When Nuns Meet Sports

College Weekend

When Nuns Meet Sports by Jason Plautz Athletes are rarely shy about their religion, whether they're dedicating their MVP award to God or crossing themselves before stepping to the plate.

5 Winter Sports The Olympics Are Missing

Ethan Trex

Winter sports fall into three convenient categories: Hockey, Things That Claim to Not Be Hockey But Aren't Fooling Anyone (bandy, ringette, broomball, etc.) and Things That are Not Hockey.

Behind the Mascot: 8 Great Stories About Strangely Named Teams

Ethan Trex

Your favorite sports team or alma mater's mascot is probably some sort of big cat or bird of prey, and that's fine. Your tattoo is right; the Tigers totally rule.

Four Ways Technology is Changing Sports Officiating

Jason Plautz


8 Famous (Or Infamous) Fans Who Stood Out From The Crowd

Jason English

Some of these not-so-secret admirers could sell their own jerseys in stadium stores. Some should be locked up. (And one is.)

7 of History's Most Terrifying Sports Riots

Ethan Trex

Spectator sports have a singular capacity to bring together disparate groups of people towards the common goal of cheering for a favorite team.

Five Sports That Should Become Popular in America (and how it can happen)

Jason Plautz

It's no secret that the sports universe in America is pretty sheltered- we've got football, baseball, basketball and a bunch of other miscellaneous ones.

8 Thoroughly Misleading Baseball Team Names

Mangesh & Jason

by Bob Carson The Red Sox spent 86 years overcoming an alleged curse. Sammy Sosa somehow got the impression that he needed corked bats to amp up his already terrific game.

Signs your HGH injections might be fake

Jason Plautz

From Paul Byrd and Rick Ankiel to the upcoming Mitchell Report, accusations of HGH are flying around baseball.

50 Reasons to Subscribe to mental_floss (#47, How to be a Superhero revealed!)

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