Author Bio & Stories

  • In serving Penn State with major punishments for its child abuse scandal, the NCAA did little to change its standard operating procedure. Yet, as the university moves into the future, it now has a chance to shift its priorities for the better. For that progress to happen, we must treat the situation with the seriousness and perspective it deserves.

  • July 10, 2012
    The Midsummer Crapshoot

    For 364 days of the year, it is commonly accepted that success in baseball is only failing 7 out of every 10 times. So why does Major League Baseball insist on trying to hit it out of the park every season for the All-Star Game? 

  • June 12, 2012
    Youth in Revolt

    By standard NBA logic, the Oklahoma City Thunder should not be where they are today. In a league where experience is seen as a prerequisite for success, the Thunder have dispatched three veteran-laden West contenders with a young core of four players aged 23 or younger. It’s an accomplishment unprecedented in this era, and the NBA world has bought into the youth movement due to their success. Where that puts the Thunder in the typical NBA championship narrative is unclear. 

  • The NBA Draft Lottery will be held tonight in Newark, with each team hoping to get lucky. As the lottery has evolved from a basic way to assign draft picks to a drama-filled show,  clubs have developed sophisticated ways of increasing their odds through lucky charms.

  • On the Flaming Lips' new Thunder rally cry, and when music and sports fandom intersect.

  • A frank conversation on the question of Carmelo Anthony's "evolving" sports drink, and what that could possibly mean, and whether it could cause you to melt like Bruce Davison in X-Men.

  • Mario Balotelli provided the title-winning assist this weekend for Manchester City. In a typical redemption story, we would claim that Balotelli had learned his lesson and proved his mettle as a real professional. The truth is a little messier, because the other incidents of the day suggest Balotelli is the same person he was in April when Roberto Mancini said he’d never play for the club again.

  • Which are the best horses in the Kentucky Derby? We can't tell you that. We can, however, tell you which ones have the best names. The good, the great, and the super-weird (same difference), ranked.

  • May 4, 2012
    DMC for MVP!

    Nobody knows what the MVP means, unless LeBron James wins it again. If that happens, it's time for an insurrection. It's time to kick in the gates of perception. It's DeMarcus Cousins time. 

  • April 17, 2012
    Yoenis Live

    For a baseball prospect, tools and minor-league performance are what they are — trying to decide if they’ll become anything is like reading a crystal ball off a funhouse mirror.