The Barnum of Baseball

Lucas Reilly

From 1960 to 1980, the Athletics were owned by an eccentric self-made millionaire with no shortage of big, bad, amusing ideas. Mule ride, anyone?

10 World Cup-Inspired Cocktails

Rebecca OConnell

Good news for your next World Cup party: The Travelling Gin Company whipped up 32 cocktails for the 32 countries competing.

Physics, the World Cup, and Bouncy Balls

Chris Higgins

How a Deaf-Blind Person Watches the World Cup

Arika Okrent

How Do Soccer Referees Determine Stoppage Time?

Nick Greene

Toward the end of each half of a soccer match, the fourth official on the sideline hoists an illuminated sign over his or her head that displays a number.

Who Is Larry O'Brien?

Ethan Trex

The Spurs are your NBA champions. Who's that guy whose name is on the trophy?

10 Demands Made by World Cup Teams

Erik van Rheenen

Brazilian hotels had to make some unusual concessions to accommodate the players.

11 World Cup Heroes Who Weren't Full-Time Professional Players

Nick Greene

The 5 Different Linguistic Styles of Exciting Goal Calls

Arika Okrent

Hearing hundreds of goals called, one right after the other, by excited announcers from various countries, can really make you notice the international differences in goal announcing style.

Q&A: Philip Pritchard, the Keeper of the Stanley Cup

Erin McCarthy

When he’s not squiring the Cup around, Philip Pritchard is the Vice President and Curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.