The Night the Lights Went Out

“I can also tell you that it can be unpleasant to be the freakshow guy whose brain spontaneously detonated. You don’t want doctors looking at your CAT scans incredulously and being like, ‘Hoo boy! You really did a number on your noggin there!'”

Source: Deadspin
Published: May 16, 2019
Length: 28 minutes (7,130 words)

Why Are Good Young Racehorses Ending Up As Meat 7,000 Miles Away?

Korean horse racing enthusiasts are buying promising young Amercian race horses and many of them are ending up in the slaughterhouse.

Source: Deadspin
Published: May 2, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,859 words)

How To Lose Everything And Get Some Of It Back

The story of Daniel “Gus” Gerard, a promising late 1970s basketball star whose love affair with cocaine and booze cost him not only his career, but his kids and his marriage. Why? He was really just a lanky kid with thick glasses who really wanted to belong.

Source: Deadspin
Published: Apr 8, 2019
Length: 17 minutes (4,289 words)

The Women Who Nod At Death And Say Let’s Go

For nearly a century, America’s major rodeos haven’t offered women’s bronc riding events. Daryl and Michelle McElroy, of The Texas Bronc Riders Association, are helping a group of talented riders change all that.

Source: Deadspin
Published: Apr 1, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,776 words)

Where Drag Queens Drop from the Rafters

At Choke Hole—with its flesh overflow and swollen muscles, its ocean creatures and bodybuilder acrobats, its penguins and cockroaches, its green goblins and Silly String snot—the rest of the world’s body binaries, gender-presentation standards, and requirements for glamour go out the window.

Source: Deadspin
Published: Mar 12, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

An American Surfer Goes Rogue To Claim The Baltic Sea’s “Last Wave”

What a story: A Californian living in Germany discovers a ferry wake you can surf on the Baltic Sea. He was even making a movie about it. The German surfers who’d already surfed that and other Baltic waves were offended by the American’s repackaging of German history. Maybe they were talking about two different kinds of truth.

Source: Deadspin
Published: Dec 5, 2018
Length: 14 minutes (3,608 words)

Sex, Steroids, and Arnold: The Story of the Gym that Shaped America

A sprawling oral history of Gold’s Gym recounts bodybuilding’s transformation from a small, niche scene to a mainstream cultural phenomenon (thanks, in no small part, to one entrepreneurial Austrian immigrant).

Source: Deadspin
Published: Aug 21, 2018
Length: 42 minutes (10,642 words)

Is The Scripps National Spelling Bee Evil?

Back in 2013, for Deadspin, Drew Magary attended the annual Scripps Spelling Bee, in which 11 million kids spell off across America in a bid to become the brainy few who land onstage for the final round, and learns how such a simple contest has been sullied by the need to keep the event exciting for ESPN’s television audience.

Source: Deadspin
Published: May 31, 2013
Length: 14 minutes (3,723 words)

How An Inner-City Minnesota High School Built a Girls’ Badminton Dynasty

The St. Paul Johnson High School’s varsity badminton team — 20 girls, almost all Hmong — is the winningest team in the school’s history.

Source: Deadspin
Published: May 22, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,032 words)

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

For a decade, George Andrie played defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys as a member of the “Doomsday Defense.” Now, at age 78, despite the fact four different doctors agree that Andrie’s dementia is linked to his football career, the NFL has twice denied his settlement claim in a “maddening labyrinth” of a process beset by confusion and delays.

Source: Deadspin
Published: May 9, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,214 words)