Must-read 1995 SI piece on the break-up of the Southwest Conference

Amid speculation that the demise of the Big XII is imminent (though I’m still not convinced that will happen), it is instructive to look back on the last time a major conference fell apart. So do yourself a favor today and read this 1995 Sports Illustrated obituary of the Southwest Conference. Excerpt: Let’s Bury the […]

Video: Gael Monfils’ unnecessary and fruitless trick shot

I love Gael Monfils, but count me as unimpressed with this behind-the-back trick shot from his second-round U.S. Open match against Juan Carlos Ferrero yesterday.

Reminder: The WPS Championship is on FSN today

Today most anyone with basic cable can watch the WPS Championship at 4:00 EST, 3:00 CST, on Fox Sports Net. The Western New York Flash face the Philadelphia Independence.

Oregon ends Penn State’s 94-game home winning streak

The Penn State volleyball team hadn’t dropped a match at hone since 2005. Until yesterday. Oregon went into Happy Valley and beat the top-ranked, 4-time-defending-national-champion Nittany Lions 16-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-22. (In Penn State’s defense, they were playing six freshman.)

Join the movement to get Northern Illinois into the Big XII

An NIU Huskie who likes to dream big created a Facebook page arguing for Northern Illinois’ inclusion in a new Big XII. (I was the 8th person to like it.) The page proposes putting NIU and Oklahoma in the new Big XII North, and Memphis—or another to-be-named-later 12th school—in the South. (This person seems to […]

347 people watched the Reds play the Marlins yesterday

At least according to one fan who decided to count. There were more people at my 7-year-old’s last swim meet. Good thing the fish are building a new stadium.  

Must-Read 1998 SI Profile of Pat Summitt

Yesterday Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt announced that she has early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. In the wake of such tragic news, take some time to read this 1998 Sports Illustrated profile of Summitt, which illustrates just how incredible a person she is.

Check Out Barry Bonds’ Hilarious High School Photo

SI.com recently released an awesome photo gallery on some famous athletes high school pictures, with the best being Barry Bonds’.

Minor League trivia game fails on two levels

This video, in which a contestant attempting to name sports franchises in California says, “Seattle Mariners,” has been making its rounds on the Internet. Ha, ha let’s make fun of the guy who thinks Seattle is in California. But I’ll stick up for the guy, if only because the trivia challenge itself was equally flawed. […]

Roger Goodell Abuses Power with Pryor Decision

Jason Whitlock never fails to get a reaction from people.  Today, he wrote an article for Fox Sports shattering our ideas of the concept of “amateur” athletes and, further, how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a vested interest in preserving the outdated structure of collegiate athletics.

A brief history of gummy bears

Mental Floss has a fascinating history of gummy bears. It begins: n 1920, a poor confectionery factory worker in Bonn, Germany, decided that it was high time he struck out on his own. Armed with nothing but a bag of sugar, a marble slab, a kettle, an oven and a rolling pin, Hans Riegel began […]

Grantland at its best: Jonathan Abrams on Arvydas Sabonis

Two reasons I visit Grantland every day: Jonathan Abrams’s long-form piece on Arvydas Sabonis Michael Weinreb’s profile of Michael Ray Richardson These—and not the Humblebrag power rankings and updates on Simmons’s reality television fantasy league—are what makes Grantland worth reading.

Why are English rioters using baseball bats instead of cricket bats?

Following the recent surge in baseball bat sales at Amazon UK, Brian Palmer at Slate takes a look at the “history of mob violence and sporting goods” and asks why the British have chosen baseball bats, rather than cricket bats, as weapons for self-defense and/or looting. “Why Are They Using Baseball Bats Instead of Cricket […]

Greg LeMond will be on this week’s Phineas & Ferb

Anyone who has small children and basic cable knows that Phineas & Ferb is one of the best shows on television and one of the top 5 children’s cartoons of all time. This week’s episode, “Tour de Ferb,” features 3-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond. Is Disney afraid to touch Lance Armstrong? I don’t […]

A Saved By The Bell Choose-Your-Adventure Video Game? Oh Hell Yes.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: the Internet is a wonderful place. The latest example begins below. Anyone who spent their formative years in the 90s will love this. (Though I would have liked to see a cameo from Rod Belding.)