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Greetings From Palau, The Micronesian Archipelago That Baseball Built - Deadspin
What would a country run by baseball players look like? Would it be a sabermetrics-driven technocracy? A clutch-obsessed theocracy? A cup-adjusting macho dystopia?
deadspin  palau  baseball  sports  micornesia 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The World Series National Anthem That Infuriated America - Deadspin
The current crop of athletes protesting during the national anthem has roots at the 1968 Olympics, with the Black Power salute of Tommie Smith and John Carlos after they finished first and third, respectively, in the 200 meters. John Dominis’s famous photograph of the two U.S. sprinters on the medal podium, their heads bowed, each with a black-gloved fist raised high throughout the playing of the anthem, captured an indelible moment of public protest and civic activism at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. What often gets overlooked is the controversy over the “Star-Spangled Banner” that was already raging—specifically, the anthem as sung before Game 5 of the 1968 World Series, exactly nine days before Smith and Carlos thrust their fists into the thin air of Mexico City.
deadspin  baseball  sports  nationalanthem  controversy  politics  1968  josefeliciano  civilrights  starspangeledbanner 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Story Behind The Iconic Photos Of The Olympics' Dirtiest Record - Deadspin
When Carl Lewis and Ben Johnson faced off in the 100-meter finals at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the race to determine the world’s fastest human was the marquee event of the Games. It was America vs. Canada; the lithe Lewis against the hulking Johnson; the reigning Olympic champ against the reigning world champ; Lewis’s personal-best 9.93 against Johnson’s world-record 9.83.

On the morning of September 24, as fans and journalists flocked to Seoul Olympic Stadium for the biggest moment of the Games, Sports Illustrated staff photographer Ron Modra was expecting a light day shooting a minor event away from the stadium. He knew that SI’s “A-Team” photographers from the magazine, including Heinz Kluetmeier and Manny Millan, were slated to shoot the track-and-field action.
deadspin  sports  trackandfield  carllewis  benjohnson  seoul  southkorea  olympics  steroids  cheating  scandal 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How The Warlord Who Controls Chechnya Uses Sports To Rule
When Ramzan Kadyrov stepped into the Akhmat-Arena in Grozny on a brisk December morning in 2014, a sinister smile crept across his bearded face. Dressed in black, the longtime head of the Chechen Republic surveyed the scene within the country’s primary soccer stadium, where 20,000 soldiers dressed in fatigues stood in place of the sports fans who usually occupied the bleachers. Instead of the cheers and chants typical during matches, silence pierced the packed stadium. The Kadyrovtsy—an armed militia fiercely loyal to the man their army is named after—awaited instructions from their leader.
deadspin  ramzankadyrov  chechenrepublic  soccer  kadyrovtsy  dictators 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Before He Brought Down Nixon, Carl Bernstein Was A Far-Out Rock And Roll Writer
Watergate and the Beatles are multimedia evergreens. Just last week alone, for example, the History Channel commissioned a documentary series on the scandal that brought down a president, and Variety reported that yet another feature film about Watergate, The Silent Man, is now scheduled to hit theaters in September. And on Friday, special editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the 1967 album that brought down the pop single, were re-issued to celebrate/exploit the 50th anniversary of the disc’s original release.

Carl Bernstein had ties to both. His work at the Washington Post during Watergate was what justifiably made Bernstein a household name. But what’s not so well known is that before he became a reporting legend, Bernstein was a critic at the newspaper. A pop critic. And Sgt. Pepper was among his first critiques.
carlbernstein  watergate  thebeatles  music  politics  deadspin  musicriticism 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Almost Famous: The B Adventures Of Robert Christgau
Christgau, the legendary-in-certain-circles rock critic for the Village Voice from 1974 until 2006, is part of a much-mythologized movement of writers and editors that included ex-girlfriend Ellen Willis, Lester Bangs, Pauline Kael, Greil Marcus, and Dave Marsh. A loose collective shaped by the revolutionary ideals of the '60s, they attempted to expand the critical territory for writing about pop music and mass culture: They were thinkers who wanted to write about music, not hang out with musicians. Well educated and all with distinctive writing styles —in Bob's case, dense and winding, packed with allusions, often brilliant, and just as often maddeningly opaque—they somehow managed to do the opposite of what they intended, eventually embodying their own kind of niche celebrity.
robertchristgau  music  criticism  critic  villagevoice  newyork  deadspin  theconcourse 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Even Bank Robbers Decide What Tie To Wear: The Essence Of Elmore Leonard
Hard to imagine having a cooler job than the one Gregg Sutter had for more than 30 years, when he served as the late Elmore Leonard's researcher. Sutter is the editor of the Library of America's Elmore Leonard anthology, which will be released in three volumes, the first of which was published a few weeks ago
thestacks  deadspin  elmoreleonard  interview  greggsutter  writing  literature  fiction 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
How To Handle A Repo: Chapter 1 Of Elmore Leonard's Unknown Man No. 89
Elmore Leonard had been writing for 22 years when his agent, the legendary H.N. Swanson, told him to read George V. Higgins's seminal crime novel about the Boston underworld, The Friends of Eddie Coyle. This was in 1972; Leonard was 46. He'd worked in advertising and written westerns—stories and novels—and he'd also written screenplays and the scripts for industrial films. But after reading Higgins and his expositionless, dialogue-heavy style, Leonard learned how to "loosen up" and "get into scenes quicker," and he found his voice as he turned to the crime fiction that would make him famous—beginning with a series of books set in Detroit. These novels make up the first of three volumes devoted to Leonard's writing by the Library of America. Volume one features 52 Pick-Up, Swag, Unknown Man No. 89, and The Switch
elmoreleonard  unknownmanno89  writing  fiction  deadspin  thestacks  literature 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings
A few days ago, Deadspin's Kyle Wagner began to compile a list of all police-involved shootings in the U.S. He's not the only one to undertake such a project: D. Brian Burghart, a writer for the Reno News & Review, has been attempting a crowdsourced national database of deadly police violence. We asked Brian to write about what he's learned from his project.
gawker  crime  police  statistics  deadspin 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Don’t Let Anyone Tell You The O’Bannon Ruling Conflicts With Title IX
I'm already starting to see rumblings out there that the recent ruling by Judge Claudia Wilken (of which I present a broader, preliminary analysis here) is somehow incompatible with the existing obligation of universities to comply with Title IX. That's simply false, and it's important to understand why before that narrative takes hold.
deadspin  college  sports  titleix 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
America Is Not For Black People
The United States of America is not for black people. We know this, and then we put it out of our minds, and then something happens to remind us. Saturday, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., something like that happened: An unarmed 18-year-old black man was executed by police in broad daylight.
deadspin  theconcourse  greghoward  ferguson  missouri  michaelbrown  race  violence  police 
august 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Lebowskis Who Might Have Been: Behind The Scenes With The Coens
When I was 25 I got a job with the Coen brothers. I'd worked on three movies as an apprentice film editor and got a gig with them as a personal assistant when they made The Big Lebowski. I was with them for a year, from before pre-production through post-production (when they edited the movie, I transitioned from personal assistant to one of the assistant film editors). It was a memorable time, one that I recount in a behind-the-scenes story, The Dudes Abide: The Coen Brothers and the Making of The Big Lebowski, over at Kindle Singles. Here's a little taste.
deadspin  thestacks  film  filmmaking  behindthescenes  thecoenbrothers  thebiglebowski 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Manchild In The Promised Land: Where Darryl Dawkins Came From
Early February. Frank Dawkins is sitting in a second-floor office made of cement and insulated against the noise downstairs in the plant. Exactly what is manufactured in the plant is hard to say, but it has something to do with a lot of guys dropping pipes on a concrete floor.
basektball  sports  petedexter  thestacks  deadspin  insidesports  darryldawkins 
july 2013 by brendanmcfadden

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