Chart: The Average Player Salaries In Soccer Leagues Around The World

A lot of what we talk about when we compare different soccer leagues, from arguing which one's the best to which one's the deepest and even which plays the most attractive style, comes down to how much money is spent on players. In that sense, this Sportsmail chart listing the average salaries of players in 34 leagues… » 11/14/14 1:21pm 11/14/14 1:21pm

Which Countries Have Produced The Most World-Famous Athletes?

The treemap chart above—part of the Pantheon project out of MIT Media lab—shows the birth countries of "globally known" sportspeople from 4,000 BC to 2010, i.e. sportspeople who are listed in the Wikipedias of at least 25 different languages. The U.S. and the U.K. come out on top, having produced 168 and 167 such… » 3/25/14 9:58am 3/25/14 9:58am

Alec Baldwin and Woody Allen Have More in Common Than You Might Think

On Sunday, Vulture published a truly epic flounce by middle aged badger-man Alec Baldwin entitled "I Give Up." As singularly whiny as the I'm Not Gay; F**s Love Me piece seemed, it reminded us a lot of something another man recently said in the face of even uglier accusations. In fact, when read as companion pieces,… » 2/25/14 2:29pm 2/25/14 2:29pm

This Is the Williamsburg of Your City: A Map of Hip America

What is your city's Williamsburg? What's its hippest—or formerly hippest—or sometimes just youngest—neighborhood, the one with the art galleries and the boutiques and the lines for brunch? (And what, for that matter, is its Bushwick, or "Next Williamsburg"?) If you don't know off the top of your head, don't worry. We… » 1/29/14 12:33pm 1/29/14 12:33pm

Charting The Decline Of The Black Baseball Player

A few years back, baseball writer and SABR member Mark Armour tracked the integration of baseball from 1947 to 1986, the 40 seasons after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. Why 1986? That year would begin a precipitous decline in the number of African Americans, to less than half the high-water mark—and the… » 5/10/13 10:54am 5/10/13 10:54am

The Complete Family Tree Of College Mascots

The above image is just a tiny portion—the cat teams—of the universe of NCAA mascots. Of nearly 1,300 schools in Divisions I, II, and III, there are bound to be some repeats. But now that someone has gone to the trouble of putting every single one on a poster and breaking them down by team name, it's time to be… » 4/10/13 11:07am 4/10/13 11:07am