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)

The Writer Who Was Too Strong To Live

A heartbreaking story on alcoholism and a superstar sports journalist. Jennifer Frey soon disappeared from the business, and died earlier this year.

Source: Deadspin
Published: Oct 28, 2016
Length: 37 minutes (9,445 words)

I Covered The Braves For A Newspaper That Didn’t Exist

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.

Author: Phil Braun
Source: Deadspin
Published: Oct 5, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2,176 words)

How ESPN’s Fear Of The Truth Defeated “Black Grantland”

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.

Source: Deadspin
Published: Oct 6, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3,832 words)