Author: Tiago Fonseca

Every time we hear the name of Colombia first thing coming to our mind is drugs. Deeply sad because the country has so much more to offer, yet true. That’s because the country has been producing, selling and exporting, some say, over 80% of all the drugs running around the world for the past 3 decades. Almost everything in this country has or had some affiliation with drugs, and so had football. I’m writing this article in Santa Marta. It’s a sunny morning down here, in the Caribbean coast, in the town where football was born in Colombia. Colombia became…

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If at the beginning of the season you had strong suspicions the Philadelphia 76ers rookie was a lab experiment press 1. If by mid-season you were still having seconds thoughts about him being an alien, please press 2. If by now you haven’t figured out what the hell is going on, you are just another one among us. Don’t press anything. Forget everything you’ve seen before. Sit back, relax and enjoy the stardom in the making. The Australian rookie sensation Ben Simmons has been amazing during his rookie season in a way few could predict. We all kind of knew…

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The 2017-18 will be remembered as the season the NBA took a right turn and in the rearview will only be the good old days of “home – away” jerseys. The new 1 Billion deal signed between NIKE and the association in June 2015 was a shift of mentality. A new approach from the league. A daring move from Adam Silver, the NBA Commissioner. A XXI century move. “This partnership with Nike represents a new paradigm in the structure of our global merchandising business. As our exclusive oncourt apparel provider, Nike will be instrumental in our collective efforts to grow…

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Can a pat on the back, a fist bump or a high five help you win? Conservatives and common sense may tell you no, a research study made by two scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, will tell you otherwise. Michael Kraus and Dacher Keltner studied every team in the NBA in the 2008-09 season and got to the conclusion that who touches the most wins the most. In the 2008-09 season the “touchers”, “highfivers”, as you wish, were the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics, 3rd best record of the league, reached the 2nd round…

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The no longer basketball player Kobe Bryant was always an avid critic of the way AAU basketball teaches kids. “Horrible. Terrible AAU basketball. It’s stupid. It doesn’t teach our kids how to play the game.”, Kobe told ESPN during his playing days for the Los Angeles Lakers. Now that he’s retired from the game he decided to take matter into his own hands by creating the Mamba League. “We’re putting too much pressure on these kids too early and they’re not learning the proper technique… It winds up eating away at their confidence.” So Kobe decided to team up with…

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June, 1997. A kid from the Virgin Islands landed in San Antonio and 6,000 fans gathered at the Alamo to greet him. Unwillingly. Shy. He walked to the podium and said: “It’s great being out here. I don’t know what to say. I just hope you’re ready to win a lot of games.” This was Timmy 20 years ago. And he remained this way the following two decades: Shy. Humble. Efficient. It’s ok to mistake Tim Duncan with the San Antonio Spurs. They’re almost the same. I don’t even know who molded who anymore. Duncan, as the Spurs, was always…

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