John Calipari's Deal Is Bad, Even For Players Whose Knees Survive It

Last week, I wrote about the ways that both pro- and anti-NCAA camps tend to miss the mark when talking about University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. He deserves less criticism for breaking NCAA rules and more for profiting from them, because even his “Players First” arrangement forces players to take… »3/31/15 10:57am3/31/15 10:57am


Map: The United States Of America, By Meat

This is fun. L.V. Anderson and Jess Fink of Slate started with a simple observation—Americans consume more meat per person than any other nation on earth (except Luxembourg, those gluttons), yet most of our official state foods are not meat—and have created a map that assigns a unique meat or meat-based dish to each… »3/11/14 1:46pm3/11/14 1:46pm

At Least One ESPN Program Bans The Use Of "Redskins"

Our friend Josh Levin over at Slate made a fascinating discovery today: Back in the mid-2000s, when ESPN broadcast the finals of the National Scrabble Championship, a total of 170 words were prohibited from being used during the game. One of them was nickname of Washington's NFL franchise, which Slate will no longer… »8/13/13 4:23pm8/13/13 4:23pm

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 4:46pm7/26/13 4:46pm

Matt Bonner Talks About The Time His Team Doctor Was A Dentist

Team doctors are a vital part of any NBA team. They are counted on to manage sprains, guide players through rehab, and help cure any number of physical maladies that might befall members of the team. Matt Bonner discovered the value of his team doctor when he got his head split open by an errant elbow, but he also… »6/18/13 1:47pm6/18/13 1:47pm

Roy Hibbert Can Never Play For Team USA, And It's All Jamaica's Fault

The United States Olympic basketball team, finding itself short on centers, wanted to add Indiana Pacers big man Roy Hibbert to its roster before the 2012 summer games. There was just one problem: Hibbert belonged to the Jamaican national team. On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang Up and Listen podcast, Josh Levin… »6/14/13 6:06pm6/14/13 6:06pm

Does A Baseball Player's Race Affect The Value Of His Card?

Is a baseball card worth more money if the player on it is white? Perhaps! On this week's excerpt from Slate's Hang up and Listen podcast, Mike Pesca runs through the many studies have been done on the subject of racial bias and baseball card values, many of which posit that racism has long driven down the value of… »6/07/13 7:08pm6/07/13 7:08pm