Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, elevated both his team and America’s sport to all-time highs, but in this age of athlete protests and declining owner influence, can an individual with Jones’ stature—and arrogance—exist within modern-day football? Inside the growing crisis between Jones, commissioner Roger Goodell, and the NFL.
A compelling argument: Home teams are losing their advantage in the NBA because visiting players are partying less. ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh suggests players are using dating apps like Tinder to hook up without going to a club (and get more sleep), and they’re more serious about the detrimental effects of alcohol on physical performance.
On how the lowly peanut butter and jelly sandwich fuelled the 2007-08 Boston Celtics to an NBA title, becoming the sweet and salty stuff of superstitious sport legend that has since spread like an addiction across the league.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ president and owner, Jeanie Buss, is running the franchise the way she believes her father, Dr. Jerry Buss, intended, but off the court, the siblings who inherited stakes in the team from their father are playing some strong offense.
Musher and Ironman athlete Katherine Keith has known pain and suffering: her daughter died as an infant and first her husband was killed in a plane crash ferrying a neighbor to emergency medical attention in Alaska. Not one to allow grief and adversity to defeat her, Keith won the Yukon Quest’s Rookie of the Year award, placing seventh in the 1,000-mile dog sled race.
How did a boring Nintendo game from 1987 become the most coveted cartridge ever?
Robert Gagno, a real-life pinball wizard: “‘He doesn’t see the world like you and I see the world,’ says Dr. Andrew Reeves, the neurologist at Mayo. ‘He just can’t. I can’t see where the ball’s going to be like two bounces down the road. I don’t know about you, but I don’t do that. But he does that.'”
Wrestling teammates Alex DeCubas and Kevin Pedersen grow up to oppose each other in the drug wars: one as a smuggler, the other as a DEA agent.
Incredible reporting by Wright Thompson. An inside look at how Tiger Woods lost his way following the death of his father Earl — exploring an obsession with the Navy SEALS, pursuing affairs with women, and grappling with no longer being “the greatest.”
The story of Bill May, the most accomplished male synchronized swimmer in the sport’s history. Synchronized swimming has been reluctant to include men until recent years, when it allowed mixed-gender as a world championship event.