Alabama Reaches #1 for 13th Year in a Row

A mind-boggling statistic.

Speaking of Poor Public Health Policy

Comparing the White House’s approach to that of sports leagues on testing.

The Weirdest Sports Season Ever?

COVID has given us a surreal calendar.

Is the American Government Legitimate?

A long-winded and esoteric discussion about an elusive idea.

When Equality is Unequal

Black football players at Iowa complain they were treated differently—and also the same.

Washington NFL Team to Change Name

“Redskins” no more.

PAC-12 Goes Conference-Only

Another small step toward canceling the fall sports calendar.

Ivy League Suspends Sports

The hopes of football in the fall are fading fast.

Sports and Body Types

Athletes are getting bigger and stronger. Except those who aren’t.

Sponsors May Force Redskins to Change Name

Nike and FedEx may be able to do what Native American activists couldn’t.

NFL to Play ‘Black National Anthem’ Before Games

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” will reportedly precede the “Star-Spangled Banner” in the opening week.

Politics and Sports

It is foolish to think that we ever escape politics.

Don Shula Dead at 90

The coaching legend led the 1972 Miami Dolphins to the only perfect season in NFL history.

The Grim Reality

This isn’t likely to end any time soon.

The Childlike Foreign Policy Stylings of Donald J. Trump

A bold new plan for security in the Middle East.

Thinking About Arguing About Politics Over Thanksgiving Dinner? Don’t

Given the times we live in, you may be tempted to argue about politics tomorrow. Here’s my advice — don’t do it.

The Post-Trump GOP Will Not Go Back To ‘Normal’

Contrary to the hopes of some, getting rid of Trump isn’t going to purge the GOP of Trumpism.

Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck Retires At 29

Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck surprised the sports world last night by announcing an early retirement.

Tom Brady Is No Tom Terrific Says The Patent And Trademark Office

Tom Brady tried to trademark the nickname “Tom Terrific.” It didn’t go so well.

Sean Spicer Hits Rock Bottom

Sean Spicer will appear on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars

Cowboys, Yankees Ranked As World’s Two Most Valuable Sports Franchises

New estimates place the Cowboys and Yankees at the top of the list of the most valuable sports franchises in the world.

The Russia-Right Wing Talking Point Cycle

How insidious talking points spread in the modern media environment.

Arizona Revoking Tax Benefits To Nike Likely Unconstitutional

The attempt by Arizona’s Governor to revoke tax benefits granted to Nike in the wake of the “Betsy Ross Flag” controversy is most likely unconstitutional.

Nike Pulls Old Glory Flag After Kaepernick Complaint

The ex-athlete has picked a bizarre target.

NBA Free Agency is the Best Free Agency

Every offseason re-aligns the sport in fascinating ways.

O.J. Takes The Search For The Real Killers To Social Media

Today’s edition of “I Am Not Making This Up,”

From Our “I Am Not Making This Up” File

Totally respectful, am I right?

Bart Starr, Winning Quarterback In First Two Super Bowls, Dies At 85

Bart Starr, who led the Green Bay Packers to five N.F.L. Championships in the pre-Super Bowl era and in Super Bowls I and II, has died at the age of 85.

Trump May Reverse Mattis on Academy Grads Going Pro

The President revived an old debate but added some new twists.

Mathematics of Sports Scheduling

Putting together a fair slate of games is a whole lot harder than it looks.

AAF, RIP?

Yet another promising spring football league seems to have bitten the dust.

NFL Settles Colin Kaepernick Collusion Suit

A confidential agreement has ended a collusion suit filed against the National Football League in 2017.

1968 Wasn’t 1984 (Which Wasn’t 2019)

It’s reasonable and just to adjust our outrage based on the context of the time when incidents occurred.

France To Investigate Reports Of Russian Instigation In “Yellow Vest” Protests

French authorities are investigating reports that Russian interference may be helping to exploit and expand the five-week-old “yellow vest” protests.

Happy Thanksgiving From Outside The Beltway!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Florida Voters Approve Restoration Of Felon Voting Rights

Florida voters approved an amendment to the state’s Constitution that will restore the voting rights of as many as 1.2 million ex-felons and make it easier for future released felons to get their civil rights back.

Texas Trying To Force Students To Stand For Pledge Of Allegiance

The State of Texas is arguing in Court that a school district can force a student to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. This is a blatant violation of the First Amendment.

Russian Bots And Trolls Helping To Stir National Anthem Protest Controversy

New evidence indicates that the same Russian backed bots and trolls that sought to influence the 2016 election are now attempting to exploit the social divisions raised by the N.F.L. players kneeling during the National Anthem.

No, The Buffalo Bills Didn’t Cause The Oklahoma City Terrorist Attack

Author Sam Anderson puts forward a rather strange hypothesis in Politico.

ESPN Won’t Air Anthem Before Monday Night Football

ESPN won’t air the National Anthem before regular season games this year, but that probably won’t stop the President from ranting about it.

The Cable Bundle is Dying. We’ll Miss it When it’s Gone.

As much as we hate paying $200 a month for television, the future is likely going to be worse.

National Anthem Protests Restart As N.F.L. Pre-Season Begins

The first night of games in the N.F.L. pre-season included some sporadic protests during the National Anthem, and prompted a predictable response from the President.

N.F.L. Puts New Anthem Policy On Hold

In the wake of a grievance filed by the union representing players, the N.F.L. has suspended the new National Anthem policy it announced earlier this year. This guarantees even more cynical political exploitation by the President.

Trump Dismisses Racial Injustice Concerns Of Kneeling N.F.L. Players

In a new interview, the President says that he doesn’t believe that N.F.L. players who kneel during the National Anthem have a real issue.

On the Appropriation of National Symbols

Trump’s withdrawal of his invitation to the Philadelphia Eagles is just another example of his populistic nationalism. (And it isn’t healthy).

Majority Of Americans Oppose Trump Position On N.F.L. Anthem Protests

Most Americans disagree with Trump on the N.F.L. National Anthem protests, but Republicans are behind him.

Reviving National Anthem Fires, Trump Revokes Eagles White House Invite

President Trump waded back into the National Anthem debate when he revoked the invitation of the Philadelphia Eagles to come to the White House today.