This Guy Died This Year: Clarence Clemons, Big Sideman

When Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, died this year at 69 after a stroke, a lot of the remembrances, including Hickey's in this very webspace, cued up his solo in "Jungleland." "Jungleland" is a great song, one of Bruce's best, filled with lyrical drama and exceptional piano work on … » 12/30/11 5:19pm 12/30/11 5:19pm

The Highlights (And Assorted Lowlights) Of 2011, In Under Three Minutes

A collection of highlights and occasional lowlights from 2011, a year of triple plays, juggling catches, buzzer beaters, record-setting performances, Abby Wambach, "We will see you tomorrow night," fathers dropping daughters to catch foul balls, and old men punching each other silly. Enjoy » 12/30/11 4:00pm 12/30/11 4:00pm

This Guy Died This Year: George Shearing, Music's Original Hipster Taste

Jack Kerouac was into George Shearing before it was cool to be into George Shearing (or into Jack Kerouac, for that matter). Kerouac wrote a great deal about the near-orgasmic experience of listening to jazz, and one of his more notable passages on the subject appears in On the Road. It's drawn from having seen… » 12/30/11 3:45pm 12/30/11 3:45pm

2011: The Year We Became The United States Of Trolling

Well, that about wraps up yet another shitty year of the new millennium. I don't know about you, but I personally can't wait to see what future shitty years have in store: rising water prices, a sharp growth in armed RoHoWa militias, a new Pitbull album ... everything shitty is on the table, people. » 12/30/11 2:30pm 12/30/11 2:30pm

The Year In Animals Running Onto The Field, Adorably: A Video

Humans weren't the only creatures invading our sporting events this year. There was the squirrel that interrupted an NLDS game, the fluffy owl who is sadly no longer with us, and a strangely high quantity of dogs running around soccer pitches. Here are some of our favorite animal trespassers from 2011, set to music by … » 12/30/11 11:30am 12/30/11 11:30am

The Year In Fans Running Onto The Field: A Video

Is there anything more life-affirming than watching a fan—likely drunk, possibly naked, probably a moron—jump a barrier and dash onto a field in the middle of a sporting event? The responsible authoritarians who run the TV networks won't show you these occasional bursts of the anarchic spirit, but we will. Here's a… » 12/30/11 10:00am 12/30/11 10:00am

This Guy Died This Year: Shrek, The Unshearable Sheep

There is only meaning in life if there is revelation in death. Billions of generations have come and gone, and most are meaningless for the purposes of the living if we can't take some sort of lesson from their brief time on earth. It's why we scour the obituaries and mourn the famous and infamous and successful and… » 12/29/11 6:50pm 12/29/11 6:50pm

This Guy Died This Year: Bil Keane, Comics Paterfamilias

Bil Keane was known, among his fellow professional cartoonists, as a funny, funny man. His life's work, in The Family Circus, was to hide that fact from as many people as possible. Day after day, decade after decade, The Family Circus delivered the mildest gags imaginable—observational humor minus the observation,… » 12/29/11 5:58pm 12/29/11 5:58pm

The 50 Most Popular Deadspin Posts Of 2011

Transparency time. Here are the 50 or so most popular Deadspin posts from 2011, ranked in order, beginning with the year's most popular. The list has a little of everything: sports, fights, sex, fights about sex, sex during sporting events, and whatever it was Glen Rice did with Sarah Palin in the cold Alaskan night.… » 12/28/11 5:08pm 12/28/11 5:08pm