Hurricane Katrina Anniversary Pieces: An Exhaustive Guide

Journalists are inherently sick fucks. Of course, we need to be—that’s how we get the news, and telling the stories of disadvantaged, voiceless people is just about the best reason to get into this racket. But there’s still something gross at the heart of the impulse to turn Tragedy into Content—even amazingly great… »8/31/15 1:51pm8/31/15 1:51pm

The Improbable Story Of Baseball's Wildest Comeback

It definitely ain’t over ‘til it’s over. The 116-win 2001 Seattle Mariners were one of the greatest teams, in any sport, to not win a championship. Led by Lou Piniella, the team was built for success: they boasted great pitching, an impeccable knack for getting on base (their .360 OBP was the highest in the majors), a »8/05/15 11:20am8/05/15 11:20am

22 Years Ago Today, Nolan Ryan Beat The Shit Out Of Robin Ventura

You charge the mound because you’re furious. Because you want to hurt someone. You know you’ll be ejected, fined, suspended, but it’s all worth it for brief taste of revenge. You never do it thinking that it all might go horribly wrong, and you might wind up on the receiving end of one of the most iconic beatdowns in… »8/04/15 1:26pm8/04/15 1:26pm

Kids At 20: A Relentlessly Unpleasant Day In The Life Of '90s NYC

Larry Clark and Harmony Korine’s Kids was released 20 years ago this week, but if you want to have a celebratory home screening of it, you’re going to have a harder time than you might have expected. Once as controversial a cultural property as the soon-to-be-a-Broadway-musical American Psycho was back in the day, Kids »7/31/15 11:25am7/31/15 11:25am

Landon Donovan's Goal Was The Start Of Something Great

As we wait with increasingly dwindling patience for the U.S. women to get their shit together, I thought we could all do with some happy America fuzzy-memory time. June 23, 2010, five years ago today, Landon Donovan’s World Cup stoppage-time goal saved the USMNT from elimination, won them the group, and proved… »6/23/15 2:25pm6/23/15 2:25pm

The Time Barry Bonds Was Intentionally Walked With The Bases Loaded

Seventeen years ago today—May 28, 1998—Diamondbacks manager Buck Showalter made the decision to intentionally walk Barry Bonds with the bases loaded. It’s the rarest of baseball strategies, but it didn’t feel nearly as wrong as it might have: Bonds was, after all, the most fearsome hitter of all time. »5/28/15 4:07pm5/28/15 4:07pm

In Living Color At 25: Highlights From A Comedy Revolution

“I was on my way home from bingo and got caught up here in the riots,” says Benita Buttrell, a nosy neighborhood gossip played by Kim Wayans on the ‘90s sketch-comedy show In Living Color. As she sits at a bus stop, decked out in mismatched jewelry with her signature plastic curlers still setting her hair, neighbors… »4/20/15 2:13pm4/20/15 2:13pm

Buster Douglas Shocked The World, And Then He Got Fat And Happy

25 years ago today, Buster Douglas shocked the world and knocked out Mike Tyson, becoming the heavyweight champion of the world. This profile appeared in Sports Illustrated three years later, after Douglas had lost his title to Evander Holyfield. It has been reprinted here with the author's permission. »2/11/15 1:40pm2/11/15 1:40pm

Remembering The Time A Manchester United Player Kung-Fu Kicked A Fan

With all this focus on the unimaginably dumb scandal that has swallowed the brains of the stupids in the sports world, it's good to remember that there was once a time when people were justifiably shocked at behavior during a sporting event. Like the time Manchester United great Eric Cantona jumped into the stands and… »1/23/15 3:02pm1/23/15 3:02pm

The Lost Cast’s Post-Lost Careers, Ranked

Theoretically, Lost was a career-making show. That's certainly been true for the people behind the scenes, starting with co-creator J.J. Abrams, who parlayed his infinite geek cred into control of both the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises. He's essentially double-fisting holy grails. Showrunners Damon Lindelof and… »9/22/14 1:20pm9/22/14 1:20pm

Lost Was The Best Before It Was The Worst

The end of Lost sucked. Holy fuck, did it suck. It was really, truly, completely the worst — a mushy, indefensible cop-out that failed to resolve many of the show's central mysteries and seemed to argue against reason in favor of a vaguely defined faith in … what, exactly? Did the writers themselves even know?… »9/18/14 10:29am9/18/14 10:29am

How Did Metallica Ever Survive Some Kind Of Monster?

Like a lot of boys growing up in the early 1990s, I was fascinated by the hard-rock band Metallica. What drew me was no mystery. They were dark and powerful and commanded the respect of millions. I was nine and lived in fear of having to undress for swim PE. The gap between us was impossible. For years, I didn't even… »7/11/14 10:52am7/11/14 10:52am

Twenty-Five Years Later, It Is Always June 4, 1989

On June 1, this past Sunday, police came to the Beijing home of the artist Guo Jian—an Australian citizen, living in Beijing with an Australian passport—and took him away. Two days before, the Financial Times had published an interview with Guo. In it, he talked about how he'd privately made an installation of a… »6/04/14 12:13pm6/04/14 12:13pm

Hey, It's 5 Years (And A Day) Since LeBron's Game 2 Game Winner

We don't talk about it too much anymore, given the acrimony left behind in Ohio and LeBron's eventual success in Miami, but on May 22, 2009, his Game 2 winner tied the Eastern Conference Finals at 1-1, and shook off his rep of shying away from the big shots for good, or at least until whatever the hell happened in the… »5/23/14 4:15pm5/23/14 4:15pm