Topic: Football

January 18, 2013

While he had many other skills -- including a ferocious shot -- Brazilian legend Garrincha is best known for his prodigious dribbling skills. As we approach the 30th anniversary of his death at the age of 49, many of the stories of his greatness -- both on the pitch and at the bar -- told about him sound apocryphal. But that's what made him so great: he had to be seen to be believed. 

January 17, 2013

Advanced NFL Stats' Win Probability is football's killer stat of the moment, for good reason. But while there's no reason to watch a graph instead of a game, there's an eloquence to Win Probability Graphs, especially during the game's most improbable moments.

January 16, 2013

Amid the calls for more studies and commercials reassuring us that the NFL is on it, there is a stark and simple fact: football killed Junior Seau, as it has killed a good number of NFL players before. Now that we know this, what are we, and what is the NFL, going to do about it?

January 8, 2013

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.

January 4, 2013

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.

January 3, 2013

On the angry, fading, and increasingly imaginary empire of the Dallas Cowboys.

December 21, 2012

On holiday traditions, Garfield's Christmas Spectacular, and Neil Lomax, the ultimate gift for anyone interested in things Neil Lomax-related.

December 19, 2012

Yes, in a basic sense, buying a used replica football jersey on eBay is as easy as searching eBay for used replica football jerseys. But how do you know which Tim Couch jersey is right for you? We've got you.

December 12, 2012

Call it soccer diplomacy if you like, but American coaches have slowly won over the hearts and minds—and won quite a few games, in the case of new Egyptian National Team head coach Bob Bradley—of soccer teams from the Netherlands to Iran.

December 11, 2012

In which a sassy young dude walks on the field at a Buccaneers home game, throws down some dance moves with the Bucs' cheerleaders, and teaches us all a valuable lesson.