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ESPN The Magazine
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No. 1 Golden State Warriors Only One Man Can Stop Steph Curry. His Name Is Kevin Durant.

IT’S MARCH 15, and Stephen Curry is hard at work in his laboratory, firing shots at the basket tucked in the corner of Golden State’s practice facility. Steph’s hoop has been a constant since 2012, back when he lived in a loft on the same block as the facility. Curry might change shoes at halftime if his shot is errant, but he’s never changing baskets. The hoop is on the fifth floor of the pinkish-beige downtown Oakland Marriott, resting above the city’s attached, unassuming strip of a convention center. Atop the beige box sits a panopticon where media and visitors stare at the efforts of a m
NPR
2 min read
Sports

The 'No Fun League' Relaxes End Zone Celebration Rules

The National Football League announced three changes to the game on Tuesday, but the one getting most of the attention has to do with end zone celebrations. For years, the league has limited how players could celebrate following touchdowns, and for how long. The rules have been loosened for the 2017 season — allowing players to again use the football as a prop, celebrate as a group and roll around on the ground if they like. Fans have long wanted the NFL to lighten up. Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters that the moniker "No Fun League" had been thrown around since he was an intern in th
Inc.
2 min read
Sports

No.2 Change the Metrics

REWRITING THE RULES OF THE GAME Going into the 1993 NFL season, Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas sought a raise from $1.6 million to more than $3 million yearly—an amount that, at that point, only elite quarterbacks such as Dan Marino and Joe Montana were making. Thomas hired Leigh Steinberg, the agent widely cited as the inspiration for the movie character Jerry Maguire, to help him get there. Steinberg says, “The key is: Whose reality is going to prevail?” Steinberg and his team argued that Thomas’s value to the Bills exceeded that of a running back and was more like that of a quar
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Gut instinct vs. big data…

Does incorporating data analysis take away from the art of sports, or does it sweeten the taste of victory? This “Moneyball”-esque tale about the MLB Pirates puts in the hard work & examines the raw data to find out.