It may well be that the Cleveland Indians were named after one of their first great stars. That's only sort of an explanation, and not nearly an excuse, for one of the most unfortunate mascots and team names in professional sports. Slowly but steadily, anything but change seems increasingly insufficient. 

The Oakland Athletics were baseball's best team through the first half of the season, and recently mortgaged their future to get better. If this seems strange, you've probably read Moneyball. It was a good book, but we'd all do well to forget about it in this case.

On July 24, 2004, the Boston Red Sox were still cursed and Barack Obama was an obscure State Senator. Things started changing on that day, and haven't stopped since.

Lang Whitaker

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Wrestling, like time is a flat circle. A flat, squared circle. It's weird. 

Ann Coulter infamously cast soccer as a tool of the invading hordes that seek to destroy the United States. Decades ago, however, Americans within the sport made many of the same xenophobic arguments to protect a particular style of play.

It's way too easy to take LeBron James' career to date as something bigger than the career arc of a very great basketball player. But look at LeBron James as the main character in a sprawling series of fantasy novels and things look... well, kind of disturbingly not-that-different, actually.

Germany deserved to win the 2014 World Cup. But this was not just a victory for smart soccer and savvy talent development and ultilization, although it was also that. It's also a win for multiculturalism, youth education, the Eurozone economy, and the Spanish olive industry. Let's celebrate.

David Roth

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Goth Jayson Werth, Chris Berman's linguistic avant-gardeism, the Alan Smithee version of Dune, and the other upsetting things one things about while being traumatized by the Home Run Derby.

It's not that LeBron returning to the Cavaliers changes everything -- or even anything -- about Cleveland sports. It's more that, as revealed on a trip to the Indians game on the first night of the second LeBron Era, it feels as if things have changed.

With every World Cup comes the question of whether this one will be the one that makes the U.S. finally fall in love with soccer. An anecdotal survey of bars and fans during Brazil 2014 suggests that this one was indeed different. But maybe it's the question that's the problem.