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Deflated Footballs: Mother Nature Didn't Do It

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2015 | Science
Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D.

Unless you are Rip van Winkle, you are well aware that the footballs in the game in New England were underinflated. There is talk that the weather is to blame. If you run the numbers, here's what the equation looks like.

Good Riddance, Bud Selig

Christopher Lamb | Posted 01.23.2015 | Sports
Christopher Lamb

Selig's legacy is as follows: When baseball needed a strong commissioner, he was the game's nowhere man. When he did act, it was in the best interests of owners -- and not in the best interests of the game and its fans.

Patriots Win the Game, but Fail to Score Points With Public Opinion

S. L. Young | Posted 01.23.2015 | Sports
S. L. Young

The New England Patriots' postgame celebration started to deflate shortly after the AFC Championship Game concluded. This sudden release of tension occurred due to questions related to the Patriots' adherence to the NFL's game rules and ethical standards.

Special Olympic Athlete Inspires All With His Triumphant Story

HooplaHa | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact

This week's Chicken Soup For The Soul Moment is about a boy who inspires through his participation in the Special Olympics. Ian Shepherd participates in the Special Olympics not only for himself but to help inspire and teach other athletes.

AFC Official 'Happy' to Bar Women Spectators From Stadia

James Dorsey | Posted 01.23.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has dropped any pretention of standing up for universal standards for equality in sports by endorsing bans on women attending soccer matches in stadia.

Be the MVP of Your Relationship

Dr. Donna Dannenfelser | Posted 01.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Donna Dannenfelser

We first need to look at players in the "Relationship Game" and identify what makes for the perfect athlete. We all have strengths, and with that being said...we all have weaknesses. It is this combination that gives us our winning team along with our MVP.

Soccer Soft Power: A Double-Edged Sword

James Dorsey | Posted 01.22.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

An avalanche of criticism of FC Bayern Muenchen, a leading soccer brand and Germany's most successful club, for playing a commercially driven friendly against Saudi Arabia's FC Al Hilal amid a crackdown on dissent in the kingdom.

To What Extent Are We Teaching Our Kids to Share?

Joel Tauber | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Joel Tauber

There's tremendous variation in different classrooms about the values that are being taught, and there's a long history of ambivalence in our country about whether values should even be taught in our schools.

DeflateGate: Super Bowl Win Only Hope For Patriots

Brian Shactman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Sports
Brian Shactman

The sports world is buzzing about allegations that the New England Patriots may have doctored footballs to gain an advantage in the AFC championship game.

NCAA to Change its Ways on Pot Testing

The 420 Times | Posted 01.21.2015 | Sports
The 420 Times

After two players for the championship-losing University of Oregon football team were suspended ahead of that game for allegedly turning up positive for marijuana, the NCAA announced recently that it will reexamine its drug testing policies.

The Invention of Joggling, the Goofiest Sport in History

Kevin Bell | Posted 01.21.2015 | Sports
Kevin Bell

Joggling is a unique challenge, even for talented athletes. As fatigue sets in, it becomes increasingly difficult not to drop the balls. A joggler has to ignore the million nagging disturbances of pain, other runners, and changes in the running surface.

Conflicting Views of Islam Spill onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
James Dorsey

When Sarah Samir stepped this week on to an Egyptian soccer pitch to referee a men's match, she joined a small band of Arab women referees staking out their right to be involved in the sport on par with men.

Kids Just Wanna Have Fun

Ginny Gilder | Posted 01.22.2015 | Parents
Ginny Gilder

No matter your age, sports are supposed to be fun. Certainly that should be especially true in childhood. Most kids know that, and that's how it should be.

Protecting Fans from Fanatics

Blayne Davis | Posted 01.20.2015 | Sports
Blayne Davis

While watching the National Championship game between Ohio State and Oregon, I wondered in the midst of the blitzing commercialism, how many of those dollars went toward protecting the packed stadium of loyal fans?

Compete Like You Practice or Practice Like You Compete?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.20.2015 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

One of the first questions that I ask athletes and coaches I work with is: Should you compete like you train or train like you compete? By far, the most frequent response is: You should compete like you train. This answer seems perfectly reasonable if you think about it.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 5

Dave Kreissman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

If you've been following my historical view of Muhammad Ali, you've learned about his rise to prominence, his religious and political awakening and his repudiation by the boxing establishment and mainstream American culture.

How the Sport of Archery Changed This Family's Life

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.20.2015 | Divorce
Brandi Megan Granett

When she reconnected with wounded warrior Kevin Pitts, a former sweetheart, archery served as a bridge between Kevin and Michelle's children, especially then 8-year-old Emma, who took to the sport and is now pursuing the Olympic archery dream.

Brad Waldow, Youssou Ndoye Named NetScouts Basketball Players of the Week

Carl Berman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Sports
Carl Berman

Brad Waldow was nearly unstoppable this week as St. Mary's defeated San Diego and BYU. The Shingle Springs, Calif. native has been named NetScouts Basketball's National Player of the Week for games from January 12th to January 18th.

Patriots Become First Team in NFL History to Earn Free Pass to Next Year's Super Bowl

David Fagin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Comedy
David Fagin

In a rare, impromptu, behind-closed-doors meeting, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, met with other league officials and unanimously voted to allow the Patriots to take the 2015 season off. The meeting apparently took 10 minutes.

Like Athletes, Business Owners Need to Learn From the Past

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Business owners and top executives can also "watch their tapes" and gain insight from their stats in order to increase sales and make more money. But a recent survey by Pepperdine University finds that a third or more of small businesses aren't doing basic financial analysis.

Turkish Soccer Body Penalizes Kurdish Club Amid Mounting Tensions

James Dorsey | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A Turkish Football Federation (TFF) decision to penalize a third tier soccer club in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir for adopting a Kurdish name reflects mounting tension in south-eastern Turkey.

4 Sports for Un-Sporty People

Uloop | Posted 01.16.2015 | College

In life, not everyone is blessed with the genes of athleticism. Hard work and the right mindset can to a certain extent make up for lack of natural talent, but this is rarely seen.

7 Ways Writers Can Learn From Sports

Henriette Lazaridis | Posted 01.15.2015 | Books
Henriette Lazaridis

A committed athlete knows that success comes from the willingness to push yourself seemingly beyond your ability, to court fear just a little, and to relinquish safety. Write into what scares you. Go past the point where you feel comfortable and you'll see how much stronger your work can become.

Turkish Soccer: Illiberal President Erdogan's Latest Victim

James Dorsey | Posted 01.15.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's illiberal policies have targeted the media, the judiciary, the police, militant soccer fans, and anti-government protesters. Now they threaten to claim yet another victim: the game of football itself.

Tackling The Tough Issues Of Coaching Kids: The Let ‘Em Play vs. ‘Wussification' Debate

Bob Cook | Posted 01.22.2015 | Sports
Bob Cook

My favorite moment in televised youth sports fiction comes from the CBC series, "The Tournament." The TV series, imported from Canada to the Unite...