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Sport, Softcore Porn, Or Both? Stripping Down The Lingerie Football League

KANKAKEE, Ill.—I had been haunting Chicago Bliss practices for weeks, and I had yet to see anyone in lingerie. I had spent plenty of time watching the Bliss stumble through drills late at…
PUBLISHED: April 23, 2013
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6114 words)

The Real Story of Simeon Basketball Coach Robert Smith

On the morning of Simeon Career Academy’s opening game of the Public League playoffs, coach Robert Smith sat behind the desk in his office and reflected on an eventful season. His team, led by…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 24, 2013
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3262 words)

Veeck, as in Night Train

EDITOR’S NOTE: This report also appears today in Crain’s Chicago Business at A train sneaks into town in the shadow of a Bridgeport moon. The boxcars are packed…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 13, 2012
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2940 words)

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Gambling Through The Recession: A True Story Of Horses, Dreams & Sleeper Sofas

The Human Computer’s name was Dave, but no real horseplayer goes by just a first name. Gamblers, like gangsters, honor their own with nicknames. At Arlington Park, the suburban racetrack north…
PUBLISHED: June 12, 2012
LENGTH: 18 minutes (4666 words)

Long Reads Roundup

Posted Feb 22, 2012 at 11:14 AM By Whet Moser * Novelist and Roosevelt English/creative writing teacher Kyle Beachy (author of The Slide) on boredom and skateboarding in Peoria; the piece is an…
AUTHOR:Whet Moser
LENGTH: 2 minutes (728 words)