America's Ugliest Accent, Round One: Boston, Baltimore, L.A., Chicago

If you're from Philadelphia, your preferred non-Yuengling beverage is wooder. If you're from New York City, your greatest enemies are the bridge-and-tunnel crowd from Lawng Island. If you're from Los Angeles, you respond to people who hop on the 405 at rush hour with a pained "Whyy-ee?" » 9/29/14 2:44pm 9/29/14 2:44pm

All This Racism Is Exhausting

I've had to be three people this week. They exist separately, in spaces that I'm better off keeping discrete for the sake of my own health. There's the guy who checks in at Kotaku and acts like nothing's wrong. There's the father who makes sure his kid is smiling and growing as much as possible. And there's the black… » 8/20/14 3:24pm 8/20/14 3:24pm

​The "Nanny From Hell" Is an American Hero

As the story of the so-called "Nanny From Hell" continues to unfold, it becomes clearer and clearer that America is a nation of cringing dupes and shameless predators, and that most of the predators are also dupes. The coverage, very much including this site's own coverage, has been dedicated to the peculiar notion… » 7/03/14 9:24am 7/03/14 9:24am

Awesome Map: The United States Of America, By Regional Sport

What sport can each state lay claim to? The map above, by Josh Levin and Jess Fink of Slate, attempts to answer this fun but fascinating question, picking 51 sports to dish out across the country. The results range from awesome (mountain climbing in Colorado) to goofy (cornhole in Ohio) to extremely specific (16-inch… » 10/08/13 1:36pm 10/08/13 1:36pm

The Sportswriter Who Wrote American Better Than Anyone Anywheres

Below is John Lardner's introduction to a 1959 edition of Ring Lardner's You Know Me Al, a fictional series of letters from professional ballplayer Jack Keefe to his friend Al. Those stories are included in the Library of America's new collection. (There was also a comic strip based on the same characters, with… » 8/28/13 6:27pm 8/28/13 6:27pm

John Daly's Pants Are Why God Continues To Bless The U.S.A.

Today we salute the sartorial choice of one John Patrick Daly, age 47, professional golfer, recreational smoker, University of Arkansas dropout, lapband surgery patient, puller of muscles, designer of golf courses, breaker of cameras, personal friend to Hootie and assorted Blowfish, Vegas whale, tosser of putters,… » 7/04/13 4:16pm 7/04/13 4:16pm

Survey: 27 Percent Of Americans Believe God Helps Decide Who Wins…

Because it's Super Bowl time, everyone has to get in on the football. The Public Religion Research Institute conducted a survey earlier this month, and asked its random sample of 1,033 adults a bunch of questions about the NFL. Most of the responses aren't surprising or interesting (Lots of people watch football! Even… » 1/30/13 2:35pm 1/30/13 2:35pm

How Many Times Have Americans Said "Awesome" or "Oh My God" In Olympic…

Ah, the post-game interview. A magical moment in sports journalism where reporters try to force a meaningful, articulate comment out of an incredibly exhilarated and emotional athlete. The Olympics are rife with opportunities for these same reporters to ask the same questions and get the same answers. And oh my God… » 8/01/12 2:53pm 8/01/12 2:53pm

Counterpoint: Ads On Jerseys Are Bush-League Crap, And If You Think…

Oh, gee, the NBA wants to build on its incredible globe-spanning success and goodwill by putting ads on its uniforms, because...that's how they do it in the WNBA. And MLS. And various other unpopular and/or foreign sports leagues, and uh NASCAR, which, really? NASCAR was a long-form automobile commercial to begin with. » 7/20/12 4:31pm 7/20/12 4:31pm

The Birth Of The Magical 1971 Macon High Ironmen, Baseball's Version Of

Despite—or perhaps because of—their ragtag roster and hippie manager, the 1971 Macon High Ironmen found themselves in the Illinois state baseball championship. Chris Ballard first chronicled the team in a long piece for SI in 2010, and he's explored them in even more depth in One Shot at Forever. In this excerpt, we… » 5/23/12 3:50pm 5/23/12 3:50pm

Vermont Discovers The Joy Of Low-Flying Basketball

Lots of young white men have been dunking basketballs in northern Vermont this summer. In about a decade of watching and playing a lot of high school basketball in the Green Mountain State, I saw a total of four successful dunks in live game play. One of those, I remember, came in the 2002 boys' state finals between… » 8/16/11 10:40am 8/16/11 10:40am