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The art, violence, mystery, and failure of the XFL
How the National Football League shops for players
By Alix Rule. Rule is a doctoral student in sociology at Columbia University.
From an investigative report commissioned by the National Football League and released in May. The league hired Exponent, an engineering-consulting company, to determine whether footballs used by the New England…
In the year 564 b.c., a pankratiast named Arrichion stepped into the ring at the Olympic games. Pankration was a nasty mélange of wrestling and boxing, very popular with the…
How Arena Football League players fare in the NFL
Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, and thousands of overweight teenagers party in the ruins of Detroit for Super Bowl XL
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