The Secret MVP of Sports? The Port-a-Potty

“Tailgating had become a new American tradition, with attendance at college football games alone surging from 18.9 million in 1950 to almost 30 million in 1970, and a need for portable bathrooms was inevitable.”

Source: ESPN
Published: Jan 5, 2022
Length: 17 minutes (4,311 words)

The Unstoppable Dreams of Ricardo Pepi

A profile of a Mexican American soccer prodigy.

Source: ESPN
Published: Oct 6, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,800 words)

“Is This My Life Now?” Justin Foster’s—and My—Struggle With Long-Haul COVID

“From our first conversation, we connected about what it was like to suddenly no longer be yourself, and the constant self-doubt that came with it. If we can’t do the things we used to do, then who are we?”

Author: T.J. Quinn
Source: ESPN
Published: Sep 3, 2021
Length: 21 minutes (5,378 words)

The Incredible Story of Ray Caldwell, the MLB Pitcher Who Survived a Lightning Strike to Finish a Game

“Caldwell is on his back, arms spread wide, out cold on the mound. The lightning strike had hit him directly.”

Source: ESPN
Published: Aug 24, 2021
Length: 13 minutes (3,313 words)

‘I Found Your Mom’

In October 2020, 41 years after his mother’s disappearance, Paul Wulff received an unexpected phone call.

Source: ESPN
Published: Aug 10, 2021
Length: 19 minutes (4,978 words)

Boxer Patricio Manuel, a Transgender Pioneer, Is Still Looking for His Next Fight

“Manuel sees sports as the latest front in a culture war that fought — and lost — previous battles over same-sex marriage and trans bathroom bills.”

Source: ESPN
Published: Jun 22, 2021
Length: 25 minutes (6,489 words)

Hall of Fame-Bound Tamika Catchings and Our Conversation That Affirmed Everything

“She weaponized her hearing loss on and off the court, defied its desire to define her.”

Source: ESPN
Published: May 15, 2021
Length: 9 minutes (2,431 words)

The Hero of Goodall Park

In 2018, a car careened onto a baseball field in Sanford, Maine, killing one spectator. Fifty years before, in upstate New York, a car had hit and killed a little girl. The two incidents were part of the same remarkable story.

Author: Tom Junod
Source: ESPN
Published: Jul 7, 2020
Length: 61 minutes (15,287 words)

Inside WNBA Legend Maya Moore’s Extraordinary Quest for Justice

Why did one of the greatest basketball players in the world leave the game in her prime? The answer sits in a Missouri courtroom.

Source: ESPN
Published: Jun 18, 2020
Length: 25 minutes (6,252 words)

A Letter from the Coronavirus Quarantine

Missing Serie A, pasta, and friendship.

Source: ESPN
Published: Mar 28, 2020
Length: 10 minutes (2,543 words)