Alan Siegel

Alan Siegel is a writer in Washington, D.C. You can reach him at and follow him on Twitter.

The Spot
July 10 2014 3:43 PMHow “Seven Nation Army” Conquered the Sports World
The Spot
June 10 2014 5:10 PMWill Argentina Ever Truly Love Lionel Messi?
The Spot
June 2 2014 1:21 PM“Open Wide for Some Soccer!”: The Simpsons’ Brilliant Parody of the Beautiful Game
Sept. 26 2013 12:00 PMBest Message Board EverTwenty-five seasons of, embiggening a generation of obsessive TV fans.
Sports Nut
March 20 2013 1:12 PMI Beat DukeWhat it’s like to take down college basketball’s most hated program, in the words of the men who did it.
Dec. 26 2012 8:30 AMCan I Carry Your Books?The rise of the backpack.
Brow Beat
July 23 2012 6:37 PMHow Do You Really Dispose of Ricin? Can You Flush It Down the Toilet?
Sports Nut
March 12 2012 11:12 AMBlue AngelMeet Ron Burt, the most likable Duke basketball player of all time.
Brow Beat
July 21 2010 12:10 PMDaniel Tosh: The Clip King
Brow Beat
July 8 2010 2:21 PMDive of the Day: Germany’s Mesut Özil
Brow Beat
July 7 2010 11:07 AMDive of the Day: Holland's Arjen Robben
Sports Nut
July 1 2010 7:06 PMLeBron James' Facebook FeedThe free agent summit, Mikhail Prokhorov, and desperate Clevelanders
Brow Beat
June 25 2010 1:39 PMDive of the Day: Slovakia's Miroslav Stoch
Brow Beat
June 24 2010 11:44 AMDive of the Day: Algeria's Rafik Halliche
Brow Beat
June 22 2010 12:45 PMDive of the Day: Honduras' Emilio Izaguirre
The Spot
June 25 2014 9:00 AMAmerican Star Fabian Johnson Could’ve Played for Germany. Tough Break, Deutschland.
Brow Beat
June 3 2014 3:04 PMWhen Homer Simpson Bought a Gun, and the NRA Didn’t Get It
The Spot
May 19 2014 9:30 AMThe Horrifying True Story of the Ugliest Jerseys in U.S. Soccer History
April 9 2013 7:15 AMUnfair HarvardInside the biggest scandal in quiz bowl history.
Sports Nut
March 17 2013 6:45 PMMethods to the MadnessBored by your run-of-the-mill NCAA bracket contest? Try one of these 11 alternative ways to gamble on the tournament.
Sept. 12 2012 3:40 AMMarines Who Love Space MarinesWhy American troops can’t get enough of Warhammer 40,000, a fantasy tabletop game set in the 41st millennium.
May 3 2012 5:42 PMThe Super Bowl of the MindIs quiz bowl the ultimate test of smarts or an overblown game of Trivial Pursuit?
Aug. 11 2010 7:08 AMLocally GrownWhich local political blogs to follow during the 2010 election season.
Brow Beat
July 12 2010 11:11 AMDive of the Day: Spain's Joan Capdevila
July 8 2010 12:03 PM Is an Oil Spill Ever Good for Animals?Worms love it.
Brow Beat
July 2 2010 11:09 AMSoccer Diving: A Historical Perspective
Brow Beat
June 30 2010 12:14 PMDive of the Day: Spain's Joan Capdevila
Sports Nut
June 25 2010 1:16 PMThe Myth of the American Soccer GuruWhy U.S. manager Bob Bradley is a great coach, not a miracle worker.
Brow Beat
June 23 2010 3:07 PMThe Eli Manning of Soccer (or Something)
Brow Beat
June 21 2010 2:48 PMDive of the Day: Ivory Coast's Abdul Kader Keïta




Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
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Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.