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4 Old Men Who Played College Football

College football is usually a young man’s game, but occasionally an old timer finds his way onto the field. With this fall’s schedule finally in full swing, let’s take a look at four players who didn’t let their relatively advanced ages keep them off of the gridiron. 1. Tom Thompson, Austin College In November 2009, [...]

The Worst First Pick in Basketball History

There’s not much we can say with certainty as Thursday’s NBA draft approaches. Some team will get a terrific bargain in this draft. Some team will burn its pick on a colossal disappointment whose name will be whispered in the same breath those of uber-busts Darko Miličić and Marcus Fizer. NBA general managers should take [...]

Hakeem Olajuwon’s Phantom Quadruple-Double

The quadruple-double is one of basketball’s most elusive feats. Only four players have managed to rack up double-digit totals in four major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks) in a single game since the NBA began tracking steals and blocked shots at the beginning of the 1973-74. Nate Thurmond, Alvin Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon, and [...]

Why Michael Jordan’s Fancy New Sneakers Cost $5,000 Per Game

Who doesn’t love Air Jordans? They’re favorites of everyone from basketball players to the fashion conscious. When the shoes first hit the market, though, they had a high-profile naysayer: NBA Commissioner David Stern. Nike released the first design of its instant-classic line of Air Jordan sneakers on September 15, 1985. On October 18th of that year, [...]

In Your Face: The Rise and Fall of Zubaz

Longtime readers know that we here at mental_floss aren’t afraid to tackle the big issues. Politics. Religion. Science. And today we’ll bring that fearlessness to another hot-button issue: Zubaz. Let’s take a look at the history of the hottest zebra-striped pants of the early 1990s. When we think of Zubaz today, “utilitarian” probably isn’t the first [...]

How the NCAA Made Robert Parish Disappear

It’s tough to question Hall of Fame center Robert Parish’s place in NBA history. He won three titles with the Boston Celtics dynasty of the 80s (and added a fourth as a backup with the 1997 Chicago Bulls), made nine All-Star games, and holds the league’s career record for games played with 1611. He must [...]