Evin Demirel, an Arkansas-based writer, has written for the likes of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the New York Times, Sporting Life Arkansas and SB Nation Longform. He's really into sports and history.

HEAVY LIFTING

Game Over for Two-a-Days

College football is phasing out two-a-day practices. While that’s good news for players’ health, it obscures a darker side to the modern game.

REMEMBER

The POW Tragedy Overshadowed by Lincoln

150 years ago, 1,800 passengers on the steamship Sultana—mainly Andersonville POWs—died. The deaths were overshadowed by Lincoln's, whose backdoor dealings may have played a part.

BIG, BAD

College Football’s Obesity Playbook

Schools are more than happy to help players bulk up but nothing is done to help them slim down after the cleats get hung up. The consequences are serious and potentially deadly.

NATIVE TALENT

Iroquois Are Lacrosse’s New Superpower

Competing as their own national team, the tribe medaled for their first time in the world championship, but not without controversy. Whites said using traditional sticks was cheating.

Metrics

The Nate Silver of Sports Injuries

With a spreadsheet and an obsession with basketball, Jeff Stotts can predict how long it will take a battered athlete to return. That sort of knowledge can make or break champions.

Dash

The Race to Beat Michael Sam

With 1,700 players, it’s virtually certain gay men are on the gridiron. There’s good reason one of them may not want to follow a rookie as the league’s first out member.

Gridiron Grudge

Legacies on the 50-Yard Line

Individual accomplishments are great, but the hype around the quarterback matchup of the year, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, misses the most important element of their success.