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Why I Thought About Murdering My NBA Coach (And Why I Didn't Do It)

Spencer Haywood, aka Weedie, aka Driftwood, had one of the most significant and controversial careers in professional basketball history, with a landmark Supreme Court victory at one end and a druggy, nearly violent washout at the other. His legacy is still very much in dispute. Last year, Haywood was told he had been… » 3/14/14 10:00am 3/14/14 10:00am

"I'm Gonna Tell You What I'm Gonna Do": What It Was Like To Guard Michael Jordan, According To Craig Ehlo

In honor of Michael Jordan's 50th birthday, we reached out to a man who, possibly more than anyone, understands the sneering greatness of Jordan in his prime: Craig Ehlo, the former NBA player (14 seasons with the Rockets, Cavaliers, Hawks, and SuperSonics) who was on the wrong side of "The Shot" in Game 5 of the 1989… » 2/16/13 2:00pm 2/16/13 2:00pm

How My Career Ended: I Threw The Most Famous Block In NFL History But Couldn't Open A Hole In My Contract

Tell Me When It's Over is an interview series in which we ask former athletes about the moment they knew their playing days were over (among other things). Today: five-time All-Pro guard Jerry Kramer, the man who delivered the key block in one of the NFL's greatest games. » 12/04/12 2:05pm 12/04/12 2:05pm

How A Career Ends: Dominique Moceanu, America's Youngest Gold-Medal Gymnast

Tell Me When It's Over is an interview series in which we ask former athletes about the moment they knew their playing days were over. Today: Dominique Moceanu, the youngest American, at age 14, to ever win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. Moceanu was part of the Magnificent Seven—along with Shannon Miller,… » 8/02/12 9:00am 8/02/12 9:00am

How A Career Ends: Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist

Tell Me When It's Over is an interview series in which we ask former athletes about the moment they knew their playing days were over. Today: Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a 50-year-old mother of three, tenured professor at the Florida Coastal School of Law, and the Senior Director of Advocacy at the Women's Sports Foundation. » 7/31/12 4:56pm 7/31/12 4:56pm

How To Eat 1 Gallon, 9 Ounces Of Ice Cream In 12 Minutes Without Getting A Headache: The Secrets Of Ed "Cookie" Jarvis

Tell Me When It's Over is an interview series in which we ask former athletes about the moment they knew their playing days were over. Today: Ed "Cookie" Jarvis, a 46-year-old real estate agent, married father of two, cancer survivor, and retired competitive eater. » 7/04/12 11:30am 7/04/12 11:30am

How A Career Ends: I Was The No. 1 Pick In The MLB Amateur Draft, And Now I'm A Cautionary Tale

Tell Me When It's Over is an interview series in which we ask former athletes about the moment they knew their playing days were over. Today, with the MLB amateur draft beginning in a matter of hours: Pitcher David Clyde, the No. 1 pick in the 1973 draft and now an object lesson in how not to handle young talent. » 6/04/12 5:20pm 6/04/12 5:20pm

How A Career Ends: Ron Darling Celebrated His 35th Birthday By Getting Cut And Being Left Alone At Home

Tell Me When It's Over is an interview series in which we ask former athletes about the moment they knew their playing days were over. Today: Pitcher Ron Darling, one of 37 major leaguers in history born in Hawaii and the record holder, by far, for most major league seasons by a Yale University alum with 13: 8 1/2… » 5/21/12 3:48pm 5/21/12 3:48pm

How A Career Ends: Mike Marshall, Ph.D., The Outcast Screwballer Turned Outcast Pitching Coach

Tell Me When It's Over is an interview series in which we ask former athletes about the moment they knew their playing days were over. Today: Mike Marshall, the rubber-armed screwballer who won the 1974 National League Cy Young Award and who now believes his unconventional methods could eradicate pitching-arm injuries. » 4/17/12 11:30am 4/17/12 11:30am

How A Career Ends: I Ditched Basketball For The Decathlon

Tell Me When It's Over is an interview series in which we ask former athletes about the moment they knew their playing days were over. Today: Rick Wanamaker, a center for the Drake Bulldogs, who in 1969 provided one of college basketball's great "holy shit!" moments when he blocked Lew Alcindor's shot in the second… » 3/26/12 11:36am 3/26/12 11:36am