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.
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).
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.
The St. Paul Johnson High School’s varsity badminton team — 20 girls, almost all Hmong — is the winningest team in the school’s history.
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.
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.
One hundred-plus miles. No marked route. No GPS. No trails. No sleep. Can you finish in under 60 hours?
A heartbreaking story on alcoholism and a superstar sports journalist. Jennifer Frey soon disappeared from the business, and died earlier this year.
Braun recounts his time pretending to work as a staff photographer for a fake neighborhood newspaper to gain up-close access to the Atlanta Braves.
An argument about why ESPN’s tactic of appealing to as many people as possible ensured that a “well-funded black-interest site written and edited by blacks” could never exist within the company.