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Rick Reilly Really Likes the Words "Tiny," "Large," "Very," and "Nice"

We’ve mentioned the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective before, but they’ve really outdone themselves with their latest post.

Ben Blatt uses a couple complicated formulas to compare the writing styles of luminaries Bill Simmons, Jason Whitlock, and Rick Reilly.

Blatt wonders if he can determine the author of a column based on word usage. The results: His equation goes six-for-six in predicting who wrote a given column. In fact, the formula overwhelmingly points out the correct author.

But that’s not the best part of the study. Read more

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LeBron Takes to Twitter to Talk… Kindergarten?

There is no doubt that Twitter has changed the way many people communicate. One of the biggest benefits of the service is that it provides a direct link for fans and viewers to communicate with athletes and media executives.

For an athlete, Twitter is like a mini-media empire, giving you the ability to send your thoughts, photos and video directly to people that are (hopefully) interested in reading them, without the pesky middleman.

A perfect example is Chad Ochocinco, whose Twitter feed has become the go-to place for anything Ochocinco-related.

A recent addition to the athlete-Twitter metaverse is Miami Heat forward LeBron James. This afternoon, James showed just how personal a tweet can get, when he gave a nearly three minute long video tour of his son Bronny’s kindergarten classroom.

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CBS College Sports Network Prepares for Kickoff

CBS College Sports Network will be adding new shows, new faces and new technology to its college football programming lineup this season.

Last week SportsNewser spoke to former Texas tech football coach Mike Leach about joining the lineup, and CBS College Sports executives share his enthusiasm.

“We are really proud of some of the new folks we have on board, specifically Mike Leach and Roger Twibell on the talent side,” Steve Herbst, the executive VP and GM of CBS College Sports Network tells SportsNewser. “It enables us to get a coaches perspective out there. We have got Coach [Phillip] Fulmer here in the studio, but it allows us to have a coach out in the field.”

The network isn’t just adding new faces to its telecast, it is also adding new programs and technology.

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