LeBron James played 254 on-court minutes, and nearly two weeks of real-world time, without being called for a foul. How this happened has a little bit to do with LeBron, and a lot to do with what's wrong with the NBA. 

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It's hard to get too angry about the Baseball Writers Association of America's decision not to induct anyone from a stacked class of eligible players to the Hall of Fame this year. It's just the Hall of Fame, after all. But it's definitely possible to get angry about it if you try.

I never saw a highlight of that Kenny Lofton home run, never saw the celebratory beatdown or the perfunctory shot of the crowd going bonkers. I never felt like I needed to, either, because I could then and can still see now Kenny Lofton hitting a home run without much recourse to my imagination.

Kenny Lofton Week continues with Adam Doster's recollection of Thanksgiving weekend in 1987. It was then that -- after the University of Arizona men's basketball team flew to Anchorage, Ala. for the 10th annual Great Alaska Shootout -- sophomore wing Harvey Mason Jr. learned two things about his Wildcats: They could beat any team in the country, and their backup point guard, Kenny Lofton, could chuck snowballs at ludicrous speeds.

For the second installment in our weeklong celebration of all things Kenny Lofton, Chris Collision recalls the tall tales told by his old professor about the venerable outfielder, which raised more questions than they answered. Was this professor a millionaire? A swinger? A genius? Whatever the case, this man knew a great ballplayer when he saw one.

Most soccer rankings agree as to which national team is the best in the world. Paul Brown's signature ranking system doesn't. That he has North Korea making a claim to be the world's top team isn't even the strangest thing about his strangely reasonable-seeming rankings.

For the first part of our weeklong celebration of all things Kenny Lofton , we present an excerpt on the illustrious outfielder from the Cleveland Indians (and many, many, many other teams) from the excellent e-book The Hall of Nearly Great. 

When the puck drops in a couple weeks after four months of lockout, even less people are going to watch the hockey than did before. It's time for the NHL to finally embrace its status as a marginal sports league. Only then can hockey find its place in the sports ecosystem.

Aaron Rodgers puts up superhuman stats season after season, and seems magically averse to making mistakes. It's natural to wonder whether there's something supernatural to all this, but his dominance comes from a very human, if freakily refined, place.

Shane Battier has made a lot of money, won a lot of games, and annoyed a goodly number of his peers and NBA fans by playing basketball his way. He has never seemed to care about that. What makes Battier unique among his peers is that he has always seemed uncommonly capable of separating the grind of his profession from everything else, and singularly aware of how vast "everything else" actually is.