Why The Arguments Against NCAA Pay-For-Play Suck

NCAA president Mark Emmert, speaking Wednesday at the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, pooh-poohed the idea of paying collegiate athletes. "There's certainly no interest [among college presidents] in turning college sports into the professional or semi-professional," Emmert said. He added: "I think the key issue for… » 12/12/13 12:40pm 12/12/13 12:40pm

How To Turn A Big Mac Into A Linebacker: The 300-Pounder In The NFL

Football players are massive. But they weren't always. In a chapter from their new book, Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game, Allen St. John and Ainissa G Ramirez explain how we came to have so many 300-pound players, and why we don't have, say, 8-foot-tall quarterbacks. » 11/19/13 1:30pm 11/19/13 1:30pm

The Sportswriter Who Wrote American Better Than Anyone Anywheres

Below is John Lardner's introduction to a 1959 edition of Ring Lardner's You Know Me Al, a fictional series of letters from professional ballplayer Jack Keefe to his friend Al. Those stories are included in the Library of America's new collection. (There was also a comic strip based on the same characters, with… » 8/28/13 6:27pm 8/28/13 6:27pm

“Source? I'm Your Fucking Source!” Dick Young, As He Really Was

To round off our Dick Young tribute/roast, please enjoy this excerpt from Keepers of the Game: When the Baseball Beat Was The Best Job On The Paper, a new oral history compiled by Dennis D’Agostino in the tradition of Jerome Holtzman’s No Cheering in the Press Box. Dennis was good enough to let me cherry-pick the… » 7/26/13 4:44pm 7/26/13 4:44pm

Brawling And Boozing With The Rats Of Yankee Stadium

Lasting Yankee Stadium Memories, edited by yours truly, is out in paperback now. To celebrate, here's an essay from the late George Kimball. It's about Yankee Stadium II, Billy Martin, finks and phonies, brawling, and, of course, drinking with Bill "Spaceman" Lee. » 6/20/13 3:47pm 6/20/13 3:47pm

A Little Greedy, And Exactly Right: Red Smith On Secretariat

Red Smith is the most respected sports columnist we've ever had. In his prime, Jimmy Cannon, Smith's friendly rival, was certainly as well-known. Cannon, the Voice of New York, was an emotional, colloquial writer whose reputation, unfortunately, has faded. But Smith endures. What is it about his writing that ages so… » 6/06/13 5:30pm 6/06/13 5:30pm

The Black Berets: Red Smith On The Olympic Black Power Salute

Red Smith is the most respected sports columnist we've ever had. In his prime, Jimmy Cannon, Smith's friendly rival, was certainly as well-known. Cannon, the Voice of New York, was an emotional, colloquial writer whose reputation, unfortunately, has faded. But Smith endures. What is it about his writing that ages so… » 6/05/13 12:19pm 6/05/13 12:19pm

Night For Joe Louis: Red Smith On Rocky Marciano's Knockout

Red Smith is the most respected sports columnist we've ever had. In his prime, Jimmy Cannon, Smith's friendly rival, was certainly as well-known. Cannon, the Voice of New York, was an emotional, colloquial writer whose reputation, unfortunately, has faded. But Smith endures. What is it about his writing that ages so… » 6/04/13 11:14am 6/04/13 11:14am

Miracle Of Coogan's Bluff: Red Smith On The Shot Heard ‘Round The World

Red Smith is the most respected sports columnist we've ever had. In his prime, Jimmy Cannon, Smith's friendly rival, was certainly as well-known. Cannon, the Voice of New York, was an emotional, colloquial writer whose reputation, unfortunately, has faded. But Smith endures. What is it about his writing that ages so… » 6/03/13 2:11pm 6/03/13 2:11pm

Why the Paleo Diet and Lifestyle Are Not Based in Scientific Reality

In her new book Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet and How We Live, University of Minnesota biologist Marlene Zuk explains why the paleo lifestyle is based on incorrect assumptions about how evolution works. In this excerpt, she lays out her argument — and it's pretty damn compelling. » 5/07/13 12:53pm 5/07/13 12:53pm