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Football Among the Old Believers, in Alaska - The New York Times
Keeping a high school football team together is tough, between a Russian
Orthodox sect leery of the outside world and the chores of life in an isolated village
alaska  voznesenka  football  sports  nytimes  oldbelievers 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The N.F.L.’s Most Valuable Player Might Be ... a Punter? - The New York Times
Since entering the N.F.L. in 2012, Johnny Hekker, 27, has come to dominate as a punter like few others. He confounds opponents by marrying distance, direction and hang time to smash records, last year compiling what is regarded as the best punting season in N.F.L. history. He broke his own mark for net average, with 46.0 yards per kick, and dropped 51 punts inside the 20-yard line with only one touchback, a ratio that the Rams’ special-teams coach, John Fassel, described as “just stupid.”
nfl  sports  football  punting  punter  johnnyhekker 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Why People in Mississippi Have to Watch the Giants - The New York Times
Most football fans in the South who turn on CBS at 1 p.m. Sunday to watch N.F.L. football will see Baltimore at Green Bay. A much smaller portion of the audience in the South — mostly those living in Florida — will see Jacksonville at Cleveland.

And then there is the pocket of TV viewers in Mississippi who will be shown Kansas City at the Giants. The Giants are a very bad team, and the Chiefs are not exactly Mississippi’s team.

So what’s the explanation?
scheduling  media  broadcasting  television  sports  nfl  football  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Big N.F.L. Game Comes to Mexico City. These Guys Have it Covered. - The New York Times
Mexico’s proximity to the United States and a developing middle class fluent in American culture, not to mention innumerable cross-border ties, make it a market with unfulfilled potential for American sports leagues.
mexico  football  sports  nytimes  NFL 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Spurned by ESPN, Barstool Sports Is Staying on Offense - The New York Times
The insurgent media company has built a devoted following of what it sees as “average” sports fans: unruly, occasionally toxic and aggressively male.
sports  internet  socialmedia  barstoolsports  jaycaspiankang  nytimes  sportsmedia  media 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Jamal Crawford: Last of the NBA's Ballers | SI
Whether it's in the NBA, a half-empty gym or on your block—Jamal Crawford is always balling. The 18-year veteran possess an unmatched joy for the game, leading to countless moments and memories over his weird and wondrous NBA journey.
jamalcrawford  basketball  sports  sportsillustrated 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
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
Remembering Baseball’s Right-Wing Rotation - The Ringer
When three Padres pitchers came forward as members of the John Birch Society in 1984, the sports world was challenged by a different kind of political activism
theringer  bryancurtis  johnbirchsociety  sandiego  padres  baseball  sports  politics  ericshow  davedravecky  markthurmond 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What It Takes to Be a World Champion Sumo Wrestler - VICE Video: Documentaries, Films, News Videos
VICE met up with Byambajav Ulambayar, a four-time sumo wrestling world champion, to find out how he maintains his physique. The 340-pound athlete walked through the strict training regimen he uses to stay at the top of his game, explaining what it takes to eat, sleep, and exercise like a...
sumowrestling  vice  video  byambajavulambayar  sports 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Colin Kaepernick Has a Job | Bleacher Report
Inside the past, present and future of this country's most inconvenient truth, by way of the most controversial black man in America.
culture  race  sports  nfl  racism  remembertbrowne  bleacherreport  colinkaepernick  football  policebrutality  nationalanthem 
october 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
Patrick Beverley Talks About Running Point for the Clippers - The Ringer
The tenacious guard has taken the long road to success, from Europe to the D-League to the NBA. Now running point for the L.A. Clippers, “Mr. 94 Feet” is an underdog no more.
theringer  sheaserrano  basketball  sports  patrickbeverley 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Why Are Some New Statistics Embraced and Not Others? - The New York Times
For the casual, uninitiated baseball fan who tunes in every once in a while, this season’s home-run calls must sound as baffling as a Pentecostal sermon to an unbeliever.
jaycaspiankang  baseball  sports  statistics  nytimes  nytimesmag 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Can Baseball Turn a 27-Year-Old Into the Perfect Manager? - The New York Times
Take an inside look at the White Sox’s experiment with Justin Jirschele, the youngest coach in professional baseball.
baseball  sports  justinjirschele  nytimes  nytimesmag 
october 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Exciting Life and Lonely Death of a Basketball Vagabond - The New York Times
Jackson Vroman traveled the world, playing ball, partying and drawing friends into his circle. Yet his death at 34 cast a lonely light across his life.
jacksonvroman  basketball  nytimes  death  sports 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Finland Has a Sports Screw Loose - The New York Times
There’s something strange going on in Finland. Over the past few decades, as it has all but disappeared from the global sports stage, this humble Nordic nation has sort of lost its sports mind.
finland  sports  nytimes 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Capturing Action Just Off the Court at the U.S. Open - The New York Times
I am always attracted to the edges because they define shape and give context. And I always seek a spark of photographic magic on the edges of light and shadow. So when I was tasked to cover the opening days of the United States Open this year, I found myself looking to the margins of both the action and the light as the world’s premier players performed an exquisitely elegant dance of athleticism and grace
photography  tennis  sports  nytimes  usopen  damonwinter 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, unmasked and still searching
Winning isn't everything. After Super Bowl XLV, Green Bay's hero QB has been on a journey to find out what is.
espn  espnthemagazine  minakimes  aaronrodgers  football  sports  NFL 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Seahawks’ Michael Bennett is an activist disguised as a football player — The Undefeated
The silence of the most visible NFL players on issues of racism and police brutality has been deafening to Bennett.

Contrast that with the NBA: Last July, after the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul stood in front of a packed audience at The ESPYS and told America that our society is broken.

“That was a power play,” Bennett says.

“I think the biggest problem in the NFL is that we have to be able to get the biggest people involved in the issues. Every day a white quarterback throws the ball to a black receiver, but when it comes to Black Lives Matter issues, they won’t step up and be like, ‘There is an issue.’ Could you imagine if Tom Brady was to say what happened to Philando Castile was a tragedy? How would that change America if Aaron Rodgers was to say, ‘Black lives do matter’?”
espn  theundefeated  sports  football  michaelbennett  activism  socialjustice  civilrights  nfl 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
'Skunk in the outfield' -- How the most epic trick play in history broke baseball
The Portsmouth High Patriots, like almost every high school baseball team, kept a trick play in their pocket.
sammiller  baseball  espn  sports  trickplay  portsmouth  rhodeisland 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Worst Pro Baseball Team of 2017 Doesn’t Want Your Pity - The Ringer
Indy ball’s Salina Stockade barely have a past and likely don’t have a future. They’re never the home team. They’re way out of their league. They and their renaissance-man manager know it. And they don’t give a damn.
benlindbergh  baseball  theringer  salinastockade  semipro  sports 
august 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Long Death Of A Failed Ballplayer
Bruce Clark Gardner won more games—40—than any pitcher in USC history, including Tom Seaver, Bill Lee, Jim Barr and Steve Busby. Before he ever pitched a varsity game, he was offered a $66,500 bonus by the Chicago White Sox. He was handsome, intelligent, sensitive and articulate. In junior high and high school, he was president of the student body. He was a talented pianist and entertainer. Nearly everyone who knew him came away feeling better for it.
baseball  suicide  insidesports  bruceclarkgardner  usc  losangeles  ladodgers  sports  pitching 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Take a Lap in the World’s Most Dangerous Race - The New York Times
For riders, the TT — arguably the world’s most dangerous race — represents a supreme challenge. Yet many of the world’s best professionals have never put tire to pavement on the course. They know that the consequences of even a minor mistake can be fatal.
racing  thett  motorcyclerace  sports  nytimes  isleofman 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Juiced Ball Is Back – The Ringer
New testing suggests the baseball is at least partially responsible for MLB’s huge homer spike
benlindbergh  baseball  theringer  sports  juicedballs  homeruns 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Tennis Mom Who Put the Blemish in Martina Navratilova’s 86-1 Record - The New York Times
On May 28, 1983, Martina Navratilova and Horvath played in the round of 16 at the French Open, a match that would become a question on “Jeopardy!” and in Trivial Pursuit. While they did not know it at the time, Horvath’s victory would become Navratilova’s only loss in 87 singles matches that season, preventing her from capturing the Grand Slam.
martinanavratilova  tennis  sports  nytimes  kathleenhorvath 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Premier League Proving Grounds - The New York Times
Ball courts and cages in London are a hotbed of soccer talent, the kind that could
change the way England plays the game.
soccer  football  london  england  premierleague  nytimes  sports 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
South Sudanese, Seeking to Fit In, Stand Out in Australian Basketball - The New York Times
Henry and Gum, who arrived here as toddlers with thousands of other refugees relocated to Australia during Sudan’s civil war, are now being recruited to play for elite high schools in the United States. Those who followed a similar path before them include Deng Gak, a 6-foot-11 forward at the University of Miami; his older brother Gorjok Gak, who plays for the University of Florida; and Kouat Noi, who plays for Texas Christian.
basketball  nytimes  sports  southsudan  australia  refugees 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What Happened to Robert Swift?
A millionaire at 18 and a junkie at 27, Robert Swift is trying to revive his basketball career and repair his frayed life.
chrisballard  basketball  nba  sportsillustrated  robertswift  sports  drugs  addiction 
october 2016 by brendanmcfadden
What the World Got Wrong About Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
A long, strange day with the least understood basketball star of all time.
kareemabduljabbar  jaycaspianking  basketball  sports  nytimes 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Yankee, Executive, Soldier, Spy
The dashing and often hapless career of Mike Burke
grantland  sports  baseball  cia  spying  michaelburke 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Tribute for a Roller Hockey Warrior Who Broke the Color Barrier
Hockey is not exactly known as a city game, but played on roller skates, it once held sway as the sport of choice in many New York neighborhoods. “City kids had no rinks, no ice, but they would do anything to play hockey,” said Edward Moffett, former director of the Long Island City Y.M.C.A. Roller Hockey League, in Queens, whose games were played in city playgrounds going back to the 1940s. From the 1960s through the 1980s, the league had more than 60 teams, he said. Players included the Mullen brothers of Hell’s Kitchen and Dan Dorion of Astoria, Queens, who would later play on ice for the National Hockey League. One street legend from the heyday of New York roller hockey was Craig Allen, who lived in the Woodside Houses projects and became one of the city’s hardest hitters and top scorers.
nytimes  rollerhockey  race  newyork  sports  craigallen 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Fear Factor: How Pitch Location Helps Reveal Batter Breakouts
There was nothing auspicious about the box score for Kris Bryant’s big-league debut. Bryant, the former second-overall draft pick and reigning best prospect in baseball, broke in on April 17 after a seven-game, .679-slugging-percentage service-time sequestration at Triple-A Iowa. And with the eyes of every non-blacked-out MLB.TV subscriber upon him, the 23-year-old went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against Padres starter James Shields and reliever Dale Thayer in Chicago’s 5-4 loss, spawning hundreds of almost identical Twitter jokes about the phenom being a bust.
benlindbergh  baseball  grantland  pitchlocation  sports 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Marvin Gaye's Tryout with the NFL's Detroit Lions
Lem Barney had just finished a round of golf at Detroit's Palmer Park Golf Course in the summer of 1968. Palmer, one of four prominent courses in the area, attracted many of the city's black celebrities, including Joe Louis, Smokey Robinson and The Temptations. Barney had heard Marvin Gaye, one of his favorite artists, lived nearby. With time to kill before heading back to training camp for afternoon practice, he figured why not? Gaye sang the score to Barney's high school and college years at Jackson State University. The second-year defensive back introduced himself to Palmer's clubhouse employees, who quickly obliged with his request for Gaye's address.
marvingaye  espn  theundefeated  sports  music 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Baseball’s Last Cuban Escapees
The next generation of the country’s athlete-émigrés most likely will be ordinary rookies instead of runaways. But these major-league players got here the hard way.
nytimes  baseball  sports  cuba  defection 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Why former 49er Chris Borland is the most dangerous man in football
ONE DAY IN April, the NFL asked Chris Borland to take a random drug test. The timing of this request was, in a word, bizarre, since Borland, a San Francisco 49ers linebacker, had retired a month earlier after a remarkable rookie season. He said he feared getting brain damage if he continued to play. Borland had been amazed at the reaction to his decision, the implications of which many saw as a direct threat to the NFL. And now here was an email demanding that he pee in a cup before a league proctor within 24 hours or fail the test. "I figured if I said no, people would think I was on drugs," he said recently. That, he believed, "would ruin my life." As he thought about how to respond, Borland began to wonder how random this drug test really was.
football  chrisborland  concussions  nfl  sports  espnthemagazine 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Kain Colter's Union Battle Cost Him More Than He Ever Expected
At 11:30 a.m. Monday morning, lawyers from Northwestern University and the College Athletes Players Association received the call they’d been waiting for since March of last year. The National Labor Relations Board had decided whether or not football players at Northwestern can form a union. It was the news Kain Colter had feared.
football  sports  unions  unionization  kaincolter  ncaa  northwestern  students  atheletes  studentathletes 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Rapid Rise Of Victor Robles
With Nationals center fielder Victor Robles skyrocketing up our rankings, I drove down to Connecticut to watch him while the Nationals’ New York-Penn League affiliate in town for a three-game series.
baseballamerica  victorrobles  baseball  sports  dominicanrepublic  Prospects 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
LeBron James' Unfathomable Workload
Last Tuesday a group of leading sports scientists gathered in Northern England to watch the NBA Finals. That wasn't the intended reason for the gathering. The idea was for top trainers and scientists, from teams like the Premier League's Southampton and Manchester United along with England, Scotland and Welsh rugby clubs, to hear from Michael Young, noted expert from the Athletic Lab. They wanted to learn what the latest research said about keeping highly paid athletes healthy and at their competitive best.
lebronjames  basketball  sports  science  conditioning  fitness  espn  stress 
june 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Class of ’90: Where Are They Now?
The 25 players selected in the first round of the 1990 N.F.L. draft paint a complex picture of life after football. Some have millions of dollars in the bank, while others have declared bankruptcy. Cortez Kennedy, Junior Seau and Emmitt Smith have been elected to the Hall of Fame; Tony Bennett avoids the game. Rodney Hampton, Mark Carrier and others are coaches. Keith McCants is a recovering addict. A quarter-century after the draft, they shared their stories.
nfl  football  draft  nytimes  1990  sports 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
An oral history of Hoop Dreams, 20 years after its première
In January 1994, a group of filmmakers from Chicago went to the Sundance Film Festival to accomplish the impossible, by selling a three-hour documentary about two inner-city teens hoping to get to the NBA. By the time they left, their lives had changed, and so had the way non-fiction filmmaking is perceived.
thedissolve  film  filmmaking  oralhistory  hoopdreams  sports  basketball 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
At Florida State, Football Clouds Justice
In a community whose self-image and economic well-being are so tightly bound to the fortunes of the nation’s top-ranked college football team, law enforcement officers are finely attuned to a suspect’s football connections. Those ties are cited repeatedly in police reports examined by The Times. What’s more, dozens of officers work second jobs directing traffic and providing security at home football games, and many express their devotion to the Seminoles on social media.
nytimes  football  sports  crime  police  law  floridastate 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Pirates’ Sabermetrics Road Show
he first time I called Mike Fitzgerald, quantitative analyst for the Pittsburgh Pirates, I got his voice mail. Fitzgerald, I later found out, wasn’t screening his calls; he was on the phone with bench coach Jeff Banister, whom the Pirates drafted out of college before Fitzgerald was born.
baseball  sports  grantland  benlindbergh  sabermetrics  pittsburghpirates  pittsburgh 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Real Problem of the Atlanta Hawks Implosion
I don’t think Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson is a racist. And I don’t think his email was racist. And I don’t think he’s anything like Donald Sterling. Now that that’s out the way, I’d love to actually talk about Bruce Levenson: product of his environment, voice of a generation.
atlantahawks  basketball  sports  race  remebertbrowne 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Q&A: Russell Martin on the Art of Pitch Framing
According to Baseball Prospectus analyst Max Marchi’s pitch-framing statistics, Martin, a converted infielder who worked hard at becoming a better receiver, ranks fourth among major league catchers with more than 105 runs saved because of framing from 2008 to present, or roughly 0.23 runs per 100 pitches. Pittsburgh’s two-year, $17 million commitment is already paying dividends.
russellmartin  baseball  sports  pitchframing  benlindbergh  grantland 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Holdzkom's Path To Bigs Took Many Twists
When a player makes the big leagues from indy ball, all of indy ball celebrates. But the ones who played some small part in helping John Holdzkom fulfill his dream feel an adrenaline rush for days. The celebration lasts for weeks. They’ll be telling stories about it for years.
baseballamerica  baseball  sports  pitching  pittsburghpirates  johnholdzkom 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Bottle and the Babe
A white-coated figure in a laboratory bashes a blonde on the head with a piece of lumber. Famous athletic teams rave over a cloudy, lime-green liquid with some strange attributes and an unfamiliar taste. Could these bizarre circumstances possibly have anything in common? Indeed they do, as associates of a somewhat eccentric doctor at the University of Florida are very well aware
sportsillustrated  gatorade  sports  sportsdrinks  invention  techonology 
september 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
The Cleveland Sockalexicon
It may well be that the Cleveland Indians were named after one of their first great stars. That's only sort of an explanation, and not nearly an excuse.
theclassical  sports  baseball  cleveland  clevelandindians  logo  chiefwahoo 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Interior Stadium
Baseball's best writer on how he watches the game.
baseball  sports  rogerangell  thesummergame 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Short Flight Of El Pájaro, The Cuban Legend Who Played His Only Game In The ...
On May 16, 1913, revered shortstop Alfredo Cabrera played his one and only Major League Baseball game at Ebbets Field. Here’s how a Canary Islander-turned-Cuban hero spent years earning his brief chance at American stardom — and what happened after it was over.
baseball  sports  history  cuba  alfredocabrera 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Awakening The Giant
As Y.A. Tittle's memory fades and his body breaks down, the Hall of Fame QB finds fleeting moments of solace in a daughter's love and a final trip home.
espnthemagazine  yatittle  football  sports 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Andy Sidaris: The man who invented sports television’s “honey shot.”
Legendary ABC Sports producer Roone Arledge, the mind behind Monday Night Football, is often credited with bringing the “honey shot” to sports television. But it was Arledge’s longtime director at ABC, Andy Sidaris, who loudly and proudly took credit for combining sports-watching and the objectification of women.
slate  sports  television  broadcasting 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
A Place in the Game
Players from an indigenous tribe in the Brazilian Amazon have brought their own style and heart to the pitch, even as they struggle for acceptance in that soccer-mad nation
sportsillustrated  soccer  brazil  culture  sports  idigenous 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Who Was Dent McSkimming?
The truth behind the legend of the lone American reporter at the 1950 World Cup.
slate  soccer  worldcup  sports  reporting  dentmcskimmering 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Quit Thinking, You’re Hurting the Club
JIm Brosnan broke into the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs in the mid-fifties and labored on four different teams during his undistinguished career, retiring in 1963 with an overall record of fifty-five wins and forty-seven losses. He sported thick, round glasses on the mound and stocked his locker with books by the likes of John Cheever and James Thurber. His teammates took to calling him “professor.”
baseball  sports  theparisreview  thelongseason  literature  writing  jimbrosnan 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Essence of Velocity
The pitching theory that could revolutionize baseball, if only the sport would embrace it.
sbnation  sports  baseball  Pitching  velocity  perryhusband 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Soccer, Made in America
With His Eye on the World Cup, Soccer Coach Jurgen Klinsmann Overhauls Team USA
soccer  worldcup  jurgenklinsmann  wallstreetjournal  sports 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Lest Ye Be Judged
Pastor Dean has baptized 66 professional umpires, calling them safe in the only way that matters.
espnthemagazine  baseball  sports  umpires  religion 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
'We’ve Been Friends Long Enough You’ll Understand' Vin Scully, baseball's longes...
Vin Scully, baseball's longest-tenured and most eloquent broadcaster, is still looking to make a connection.
vinscully  baseball  broadcasting  losangeles  dodgers  sbnation  sports  longform 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Beane Counters
A two-hour sit-down with Oakland’s Billy Beane and Lew Wolff sheds light on the rise of big data, the value of continuity, the challenge of ballin’ on a budget, and much more
baseball  sabermetrics  billybeane  jonahkeri  grantland  sports 
march 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Happiness Project
Ten years after Moneyball, chemistry -- not metrics -- explains the A's success
espn  chemistry  baseball  oakland  sports  sammiller  espnthemagazine  oakland  athletics 
october 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Gangster in the Huddle
Aaron Hernandez might have been one of the NFL’s all-time greats, but he could never escape drugs, guns and a life of violence
football  crime  rollingstone  nfl  sports  aaronhernandez 
august 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The Stokes Game
For decades, legends in the NBA headed up to the Catskill Mountains to do what they knew to help one of their own
basketball  grantland  catskills  nba  sports  thestokesgame  mauricestokes 
august 2013 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
The Unknown Slugger
Héctor Espino is one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, yet most Americans know nothing about him.
longform  baseball  sbnation  sports  Héctorespino 
june 2013 by brendanmcfadden
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