Why Do Coaches Always Beat Up On The Little Sisters Of The Poor?

The Little Sisters of the Poor are in the news again, but surprisingly not as a sports metaphor for a patsy opponent. But now's as good a time as any to wonder: Where did this ubiquitous metaphor come from? » 1/09/14 4:20pm 1/09/14 4:20pm

Auburn's Field Goal Return Was Even Rarer Than You Think

The insane ending to last week's Iron Bowl had sports fans wondering if any college football game had ever ended in such an improbable fashion. NCAA records show that even in the missed-field-goal-returned-for-touchdown department, Chris Davis's score was especially rare. » 12/03/13 6:20pm 12/03/13 6:20pm

How The NFL Used To Punish Teams For Crowd Noise

Last month, Kansas City Chiefs fans broke CenturyLink Field's record for world's loudest stadium. Not long ago, however, that kind of in-game crowd noise was explicitly forbidden in the NFL rule book. This isn't all that surprising, as the NFL has a habit of hating its fans. » 11/19/13 4:42pm 11/19/13 4:42pm

Children's Song Will Teach Young Knicks Fans How To Face Despair

The fight for the future fandom of New York's children has finally been memorialized in the instant classic, "Who Do You Like Better, The Knicks or the Nets?" As expected, the lyrics prepare today's youth for the existential agony that is being a Knicks fan, without addressing that other team at all. » 11/13/13 5:06pm 11/13/13 5:06pm

Remembering Ashley Whippet, History's Best Frisbee-Catching Dog

The Ashley Whippet Invitational is the world's premier athletic competition for dogs that excel at catching frisbees, and it wouldn't exist if not for the contributions of its namesake. On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang up and Listen, Josh Levin takes a look back at the career of the greatest frisbee-catching… » 7/26/13 4:46pm 7/26/13 4:46pm

Who Made The Not-Quite-Baseball-Hall-Of-Fame In 2013?

So we know who made up the class of 2013 at the Baseball Hall of Fame: no one. Well, OK, the veterans committee voted in Hank O'Day, Col. Jacob Ruppert, and Deacon White. But they all died in the 1930s; we wouldn't expect much in the way of induction speeches. » 5/10/13 6:24pm 5/10/13 6:24pm

Meet Fred Ettish, The Folk Hero Of UFC 2

Saturday's UFC card featured one helluva beatdown: Jon "Bones" Jones turned Chael Sonnen into a bloody mess. But at least Sonnen was ready for what eventually hit him. » 5/03/13 5:15pm 5/03/13 5:15pm

A Curious List Of Things That Floyd Landis Is Not Allowed To Say About…

Pat McQuaid, former president of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), has long been at odds with disgraced cyclist Floyd Landis. Recently, McQuaid filed a proceeding against Landis in a low-level Swiss court. The court ruled in McQuaid's favor, and Landis was given a list of things that he, according to the Swiss… » 1/25/13 6:27pm 1/25/13 6:27pm

What Happens When You Try To Buy Or Sell Counterfeit NFL Jerseys?

Slate's Josh Levin attended the Seahawks-Redskins game on Sunday, and, while he saw a lot of genuine RGIII memorabilia, he also saw plenty of knockoffs. So, in this week's excerpt from the Hang Up and Listen podcast, Josh dives in to this nefarious underworld. Where does counterfeit memorabilia come from? And who… » 1/11/13 3:10pm 1/11/13 3:10pm

Dear ESPN Announcers: Please Stop Inventing Merits Of Terrible Bowl…

We can understand why so many mediocre bowls line our on-screen guides every December and early January: They're lucrative for everyone (well, almost everyone) involved. Local dignitaries in moderate-sized middle American metropolises gotta eat. But we could really do without all the specious shilling. On this week's… » 1/04/13 2:10pm 1/04/13 2:10pm

Meet Godfrey Chitalu, The Zambian Lionel Messi

Barça's Lionel Messi scored a lot of goals this year. 86 of them, apparently.* That's a record for a soccer player. Or is it? Zambia's Godfrey Chitalu—whose heyday as a player came in the late 1960s and 70s, before he began coaching in the 80s—may have scored 116 goals in 1972. On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang… » 12/21/12 2:20pm 12/21/12 2:20pm

Lots Of NHL Players Have Headed To A Russian City That Is Essentially A…

Magnitogorsk, Russia. Our kind of town. They've got one hell of a hockey team, with Evgeni Malkin and Nikolai Kulemin, and all the rest. They just added the Avalanche's Ryan O'Reilly. What's in the latest headlines over there? » 12/14/12 6:55pm 12/14/12 6:55pm

A Story About College Sports Conferences, Told Through One School's…

You want to know what conference realignment looks like? We've told you about how it works at bigger schools, but how does it work at smaller schools, like, say, the University of Denver? Most of its teams are headed to the Summit League. Where are they coming from? Mike Pesca explains, in this week's excerpt from… » 12/08/12 11:00am 12/08/12 11:00am

Oh No, Caffeinated Cracker Jack ("Cracker Jack'd") Is A Thing Now

Oh no, oh no, oh no. Not only do the folks at Frito-Lay want to ruin your childhood, they want to ruin baseball too. They recently unveiled Cracker Jack'd, or, caffeinated Cracker Jack. Yeah. On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen, Slate's Josh Levin sings (literally sings) of Cracker Jack'd's ravages. » 11/30/12 2:20pm 11/30/12 2:20pm

We Love You, Verne Lundquist, But It's Time To Go

On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, Josh Levin makes a simple, fair case for why cuddly Verne Lundquist, CBS's lead college football play-by-play announcer, ought to call it a career. Lundquist makes a lot of mistakes on air. Levin captures many of them here. Listen up: » 11/16/12 1:40pm 11/16/12 1:40pm

This Is The Best Sports Internet Rabbithole You Can Find

On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, Stefan Fatsis found a place on the internet where you can waste so, so much time. Lucky's Amazing Sports Lists. Go now, or some other time, when you have a big project to do. Lucky himself has an unusual story, too-the man is obsessive. » 11/02/12 6:26pm 11/02/12 6:26pm

An Interview With Ove Johansson, The Man Who Kicked The Longest Field…

We're in a glorious age for placekickers. St. Louis's Greg "The Leg" Zuerlein wows us every Sunday. David Akers hit a a 63-yarder in September, and Sebastian Janikowski never stops doing Sebastian Janikowski things. A Spokane high schooler was good from 67 earlier this month. » 10/26/12 2:40pm 10/26/12 2:40pm

FIBA Really Wants Three-On-Three Basketball In The 2016 Olympics

Olympic basketball is fun. But doesn't it look a little too much like NBA basketball? Sure, the lanes are were trapezoidal, and the three-point line's a little bit closer, but those tweaks are minor when compared to the upheaval that FIBA's proposed three-on-three basketball brings. Watch the clip above to get a… » 10/19/12 3:30pm 10/19/12 3:30pm

A Major Match-Fixing Scandal Is Rocking French Handball

Handball: it's not just a sport to watch on CNBC at 7:45 a.m. in early August every four years. Apparently there are leagues and teams, and those teams play important games, on which people bet money. Not very much, though, as Stefan Fatsis explains, on this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast. When… » 10/12/12 1:50pm 10/12/12 1:50pm

An Exhaustive Audio History Of The "Yankees Suck" Chant

This week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast is super-timely. It's got the Red Sox, the Yankees, and people who say the Yankees suck. Can't ever get enough of them. Massholes, like Sully. Gotta love Sully. And there's politics! There's some kind of political affair tonight, isn't there? » 10/03/12 6:55pm 10/03/12 6:55pm