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NFL Owners Can Be Shitheads Without Donald Trump's Help NFL Owners Can Be Shitheads Without Donald Trump's Help

One day during the 2017 offseason, I went to Paul Brown Stadium to interview Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown. Like a lot of grandfathers, Brown enjoys reading history books. At the stadium, his all-glass office is ringed in bookshelves that run partway up the walls, though not so far that they obscure a dazzling…

The NCAA Is Running Out Of Excuses On Brain Injuries The NCAA Is Running Out Of Excuses On Brain Injuries

When it was time to change her husband Greg’s diaper, Deb Ploetz followed a routine. First, she would lead him to the bathroom of their rental house in North Little Rock, Arkansas, where they had moved to in February of 2015—in part to be closer to Deb’s family, and in part because memory care facilities in Texas and…

The Cleveland Barons' NHL Existence Was A Short And Spectacular Disaster The Cleveland Barons' NHL Existence Was A Short And Spectacular Disaster

Bob Whidden got the bad news first. On June 14, 1978, Whidden was in Montreal representing the Cleveland Barons at the NHL owners’ meetings.

How An Inner-City Minnesota High School Built a Girls’ Badminton Dynasty How An Inner-City Minnesota High School Built a Girls’ Badminton Dynasty

Bao Nhia Thao is maybe 5-foot-2, with an enigmatic smile—smooth and benign.

The Dancing With The Stars: Athletes Finale Brought Kimonos, Backflips, And The Loss Of Our Dignity

I’ve always felt that every once in a while it’s good to rank the things you love most. You never know when you’ll be asked to choose between your waffle iron and Stanley Tucci’s character in Big Night, but when you inevitably are, it will be important to have that answer on hand immediately. It’s an easier pill for…

Three Men Crossed Frozen Lake Baikal, And Chased More Than A World Record Three Men Crossed Frozen Lake Baikal, And Chased More Than A World Record

The eighth day he was out on the ice, Scott Gilmour’s eyes started to feel like jelly. They wobbled around in his sockets, and when he looked out, the world seemed like it was smeared with goo. Gilmour and his two companions had been facing headwinds for hours, walking on ice as hard as steel. They needed to find a…

Your Saddest Desperation Cocktails, Ranked Your Saddest Desperation Cocktails, Ranked

In the relative safety of adulthood, when you can easily purchase alcohol—have it delivered to your door, even!—and legally frequent bars steeped in cocktail culture, it is easy to overlook the lower moments in our personal drinking histories. If you drink, you’ve experienced that desperate moment: drunk, but not…

The NWSL Hasn't Had A Commissioner For Over A Year, And It's Getting Left Behind The NWSL Hasn't Had A Commissioner For Over A Year, And It's Getting Left Behind

On March 2, 2017, Jeff Plush stepped down as commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League.

How The Golden Knights Got So Good How The Golden Knights Got So Good

You could see it from the 300 level. Watching the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Blackhawks 5-4 in Chicago on Jan. 5 cemented two things in my mind about this NHL season. First, the Blackhawks were done, having been made to look exceedingly old and slow again. Second, the Golden Knights were very much for real. And fast…

US Lacrosse Investigated Anti-Native Racism Allegations, Has Not Reinstated Expelled Native Teams US Lacrosse Investigated Anti-Native Racism Allegations, Has Not Reinstated Expelled Native Teams

In April, Deadspin published a story about three Native American youth lacrosse teams that were expelled from the Dakota Premier Lacrosse League after voicing concerns about systemic racism within the league to administrator Corey Mitchell.

I Beat Up My Own Brain At The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament I Beat Up My Own Brain At The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

I once read an essay from which I can remember a single thing: that the author, a white man entering his forties, was no longer afraid to commit acts of minor to moderate civil disobedience in the service of righteous causes, or for just for shits-n-gigs. Send him to jail? Sure. Whatever he had to pay, literally or…

How Clint Capela Became Houston's Secret Weapon How Clint Capela Became Houston's Secret Weapon

Early in the second quarter of the Houston Rockets’ postseason-opening win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, James Harden wiggled through the defense, drew help, and dropped a pass to Clint Capela for a dunk. It was Capela’s third jam of the game, with Harden assisting on each. TNT announcer Chris Webber—whose own…

The All-Athlete Dancing With The Stars Is Here And We're Smiling Through It The All-Athlete Dancing With The Stars Is Here And We're Smiling Through It

Last night, at exactly the same time as the Celtics-Sixers NBA Eastern Conference semifinals game, somewhere between 16 and 23 people in America elected to tune into a different kind of sporting event. That’s right, my devoted DaStie AthHeads: the long-awaited first episode of Dancing with the Stars: Athletes…

The Story Of The Greatest Photo From The Greatest Game Ever Played The Story Of The Greatest Photo From The Greatest Game Ever Played

Game 7 of the 1960 World Series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees has been described as “the greatest game ever played” and “the best game ever.” Entering the bottom of the ninth, the score was tied 9-9, and Bill Mazeroski was leading off.

How One Rich Man's Weird Dream Transformed A British Pro Soccer Team How One Rich Man's Weird Dream Transformed A British Pro Soccer Team

Outside the 3500-capacity AGP Arena in the modest suburban town of Billericay, Essex, a 100-foot-long, 20-foot-high mural depicts Glenn Tamplin’s dream. It begins with the Mayflower setting sail for the New World, jumps ahead somewhat to the formation of Billericay Town FC in 1880, and quickly addresses the club’s…

Katharine Graham Was Not To Be Fucked With Katharine Graham Was Not To Be Fucked With

This was first published as “Pillar of the Post” in the May 20, 1976 issue of The National Observer. It appears here with the author’s permission.

The Kickboxer Who Is Empowering Saudi Women By Teaching Them To Fight The Kickboxer Who Is Empowering Saudi Women By Teaching Them To Fight

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia’s port city on the Red Sea, serves as a commercial hub full of beach resorts and sights, as well as a gateway into the Islamic cities of Mecca and Medina. Several kilometres inland from the Red Sea, with its breathtaking coral reefs, is the Al Rawdah district, where a private, all-women gym tries…

Tank Warfare, Or A Night At Mavericks-Suns Tank Warfare, Or A Night At Mavericks-Suns

DALLAS — If the Mavericks were going to do what needed to be done on Tuesday night in the finale of their 2018 season, it would take an almost herculean effort. A guaranteed share of the NBA’s third-worst record and the attendant lottery-odds boost was on the line, but they would have to lock in, focus up, and play…

The Rape Case Tearing Apart Irish Rugby The Rape Case Tearing Apart Irish Rugby

Rory Best should have stayed in Carton House with the rest of the Irish national rugby team. Instead, the captain and starting hooker sat in Belfast’s Laganside Crown Court alongside his teammate Iain Henderson, watching the trial of two other teammates for the alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman in June 2016. Paddy…

Garry Shandling's Power Was His Fear Garry Shandling's Power Was His Fear

Originally published in the February 1997 issue of GQ as “Shandling Agonistes” this story appears here with the author’s permission.

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