Essentially every season up to this one, the first commercials for EA Sports' NCAA Football series made their debut during the NFL draft. There's a number of reasons that won't be happening this year, and it's all just part of being a college football fan. For how much longer remains unclear.

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Violence, apathy, and Billy Hamilton trying to win a stuffed animal for Devin Mesoraco at a carnival. When does the season start?

The story is familiar: when presented with adversity, a champion triumphs. But the more complicatd story of British taekwondo Olympian Sarah Stevenson raises a more complicated question: where did we ever get the idea that the familiar story was true? A selection from The Classical Magazine's "Losing" issue.

Amazing Grace and Chuck isn't very good, and is -- despite the best efforts of Alex English, Jamie Lee Curtis, Gregory Peck and others -- frequently very not-good. It's almost well-meaning enough to make up for that.

While his death may have been overshadowed by the stench of Donald Sterling, the legacy left behind in basketball by Dr. Jack Ramsay will last much longer than any damage Sterling could have done to his beloved game.  

Talking to the author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass and the new Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76 about mustaches, highly visible owners, the weird world of 1970s baseball, and the indiscreet charm of Yasiel Puig.

China loves basketball, in a way that's unique to China and unique in general. A pickup basketball tour through China's small villages proves it.

A number of sports-minded academics, including some friends of ours, are starting an academic-minded sports site. So we talked about it.

In 2011, Dirk Nowitzki gave everyone who cares about the NBA something they did not dare expect. He, and those Mavericks, gave some people even more than that. They needed it.

...Well, obviously they're not perfect. They probably won't survive their series against the Spurs. But their perfection all depends what you have in mind.