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Waterboys in Football: Why?

Waterboys in Football: Why?

As I do every weekend, I watched a little football (college and NFL) on Saturday and Sunday. There was a moment during one of the games that I noticed something odd. I’ve seen this hundreds of times before, but I never realized how weird it is. A player ran over to the sidelines after making […]


Do Sports Matter During Natural Disasters?

Do Sports Matter During Natural Disasters?

In the midst of the continued aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, I saw this on ESPN yesterday: I’ve written about sports and related media sometimes forgetting that they’re just a form of entertainment. They bring a lot of people joy and meaning, but in the end, sports are no different than movies, TV shows, […]


What’s the Last Tournament You Played in?

What's the Last Tournament You Played in?

The last tournament I participated in was filling out a bracket for March Madness. I’m not even sure that counts as participation, but it’s something. Before that–excluding other March Madnesses, it was a soccer tournament I played in 6 years ago with the guys I played with while growing up in Virginia. We lost in […]


What’s the Best Mid-Game Entertainment at a Sporting Event?

If you’ve ever attended a live sporting event, you know that the game is just one piece of the overall entertainment package. There are tons of carefully crafted moments sprinkled into the game, ranging from music to contests to comedy and more. I attended my annual Cardinals game tonight. Sometime in the middle of the […]


The Odd Reward System of Team Ninja Warrior

The Odd Reward System of Team Ninja Warrior

I love American Ninja Warrior and its various spinoffs, but I question the scoring system in Team Ninja Warrior (TNW). I might be missing something, so I’d like to hear your thoughts. Unlike ANW, TNW is comprised of a series of head-to-head races. Each team has 3 members, and they each take turns racing against […]


What’s Your Favorite Sports Final?

What's Your Favorite Sports Final?

I’m going to throw some 2016/2017 stats at you: NBA Finals (game 1): 20 million viewers World Series  (game 7): 40 million viewers Super Bowl: 114 million viewers UEFA Champions League Final: 350 million viewers I spent a few hours on Saturday afternoon watching the Champions League Final, the last game in a tournament that […]


The Crowdsourced Football Team

The Crowdsourced Football Team

Have you ever watched the coach of your favorite sports team make what you think is a terrible decision? I know I have. Sure, it’s always from the luxury of my couch, not in the heat of the moment surrounded by tens of thousands of screaming fans. But still. I can’t find the post, but […]


Do Professional Soccer Players Really Need to Run Basic Drills?

Do Professional Soccer Players Really Need to Run Basic Drills?

It was one of those images that I usually glance over on ESPN to get to the article: A group of Real Madrid players running through a basic keep-away drill. It’s a drill I participated in many times in my teens. But this time, something about the image made me stop and think. These are […]


Why Would You Ever Drop the Football?

Why Would You Ever Drop the Football?

I get excited about football season, both college and professional. As I’ve discussed before, I don’t mind seeing athletes celebrate when they score. It’s a joyful moment–why shouldn’t they share their enthusiasm in creative ways? But I continue to be baffled by football players who drop the football (uncontested) before they reach the end zone […]


Is There Any Sport You’re Scared of?

Is There Any Sport You're Scared of?

There was a time, years ago in my youth, that I thought I might be a good pole vaulter. I was a sprinter in high school, I was lean, and I have decent body control. However, there’s a problem: To be a pole vaulter, you must allow yourself to spring 20+ feet in the air […]


The Entertainment of Gael Monfils

I love watching sports. Well, sports highlights. I don’t have time to watch full games anymore. Increasingly, though, the entire industry surrounding sports seems to have forgotten that sports are entertainment. I’ve written about this before, so I won’t harp on it here. The point is, no matter how much you get paid to play […]


Olympic Athletes and Condoms

Olympic Athletes and Condoms

I’m always amused by reports every 2 years about the number of condoms available to Olympic athletes and members of the press. In London, there were 150,000 condoms available in the Olympic Village. Sochi was dubbed the “Tinder Olympics” because of widespread use of the hook-up app. And in Brazil this month, there are 450,000 […]


Pet Please #127: Fans Who Gather at Their Home Stadium for Away Games

Pet Please #127: Fans Who Gather at Their Home Stadium for Away Games

I love super-fans. I love super-fans (of sports teams) particularly because I’m not one of them. Sure, I root for certain teams, but almost nothing they do will ever impact my daily decisions in the slightest. So it’s fascinating for me to observe people who are the exact opposite of me. One of my favorite […]


How Much Is Your Comfort Worth?

How Much Is Your Comfort Worth?

Every year, my fantasy baseball league gets together to attend a St. Louis Cardinals game. We almost always choose a date in May that ends up being really cold. Tonight was that night. I attend these games for the camaraderie and out of solidarity, but I must admit I’m not there for the baseball. Live […]


How Much Are Your Friendships Worth?

How Much Are Your Friendships Worth?

Tonight I was at a bar watching the NFL draft with a few friends (not something we normally do, but I’m glad we did). The subject came up of college football players leaving school for the NFL draft instead of getting their college degree. We put forth the following hypothetical: What if each of us […]


How Much Noise Can You Make in 120 Minutes?

How Much Noise Can You Make in 120 Minutes?

Last Saturday I attended a semi-pro soccer game in St. Louis with a few friends (and my friend’s son, pictured here with me). It was a beautiful night, and over 5,000 fans crowded into the small outdoor stadium to root for the home team. The most impressive thing about the game, though, were the St. […]


Premature Celebrations

Premature Celebrations

One of my favorite things about professional sports is watching people celebrate. I’m not talking about taunting–there’s no place for that. I’m talking about an athlete bursting with joy after doing something that few people will ever get to do: Score an NFL touchdown, hit an MLB home run, score an EPL goal, etc. Some […]


Don’t Tell Me the Odds

Don't Tell Me the Odds

There’s been a pretty incredible story happening in the English Premier League (soccer) this season. For context, I should note that in the EPL, there’s no tournament at the end of the season–whichever team is at the top of the standings when the season ends will win the league. Leicester City was one of the […]


The Most Audacious Penalty Kick Ever?

If you watch soccer, you’re familiar with the penalty kick: You put the ball down about 15 yards from the goal with only the goalie in your way. It’s as close to a sure thing as you get in soccer. I’ve seen hundreds–nay, thousands–of penalty kicks in my life. But I’ve never seen anyone take […]


Should Collegiate Athletes Be Paid Like Professional Athletes

Should Collegiate Athletes Be Paid Like Professional Athletes

For years now, there has been a debate about whether or not collegiate athletes should be paid in a similar way to professional athletes. I say “in a similar way” because the NCAA already makes the argument that student-athletes are compensated through scholarships and education. Last Saturday I was flipping through the channels after eating […]


The Cubs, Back to the Future, and My Niece

The Cubs, Back to the Future, and My Niece

Last week I debated one of life’s greatest mysteries: Would I prefer for Back to the Future II be right about its prediction that the Cubs would win a World Series in 2015 or that my team, the St. Louis Cardinals, win the whole thing? The question was on my mind because the Cubs played […]


Would You Rather “Back to the Future II” Be Right or the Cardinals Win the World Series?

Would You Rather "Back to the Future II" Be Right or the Cardinals Win the World Series?

This is the question I am pondering. You see, “Back to the Future II” made a subtle prediction back in 1989. The future portion of the movie takes place in 2015, and in the background of one scene is a holograph congratulating the Chicago Cubs on winning the World Series. The movie couldn’t have picked a […]


Is a $200 Million Endorsement Worth $200 Million?

Is a $200 Million Endorsement Worth $200 Million?

A few minutes ago I read that Adidas gave NBA star James Harden a 13-year, $200 million endorsement deal to wear their shoes on and off the court. That’s a staggering amount of money. In fact, I wondered for a few seconds if Adidas even makes that much money, but I took a look at […]


Falling Down While Making a Catch Doesn’t Make It a Diving Catch

Falling Down While Making a Catch Doesn’t Make It a Diving Catch

I love highlights of any sport. In fact, as ESPN proved by showing cricket highlights earlier this year, I’ll watch highlights of sports I know absolutely nothing about, and I’ll enjoy them! I’ve become a little jaded about a common baseball highlight that ESPN features. At any time in the summer, if you go to […]