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U.S. Luge Is Chasing That Extra Thousandth Of A Second U.S. Luge Is Chasing That Extra Thousandth Of A Second

“You always have that in the back of your head, wanting to beat the Germans. And I did it.” —Erin Hamlin, after winning the 2009 FIL World Championships and ending a 99-race winning streak by German women in top-level luge competitions.

Before He Surrendered, Roberto Duran Was Looking To Harm Before He Surrendered, Roberto Duran Was Looking To Harm

Originally published in Inside Sports (June, 1980), this story appears here with permission.

The Only Thing That Works About The NFL Is Football The Only Thing That Works About The NFL Is Football

My friend tackled Shaun Alexander. Not recently, I should note. This was years ago, and years before the brief period during which Alexander was the best running back on earth. Alexander led the league in rushing in 2005 and was voted NFL MVP by the Associated Press, and then was out of the league three years later;…

How An NFL Contract Negotiation Goes Down How An NFL Contract Negotiation Goes Down

NEW ORLEANS — Back and forth they went, both sides snapping off data points and counterpoints in a careful effort to leverage whatever they had. They were so into the task at hand that neither the thunderclaps from outside nor the 10-minute warning could interrupt their banter. They were teams of law students from…

Pittsburgh's Cutting-Edge Sports Site Is A Meat Grinder Of A Workplace Pittsburgh's Cutting-Edge Sports Site Is A Meat Grinder Of A Workplace

On the night of Sunday, Jan. 21, as the entirety of the sports world was consumed with football and the results of the NFL’s conference championships, Dejan Kovacevic made an announcement. It was almost understated, given the importance of the changes to his site, DK Pittsburgh Sports. Kovacevic wrote that his…

White Girls Saying "Nigger" On Instagram Is The Black Mirrorest Black Mirror Shit White Girls Saying "Nigger" On Instagram Is The Black Mirrorest Black Mirror Shit

Imagine a world, one that very much resembles our own, set in some not-too-distant, semi-dystopian future. A sort of bizarro version of our modern Western society, where the increasing imposition upon society of otherwise benign technology and social media has warped the very fabric and structure of our lives and…

Amen To Sonny Liston, The Better Sinner Amen To Sonny Liston, The Better Sinner

Joe Flaherty’s obituary for Sonny Liston originally appeared in The Village Voice (January 14, 1971) and is also featured in At the Fights. It appears here with permission.

Gary Mays, The One-Armed Bandit of D.C. Sports Lore, Is Dead Gary Mays, The One-Armed Bandit of D.C. Sports Lore, Is Dead

Gary Mays, who should have been really famous, died Monday night. He was 82.

Rodney Mullen And Daewon Song Made A Video That Changed Skateboarding Forever Rodney Mullen And Daewon Song Made A Video That Changed Skateboarding Forever

The opening title credits for “Rodney Mullen Vs. Daewon Song” fly onto the screen like text in a remedial PowerPoint presentation. The picture is grainy, as almost all VHS tapes were, and cuts bounce into each other instead of sliding with contemporary digital smoothness. The black background and white lettering is…

Meet The Crazy New Yorkers Who Completed Five Triathlons In Five Days Meet The Crazy New Yorkers Who Completed Five Triathlons In Five Days

Why? That’s the first question people always ask. Why would you want to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112, and then run a marathon? Why would you do it five days in a row? Why would you plan the whole thing yourself? In the five boroughs? In the middle of June?

Deadspin's Best Long Stories Of 2017 Deadspin's Best Long Stories Of 2017

Deadspin published a lot of long articles this year that might be toiling away in a bookmarks folder or neglected, tab-filled browser window. Now’s your chance to catch up, or at least use this as a one-stop guide when you do find the free time.

Inside The Punishing Dictatorship That Was James Cameron's Titanic Set Inside The Punishing Dictatorship That Was James Cameron's Titanic Set

This feature was originally published in the December, 1997 issue of Premiere magazine and appears here with permission.

Major League Baseball's Statcast Can Break Sabermetrics Major League Baseball's Statcast Can Break Sabermetrics

“On a historical basis, a decade from now, we’ll be looking back saying, ‘That was the highest route efficiency that’s ever been captured in baseball.’”

Rich People Demolished L.A. Weekly To Build The Future They Want For Journalism Rich People Demolished L.A. Weekly To Build The Future They Want For Journalism

In 2009, L.A. Weekly wrote a story about jerkin’—a dance craze sweeping across the Los Angeles basin—that highlighted the work of then little-known rapper YG. “He was so fresh out of prison, he still had ‘FREE YG!’ on his MySpace page,” the story’s author Jeff Weiss told me. It was one of the first interviews YG ever…

Vasyl Lomachenko Vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux Is Boxing Fuckery At Its Finest Vasyl Lomachenko Vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux Is Boxing Fuckery At Its Finest

Vasyl Lomachenko is a gizmo. “Hi-Tech” is a fitting sobriquet for the fighter whose ring style is a dizzying arsenal of bells, whistles, buzzers, beepers, and blinking lights.

The Complete Guide To Understanding Chess The Complete Guide To Understanding Chess

You probably remember the rules of chess, but what’s actually happening there on the board? How many moves are Grandmasters really thinking ahead? Why do they never actually checkmate the opponent? Is my life just like a game of chess?

How The Brothers Selmon Became The Most Admired Family In Football How The Brothers Selmon Became The Most Admired Family In Football

First published as “The Brotherhood of Selmon” in the September 1980 issue of Inside Sports, this story appears here with permission.

How A Bootleg Prep School Profited By Ripping Off Teens With NBA Dreams How A Bootleg Prep School Profited By Ripping Off Teens With NBA Dreams

During his first few days in jail, Mumin Tunc folded the limbs of his 7-foot-tall teenage frame as best he could and sat on his cell mattress with his back glued to the wall. He barely slept. Accused criminals filled the cells around him at the York County detention facility in York, S.C. Some were there for petty…

King Krule Will Be The Last Rock Star In The Universe King Krule Will Be The Last Rock Star In The Universe

It’s a funny moment, when you’re a young person, and you come across an even younger person who is deeply, unambiguously, in every thinkable respect, cooler than you. Do you remember when this happened to you? It comes well before the body-wide, achy realization that you, as a fan of sports or music or any endeavor…

The Eight Truths I Learned From Humping Athletes The Eight Truths I Learned From Humping Athletes

This piece originally appeared in the April 1995 issue of GQ. It is reprinted here with permission.

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