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What Is This NBA Play-In Tournament? What Is It? Will Someone Please Tell Me What It Is?

When? Why? And, most importantly: What? You’ve got serious questions; we’ve got seriously inadequate answers.

The Celtics and Pacers play basketball, poorly.

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Worst Part Of Soccer Ruins Best Part Of Soccer

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Ben Chilwell of Chelsea looks on after his effort is cleared by Caglar Soyuncu into Wes Morgan of Leicester City resulting in a goal that was later ruled out by VAR for offside during The Emirates FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley Stadium on May 15, 2021 in London, England. A limited number of around 21,000 fans, subject to a negative lateral flow test, will be allowed inside Wembley Stadium to watch this year's FA Cup Final as part of a pilot event to trial the return of large crowds to UK venues. (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images)

Manny Machado Hits Another Middle Infielder With A Bizarre, Sloppy Slide


The Steph Curry Show Rolls On


Wizards Complete U-Turn


Alisson Saves Liverpool’s Season With A Stoppage-Time Keeper Goal


In Defense Of What?


Spotify Guy Really Wants People To Know He’s Serious About Buying Arsenal


You Can Always Just Throw Together Some Seafood Stew

A bowl of mussels and broth

Now Here Are Some Gosh Darn Throws

Defector Up All Night

Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk Sues Yacht Captain After Nightmare Christmas Vomit Cruise

Eugene Melnyk, cast here as Thurston Howell III in a remake of Gilligan's Island.

We Are Headed Towards A Most Uncertain NBA Playoffs

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 11: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to play behind Anthony Davis #3 during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Staples Center on May 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Tim Tebow Is Just Urban Meyer’s Security Blanket


Alex Rodriguez Finds Another Way To One-Up Derek Jeter


I Want To See The Dang Throw!

Chas McCormick thrown out at home in the bottom of the 10th by Joey Gallo

Well, Well, Well, If It Isn’t The 2021 WNBA Season: A Preview

A'ja Wilson #22 of the Las Vegas Aces looks to pass against the Los Angeles Sparks during their game at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 26, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Aces defeated the Sparks 83-70.

Udonis Haslem Surfaced Just Long Enough To Give Dwight Howard The Business And Not A Minute Longer

Udonis Haslem gets into it with Dwight Howard of the 76ers.

The Bosses Are At It Again

It's Jamie Dimon, America's finance boss.

Gaming’s All-Digital-Everything Future Threatens To Erase The Past

Video Games
An employee rolls out the new Sony PS5 in Japan.

Cole Beasley, Moron, Ponders The Futility Of It All

Cole Beasley looks super intense and tough.

Wilson Versus Marchand Is The First Course These Stanley Cup Playoffs Deserve

The Distraction podcast

The Distraction

New episodes on Thursdays

Drew Magary and David Roth should really stick to sports. Sure, their new indie sports podcast will break down the week in sports: the Mets grounding into quadruple plays, NBA players getting testy on the court and horny on Instagram, or Bill Belichick cutting 80% of his roster just to keep himself interested. But these two men and their guests will have their fair share of off-the-field issues they’ll also have to address: stupid Funbag questions, bad tweets from bad people, pointless food arguments, and even less. Every week is a VERY long week these days. We could all use a little Distraction.