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Nate Miller

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The DadBall Era: Mrs. Kinnear’s Cotillion, 31 Years Later

“If you grew up on the north side of Indianapolis anytime after the mid-14th century, then you have most likely flop-sweated your way through its wood-paneled doors.”

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The DadBall Era: Thanks For Nothing

Bless your little biscuit-clogged heart, Thanksgiving

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The DadBall Era: True Inevitabilities

On predictable outcomes in sports.

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The DadBall Era: Return On Investment

“Brogdon is the perfect mixture of stoic wisdom and offensive efficiency, like Abraham Lincoln with a solid VORP rating.”

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The DadBall Era: A Few Considerations For Mr. Penske

How to bring the “Penske Perfect” mentality to racing’s most hallowed grounds.

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The Dadball Era’s Guide To The Holidays

“I’m tired of trekking out to the Speedway to see the lights, but not the same lights we saw at Newfields. Different lights. Different nights. Same idea.”

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The Dadball Era’s Guide To Infield Fashion At The Indy 500

There is beauty in the simplicity of the “Race Day Chic” attire. There is majesty, even.

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Revisiting The Trick Play Laughed At ‘Round The World

It’s been two years now, and I still haven’t figured out what they were trying to do.

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Explaining To Your Kids: Zone Defense

“It’s how ISIS teaches kids to play defense in their propaganda videos”

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The Purge: Orderliness! (2017)

The amount of pointless clutter that has accumulated in our house is astounding. It is embarrassing and “first-world problem-y,” yes…but nevertheless astounding. You millennials and organized people wouldn’t understand. Take The Kitchen Drawer, for example—the biggest drawer that is also the most accessible and the one that should be filled with only the most useful items. It […]

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Fare Thee Well, Paul George

In the name of full disclosure, I genuinely like Paul George. I like him not because he does neat dunk shots and/or has his own line of Nike sneakers, but rather because my kids like him a great deal and he has always been friendly with them in their rare, brief encounters. There are other […]

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This Is The Saga That Never Ends

During the non-summer months, getting kids fed/groomed/dressed and to school on time each morning is a dreadful, exhausting process layered in stress and rage and chaos. Nothing comes easily at 6:45 on a cold, dark Tuesday morning in December—and nothing is where it should be. Backpacks, lunch bags, shoes, the kids themselves. Nothing runs smoothly. […]

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The DadBall Era: Chasing ‘Little Ghosts’

On a text chain this past Saturday, a few friends and I were discussing the Colts draft picks and weird Trump stuff. There was also talk of the small likelihood of possibly grabbing a beer later on, among other topics. Nothing terribly pressing. The thread was hijacked briefly with the breaking news that one of […]

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The DadBall Era: Be Careful What You Cheer For

Watching from home last night and nearing the end of the first half—with the Pacers cruising to a 9,000-point lead and Bankers Life Fieldhouse on the verge of evaporating into a mushroom cloud of euphoria—my kids were ecstatic. They were joyous and confident and in fine spirits, drunk on revenge and wild cherry Capri Suns. […]

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Explaining To Your Kids: Lance Stephenson

 As parents, we have trouble explaining life’s more complicated issues to our kids. Sometimes it’s astronomy. Other times it’s FISA warrants or the infield fly rule or the many plot holes in Blade II. Today it’s Lance Stephenson. The Dadball Era is here to help when the kids come a’questionin’. Because they certainly will. Who […]

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