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The Life and Faith of Carson Wentz

North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz is seen during the school's NFL football pro day, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in Fargo, N.D. (AP Photo/Bruce Crummy)A bumper sticker, like Tabasco, is small, packs a punch, and says a lot about a person. Consider a few examples.

"My opinions are awesome!" This person is intelligent enough to form an opinion, and smart enough to know everyone else could care less.

"Watch out for the idiot behind me." This person may be a cautious driver, but tactful is another story.

And who can forget this person, fluent in sarcasm and conversant in passive aggression. "Be nice to America or we will bring democracy to your country."

So what is on the back of Carson Wentz's truck?

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UFC's most popular athlete to retire?

Conor McGregor looks on before fighting Jose Aldo in a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor, 27, announced on Twitter yesterday that he "decided to retire young." As Darren Rovell reports, his statement generated more retweets in two hours than all but eight athletes had in the entirety of 2015. In just over twenty-four hours, it has already passed NBA legend Kobe Bryant's retirement announcement, the most retweeted post of last year.

Most doubt the sincerity of McGregor's intentions, instead pointing to a rumored feud with UFC President Dana White over the fighter's pay. For his part, Dana White appeared on ESPN yesterday to say that the issue was over McGregor's refusal to show up for mandatory press appearances in Las Vegas to promote his rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200—one of the company's most anticipated events. He has since been removed from the card.

The rematch with Diaz was interesting in part because McGregor would again be fighting outside of his natural 145 pound division, but more so because Diaz beat him on short notice for his first loss since joining the UFC. The first bout took place at 170 pounds to compensate for the short notice, so McGregor retained his belt even after the loss.

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Resilience: The Career and Faith of Kobe Bryant

Feb. 02, 2016 - Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of a NBA basketball game at Staples Center on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2015 in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Lakers won 119-115. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)At the age of eighteen, Kobe Bryant anxiously sat on the famed Los Angeles Lakers bench and eagerly waited for his chance to play during that 1996–97 season. He was the youngest player in the history of the National Basketball Association. Coming straight out of high school to straight north of Compton, Bryant would ride the Lakers bench part of that first year while fans—including me—would chant his name. We had seen the video highlights, we had heard the myth-like stories, and we wanted to see it for ourselves.

For the past twenty seasons, we have watched Bryant. But on Wednesday night, audiences will watch Bryant play one last time.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1978, Bryant was named after a Japanese steakhouse, which is ironic, seeing that he was a source of strength (protein) and a source of concern (cholesterol) to his team over the years.

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