Snow Clash: Watching Soccer Get Weird At 5,000 Feet

DENVER— By almost every measure, Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., is a thoroughly modern stadium. Built for $147 million in 2007 and home to Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids since then, it seats 18,000 soccer fans just north of Denver. The entire complex contains 24 soccer fields. It's as… » 3/26/13 5:00pm 3/26/13 5:00pm

The Sports Fan: What I Learned From Three Days Of Watching Baseball With Bill Murray

In 1990, Peter Richmond spent three days with Bill Murray in Chicago, eating and drinking and watching ballgames at Wrigley Field. He wrote about the experience for The National Sports Daily. His story was recently republished on Bronx Banter and appears here with permission. » 2/25/13 2:40pm 2/25/13 2:40pm

Boom Or Bust: 48 Hours At Leadville's Treacherous Ultramarathon

After 99.75 miles and more than 16 hours of running, Thomas Lorblanchet comes striding slowly down 6th Street in Leadville, Colo. It's almost 9 on an August night, and as he crests a small hill, his way is lit only by his headlamp and the glowing light from the one-story houses that line the street. His strides are… » 12/10/12 1:34pm 12/10/12 1:34pm

Who Is The Blurry Guy In This Photo, And Why Did Manny Ramirez Steal His Pants? The Long Baseball Life Of "The Machete"

After Roger Clemens's first start in the Atlantic League, the Associated Press sent across the wires a photo of him in the middle of his lumpy follow-through, pitching to an out-of-focus batter at the plate. The Hall of Famer, of course, had dropped in to pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters; his opponents that day were… » 9/19/12 10:00am 9/19/12 10:00am

At Euro 2012, No Place For English Optimism Or Swedish Sobriety

KIEV, Ukraine—The English did not come to Kiev in droves. According to a few of them who milled about before the match with Sweden, their countrymen stayed away for two reasons: 1) The fear of racism and violence, fueled by the BBC's sensationalist Stadiums of Hate documentary, and 2) an unflinching belief that this… » 6/18/12 2:10pm 6/18/12 2:10pm

From Ukraine With Love: 24 Racism-Free Hours At Euro 2012

KIEV & KHARKIV, Ukraine—The fast train from Kiev to Kharkiv takes four hours. I know this, although I am not on it. I want to be on it, but tickets are gone, sold weeks ago to assorted Germans and other more prepared fans traveling from the Ukrainian capital to the industrial city that lies 300 miles due east. They… » 6/14/12 2:55pm 6/14/12 2:55pm

Sandusky's Lawyer: If You Believe Witness, "I Suggest You Dial 1-800-REALITY." That's A Gay Phone Sex Line. [UPDATE]

Joe Amendola, the attorney for Jerry Sandusky who thus far has been lawyerin' like a man who got his J.D. from the bottom of a cereal box, did some more lawyerin' in front of the cameras this morning. The choicest moment: At one point, Amendola discussed the possibility that Mike McQueary witnessed a rape, told Joe… » 12/13/11 11:12am 12/13/11 11:12am

Jerry Sandusky's Big Hearing Today Lasted Approximately One Minute [UPDATE]

Jerry Sandusky was supposed to have faced at least five of his accusers in court today, which is why so many media creatures (Deadspin included) had blown into town and all but lashed themselves to trees. Bellefonte stood at Sandusky pundit DEFCON 1. Instead, this is what happened (via StateCollege.com's Twitter feed): » 12/13/11 9:10am 12/13/11 9:10am

Greetings From Happy Valley: The Giddy Scene In Bellefonte, Pa., On The Night Before Jerry Sandusky's Hearing

BELLEFONTE, Pa.—Lock Haven is a small town attached to an oily green bend of the Susquehanna River in central Pennsylvania. It is the kind of place where Main Street is peppered with mom-and-pop shops and a quarter in the meter buys you 150 minutes. It is also the kind of place where an evil little man with a gun will… » 12/13/11 7:35am 12/13/11 7:35am