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)

The Ridiculous Saga Of Lance Armstrong, The Cheater Who Became An Enemy Of The State

We know about the cheating and lying. But the story of how the greatest and most reviled American cyclist of all time ended up here isn’t that simple.

Source: Deadspin
Published: Apr 20, 2018
Length: 30 minutes (7,589 words)

The Brutality of the Barkley Marathons

One hundred-plus miles. No marked route. No GPS. No trails. No sleep. Can you finish in under 60 hours?

Source: Deadspin
Published: Apr 10, 2017
Length: 12 minutes (3,146 words)