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Deflategate is Alice in Wonderland

James Meyerson | Posted 01.29.2015 | Sports
James Meyerson

Until all the facts are known, the media's news-entertainment industry should leave the story alone. It should stop cheating the public by presenting the story as a serious news story about "cheating" rather than the entertainment story it is.

Egypt Appoints Controversial UAE Hired Gun As Elections Monitor

James Dorsey | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Egyptian-general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi's efforts to lend legitimacy to parliamentary elections scheduled for this spring have gotten off to a murky start with the appointment of a controversial, reportedly United Arab Emirates-backed human rights NGO as one of five foreign election monitors.

Stop Hating On Brady's Balls

Blayne Davis | Posted 01.28.2015 | Sports
Blayne Davis

When it comes to sports betting, the public consistently gets it wrong, but this time I think they have it right. I think Tom Brady's Patriots are going to make a very big statement against the Seahawks, and I'm riding with Brady through every overinflated, deflated, or "just right" ball.

Socialism, Redistribution and the Road to the Super Bowl

Gavin Magrath | Posted 01.28.2015 | Sports
Gavin Magrath

It's not surprising that at this time of year, even if it's just during the pre-game interviews, I like to take a few minutes to celebrate what may be America's greatest socialist institution, and the active system of redistribution that helps make it so great.

Meanwhile, Over on This Court

Katharine Rose | Posted 01.28.2015 | Sports
Katharine Rose

Sportsmanship in its most pure form -- defined as "fair play, respect for opponents and polite behaviors by someone who is competing in a sport or other competition" -- can still be found.

Women, Fitness, and Body Image: Reshaping the Stories We Tell Ourselves

Jennifer McGaha | Posted 01.28.2015 | Women
Jennifer McGaha

I would never have attempted this race if I had still been caught up in the language of my childhood, the narrow labels by which children learn to define themselves and by which those children, once grown, often continue to define themselves -- the slow reader, the inept athlete.

Breaking Down UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz

Dan Shapiro | Posted 01.28.2015 | Sports
Dan Shapiro

The Ultimate Fighting Championship closes out an active month this Saturday, January 31 (10 P.M. EST, Pay Per View), as two of the promotion's biggest stars make their long-awaited comebacks in the UFC 183 main event.

Ohio State's Russell, Ohio's Ndour Named NetScouts Basketball Players of Week

Carl Berman | Posted 01.27.2015 | Sports
Carl Berman

Freshman D'Angelo Russell had a pair of standout performances this week and proved that he's a legitimate one-and-done prospect.

What Sports Taught Me About Motherhood

Lisa Witherspoon | Posted 01.27.2015 | Parents
Lisa Witherspoon

I once thought I was leaving my life of athletics behind, but I know now that those years of sports, games and competition taught me many valuable lessons that have prepared me for the sport of motherhood.

Super Seahawks: Why I'm Finally a Fan

Brenda Peterson | Posted 01.27.2015 | Sports
Brenda Peterson

This week we fans will stroll the streets, swap our favorite Seahawks superstitions, and snap "Twelfies." We'll nod and slap high-fives with neighbors; we'll chat stats as if we actually understand the cool language of numbers.

12 Victorious DIY's to Get Your House in Shape for Game Day

Hometalk | Posted 01.27.2015 | HuffPost Home
Hometalk

With only a couple days to game time, the clock is ticking on your big game party prep! Is your home ready for a crowd of cheering party-goers and guests to come get their game on?

Future of Soccer in the U.S. May Rest at the Feet of Young Players

Daniel Cox | Posted 01.28.2015 | Sports
Daniel Cox

Forty percent of the public says football is their favorite sport to watch, making it roughly four times more popular than any other sport. Even so, the dominance of football in American culture should not be taken for granted.

From Trauma to Drama: A Perspective on Head Injuries in Football

Philip Hunt | Posted 01.28.2015 | Sports
Philip Hunt

The game of football is being highly scrutinized and rightfully so. Wait, what? Yes, I think that there should be a national conversation about football and all other activities that could lead to concussions or other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

DeflateGate: Another Image Blow to the NFL That is not Likely to Hurt Its Business

Ira Kalb | Posted 01.26.2015 | Sports
Ira Kalb

They say that whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. That certainly appears to be true with the NFL. Over the past year it has been rocked by a series of brand-damaging events that have been magnified by media coverage.

The Night Ernie Banks Died

Roger Wright | Posted 01.26.2015 | Chicago
Roger Wright

Ernie Banks died tonight. And in the summer green fields of heaven, they are playing baseball. Later on, I'll go listen to Steve Goodman sing "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request." But not right now.

UK Search for Jihadi John Spotlights Recruitment Role of Soccer

James Dorsey | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
James Dorsey

The United Kingdom's search for Jihadi John, the masked, British-accented fighter who appears in videos and beheading of foreigners condemned to death by the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, has highlighted the significance for militants of soccer as a recruitment and bonding tool.

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
HooplaHa

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.