Does WAR Undervalue Injured Superstars? 

In an article last month, "Ain't Gonna Study WAR No More" (subscription required), Bill James points out a flaw in WAR (Wins Above Replacement), when used as a one-dimensional measure of player value. » 4/01/15 9:06am 24 minutes ago

The 10 Greatest Tank Battles In Military History

Ever since the first armored vehicles crawled across the tortured battlescapes of World War I, tanks have become an indelible fixture of land warfare. Many tank-on-tank engagements have occurred over the years, some more significant — and epic — than others. Here are 10 you need to know about. » 1/23/15 1:57pm 1/23/15 1:57pm

Coach K Talks U.S. Foreign Policy With Dumb Basketball Metaphors

Mick Krizilonski was a guest speaker at the Association of the U.S. Army conference last month, and he seized on the opportunity to bemoan President Barack Obama's decision to rule out using ground troops to combat ISIS. He did this in the most annoying and Dook-ish way imaginable. » 11/04/14 12:49pm 11/04/14 12:49pm

Two Unrecognized Hall Of Fame Shortstops

This article is dedicated to the memory of the late Clem Comly, who did more than anyone to put together the Retrosheet.org public database of baseball statistics that made this article and all Internet baseball encyclopedias possible. » 11/03/14 3:10pm 11/03/14 3:10pm

Chart: Which MLB Teams Have The Best And Worst Benches?

The chart above from August Fagerstrom of FanGraphs shows which teams this season have had the most and least productive benches. » 8/11/14 3:02pm 8/11/14 3:02pm

Here's Why the U.S. Missile Defense System Is Utterly Broken

Last month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a scathing report: the system to defend the U.S. from ballistic missiles doesn't work, and probably never will. But it gets worse. Congress then voted to expand the broken system, allocating money for a new, sub-par missile defense site. How did this happen? » 5/09/14 11:18am 5/09/14 11:18am

The High-Tech Case For Bringing Back The Draft

As drones, cyberattacks and other high-tech developments change the nature of war, two prominent scholars argue that we must also rethink who fights our wars: the time has come, they say, to bring back the draft. » 4/03/14 11:18pm 4/03/14 11:18pm

The 10 Most Important Theories About Why We Make War

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War seems to be part of the human condition. We have records of war going back beyond written records, and there is even evidence that some animals like chimps and ants go to war as well. But why do we do it? Here are ten of the most important theories. » 3/24/14 4:18pm 3/24/14 4:18pm

​Relax, the United States Will Not Dismantle Our Perpetual War Machine

The front page of today's New York Times has astonishing news for a nation accustomed to life on an eternal war footing: Defense secretary Chuck Hagel has proposed shrinking the United States military to a size, as the subheadline puts it, "Equal to That of 1940." Online, where the subheads are more expansive, the… » 2/24/14 5:59pm 2/24/14 5:59pm

Enough Already With Military Family Reunions As Halftime Entertainment

I understand why we drag this poor mother before of an arena full of Bulls fans and give her the shock of a lifetime: her son, gone to war, now home, safe. It'd bring a tear to a glass eye. » 3/30/13 3:15pm 3/30/13 3:15pm

The Coming War: A Military Doctor's Field Guide To Masturbating In…

The past decade of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan has given military physicians such as myself the important opportunity to gather unprecedented data on some of our most pressing medical issues. This data set has spurred advances in the care of trauma, hemorrhagic shock, traumatic brain injury, and other… » 2/14/13 6:20pm 2/14/13 6:20pm

Calculating Extreme Suck: What Would Your Stats Look Like If You Played…

Backup catcher Gerald Laird is a blessed man. In 2011 he won a World Series with the Cardinals, and in 2012 he'll get a chance for a second with the Tigers. (What beats glory and a full playoff share?) Laird is also the prototypical "replacement-level" player, producing 0.0 wins above replacement (WAR) this year and… » 10/24/12 6:00pm 10/24/12 6:00pm

Gore Vidal's First Love: The Baseball Star Turned War Hero

As of Wednesday morning, administrators at Rock Creek Cemetery in D.C. hadn't heard yet whether Gore Vidal would actually be filling the burial plot he reserved there for himself some years ago. But Vidal, who died yesterday in Los Angeles at 86, has a couple reasons to get shipped back to his boyhood hometown one… » 8/02/12 8:15am 8/02/12 8:15am

Ryan Howard's RBI Total Does Not Make Him The Greatest Baseball Player…

Bill Conlin wrote something dumb today. In other news, the sun rose in the east. But we're not going to go after Bill Conlin, because it's been done. Instead we're going to try and put in the simplest terms possible why he and anyone else rejecting advanced statistics out of hand are being willfully ignorant. » 7/13/11 2:05pm 7/13/11 2:05pm

And For His Next Trick, Sun Tzu Will Write The Sequel To All The Pretty…

"The strain, my dear, the strain. I have attended wars which seemed less emotional experiences than Pony Club polo matches." Note to columnists: War is never a good analogy. Especially when you're writing about tony ponies. [Daily Mail] » 7/16/09 12:00pm 7/16/09 12:00pm

David Beckham Deserves An Imaginary Nobel Peace Prize

"If [he] had spoken out about Iraq it wouldn't have happened," said Jon McClure, frontman of the The Reverend and The Makers, of Becks. "Or Britain certainly wouldn't have got involved." So that's what The Beckham Experiment is about. [PA] » 7/13/09 1:45pm 7/13/09 1:45pm