Prince Fielder's Naked ESPN Cover Is Sexy As Hell

One of the most beloved tropes in sports lore is the Triumph of the Unexpected Body. When I think about those stories, I think about cheering on Muggsy Bogues from my friend's living room when I was eight or nine. I knew nothing about basketball, but seeing that small man dart around the court alongside NBA giants… » 7/10/14 4:46pm 7/10/14 4:46pm

Editor Of ESPN The Magazine Asks Staff To Vote In Meaningless Online…

Times are tough in magazine land! Ad pages are dropping, magazines are folding, Newsweek is just a pile of bones and vitamin cover stories bleaching in the noonday sun, etc. You know the drill. So there's a little practice that's become very popular in magazine land over the last couple of years that's as sad as it is… » 11/08/12 4:00pm 11/08/12 4:00pm

Tim Keown's Story On Joe Mauer Wants Minnesota To Get Bent

You're probably used to this sort of subtle cudgel being twirled at cities like New York and Boston, which tend to chew through their heroes just as quickly as they can exalt them. But Tim Keown's piece in the current issue of ESPN The Pulp-Based Periodical is one of the rare stories that quietly rips a place with… » 9/22/12 10:44pm 9/22/12 10:44pm

How To Make A Pipe Out Of ESPN The Magazine's Stupid Weed-Panic Issue

The latest issue of ESPN The Magazine contains a feature by Mark Schlabach about college football's marijuana "problem." It is, as we've noted, one of the most useless sports-and-drugs stories ever committed to paper. But not entirely useless! The video above provides step-by-step instructions for turning your copy… » 4/24/12 6:51pm 4/24/12 6:51pm

Dope Scandal: Why Is ESPN's Drugs-In-College-Football Story So Stupid?

Honestly, I feel bad for everyone involved in the making of this ESPN The Magazine feature about college football's marijuana "problem," which has to be the stupidest sports-and-dope story I've read in an allegedly reputable outlet since the Yahoo guy went running around the Syracuse campus with a pee cup. I feel bad… » 4/18/12 5:32pm 4/18/12 5:32pm

Document Reveals What Joe Paterno Would Have Said About Jerry Sandusky…

Don Van Natta Jr.'s lengthy account of the Penn State scandal for an upcoming issue of ESPN The Magazine does not contain a whole lot of new information for anyone who's been following the story closely. It is, however, an excellent overall summary of the case—particularly Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett's role.… » 4/04/12 5:35pm 4/04/12 5:35pm

Homemade Infographic: Where Are ESPN's Naked Jocks Hiding And Tucking…

The conceptual problem with ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue leads directly into the practical problem with it. Conceptually, as soon as you strip off the athletes' clothing to call more attention to their forms, you diminish the function that's supposed be integral to those forms, and you call attention to the mere… » 10/07/11 8:15am 10/07/11 8:15am

CORRECTION: It's Hope Solo Butt-Naked Watering The Lawn In ESPN The…

Whoops. In a previous post, Deadspin misidentified U.S. soccer goalie Hope Solo as either Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews or his brother, Casey, back-up linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles. Thanks to the many, many readers who helped us solve this mystery. Here are some emails we received from those… » 10/05/11 3:24pm 10/05/11 3:24pm

ESPN The Magazine Invites You To Read An Entire Issue About How Good…

This month, ESPN The Mag unveiled the most unnecessary public service announcement in the history of sports: Boston teams are good at sports! They win championships quite often! And Tom Brady is pretty! It doesn't matter if Captain Obvious already informed you of these things with a giant neon sign over your… » 9/21/11 3:50pm 9/21/11 3:50pm