From Big Think, Pamela Haag on why Americans should care more about sports than politics. I can't stop rooting for lousy sports teams and I love it. The Cubs of college football: How the once formidable Fighting Irish became the Midwest’s lovable losers. The unsung hero of college football: Charles P. Pierce in praise of Justin Smith Morrill, a lawmaker from Vermont. They say everything’s bigger in Texas, but this is wild: A Texas high school unveils a $59.6 million super stadium. Change of venue: Shape-shifting stadiums could transform the way we watch sports. Come on Barack, let’s nationalize this shit: Rudi Batzell on a modest proposal to save the National Football League. Unnecessary roughness: Benjamin J. Dueholm on the moral hazards of football. Football is dead — long live football: J.R. Moehringer on concussions, lawsuits, death — but fans are still cheering. Cage match: Matthew Shaer on how science is transforming the sport of MMA fighting. A review of Barbaric Sport: A Global Plague by Marc Perelman. A review of Why the Olympics Aren’t Good for Us, And How They Can Be by Mark Perryman. At the Olympics, 26 sports vied for our attention — but which is the best sport of all?