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rantnrave:// Game 1 got these NBA Finals off to a roaring start. That first half was awesome, but frantic. Like it was played at 1.5x speed. Give me six more games of that (though I don’t think we’ll get that many). But the second half was a little more depressing, though not unpredictable. The Warriors are a juggernaut. The inclination after Thursday night is to wonder where the team stands in history, not just in this series. It’s attractive but still a little too early. But as the Warriors showed us in the second half, things can turn quickly. … I’d watch a Sport Science on Kyrie Irving’s layups. I’m not sure I understand the physics of them. Actually, I know I don’t. He puts so much English on them he’s got a Ph.D. by now. … The mentality of missing shots. A cool Nylon Calculus study on how LeBron James and Steph Curry respond to missing shots. Interesting to see how much closer to the rim LeBron moves after missing and how much further back Curry moves after making one. … Was talking to someone Thursday about MLB’s star dilemma. Baseball is overflowing with talent right now. And despite years of pronouncements that baseball is dying, it’s not. The NFL had $13 billion in revenue in 2016; MLB neared $10 billion. But its players aren’t selling as well as those in other major sports. How many high-profile MLB players can you name? It would help if MLB stars got more coverage online but MLB doesn’t get as much traffic as other sports, which then precludes more coverage. That makes MLB’s decision to monopolize its video content on Twitter and other social media confusing. MLB should let its fans trumpet the league as often as possible. That’s the best marketing it can get. … Read Kerith Burke on the ugly situation female broadcasters are sometimes boxed into on air and the script that follows. … A word about those compression tights you bought. You may want to see if you can still get a refund. … What was Mr. Met thinking? … How much would you pay for your child to win the Spelling Bee? Spelling coaches for the competition are the new thing. What a world we’re in … Hug a tree today.

As he nears 600 career home runs, Albert Pujols isn’t the slugger he once was, but he’s still pretty good.
Pedro Moura | Los Angeles Times

Teaching a stone to fly.
Frank Bures | Minnesota Monthly

As our writer cheered on his 3-year-old at the Strider Cup in Texas — a merciless race replete with tears, anxiety and elation — he had one question: Is intense competition good for the tiniest of competitors?
Ian Dille | Outside Online

At 14, Sylvie Lamontagne can’t compete this week. But she can coach — and charge high prices for younger kids seeking an edge.
Ian Shapira | The Washington Post

Over the last seven years, at least six high-profile esports players have been struck with a debilitating and serious medical condition called spontaneous pneumothorax — a collapsed lung. Some had to withdraw from matches. A couple kept playing, even though it probably wasn’t a great idea. Why is this, of all injuries, common in esports?
Nathan Grayson | Compete


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