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The Dadball Era

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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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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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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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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 is […]

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On The Road With The Dadball Era

There are battles to be fought everywhere—in all directions, inside and out, at all times—during a 14-hour car ride to the Florida Gulf Coast with three bickering kids in the backseat and a pregnant wife in the front and 9,000,000 other Midwestern motorists screaming south down I-65 in unison, in a frenzied, cabin-fevered hell-pack. The family […]

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Putting The "Fun!" In "Your March Madness Bracket Is Fundamentally Flawed And Will Not Win"

Bland picks are The Big Bang Theory of March Madness, and I have no use for them anymore.

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The Dadball Guide to Super Bowl Parties

Sure, Super Bowl Sunday stands as a slovenly day of decadence and bad decision-making—but that doesn’t mean we have to be uncouth about it.

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Introducing the Dadball Workout

“Since I’ve started my 5:30 a.m. trips to the gym, the effects have been profound. Not necessarily on my fat man-boobs (yet!) but rather on my mental health.”

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It's a Shocker, Folks

I’ll be that dad we all knew growing up, that guy who may as well have been our friend’s grandpa visiting from Tucson, more titanium than bone … more Kohl’s denim than man.

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No Surprise: Butler Does It Again (and Again, and Again)

Bow down, Hoosier fans. National powerhouse Butler has THE Indiana basketball program.

MERRIFIELD, VA - DECEMBER 20: Pieces of mail wait to be sorted at the Merrifield Postal Center December 20, 2004 in Merrifield, Virginia. The Monday before Christmas is the busiest day of the year for the Postal Service. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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The Death of Christmas Newsletters

“So when you see my Christmas card and I see yours—and when some poor bastard has to slog through Aunt Gertie’s thousand-page newsletter—we can all nod and wink at each other and know that we’re seeing a picture, but not the whole picture.”

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