In Plain Height

“Do you play basketball?” I can’t imagine how many times every 7-footer everywhere must hear that question. The good news is their services are in demand. While the statistics are a bit foggy, it’s estimated that 17% of 7-footers in the US will play in the NBA. The bad news is a simple thing like buying clothes that fit is remarkably difficult. And 7-footers are always conspicuous – there’s no chance of blending into a crowd. Pablo Torre of Sports Illustrated (2011) examines the peculiar lives of 7-footers, in and out of basketball.

In Other News

A Beef With China

Tainted meat consumed in China is being blamed for a recent positive doping test in cycling – The Guardian

Breakthrough Moment

The first ever US Olympic women’s ski jumping trials were a breakthrough for the sport and huge hit with fansESPNW

Slobberknocker

The story of arguably the most violent game in NFL historyDeadspin 

I Need Tickets

Bowl game tickets sold on Groupon and other secondary market channels are hurting the colleges – USA Today

Basketball History

There was a time when Jews dominated basketballPacific Standard