The "Why" behind Team USA's recent international woes. : However, the article fails to tackle the biggest question, does anyone in the States really care anymore?
Dogfighting, point-shaving, blood doping. It couldn't get any worse, could it?: Slate envisions how a bad sports week could get worse.
'Roid rage on the 9th tee: - Gary Player said Wednesday he knows of at least one golfer who has used steroids, and he urged golf organizations to move quickly toward a random drug-testing plan .. then he put his fist through the wall and screamed "why is no one listening to me!!"
Which NBA lottery team built up the most positive karma during the season,: thereby earning them a shot at Oden or Durant?
Rigid rules devastating quality of NBA.: Suspensions, synthetic balls and mixed signals - the declining state of NBA gameplay as opinioned by veteran NBA writer Mike Kahn
Sports Agent Convicted of Smuggling.: Smuggling HGH you may ask? No .. smuggling baseball players out of Cuba and harboring them in the United States for profit. Evidence includes $225,000 in payments to purported drug trafficker and Cuban smuggler Ysbel Medina. It's like Baseball's version of Miami Vice starring El Duque.
College basketball's top ten active coaches - SI thinks they know: Oddly enough, Nick Nolte's turn as coach Pete Bell in the legendary Western University Dolphins in Blue Chips did not make the cut.
Joe Buck and Jim Nantz, Sportscasters or corporate shills?: Slate asks - yawn - are Buck and Nantz the best TV can do?
Michigan St. to retire Cleaves' No. 12: Cleaves wore No. 12 as he helped lead the Spartans to the 2000 National Championship, for which he earned MVP honors
Matsuzaka order's the gyroball sandwhich or does he?: - The $51.1 million pitch is broken down on SI.com
Year-After Effect could strike many young arms in '07: Tom Verducci of SI proposes that 2007 could be a down year for all of the upstart rookie pitchers from this past season due to overuse. As the title foreshadows, Verducci refers to this phenomenon as the Year-After Effect, based on a general rule of thumb among executives and pitching coaches: young pitchers should not have their innings workload increased by more than 25 or 30 innings per year.
The only guns NBA players should have are these (kiss biceps now): With David Stern's announcement comes the chatter.
ALCS - Better to play the Yankees in 5 or a 7 game series?: The Minnesota Twins pounded the Kansas City Royals 8-1 to clinch at least the American League wild card on Monday, assuring a fourth playoff appearance in five seasons and, if they so choose, a chance to win the AL Central. That's a choice they should decline. Dan Wetzel proposes it will be easier to face the Yankees in a 5 game division series rather than in the 7 game series. Torii Hunter agrees.
NBA's Dirtiest players: NBA analyst Charley Rosen breaks down the dirtiest players of all time.
7 shutout night for 1st time in 30 years: In an era of offense, batters came up blank for a night. Tuesday marked the first time in 34 years that there were seven shutouts in the major leagues on a single day.
From pastime to present - Resurrect these parts of baseball's history: Fulfilling the baseball nostalgia need in all of us. And yes I do miss Gary Carter's perm.
Community Service Artest Style: Artest defends his role in the Rumble at the Palace.
The Art of the Interview, ESPN-Style: Every single editorial employee at ESPN is expected to attend a three-day seminar to move away from Mike Wallace and Larry King style theatrics and more towards true 'journalism'. Who would have thought this ammount of brainwork went into the Budweiser Hot Seat.
Without Olympic rings, the world championships are just a bunch of guys playing basketball.: Requires viewing an ad for a Salon.com day pass.
Most influential players in NBA History: NBA analyst Charley Rosen provides a fairly comprehensive if not obvious list of players who had the most impact on the game itself. Who's missing?
Dumars hopes to keep Pistons' nucleus together: If Detroit is able to re-sign Ben Wallace, an unrestricted free agent, the Pistons president of basketball operations said he expects to keep the team's nucleus intact to make another run after falling short of the NBA finals for the first time since 2003
Bosh not big on Bargnani: How much say should current players have in swaying the front office towards or in this case away from portential picks.
Super Bowl Wants Only Young Dancers: Had to post because I thought it was odd that there is an age limit of 45 and under for halftime "dancers" when the act jumping around on stage is representative of the over 60 set. I was also kind of hoping the article had something to do with the proliferation of Go Go Dancer requests in the Detroit area.