The Girl in the Huddle

For a decade, Elinor Kaine Penna was the ultimate football insider, bringing the ins and outs of the nascent pro game to its fans. For SB Nation, Natalie Weiner interviews Penna—now decades removed from the press box—and highlights her ascendancy in the 1960s as an NFL reporter and whose newsletter, Lineback, became the sole imprimatur of a truly knowledgeable football fan.

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Published: Feb 4, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,518 words)

Shadow Boxer

Boxer Alex Ramos’ toughest fight was with the serial rapist who stole his identity.

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Published: Jan 6, 2016
Length: 22 minutes (5,570 words)

Hellbent, but Not Broken

What it’s like to race in the 445-mile Yukon River Quest—paddling through pain and hallucinations.

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Published: Aug 14, 2015
Length: 27 minutes (6,904 words)

A Long Walk’s End

James T. Hammes embezzled $8.7 million from an Ohio-based Pepsi distributor, and then he went on the run. Or rather on the hike—he took off on the Appalachian Trail for six years.

Source: SB Nation
Published: Jul 1, 2015
Length: 37 minutes (9,320 words)


Eva Holland explores what it means to comprehend and embrace your limits —to know yet avoid the precipice between courage and humility—on a climbing expedition to the Yukon Territories’ famed Cirque of the Unclimbables.

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Published: May 21, 2015
Length: 31 minutes (7,907 words)

When in Roma

Two American owners are discovering the frightening passion that rules Italian soccer.

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Published: Apr 8, 2015
Length: 33 minutes (8,400 words)

Keep Moving

On the nomadic life of an assistant college basketball coach.

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Published: Nov 12, 2014
Length: 33 minutes (8,308 words)

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux

They were best friends, and they both loved Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux. By the end of the season, tragedy struck.

Source: SB Nation
Published: Oct 3, 2014
Length: 37 minutes (9,354 words)

Florida Owes Devaughn Darling’s Family $1.8 Million. Thirteen Years Later, They’re Still Waiting

The story of disgraceful behavior by the state of Florida. Florida State football player Devaughn Darling died after a team workout. The family sued, and settled with the state for $2 million. They still only have received a small portion of that money.

Source: SB Nation
Published: Aug 27, 2014
Length: 25 minutes (6,498 words)

The Hargrave Four

They were the most talented line in amateur football history. They were all destined for NFL stardom. Then everything fell apart.

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Published: Jul 29, 2014
Length: 35 minutes (8,844 words)