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March 5, 2018

Sunday 25 February 2018 saw the Closing Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. Norway gained the top position on the medal table with 14 gold, and 39 medals total. The win was secured by Norway’s Marit Bjørgen, who won the final gold medal of the Games in the 30km cross-country ski. The medal was […]

October 16, 2017

The other week the greatest basketball player of his generation, LeBron James, called the President of the United States a “bum” on social media. Then, arguably the next greatest NBA player of his generation, Kevin Durant, accidentally exposed himself as running multiple social media accounts in which he bad mouthed his former team and defended […]

October 2, 2017

Two weeks ago, across the United States, the grand tradition of NFL Sunday Night Football took place. It was a good day for football on the field, featuring down to the wire games and upsets. But at every game around America (and even London) there was an unavoidable disruption to the traditions that fans and […]

September 18, 2017

“Faster Horses” Henry Ford is often credited as saying: “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses” — the idea being that radical innovation does it arise merely from incremental improvement on the norm. Maybe if performance enhancing drugs had been developed before the combustion engine we would have […]

August 21, 2017

Unlike most lucrative career paths, say, for example, lawyering, athletes are often restricted as to where and who they work for. In New Zealand, a rugby player cannot play in another country (on a contract that is likely more lucrative) and be eligible for the All Blacks. In the United States there are a number […]

August 7, 2017

On the weekend before last, UFC 214 was held in California, the highlight of which was the heavyweight rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. The fight itself ended in typically protracted fashion after Cormier took a kick to the head, which clearly did damage but failed to finish the fight. A dazed and stumbling […]

June 6, 2017

In 2016 the Guardian published a piece with the headline “Libraries facing ‘greatest crisis’ in their history” — the details are frightening for those that care about libraries and public institutions in general. More than 350 libraries across Britain have closed between 2010 and 2016, contributing to 8,000 job losses. The libraries that have survived […]

May 22, 2017

Winning does strange things to a fandom. Since their first test match in 1903 the All Blacks have maintained a winning percentage in the high 70s and have only lost to seven of the 19 test playing nations, with Ireland securing their first win over the All Blacks in 30 matches just the other year. […]

May 8, 2017

According Michael Lewis’ book Moneyball: the Art of Winning an Unfair Game, in 2003 a revolution of sorts happened in baseball. A type of Wall Street-based logic invaded the hallowed halls of America’s oldest game. The logic privileged the “objectivity” of statistical models over the traditional and subjective “eye test”, and sought to exploit the […]

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