How One Of America's Greatest Sportswriters Disappeared

It was almost endearing how an ink-smudged, deadline-addicted newspaper editor of yore would squint through the smoke from his cigarette and ask a bright young man why the hell he wanted to write sports. An editor like that was usually about as sensitive as a bolt cutter, but he couldn't resist the urge to protect… » 3/11/15 2:13pm 3/11/15 2:13pm

Vladimir Guerrero Had Hubris, And He Had Balls

The following is excerpted from Jonah Keri's Up, Up, & Away: The Kid, The Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, Le Grand Orange, Youppi!, The Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos, a wonderful and definitive account of Montreal's much-lamented baseball team. The book will be released in… » 3/03/15 11:40am 3/03/15 11:40am

Larry Sanders Explains Why He Walked Away From Basketball

After taking an extended leave from the Milwaukee Bucks early in the season, Larry Sanders negotiated a buyout with the team last week. Now, in a video produced by The Players' Tribune, the 26-year-old center sheds some light on why he left the Bucks, and why he has no intention of returning to basketball anytime soon. » 2/25/15 12:05pm 2/25/15 12:05pm

Sports Phone (It's Hard Being Hooked)

I'll never forget the number. Sports Phone. Man, I used to sneak calls to it as much as I could in the early-mid-Eighties. I had to sneak them because the calls were expensive and if too many showed up on the phone bill my ass was new mown grass. But still, in those days I'd do whatever I could to get an up-to-date… » 2/24/15 12:36pm 2/24/15 12:36pm

Almost Famous: The B+ Adventures Of Robert Christgau

Bob Christgau, the semi-mockingly self-styled Dean of American Rock Critics, diets on Mondays and Tuesdays, so on this particular Monday in December, lunch is just a small to-go bowl of chicken noodle soup from the Polish Deli across the street from his East Village apartment. He eats at his cluttered kitchen table,… » 2/23/15 2:40pm 2/23/15 2:40pm

This Big A-Rod Profile Might Actually Make You Feel Bad For A-Rod

J.R. Moehringer has a huge feature about Alex Rodriguez on ESPN.com today. It's a well-reported, in-depth look at everything Rodriguez has been up to since being banned from baseball for 162 games for using PEDs. There's a lot going on in the story, and you should really read the whole thing, but perhaps most… » 2/18/15 11:28am 2/18/15 11:28am

Kobe Bryant Doesn't Have Any Friends

GQ's got a big interview with Kobe Bryant today, one in which Kobe continues to fully embrace his image as a sociopathic genius who doesn't give a fuck. It's up to you to decide if this is an old and wise Kobe finally being brutally honest about himself and his career, or just the result of his latest recalibration in… » 2/17/15 10:33am 2/17/15 10:33am