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The Nerds of Summer

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In 2015, a pair of stat-savvy writers, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller, entered the world of independent minor league baseball. Every move they make with the Sonoma Stompers will be either an indictment or endorsement of stats-based decision making.

Etcetera 6.

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Friday morning in Las Vegas. A perfect golf breeze blows down Paradise Road, then everything stops.

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The joggers of the Strip unite in the shadow of a junk removal site.

Something Is Coming For You

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A few weeks later I was at my desk when the phone rang. “Hello?” “Is this Ben LeRoy?” The voice on the other end like sandpaper. “Yes.” “Well, I’ve heard you’ve been booing me. And when I get done with this match, I’m going to come out there into the stands and I’m going to punch you right in your heart.”

When Barça Sings the Warmest Lines

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To the citizens of its home, Barça football is the simple joy history made mosaic—the beautiful game at near its most beautiful. If but a verse or two more for those who’ve seen the beautiful torched.

Etcetera 5.

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Right now New York City is a hockey town and the pigeons are waiting for tennis.

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Three dollars at the deli will get you a six pack of Sky Bounce ping pong balls.