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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)

The Mayor Of Wrigley Field And The Mysterious Disappearance Of 1952

It was about this time of year 60 years ago, wintry days and nights in Chicago. I was 12 years old, in late 1952, and living with my parents in a second-floor apartment on Springfield Avenue on the…
AUTHOR:Ira Berkow
PUBLISHED: Dec. 27, 2012
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1175 words)

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)

Six amazing stories about the lives of great basketball players, on the court and off.

Every weekend, shares a collection of great stories from its archive with Slate. For daily picks of new and classic nonfiction, check out or follow @longformorg on Twitter.…
AUTHOR:Max Linsky
PUBLISHED: Dec. 3, 2011
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1683 words)

“There are some people who don’t wait.” Robert Krulwich on the future of journalism

On May 7th, Robert Krulwich gave the commencement speech to Berkeley Journalism Schools Class of 2011. Thats Robert Krulwich, who hosts the singular radio show…
PUBLISHED: May 12, 2011
LENGTH: 23 minutes (5786 words)