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11 Offbeat Stats That Don't Show Up in the Box Score

Jason Plautz

These unofficial stats may not be as illuminating, but they're certainly more fun.

5 Sentences We Didn’t Expect to Read About Andy Murray

Mangesh Hattikudur

Mental_floss co-founder Mangesh Hattikudur is at the US Open today. Between matches, he'll be serving up some tennis history and random knowledge.

Martina Navratilova’s Formula for Success

Scott Allen

How Math and Lasers Can Make You a Better Golfer

Lucas Reilly

A few years ago, number crunchers and stat geeks infiltrated the MLB front offices and changed the way America’s pastime is played. Now they’re doing it to Scotland’s.

5 Stats That Might Mean Less Than You Think

Jason Plautz

We're living in the golden age of statistics for sports geeks.

25 Rejected Nicknames for Professional Sports Teams

Scott Allen

From the Rubber Puckies to the Unicorns, here are some of the best and weirdest nicknames ever considered.

The Evolution of Soccer Balls

Erik van Rheenen

It wasn’t until 1855, when Charles Goodyear patented vulcanized rubber, that soccer balls started taking shape. Literally.

10 Obscure Rules from the World of Sports

Jessica Bloustein Marshall

Good sportsmen (and women) play by the rules. Even the rules you've never heard of.

Watch Every Episode of Home Run Derby (1960) on Hulu

Colin Patrick

11 Stars of Big Time Wrestling in the 1970s

Kara Kovalchik

Cyndi Lauper and Lou Albano gave professional wrestling a huge promotional boost in the 1980s, but some of us remember the golden days when wrestling was gritty showmanship without the million-dollar

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