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  • The chain of events that led to Rougned Odor socking Jose Bautista in the face began last fall, but all comes back to a game that's caught up in its own unwritten rules.

  • Sam Hinkie might well have been a visionary. He was definitely an ideologue. He was also terrible at his job, which is why he doesn't have it anymore. It doesn't need to be more complicated than that.

  • June 8, 2014
    The Best Bad Team

    The '99-00 Orlando Magic weren't a good team. They weren't that bad, either. But given that this was a team built to fail, their mediocrity became memorable.

  • How much does Shaquille O'Neal dislike Dwight Howard? Enough to hold him to a totally arbitrary standard for greatness, for starters.

  • March 14, 2013
    Pud Galvin's Juiced Balls

    Deer antler spray included, there's never been a crazier example of animal-based performance enhancing than Hall of Fame pitcher Pud Galvin's experience with a magical elixir created by Charles Brown-Sequard. Let's just put it this way: whether or not it had monkey testerone is the least interesting part of the ingredient list.

  • February 13, 2013
    Yokozuna in the Crease

    There are a lot of tricks and schemes that sports owners have tried to fill seats -- and boxscores -- for the teams they own. From Olympic sprinters turned basestealers to little people turned OBP machines, trying to game the system is as old as the sports themselves. Like these, the idea of making a sumo wrestler a hockey goalie has been bandied about for longer than most of us can remember because it hints at the larger existential questions of sports: What's fair? Is practicality important? Why is Charles B. Wang so ridiculous?