August 28, 2014


Pity the Pull Hitter

Why situational hitting is so hard, and why beating the shift isn’t merely a matter of putting one’s mind to it.

August 27, 2014


The Last Temptation of the Ol’ Ball Coach

Entering Steve Spurrier’s 10th season at South Carolina, the Gamecocks look better than ever. But in this quick-fix era, will they finally be good enough to win it all?

The Glue

Remember that old ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch? You know, the one with Phil Hartman?

The It Factor

There’s a secret trait that seems to rule the NFL. What is it? Who has it? How do you get it? And what happens when you lose it?

August 26, 2014


Mind Games

Simona Halep, Genie Bouchard, and the future of women’s tennis

The Best Quarterback of the 2004 Draft Class …

… is not who you might think it is. Philip Rivers doesn’t have a ring like Eli Manning or Ben Roethlisberger — but that may be all he’s missing. Could that change this season?

August 25, 2014


Ernests Goes to the Open

We know Ernests Gulbis has one of the best first serves in tennis. We know he’s a bit of a smart-ass. What we don’t know is if he can live up to his top-15 ranking and be a real contender at the 2014 U.S. Open.

The 30: Reply Hazy; Try Again

Four teams, four glaring questions. Can the Dodgers, Tigers, Pirates, and Cubs find the answers in time?

Bill Hader’s Day Off

Cinephilia and ‘Saturday Night Live’ memories with one of the show’s greatest utility players ever

August 22, 2014

US actor Frank Miller arrives to the pre

Frank Miller’s Dark Night

A close look at the complicated career of the ‘Batman’ and ‘Sin City’ visionary

The Showstoppers

The current dominance of the Seahawks’ secondary made us wonder: Who are the best units in league history?

Mr. Mike’s ‘SNL’ Nightmare

Meet Michael O'Donoghue: The angriest, craziest man to ever hate — but never really leave — 'Saturday Night Live'

Unreality TV

‘Weekend Update’ and the landscape of fake news

I’m Chevy Chase and You’re Not

An excerpt from ‘Saturday Night’ — the landmark ‘SNL’ book — about the controversial rise of the show’s first breakout star

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