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12 Athletes Injured During Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums often lead to ejections, suspensions, and fines. But these 12 athletes went the extra mile and actually physically hurt themselves, too. DAVID POKRESS/MCT/Landov 1. Amar’e Stoudemire When New York Knicks’ big man Amar’e Stoudemire punched a glass case housing a fire extinguisher after a Game 2 playoff loss against the Miami Heat, he needed 15 stitches [...]

2011 in Sports: Bud Shaw’s Weird Year in Review

© Louis Lopez/NewSport/Corbis Denver quarterback Tim Tebow’s pastor said the reason for the Broncos’ success in 2011 wasn’t luck or teamwork. “It’s favor,” Wayne Hanson said. “God’s favor.” In college basketball, the St. John Redmen recruited the son of a Nigerian minister. The player’s name? God’s Gift Achiuwa. Texas Rangers’ star outfielder Josh Hamilton said God told him [...]

The Physics of the Curveball

Why is a curveball so hard to hit? Some say it presents an optical illusion to the batter. Others say it really does curve. Lyman Briggs of the National Bureau of Standards aimed to settle the matter. This was a period when the question of whether the curve ball actually curved was hotly debated. Among the [...]

11 Famous Illeists

An illeist is someone who refers to himself in the third person, as Richard Nixon famously did when, after losing the bid for the California governorship in 1962, he said, “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.” Today, Nixon’s sound bite is remembered as much for [...]