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John Wooden’s Homespun Creed Was Not So Homespun

The legendary basketball coach claimed his father developed a brilliant, seven-point philosophy of life. That’s total hogwash.

May 12 2017 11:58 AMIs Klay Thompson a Robot?A Slate investigation.
May 10 2017 10:24 AMThe Hero the NBA NeedsThe Cavs and Warriors are undefeated, but these playoffs belong to Isaiah Thomas.
May 8 2017 2:08 PMMike D’Antoni Already Changed the NBA OnceWith the Houston Rockets, he’s revolutionizing the league again.
May 4 2017 5:17 PMThe Curse of Jackie RobinsonThe Red Sox passed on the chance to integrate the major leagues. The franchise is still recovering from that original sin.
May 2 2017 11:07 AMPassing the Chemistry TestWill pro sports teams ever figure out how to quantify how well teammates get along?
April 5 2017 4:31 PMTony Romo Got Out While He Was Still AliveThe Cowboys quarterback will be a whole lot safer in the broadcast booth than he was on the football field.
March 31 2017 5:54 AMCongratulations on Winning the World Series, CubsBuilding a dynasty is a whole lot harder.
March 26 2017 8:00 PMFox Sports 1 Is Amazing! Awful! Fantastic! Execrable!Will a network that serves up every opinion and its opposite reinvent sports television—or destroy it?
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.
May 12 2017 11:04 AMFlipping AwesomeIn praise of the Philadelphia Phillies’ Odubel Herrera, who tosses his bat skyward when he grounds out to second base.
May 9 2017 6:50 PMThe Quest for a Sub–Two-Hour MarathonEliud Kipchoge almost broke the barrier. What does his race tell us about the limits of human performance?
May 5 2017 11:59 AMI Love What LaVar Ball Stands ForI hate LaVar Ball.
May 4 2017 9:04 AMMirror-World MessiIn praise of N’Golo Kanté, soccer’s immovable object.
April 14 2017 12:49 PMStill a White Man’s SportSeventy years after Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball, the game has yet to embrace black culture.
March 31 2017 9:15 AMOne Month, Every StadiumOur guide to visiting all 30 major-league ballparks in 30 days, updated for 2017.
March 27 2017 1:49 PMThese Guys Are GoodUnder Bruce Arena, the U.S. men’s national soccer team has transformed from an embarrassment into an aggressive attacking force.
March 13 2017 3:17 PMThe Ballad of Illinois StateHow the NCAA abuses statistics to stack the deck against small schools.
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.