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Down And Out With Art Schlichter, Football God Turned Con Man Down And Out With Art Schlichter, Football God Turned Con Man

Originally published as “The Long, Slow Fall of a Gridiron God” in the December, 1988 issue of GQ, this profile appears here with the author’s permission.

What I Found At The Bottom Of My Father's Huge Collection Of Baseball Stuff What I Found At The Bottom Of My Father's Huge Collection Of Baseball Stuff

“Did he still have The Brooks Room?” one of my dad’s old friends asked me at his wake last July. It wasn’t the first time I’d heard the question that day. The Brooks Room was what his friends called the small basement room in Queens where he kept his collection of baseball cards, programs, figures, pins, bobblehead…

The Legend Of Mitch Green The Legend Of Mitch Green

A note before starting: This piece contains a lot of conversations that took place many years ago. They’re not word-for-word quotes, but they are pretty motherfucking close. The phone answering machine messages are exactly what was spoken.

Your Guide To The CONIFA World Cup, The World Cup For Not-Quite-Countries Your Guide To The CONIFA World Cup, The World Cup For Not-Quite-Countries

LONDON — “We have nothing against FIFA,” CONIFA General Secretary Sascha Düerkop told a tittering press corps on Wednesday. We were all sitting in the basement of a student accommodation block in North London. “They are very great to learn how not to do things.”

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…

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.

SB Nation Is Still Exploiting Workers, But In A Kinder, Gentler Way

In the nine months since Deadspin reported on how SB Nation’s business model relies on underpaying and not paying workers across its sprawling empire of more than 300 sports sites—“team sites,” as the jargon goes—bosses at SB Nation and its parent company, Vox Media, have put in a lot of work to make clear to people…

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.

What It's Like To Navigate The NFL's Concussion Settlement Hellscape What It's Like To Navigate The NFL's Concussion Settlement Hellscape

George Andrie has always been a devoted father to Mary Brooks and her six siblings. But with the benefit of hindsight, Brooks also sees that something was always a bit off about her dad, going back to when she was a child. The outgoing guy she always knew suddenly became less socially engaged in the early 1980s, about…

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…

Jamie Lee Curtis, On The Eve Of A Flop, Searches For Her True Self Jamie Lee Curtis, On The Eve Of A Flop, Searches For Her True Self

Originally published as “How to be Jamie Lee Curtis” in the July 15, 1985 issue of US magazine, this profile appears here with the author’s permission.

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…

The Ridiculous Saga Of Lance Armstrong, The Cheater Who Became An Enemy Of The State The Ridiculous Saga Of Lance Armstrong, The Cheater Who Became An Enemy Of The State

It was more than five years ago when Lance Armstrong went on Oprah, looked her in the eye, and admitted to the world that his iconic comeback story was fueled by the most comprehensive doping regimen in cycling history. The seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor had spent his career brashly denying that…

The Wizards Of Aughts: The Post-Millennium Washington Wizards And The Bloggers Who Immortalized Them The Wizards Of Aughts: The Post-Millennium Washington Wizards And The Bloggers Who Immortalized Them

The late-model Washington Wizards are broadly competent, secretly mediocre, spotty, and more boring than they are not. They could be nutshelled as an equal and opposite reaction to their counterparts of a decade ago. Those Wiz teams, which weren’t better but sure were stranger, boasted a bigger collection of…

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…

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.

"I'll Ship You Back To Africa": The Full Story Behind Brandeis University Firing Its Basketball Coach "I'll Ship You Back To Africa": The Full Story Behind Brandeis University Firing Its Basketball Coach

Brandeis men’s basketball head coach Brian Meehan joined the program in September 2003; since then, he’s taken the program to the Division III Final Four and become the winningest coach in program history. The Judges’ on-court output has slipped over the past five years, due in part to the team’s inability to recruit…

The Making Of The Golden Boy The Making Of The Golden Boy

Originally published in the July 1996 issue of Playboy and reprinted here with permission.

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