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Basketball Analytics (Take 2): Winning

I think more carefully about the rise of basketball analytics and what issues I see as in play in that rise.

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Troubleshooting the Sports Machine (Global Sports Cultures, 1st Lecture)

Yesterday, I invited my global sports cultures students to view sports as a machine, to consider that it could be running better, and to approach the class as a workshop for learning how to troubleshoot and fix it. They responded well. You can hear the lecture yourself here.


Bad Prof’s Top Basketball Books – Honorable Mention

Perhaps by now you’ve seen my First Team, Second Team, and Third Team All-Bad Prof Basketball Book List selections. They were the fifteen books, grouped […]

26th September 1938:  Steeplejacks removing the spiked crown from the head of the Statue of Liberty, New York, for renovation work before the World's Fair.  (Photo by Horace Abrahams/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

America’s Game

How basketball may be, for better and for worse, America’s game.


One Shining Moment: Yago’s A-Town Throwdown Edition

I was half-kidding when I told my students to make a “One Shining Moment” parody video of our Cultures of Basketball intra-class 3 on 3 tournament. They took me seriously.

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That’s a Bad Prof Right There

A couple of clips from last night’s Yago’s A-Town Throwdown, the 2015 Cultures of Basketball intra-class 3 on 3 tournament, without further commentary.

The Voice of My Dad

The Voice of my Dad

I wrote most of this a few years ago. It seems much more important now (because of events I describe in my postscripts below), but […]

What is Hoops Culture Class For? Unleashing Humanity

In my research and teaching on the culture of sports, I’ve oriented the intellectual tools of my discipline toward helping my readers and students understand […]