Yasiel Puig's Defection Story Is Crazier Than You Could Imagine

Over at Los Angeles Magazine, Jesse Katz has a story in which he attempts to reconstruct Yasiel Puig's journey from Cuba to the major leagues, which you should absolutely make some time to read in full. It's a great story full of scenes that feel ripped straight from a screenplay, but above all it reveals that Puig's… » 4/14/14 12:10pm Monday 12:10pm

Meet April Atkins, Once The World's Strongest 7th-Grader

You might think that a huge amount of information about a 12-year-old girl once celebrated as the "world's strongest seventh-grader" would surely exist online. That's the sort of thing ARPANET was built for, wasn't it? That, and allowing mainframe computers all over the world to talk to one another. But really, those DoD … » 4/10/14 11:55am Thursday 11:55am

How The Media Abuse Hank Aaron

On Tuesday, the Braves celebrated the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th career home run, and the mindless debate over who is baseball's "true home run king" sprang idiotically to life. Barry Bonds "has more home runs," Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci wrote, "but true greatness and authenticity belong to Hank Aaron's… » 4/09/14 4:36pm 4/09/14 4:36pm

Geno Auriemma, Mr. Women's Basketball

"Does this look like the office of a fucking egomaniac?" He makes a sweeping gesture with his arm. A coach's office. Small, cluttered. Papers strewn across his desk, the papers inked with symbols in odd patterns, like ancient hieroglyphics, waiting for future generations to decode them. X's and O's, dotted lines, arrows. … » 4/09/14 8:40am 4/09/14 8:40am

David Letterman's 1984 Playboy Interview. A Candid Conversation with…

One of the greatest comic voices and broadcasters of the last 50 years has decided to call it a day. David Letterman announced his retirement today. We had our first Playboy Interview with Dave in 1984, back before Leno and the late night wars, back before CBS, back before the scandals, back when he was the crown… » 4/03/14 7:41pm 4/03/14 7:41pm

The Ascension of Bruce Springsteen


Tomorrow at 9:30 p.m. on HBO, the documentary High Hopes premieres. It chronicles the making of The Boss's 18th studio album of the same name. And next week, Bruce's E Street Band get their just reward, with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Back in 1976, our writer, and professed fan of Bruce, James R.… » 4/03/14 2:47pm 4/03/14 2:47pm