The Ballad of Illinois State
How the NCAA abuses statistics to stack the deck against small schools.
“That Was My Play!”The future of sports just might be the Screaming Eagles, a football team controlled by fans with smartphones.
The Super Bowl of Social MediaWhat Twitter’s smartest culture and sports writers are saying about the Falcons, the Patriots, the commercials, and Lady Gaga.
Is Russell Westbrook a Rebound Thief?The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard averages a triple-double. He also stands accused of padding his stats.
Heel in ChiefNo wonder Trump wants a WWE magnate in his administration. He and pro wrestling go way back.
“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.
A Better Marathon Time CalculatorTwo years ago, we introduced our marathon calculator. Now, it’s gotten an update.
Why Chief Wahoo Is Still GrinningProtests against the Cleveland Indians’ racist, red-faced caricature never work. They just make its supporters stronger.
The Curse BreakerFirst, Theo Epstein saved the Red Sox. Now he’s rescuing the Cubs. Here’s his secret.
There 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.
The Greatest, Saddest Super Bowl EverThe New England Patriots’ amazing overtime victory was an even more amazing catastrophe for the Atlanta Falcons.
The 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.
It 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.
Aroldis Chapman and the Cost of Risk AversionHow Joe Maddon’s fear of losing Game 6 could cost the Cubs in Game 7.
Tolstoy 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.
Mickey Mantle Is Alive, and He Plays in AnaheimSo why is Mike Trout less famous than Jimmy Garoppolo?