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Swallowing the Bitter Pill: England, the Premier League and the World Cup

June 2, 2014
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Swallowing the Bitter Pill: England, the Premier League and the World Cup

Discussions abound about England’s chances at the 2014 edition of the World Cup. For a country which has produced elite football players such as Gary Neville, John Terry and Paul Scholes (and yes, David Beckham), there isn’t a lot of optimism ...

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Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust: The Evolution of Passing in the NFL

February 2, 2014
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Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust: The Evolution of Passing in the NFL

Introduction"Three yards and a cloud of dust" (1) - that's how Woody Hayes described his "crunching, frontal assault of muscle against muscle", the offense that defined the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 50s and 60s. He went on say that, in regards to the ...

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The Rise, Fall and Rise of English Triple Crown Racing Speeds

November 3, 2013
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The Rise, Fall and Rise of English Triple Crown Racing Speeds

A horse with a crimson “6” displayed on either side of its girth processes to the parade ring. There are people milling about, looking over “Six” as well as the other entrants for the 2013 running of the St. Leger Stakes. Alongside Si...

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David vs. Goliath in Men’s Professional Tennis

July 22, 2013
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David vs. Goliath in Men’s Professional Tennis

David dances lightly from side to side, his small feet stirring up wisps of dust from the clay surface. Twirling his racket in anticipation, he peers intently at his colossal foe hoping to spot some clue where the first serve will go. Across the net is...

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The New Madrid Fault – Past, Present and Future

November 2, 2012
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The New Madrid Fault – Past, Present and Future

New Madrid, Territory of Missouri, March 22, 1816Dear Sir,In compliance with your request, I will now give you a history, as full in detail as the limits of the letter will permit, of the late awful visitation of Providence in this place and vicinity.&...

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2014 Winter Olympics: Home Court Advantage – Russia

August 22, 2012
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2014 Winter Olympics: Home Court Advantage – Russia

"Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." -- Winston Churchill, radio address in 1939A couple of weeks ago, Graph of the Week published an article describing the significant improvement in medals won by the host country as oppose...

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2012 Summer Olympics: Home Court Advantage – How Will the Brits Perform?

August 9, 2012
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2012 Summer Olympics: Home Court Advantage – How Will the Brits Perform?

The Olympics are a big deal on a global scale. How big? Perhaps Paula Radcliffe (an English long distance runner) said it best:"I have achieved a lot and I'm grateful for that - I'm just a bit greedy because I want to add the Olympics. It's once every ...

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Health Care Costs – Part 3, "Why You Are Paying More"

July 19, 2012
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Health Care Costs – Part 3, "Why You Are Paying More"

Malpractice - A Booming Industry?Perhaps authors Frank Sloan, Randall Bovbjerg and Penny Githens capture it best from their book Insuring Medical Malpractice:"If aging Doctor Kildare were to return to medical practice today, having been in suspend...

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Health Care Costs – Part 2, "Unhealthy Things Not Related to the Problem"

July 11, 2012
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Health Care Costs – Part 2, "Unhealthy Things Not Related to the Problem"

Lighting UpWay back in the day, folks believed that smoking was not only cool but also completely safe. As Marcel Danesi states in his book Of Cigarettes, High Heels, and Other Interesting Things, Second Edition: An Introduction to Semiotics (Sema...

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Health Care Costs – Part 1, "The Problem"

July 5, 2012
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Health Care Costs – Part 1, "The Problem"

The ProblemIn the United States, health care costs have been going up for a number of years, even when adjusted for inflation. Not unlike a runaway freight train, this rampant inflation cannot continue indefinitely without crashing.HealthWhat is 'healt...

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