One thing I enjoy, perhaps more than I should, about my weird career path is the intersection of Olympic sports and MMA when it comes to the ever-entertaining world of drug testing. I did a lot of grunt work on the topic back in the day for USA TODAY, and I like finding a use for that otherwise useless knowledge: The BALCO timeline, where we learned athletes can be suspended for doping without failing a test. (This piece is cited in a surprising number of scholarly papers.) The Jerome Young case, a classic example of an athlete who had plausible … Continue reading On drug testing, MMA, the Diaz brothers, invasions of privacy, etc.
The driving distance from Providence Park to the Maryland SoccerPlex is 2,785 miles. Google Maps says I can do it in 41 hours. But is the relationship between the Portland Thorns and the Washington Spirit a rivalry? “For me, yeah,” … Continue reading Washington Spirit 1-0 Portland Thorns: Rivalry?