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Canada's Rebecca Marino reacts during aRebecca Marino’s decision to walk away from professional tennis has been greeted with wide spread praise. As it should be. The 22-year-old Vancouver native was on pace to become Canada’s next star, joining Milos Raonic in creating an unprecedented Canadian youth movement. Sitting down with the New York Times’s Ben Rothenberg for an interview earlier this week, Marino explained how her sudden rise to fame – she rose form number 192 to 38 in one year – came with its pitfalls, namely, exposure to the internet jackals who live to troll.

Things were being written about me, and I’m quite sensitive about that. And I’m quite nosy, so I’ll look it up. And then I’ll realize I shouldn’t have looked it up.

More importantly, Marino had been dealing with depression for six years. She took a break from the game, returning in September of last year after feeling restless away from the court. Her comeback lasted only a few months. Read the rest of this entry »


If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

The infamous question is a philosophical thought experiment meant to arouse curiosity over the nature of observation and what we understand to be reality. It’s also used by undergrads studying philosophy to sound more musing than they truly are (as well as a cross-section of other weirdoes who often follow up the original question by asking if you’d like to feel their heart with a body part other than your hand).

A more modern equivalent to such an inquiry might be:

If a person tweets to no followers, does he or she actually have an opinion on sports?

Of course, an ontological question of such magnitude for the sports fan requires further examination.

Why does this hypothetical he or she not have any followers? Did the person constantly retweet the spelling mistakes of people they’re not even following, instigating a mass exodus of followers? Are they the only account free from “bots” following them? Do he or she not receive mentions advising them of methods for the inflation of their sexual organs? Why wouldn’t this person just buy some fake followers?

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