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Past articles by Daniel:

9-Year NFL Vet Alan Ball Made A Guy Take His Pants Off On Survivor

Are you watching the new season of Survivor? It’s not too late to hop aboard: There’s only been one episode, and this season, as many seasons of Survivor do, includes an NFL player. This time around, it’s cornerback Alan Ball, who spent five seasons with Dallas, then one in Houston, two in Jacksonville, and one in Chicago. (He’s not yet retired, but he hasn’t played since 2015.) → Read More

For The Love Of God, Do Not Pay For The Mayweather-McGregor Fight

There’s a fascinating boxing match on TV tonight between a faded, formerly great champion and a younger brawler with limited skills, but enough about the Cotto-Kamegai match on HBO. Instead of watching a real fight, millions will tune in for a glorified staring match between a middle-aged, retired, three-time ex-con and a semi-sentient growth protruding out of an oversized gorilla tattoo. Even… → Read More

Manny Pacquiao Fights On ESPN Tonight And Nobody Cares

Tonight, at 9 p.m. EST, Manny Pacquiao takes on Jeff Horn, a little-known Australian fighter and elementary school teacher. Horn is undefeated in 17 fights (16-0-1), but he’s fought mediocre competition and you won’t find many serious boxing fans or writers who give him a chance. The story of tonight’s fight is not about Horn or even Pacquiao, though, but about where it is being shown: Manny… → Read More

On His Second Try, 9-Year NFL Vet Brad Culpepper Proved Perfect For Survivor

You think Survivor is a reality show, but it’s in many ways actually a sport—and former professional athletes have not been very good at it. → Read More

Donald Trump Is A Frightened Coward And I Bet $100,000 He Won't Fight Me

Last month, I made a public challenge to Donald Trump, which I will repeat here: If he or either of his sons will box me for one round, I will make the maximum legal contribution to his campaign and donate $100,000 to the charity of his choice. → Read More

Pay-Per-View Is Ruining Boxing, But Tonight's Crawford-Postol Fight Is Still Worth Your Money

Tonight, the undefeated Terence “Bud” Crawford defends his 140-pound belt against fellow undefeated titleholder Viktor “Iceman” Postol on HBO Pay-Per-View. This is the rare boxing pay-per-view that is actually worth the money. Crawford is, at minimum, one of the most exciting boxing prospects in years, and perhaps the heir apparent to Floyd Mayweather’s currently-vacant throne as the biggest… → Read More

Keith Thurman, Boxing's Next Big Thing, Isn't Boxing's Next Big Thing

Welterweight Keith Thurman defeated Shawn Porter in a close decision on CBS on Saturday, drawing the highest ratings of any boxing match this year and garnering Fight of the Year talk. In the process, Thurman grew his perfect record to 27-0, with 22 KOs. At age 27, Thurman is in his physical prime, and now has an impressive win in a high-profile setting. He is camera-friendly, a strikingly… → Read More

What We've Lost With Muhammad Ali

Yesterday, we lost Muhammad Ali, the Greatest of All Time. Note the absence of a noun in that title. He was not the Greatest Boxer of All Time; he was not the Greatest Athlete of All Time; he was not the Greatest Showman of All Time. No, Greatest stood alone, floating, butterfly-like, unencumbered by a noun or any other superfluous impediment that might weigh it down. → Read More

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. And Conor McGregor Will Never Fight And Thank God

There has been a lot of talk lately about Floyd Mayweather, Jr. fighting Conor McGregor. The reasons why are obvious: It would be the Freddy vs. Jason of combat sports, the bad boy box office king of one premier combat sport against the bad boy box office king of the other. Unfortunately, the much-ballyhooed fight is probably even more fantastical than the plot of the movie. There’s virtually no… → Read More

Bear vs Bull: How will Bitcoin fare in 2016?

VCs are putting more money than ever before into bitcoin startups. → Read More

The Identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, Inventor of Bitcoin, Doesn't Matter

Unmaking Satoshi Nakamoto no longer matters for bitcoin. → Read More

Will Manny Pacquiao's Final Opponent Be Revealed Tonight?

The week in boxing news was dominated by a fighter who isn’t even currently in training: Manny Pacquiao. Even after an uninspired and perhaps compromised performance against Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao remains the biggest, most marketable name in the sport. And the race to be Pacquiao’s next foe—in what Pacquiao claims will be his farewell bout—is still the richest prize available in boxing. With… → Read More

A Former NFL Exec Wants to Bring Back the USFL

The league died in 1985, and many blame its demise on Donald Trump. → Read More

How embarrassing was World Series blackout for Fox?

Fox's telecast of Game One of the 2015 World Series vanished for four minutes—an eternity in sports television. → Read More

What this billionaire hedge fund manager wants his staff to learn

Paul Tudor Jones, the billionaire founder of Tudor Investment Corporation, believes that even money managers should be able to write well. Specifically, Jones advises his staff—and anyone else wi... → Read More

Donald Trump: Here’s why you should elect me president

‘Real leadership is about competence,’ Trump writes. → Read More

Price of Bitcoin hits $300 for the first time since July

The price of the digital currency bitcoin hit the $300 mark on Tuesday night for the first time since July. The last time this happened, Greece was undergoing an economic collapse and citizens were... → Read More

World Series Blackout Was a Meaningful Failure for Fox

Fox's telecast of Game One of the 2015 World Series vanished for four minutes—an eternity in sports television. → Read More

Mets-Royals is a matchup of two financial underdogs

The New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals show us that teams with low payrolls can still make it to the World Series. → Read More

Here's why you don't care about the Rugby World Cup

Rugby has been growing in popularity at the youth and college level, but the sport still hasn't caught on in TV viewership. → Read More