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New year, new rules

Twenty-one ways to make sports better, from the minds of ESPN The Magazine

Updated: December 15, 2010, 3:01 PM ET
ESPN The Magazine

There once was a boy who hated baseball. So on a fine summer afternoon, he and his only friend, Hobbes, made up their own game. It had but one rule: You couldn't play it the same way twice. Otherwise, anything went. You could use a baseball or soccer ball, a bat or mallet. Sometimes there were bases. Sometimes there were secret bases. Once there was a pernicious poem place, and a bag flag zone. There was anything you wanted, rules invented on the fly. The boy called the game Calvinball, ...

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