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The Most Exciting Player in College Basketball

The Most Exciting Player in College Basketball

I don’t want to wait until the second sentence of this story to note that Trae Young is by far the best player in college basketball. He’s amazing and fun and the closest thing to Steph Curry since
They Should Stop Their Crying. They Hate Their Country …

They Should Stop Their Crying. They Hate Their Country …

In late August 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick explained that he was “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of
The Liberal Arts Football Factory

The Liberal Arts Football Factory

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.—Dave Bagatelle and a handful of his buddies sat in folding chairs on a Saturday morning this fall, chomping on thick cigars and sipping Sapporo beers. It was early, still a few hours
Black Panthers

Black Panthers

Following a report in Sports Illustrated on his alleged workplace misconduct, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced he will sell the Carolina Panthers at the end of the NFL season. Almost
Jerry Richardson Was “Respected”

Jerry Richardson Was “Respected”

On Sunday, Sports Illustrated reported that at least four employees of the Carolina Panthers have received “significant settlements” from owner Jerry Richardson or from the franchise itself. Per
Creator Versus Disruptor

Creator Versus Disruptor

We view soccer matches differently based on the personnel involved. Watching a match that features Lionel Messi is like peering over a great artist’s shoulder to look at him scribbling in his
Why Isn’t Delonte West in the NBA?

Why Isn’t Delonte West in the NBA?

David Haglund published this story shortly before I started working at Slate in 2014, and I’d show it off whenever people asked about my new job. It’s at once a profile of a fascinating person, a
How Darren McFadden Changed Football Forever

How Darren McFadden Changed Football Forever

Darren McFadden, most recently the third-string running back for the Dallas Cowboys, quietly retired from football a few days ago, announcing his departure in a tweet three days after being waived.
“It’s a Charade”

“It’s a Charade”

In an interview with Slate on Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers’ Eric Reid said he’s been told the NFL is planning to allow owners to shift money that’s been pledged to other charitable giving
The NFL’s $100 Million Ploy to Stop Player Protests

The NFL’s $100 Million Ploy to Stop Player Protests

A major split emerged on Wednesday between a pair of NFL players who have spent more than a year using their platform to protest racial injustice. On one side is the Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm
How Larry Nassar Got Away With It

How Larry Nassar Got Away With It

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, disgraced gymnastics doctor and convicted child sex abuser Larry Nassar stood in front of a judge in Lansing, Michigan. He had just pleaded guilty to seven counts
Schiano’s Media Men

Schiano’s Media Men

Before Greg Schiano had coached a single game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his players held a private meeting in which they questioned whether he’d rigged the vote for the team captaincy. While
The Boston Celtics Are Athlete’s Foot

The Boston Celtics Are Athlete’s Foot

As his Golden State Warriors built a first-half lead over the Boston Celtics, Steve Kerr told TNT sideline reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude that the Celtics were “the best team in the league.” It seemed
Joyless Division

Joyless Division

Wisconsin’s game against Michigan on Saturday is the biggest college football match-up of the week and of the Badgers’ season to date. It’s the fifth-ranked, 10-0, national title contender’s chance to
Smart Coaches Don’t Punt

Smart Coaches Don’t Punt

The lowest-hanging fruit in the NFL’s analytics revolution is for coaches to keep their offenses on the field on fourth-and-1. As pro offenses have become more effective, the state of being on offense
Magic 8-Ball

Magic 8-Ball

Last season, the Orlando Magic weren’t designed for this NBA. They were built like a hit man suffering from gout, with three centers slowly administering bruises and clogging up play. Eight games into
The World’s Best Three-on-Three Basketball Player

The World’s Best Three-on-Three Basketball Player

Growing up in Novi Sad, Serbia, Dusan Domovic Bulut fantasized about hitting a game-winning shot in the NBA. The point guard would watch old games on well-worn VHS tapes, figuring out how to mimic the
Lucky, Good, and Ruthless

Lucky, Good, and Ruthless

Branch Rickey once said that luck is the residue of hard work and design. Houston Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow has taken that maxim one step further: He has a plan and the breaks have gone his
Watch the World Series!

Watch the World Series!

It’s late October, the only time of year when all big four pro sports leagues are in session. Basketball and hockey have just begun; football, you might charitably say, is getting interesting. I
Who Is Conspiring to Keep Colin Kaepernick Out of the NFL?

Who Is Conspiring to Keep Colin Kaepernick Out of the NFL?

It is obvious that Colin Kaepernick should be playing in the NFL. Just consider this statistic: Kaepernick’s collusion grievance against the NFL lists the league and all 32 teams as respondents. To