbye and good riddance, Jürgen Klinsmann.
Nov. 7 2016 1:54 PMThe Brangelina of the NBAParsing the divorce of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
Nov. 3 2016 2:10 PMI Sold Bill Murray a Beer at Wrigley FieldAnd other World Series tales from a Chicago Cubs vendor.
Nov. 2 2016 5:49 PMIt Will Never Be This Good AgainA Red Sox fan on what it’s like to win the World Series after a very, very, very long championship drought.
Nov. 2 2016 2:02 PMAroldis Chapman and the Cost of Risk AversionHow Joe Maddon’s fear of losing Game 6 could cost the Cubs in Game 7.
Oct. 25 2016 4:36 PMIt Might Be. It Could Be. It Is?Can you tell a home run from a fly ball? Take our video quiz.
Oct. 25 2016 11:09 AMTolstoy Was Still Alive. Jessica Tandy Hadn’t Been Born.The state of the world in 1908, the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.
Oct. 5 2016 4:17 PMMickey Mantle Is Alive, and He Plays in AnaheimSo why is Mike Trout less famous than Jimmy Garoppolo?
Sept. 25 2016 2:28 PMJosé Fernández Was the Future of BaseballThe Marlins’ exuberant, Cuban-born pitcher changed what it means to play the game the right way.

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