‘I’m Not The Lone Wolf’

It’s 11:30 the morning of August 4. Urban Meyer just got out of a two-hour meeting with his staff. He’s wearing white running shoes, red Ohio State athletic shorts and a white long-sleeved OSU Dri-FIT shirt. In two days, the team arrives and fall camp begins. He’s had the busiest month of his life getting ready for...
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The Psychology, Neuroscience, and Pure Magic of Being Killer in the Clutch

Down three in the final seconds of Game 5 during the Western Conference semifinals, James Harden juked left and then went right, burning past Manu Ginobili and then pulling up for the open three—and he got stuffed. Ginobili’s hand came from behind him like the Angel of Death. Game over. Clutch. Clutch like
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The Baseball Player and His Broken Brain

  This is not a story I wanted to put into print, but leaving it out would feel dishonest.When my hunt for This Stuff began about three years ago, it was personal, and many people only opened up after they heard some of my story. It seemed to unlock an unspoken trust. If this guy’s...
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A Conspiracy of Comfort: Why It’s Time to Rethink What Coaches Wear

Stan Van Gundy is running away from me. OK, not running. But he is moving quickly across the parking lot of the Quest Multisport facility in Chicago, his forehead peppered by beads of sweat, strands of his thinning salt-and-pepper hair waving in the wind. (As always, his mustache is magnificent.) He makes for a black...
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MLB Prospect Casey Thomas’ Gym Rat Heart, Cool West Coast Vibe Lost at Just 24

  My latest for Bleacher Report is about the day Oakland A’s rookie prospect Casey Thomas dies a few weeks ago, and about the way he lived — all at once willing to work hard, but also according to his trademark phrase: “Own your flow.” When news broke of his death a few weeks ago, B/R editors...
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For Love of the Game: Chasing Big League Dreams For 12 Bucks an Hour

Kyle Johnson brought his wife and their two young daughters with him to spring training this year, here in Port St. Lucie, Florida. It was about $3,000 more expensive than in 2016, when he crashed on a friend’s couch in Jupiter, 35 miles south, to save money. A speedy 27-year-old outfielder, Kyle—like all baseball minor...
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NOT QUITE LIKE MIKE

Confetti, cracked dreams and crying in front of Jordan: what it feels like one year later for UNC's Marcus Paige, whose one shining moment got erased by the ultimate March Madness buzzer-beater.
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“We have decommissioned natural selection and must now look deep within ourselves and decide what we wish to become.” – E.O. Wilson (Via this convo between Steven Kotler and Jason Silva)  
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NO LOVE: A Fighter on his Way to Prison. A Kid with Cancer. A Promise that Saved Them Both.

  Cody Garbrandt walks down Third Street in tiny Dennison, Ohio, the gleaming UFC title belt slung over his shoulder. Decorated trucks and floats line the street. He’s flanked by his stepfather, his mom and his girlfriend, Danny, who carries her small white Chihuahua. A crowd swarms. People ask for pictures. Cody poses for a...
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