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All Knotted Up: Culture's Great Tiebreakers

Jason Plautz

The Tiebreaker Heard 'Round the

Those hard-to-resist-Svengalis: Bela Karolyi


That Bela--alternately so jovial, so brutish! The image of Karolyi hoisting Kerri Strug to the champion's podium is one of the most ubiquitous images of the 1996 Olympics.

In the Beginning: The Countdown Begins!

Mangesh Hattikudur

With just 15 Days till our new In the Beginning book comes out, we figured we'd start excerpting bits from it.

How Climate Change is Messing with Sports

Jason Plautz

We've all heard about the dangers of global warming and climate change.

Just what did ever happen to baseball #756?

David K. Israel

As of course you've heard by now, this summer Barry Bonds broke the all-time homerun record set by Henry Aaron and held since 1976. The 756th homerun came on August 7th, 2007.

Sports' Most Miserable Fans

Jason Plautz

Every sports fan has their share of misery, but I think mine takes the cake.

6 Sports Too Deadly for Gym Class

Jason Plautz

Dodgeball takes a lot of knocks in gym class for being dangerous, but it's got nowhere near the death rate of these sports.

7 Underhanded Sports Tactics (Including how to knock out a deaf guy)

Mangesh Hattikudur

As Chris Connolly found out, cheating is unimaginative, brutish, and plain crass.

My Minor League Promotion Roadtrip

Jason Plautz

After writing last week's post about failed baseball promotions, I was left a little disenchanted about being a baseball spectator.