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Three More Coaches Who Lied About Their History

By now, you’ve probably heard the story of Yale football coach Tom Williams, who resigned this week for lying on his resume. He claimed to have been a Rhodes scholar candidate, and was even cited as a finalist during several stories about quarterback Patrick Witt’s Rhodes application. However, a New York Times investigation revealed that, [...]

How Does One Become a Life Coach?

Few individuals have done more to promote the field of personal life coaching than Oprah Winfrey. A virtual life coach to many in her own right, Oprah has introduced a slew of personal life coaches and motivators to her viewers over the last 25 years. Today, life coaching is as popular as ever, with an [...]

Why Do College Basketball Teams Cut Down the Nets?

© Wally McNamee/CORBIS The men’s NCAA Division I hoops championship game is tonight, and we can’t tell you whether UConn or Butler is going to win. We can predict two things, though. The winning team will cut down the nets. And CBS will show a highlight montage set to the song “One Shining Moment.” Let’s take [...]

A Brief (Sad) History of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Where to start a post about LeBron James and renaissance except in the dark ages of the basketball town where I live. Some context first: The last championship in our city was in 1964. Not that anyone is counting but you could sooner make money delivering ice at the Arctic Circle than you could opening a [...]

Who Invented the Gatorade Shower?

Snow and ice may be dominating the weather report, but January is also a great time for another very specific type of precipitation: the Gatorade shower. With the college bowl season winding down tonight and the NFL playoffs heating up this weekend, get ready to see some coaches covered in sports drink. Here are the [...]

Top Quizzes of ‘09: NFL Coach or Dictator (#10)

Editor’s Note: For the next two weeks, we’ll be counting down this year’s most popular quizzes. Coming in at #10 is Jason Plautz’s football coach quote quiz, originally posted October 15th. Listening to football coaches can be a little scary, with their militaristic talk of marching down the field and annihilating the enemy. In fact, it [...]

7 Painful NFL Team Music Videos

In the quaint times before they had Twitter and YouTube at their disposal, NFL teams could only express themselves in one way: through terrible, terrible songs. For a stretch between 1985 and the early 1990s, group songs featuring football teams were at least as popular as the West Coast offense, and each tune had its [...]

11 Famous Roommates From the World of Sports

Most of us remember our college roommates as partners in crime who ate all our Easy Mac. Some famous athletes may remember their roommates as “that four-time Super Bowl winner who slept on the bottom bunk,” though. Here’s a look at 11 famous roommate pairings from the world of sports: 1. Tony Dungy and Flip Saunders The [...]

Another Side of Browns Coach Eric Mangini

Because mental_floss has an office outside Cleveland and a couple writers from Ohio, I end up chatting a fair amount about the woeful Browns and their embattled coach, Eric Mangini. (Here’s Bud Shaw’s recap of the time Mangini fined a player $1,701 for taking a bottle of water from a hotel minibar.) The 1-7 Browns are [...]

Football Coaches Do the Darndest Things (Like Stage Their Own Deaths)

I live in Cleveland, which doesn’t seem like a town where a bottle of water could go for $1,701. There’s no Rodeo Drive here, no Hollywood sign, no posh salons promising the perfect poodle pedicure. On the theory that there had to be something else in the water for it to cost $1701, the supplement search [...]