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The Washington Post has an article with some interesting graphics about how home run hitting in baseball is up, perhaps attributable to the introduction of technology in 2015 recording the launch angle and exit velocity of batted balls. In 2016 a number of hitters, such as Daniel Murphy of the Washington Nationals, switched to trying... Read More
From CBS Sports: Indeed. The USA women's team that lost 5-2 to adolescent Dallas boys then beat the Russian national women's team 4-0. By the way, let me repeat my suggestion that rather than try to keep alive a women's league based on cities, instead the national women's team should just barnstorm around America with... Read More
Five years ago I was flipping through a book by golfer Tiger Woods' ex-swing coach Hank Haney and came upon Haney's claim that Woods' now career-ruining injuries started, after the death of his father, when he became obsessed with quitting golf and joining the Navy Seals. I thought it was pretty fascinating and wrote it... Read More
From the NYT: Spurs’ Tim Duncan Retires After 19 N.B.A. Seasons and 5 Titles By VICTOR MATHER JULY 11, 2016 After 19 years and five championships with the San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan announced Monday morning that he would retire at age 40. Duncan was an elite player on an excellent Spurs team for his... Read More
From The Undefeated, formerly Jason Whitlock's long-awaited website, on a topic I've often discussed: Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics Why blacks are not feeling the sports metrics movement BY MICHAEL WILBON @REALMIKEWILBON May 24, 2016 The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by —... Read More
From USA Today: Here are the top 20 active pitchers in terms of career Wins Above Replacement. Keep in mind that #19 on this list, Johnny Cueto, isn't considered black (he's "Latin"), while #1 C.C. Sabathia is considered black. There have been black superstar pitchers from Latin America, such as Juan Marichal, Luis Tiant, Pedro... Read More
On GoTrackTownUSA, 3 time All-American female distance runner Alexi Pappas writes: ALEXI PAPPAS: WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID By Alexi Pappas / TrackTown USA EUGENE, Ore. – My family stood together in the small waiting room just outside the Oval Office, nervously smiling like a group of kids waiting their turn at the top of a... Read More
The New York Times Magazine has a giant article on tennis player Serena Williams by Claudia Rankine (pictured at right) that serves as yet another illustration of my observation that while many female journalists routinely crusade on the surface against sexism, racism, etc., a close reading of their most passionate articles suggests that their highest... Read More
Back before 1992 Olympics, Runner's World executive editor Amby Burfoot published a cover story "White Men Can't Run" pointing out the West African / East African distinction between who wins Olympic sprints versus distances races. At that point, blacks of West African descent had made up all of the last 16 finalists in the Olympics... Read More
Before Tiger Woods, five African-Americans had won on the PGA golf tour, and each one would make an entertaining and inspirational biopic. For example, Calvin Peete, a grade school dropout, came out of the Old, Weird America before the 10,000 Hour Rule to win a dozen tournaments after he turned 35, even though he never... Read More
Track and Battlefield Everybody knows that the "gender gap" between men and women runners in the Olympics is narrowing. Everybody is wrong. by Steve Sailer and Dr. Stephen Seiler Published in National Review, December 31, 1997 Everybody knows that the "gender gap" in physical performance between male and female athletes is rapidly narrowing. Moreover, in... Read More
I don't know anything about football, but let me make a Super Bowl prediction. Las Vegas initially established the strong defense and run Seattle Seahawks as the favorite, but a flood of public money on Peyton Manning's high-scoring Denver Broncos reversed that. (Both teams are 15-3.) After all, Manning set records this years for touchdown passes and... Read More
From the New York Times:The crede
From my book review in Taki's Magazine:
Sam Borden writes in the New York Times:The aftermath of the former Baylor star Brittney Griner’s revelation in several interviews this week was muted, to say the least. Griner, who was chosen with the No. 1 pick in the W.N.B.A. draft Monday, did not treat the issue with any outward hesitation — in fact, she... Read More
From Slate:Finally, we ensured that each of the four total ways of sepa
Business Insider reports:I don't see much evidence at all that white Americans like foreign whites more than African-Americans, but it might someday happen. More likely, a
With the World Series on, I'm reminded that baseball has some exciting young players like 20-year-old Mike Trout, who might win the A.L. MVP despite one of the various Cabreras winning the Triple Crown, and 19-year-old Bryce Harper. But are they too exciting? I mean, Harper has looked like he's 30 years old since he... Read More
The division-leading Washington Nationals baseball team has gone ahead with their plan and shut their prize young pitcher Stephen Strasburg down for the season. He's coming off Tommy John surgery and team management had decided early to only let him pitch 160 innings, even if they had a chance to go to the postseason with... Read More
Enough election politics for now. Back to my August sports kick.Roger Federer comes into the U.S. Open with a record 17 victories in tennis's four annual Grand Slam major championships (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open). The 31-year-old Swissman is trying to open up distance between himself and younger stars Rafael Nadal (11... Read More
Here are the first and last pictures (plus captions) in a photo gallery entitled Wimbledon Arms Race in the Toronto Star in 2011:Sure he may be the greatest player of all time. But Roger Federer is nowhere near the tops when it comes to arm muscles at Wimbledon this year. There are more impressive specimens... Read More
One of the reasons that sports fans can be so oblivious to how odd looking their ripped heroes can appear is because there is little demand for pictures of non-ripped athletes. So, people start to assume that everybody who works out hard enough will start to look like, say, Serena Williams.As a counter-example, here is... Read More
My old high school had a mediocre football team while I was there in 1972-1976, but then hired a brilliant coach a couple of years after I left and has been a powerhouse ever since. This year they have a 6'6" 220 pound quarterback from Claremont, a college town 40 miles away (his parents had... Read More
With the news today that Lance Armstrong is surrendering his seven Tour de France cycling titles, I want to return to my rant from last week that nobody seems to notice anything when famous celebrities look a little odd. Here, for example, is a picture of the veteran tennis-playing Williams Sisters from the cover of... Read More
Back in 2004, USA Today published a list of the approximately 300 members of the Augusta National Golf Club. The list was probably from about 2002, since some of the members on the list have obituaries from 2003. I'm not particularly good at recognizing names, but the only Business Titans on the list whose names strikes... Read More
From my Taki's Magazine column:Read the whole thing there. My old articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
I'm reminded of something else I wanted to mention: how fans often don't really notice when there's something odd-looking about some star. Take the example of Dora Ratjen, who came in fourth in the women's high jump in front of (I'm presuming) 80,000 fans in the Berlin Olympics. A couple of years later, a train... Read More
David Stern, commissioner of the NBA, is dissatisfied with Olympic basketball. Either the U.S. wins, which is pretty boring because it ought to win easily, or it loses. A reader comments:The Ryder Cup in golf is organized that way, with twelve top U.S. players taking on twelve E.U. players every two years. Golf is an individual... Read More
From my new column in Taki's Magazine:Read the whole thing there. My old articles are archived at -- Steve Sailer
The role of role models in a country's sports success is a curious one. For example, it is regularly explained that Korean lady golfer Se Ri Pak's victory in the U.S. Women's Open in 1998 at Blackwolf Run set off South Korean dominance in women's golf. Presumably, that's true, but the thought, "I hope I... Read More
Here's the kind of statistic that nobody else counts: on NBC's list of 208 American Olympic medal winners, I find five Spanish surnames, or 2.4%. That's compared to approaching 20% of the relevant age cohort is Spanish-surnamed.1. Leo Manzano won the silver in the men's 1500m run, which is traditionally a glamor event2. Women's water polo... Read More
It's especially amazing that the American women's soccer team triumphed in its semifinal and final games over two countries with such long histories of soccer excellence, places where kids are dribbling soccer balls all over the favela from the time they can walk: Canada and Japan. The problem is that there's nobody left for our women... Read More
The Chinese public has recently begun to question its government's and media's emphasis on winning Olympic gold medals while ignoring or castigating silver and bronze medalists. Indeed, there's something bullying about the Go Gold or Go Home attitude. So, I've sorted the medal charts by percentage of non-gold medals won as one clue to which countries... Read More
In which sports are men men and women athletes most and least likely to marry each other? The least likely sport for marrying a fellow professional appears to be professional golf. The only couple I can think of off the top of my head was Gardner Dickinson and Judy Clark-Dickinson. The husband, who was 23 years... Read More
Anecdata time:About 20 years ago, corporate America started experimenting with video-conferencing to cut down on its huge bills for travel. Face to face contact builds more camaraderie than phone contact, so why not have workers in remote offices communicate face to face via telescreen?The problem was that, 20 years ago, the people we were used to seeing... Read More
Q. What’s the oddest thing about Jamaican 100 meter sprinter Usain Bolt?A. Although Bolt epitomizes West African-descended sprinting talent, he has the face of an East African distance runner. (Here’s a picture of Bolt with his more conventional-looking Jamaican rival Yohan Blake.) Nobody seems to know why Bolt looks like an immense Kenyan.Q. How much... Read More
My new Taki's Magazine column consists of the answers to a bunch of made-up questions I asked myself about the Olympics.Read the whole thing there.By the way, Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard has been just about the only journalist interested in researching the pre-history
From the New York Times:The women’s soccer team does not, or at least it has not as often over the past few years. An Olympic team of veterans — only one player was not on the World Cup roster — the Americans are neither new blood nor the types who routinely bloody, and yet they... Read More
Economist Tyler Cowen has an article in Grantland predicting long-run trends in Summer Olympic medals totals based on population growth rates, age, and income. Cowen explains:"If athletic ability is roughly equally distributed around the globe" then Tyler must be watching different Olympics than I have been watching since the 1960s. (Here's my summary of the... Read More
Back in 2005, Michael Blowhard offered the best explanation I've heard in response to the perpetual heterosexual male question about why fashion models look like fashion models (i.e., tall, bony) rather than like strippers. All those 5'10" 120 pound Slovakians in the ads in women's magazines appeal to female readers' fantasies about being more gravity... Read More
Here's a 2010 study in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine making the same point about a wide array of Olympic events that I made about track in my 1997 National Review article:Sex is a major factor influencing best performances and world records. Here the evolution of the difference between men and women's best performances... Read More
Back in the 1990s, I frequently read that women athletes were Closing the Gap with men; if trends continued, in the 21st Century Olympics, women would be just as fast as men. So, I did a big quantitative study on the size of the gender gap in track in all Olympics for a 1997 article... Read More
Nate Silver, a baseball statistics analyst turned electoral analyst, has an article in the NYT Magazine entitled "Let's Play Medalball."The underlying problem with Silver's suggestions is a lack of cynicism. Anybody familiar with Olympic history would realize that lots of countries have tried to maximize medals over the years, often with much success.The most obvious... Read More
The Washington Post reports:There's been much talk that the New York Knicks should have matched the Houston Rockets contract offer for point guard Jeremy Lin just on economic grounds alone. The widespread theory is that it would be easy for the Knicks to continue to profit off Chinese racial pride in Lin. I don't know... Read More
From Science Codex, a summary of focus groups with 19 women in prime shopping years of 26-43:The study looked at conversations from female focus groups to determine how women consume sports media. The findi
From the L.A. Times:And so forth and so on.Americans aren't very censorious about sex anymore, so what we get titillated and censorious about now is talking about race. But, that keeps us from actually thinking much about race. Nobody has much investigated the Snyder-Johnson hypothesis.How much evidence is there for genetic selection of blacks in... Read More
It's hard for humans to evaluate data from two different perspectives at once. For example, let's take another look at my old reliable data source, men's 100 meter sprint records.Poking around at the Wikipedia page on National Records in Athletics, I come up with these estimates of racial records (I am no doubt missing some):West... Read More
Italy won the World Cup in 2006 with an all white team by playing their traditional miserly Mediterranean peasant style (imagine the mean, cunning farmers in Jean de Florette who outsmart city-slicker Gerard Depardieu -- and, yes, I know that's a French movie). They beat France's much more diverse team in the Final. The media... Read More
Nobody ever believes me when I point out that playing golf was considered a hugely fashionable activity for women in the 1920s. How could women have been allowed to even play sports before Title IX, much less to have been encouraged to play by countless magazine covers?But consider F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel The Great Gatsby. The... Read More
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About Steve Sailer

Steve Sailer is a journalist, movie critic for Taki's Magazine, columnist, and founder of the Human Biodiversity discussion group for top scientists and public intellectuals.

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