The WWE legend formerly known as Mankind famously took a long time to make it as a wrestler. He's spent much of his life since then giving back, and not at all in the ways you might expect. A conversation with one of the very best humans in sports.

Jonathon Niese is not quite an ace, at least as it's usually understood. He's something quieter than that, if only differently great.

Tom Thibodeau isn't just the NBA's hoarsest and hardest-driving coach. He's that, too, but he's also a harsh and hard-working worldview come to life. It's a gift, and it makes him great, but it's not any easier on him than it sounds.

Hockey teams are losing games. Cities are losing teams. A lot of us are losing a lot more.

"When I looked back through time, I saw that sportswriters seem to have taken delight in reporting on facial hair in particular for a hundred years. I think it has to do with Homo sapiens’ discomfort with its membership in the animal kingdom."

In 1963, the A's wore new gold and kelly green uniforms, and the sheep in the outfield wore gold and kelly green blankets. The sheep were a popular attraction, though not universally. They baaahed, they pooped, they smelled like sheep.

The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball is very much not the Major Leagues, which was easy enough to notice at the Camden Riversharks' "Costanza Night." But also that's not an insult.

You must show the Eagles cheerleader your team spirit. You can steal warm Pepsi if you dare. You are not as unlike everyone else there as you think. Also: Adam Schefter eating a sandwich.

If things had gone differently, Matt Reinhardt might've heard his name called in the NFL Draft. He found a different calling, instead.

Okay, so look, what about this, the devil says. Maybe let me just erase the NFL completely from your mind. What about college football, you say. The devil thinks about it for a minute. Okay, it has to be all football, all of it gone.