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In a follow up on the televised poker conversation, Argun Ulgen speaks with one of the leading innovators in the field of poker theory,  OneBillionHands.com's David Thorton on their methodology, the website and the changing face of "luck" and "skill".

It's Week 12 in the National Football League, where people write and think doofy things about quarterbacks, and Bill Belichick hates delightful disco fight songs, and the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans play each other in football for real. Also some predictions about games and such.

Skateboarding videos showcase dizzying acts of grace, and increasingly also portray the work (and multiple failed attempts) required to get it right. They are, fundamentally, celebrations of possibility. The ghoulish, violent slam videos that still haunt the sport are... not.

Jabari Parker is not just one of the most exciting college hoops prospects in a long time, although there's that, too. But while it's a lot to ask anyone his age to carry the burden of dreams and expectations and perceptions that Parker is bearing, perhaps the most exciting thing about him is how ready he seems to carry that weight.

"I’m not really sure why I got the job. It seems they recruit often from SABR and are not really in the business of giving jobs to newspaper stringers that might later write about it. I was told they don’t even really like to hire writers, because they tend to stop paying attention after the seventh inning." On life as a baseball stat-stringer.

This week offers some interesting-seeming football games, some less-interesting football games, and the certainty that millions of people will watch all of those games regardless of how terrible they might be. So, like other weeks, but with Chiefs/Broncos.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a new coach, who is also their old coach, and who is sort of a more complicated case than you might think.

In the wake of another season, Ted Walker comes to terms with the fact that he will never be the archetypical baseball fan who remembers the starting rotation of the 1987 Whoevers.

According to reports, the construction for World Cup 2022 in Qatar is averaging nearly one fatality per day. At that rate, 4,000 workers will die before the first game. But that's just one of many reasons the 2022 World Cup could be an epic mess.

A father, a son and the old ways of building a new stadium for a team that mostly doesn't need one.