Sport: The Year of the Superstuffers

Dunk. The word does not do justice to the majesty and the savagery of the act. First comes the ballet move—an explosion in the legs, a concussive last step and then a great leap. Floating, twisting, pulling free of the floor, drifting over dazed defenders. Then the frozen moment, suspended above the basket, serene for a timeless instant. Finally the kill: ramming ball through rim in a single ferocious stab of hostility and triumph.

As every schoolyard player knows, the dunk is back in college basketball. After a decade of exile prompted by fears...

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