Long Suffering

The Royals are finally back in the playoffs after 29 long years. The Pirates made the playoffs for the second straight year after their own lengthy hiatus. Fans in those towns are bumping with excitement. Patrick Sauer reports for The Classical on baseball fans that press on with perennial losing teams.

In Other News

The Paces

A gait analysis is key to good health for runnersThe Wall Street Journal

Backlighting

Edit: skiing with awesome digital projections as the backdrop – Powder Magazine

Head Case

A (re-published) terrific 1983 profile of Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer’s complicated careerThe Daily Beast

Decryption 101

Inside the high-stakes world of stealing signals in college footballSports Illustrated

Let it Flow

Drinking water is the best – Five Thirty Eight

Cover shot: Alex Smith and the Chiefs were just too good for the Patriots on Monday Night Football – USA Today Sports Images