Christopher Block

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Here’s how Tiger Woods really played on Thursday, using the only scale that matters

A few years ago while playing golf with my two sons, I recognized fairly quickly that assessing their progress by typical metrics was an exercise in frustration. They were too young, and there were too many wasted shots all over the course that trying to keep score the usual way was only going to …

Golf

Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it.

Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably <i>wrong</i>.<p>And yet people who use two spaces …

If only Orlando Magic could attract stars like Dom Dwyer

In another day in another time in another sport, Dom Dwyer was Horace Grant or Tracy McGrady or Grant Hill or even Tim Duncan (almost) – star players …

NBA

A guide on how to get your Congress member's attention

<b>(CNN) —</b> Advice from an ex-Capitol Hill staffer on how to get a Congress member's attention has gone viral in the aftermath of the close and divisive 2016 election.<p>Emily Ellsworth, a writer and editor from Salt Lake City, worked for both Utah Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart, acting as a …

Salt Lake City

The Electoral College could be abolished without an amendment.

The Electoral College is a democratically indefensible anachronism that dilutes minority votes while disproportionately amplifying whites votes. …

Government

Braves wise to consider acquiring McCann

ATLANTA -- With his 33rd birthday and 13th season as a Major League catcher looming, it's possible Brian McCann's body may not allow him replicate …

Atlanta Braves

Why it's so hard to land on Mars

It looks more and more like the Schiaparelli lander crashed on Mars this week, a huge disappointment for the European Space Agency and the Russian …

Space

America's founders screwed up when they designed the presidency. Donald Trump is exhibit A.

When most Americans think of the Constitution, they undoubtedly think of the rights provisions — primarily the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment, with its guarantees of "equal protection" and "due process of law." One need not denigrate those in order to point out that in many ways the most …

Political Science

The unexpected answer to the biggest mystery of the American Revolution

In the grade-school version of American history, the Revolutionary War seems like a righteous inevitability. The typical narrative conflates taxes with tyranny, casting the rebellion as a break from British greed and oppression. “King George III didn’t seem to care what the colonists thought,” one …

Tea Party

How To Cure A Migraine: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

A migraine is not just a headache, which is what some people assume (and scoff at) when colleagues aren't able to come in to work because they are …

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Big Sugar, Marco Rubio and Florida's Water Crisis

True conservatives rail against Big Sugar's command of Congress through Farm Bill subsidies and political contributions they shed freely as the hair of a shaggy dog. For example, Grover Norquist is making opposition to sugar subsidies, supported by Marco Rubio, a GOP litmus test for presidential …

National Parks

Bush vs. Gore's ironic legal legacy

Fifteen years after Bush vs. Gore, 15 years after the Supreme Court intervened in a presidential election, a single sentence in the majority opinion remains one of the great constitutional brainteasers in our history. If we take the sentence at face value, it's nonsensical; if we ignore it, we …

At the bar giving away free beer until UCF finally wins a game, one good thing is free beer

Let's go to a Knights bar in Orlando as an 0-5 team takes on a conference rival that wants to be an actual rival. There's free beer.<p>"Nobody wants to go to the school that went winless," said a customer at the bar. As he said this, there was a sense that he didn't particularly care if a winless UCF …

College Sports

The Knights’ Tale: UCF’s Decline and the Shifting Sands of Florida Football

One of my favorite features of Phil Steele’s obsessive-compulsive college football preview magazine is that it includes and ranks the enrollment …

College Sports

Pope radically simplifies Catholic marriage annulment procedures

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Tuesday made it simpler and swifter for Catholics to secure a marriage annulment, the most radical such reform for 250 years, and told bishops to be more welcoming to divorced couples.<p>Under the old norms, it often took years to win an annulment, with hefty …

North Africa

These Are the Things That Change Boys to Men

Kentucky hadn’t just flirted with a pristine season. The Wildcats had steamrolled toward destiny: 38 consecutive victories, a second straight Final …

Basketball

Why You Should Parent Like a Video Game | The Art of Manliness

From boyhood all the way through my college years I loved playing video games – many a night you could find me mashing the buttons on my controller …

Bury Your Cooler in the Sand to Keep Food and Drinks Cool at the Beach

Picnicking on the beach is always a fun idea, but a cooler full of snacks can get warm in the sun. Keep your food and drinks cold a little longer by …

England

'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart': A series in review

“I’m sorry to do this to you,” says Jon Stewart. “It’s another entertainment show beginning with an overwrought speech of an entertainment host. And …

U.S. Federal Courts

Donald Trump’s Six Stages Of Doom

The recent polling surge by Donald Trump has launched a thousand stories about Trump’s “unprecedented campaign.” But it’s nothing all that unusual: …

Government

New Order: What’s Behind the Sudden Surge in Pitchers Batting Eighth?

Aside from clutch performance and the ongoing hunt for the hot hand, there’s no subject in sports whose ratio of shrug-worthy research to significant …

Infinitesimal

Kaka Runs from Halfway Line to Score Solo Golazo for Orlando City vs. West Brom

Kaka—still got it!<p>The Brazil legend showed his class on Wednesday night by scoring a superb solo goal for Orlando City against Premier League side West Bromwich Albion in a friendly.<p>Orlando, who are in the middle of their MLS campaign, won the match 3-1.<p>[Twitter: @OrlandoCitySC]

Soccer

What the abandoned venues from the 2004 Athens Olympics look like now

The majority of the cost overruns fell on the Greek government, which built all the expensive, highly specific buildings you need to host the Olympics — a village, a media center, an Olympic stadium, a canoe/kayak slalom center, etc.<p>When the athletes went home at the end of August 2004, organizers …

Olympic Village

Ginsburg decision in Arizona case: Supreme Court rules against gerrymandering.

Dear Dahlia, Walter, Judge Posner, Kenji, and Marty,<p>Mark Joseph Stern covers courts and the law for Slate.<p>Justice Antonin Scalia may have been the …

Anachronistic

Why Joe Maddon bats the pitcher eighth in the Cubs' lineup

There are many words we could use to describe Joe Maddon, the relentlessly fascinating manager of your Chicago Cubs. But "traditionalist"? That one …

You Can Be Prosecuted for Clearing Your Browser History

As more and more data are stored online, the government wants and believes it deserves access to that data for policing purposes. (Photo: HTTPS via …

Little League waning: It’s time for organized youth sports to die.

Is Little League participation on the wane? And, if so, should we care? Those were two major questions raised by a <i>Wall Street Journal</i> piece from last …

Participation