Who Benefits From Posthumous Honors?

On Monday morning, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Veterans Committee confirmed what Chicago Cubs fans have known for a long time: Ron Santo, legendary third baseman, belongs in Cooperstown. Ronnie was an elite player in his own era, despite a career cut short by juvenile diabetes (for which there were no reliable treatments at the [Read More...]

Bleacher Report’s 25 Most Religious Athletes

As long as there have been superstar athletes, there have been fans who confuse being really good at a sport with being a really good person. We all want to believe that the men and women we watch on TV go home from a day of shooting three-pointers to buy their kids ice cream and [Read More...]

How Michigan Stadium’s Seat #109,901 Resembles God

The University of Michigan’s football stadium — the Big House — has a seating capacity of 109,901, making it the largest such stadium in the country. But what’s up with that extra 1? Wouldn’t 109,900 seats just make more sense? Turns out the extra seat was installed during a 1956 renovation… or was it? It’s [Read More...]

One More Comparison Between Penn State and the Catholic Church

One question a lot of people are asking in the wake of the Penn State scandal is: Why didn’t anyone who knew about Jerry Sandusky‘s crimes go to the police? Mark P. McKenna has a theory about it — and it connects to the Catholic Church: … I have significant doubts about what an associate [Read More...]

Penn State’s Scandal Cannot Be Prayed Away

Charles P. Pierce‘s Grantland piece on the Penn State Child Raping Scandal may be the most powerful article yet about the crimes that took place — and why prayer, moments of silence, and playing football are the wrong solutions: It no longer matters if there continues to be a football program at Penn State. It [Read More...]