This Kevin Garnett/Stephon Marbury Ad For ESPN The Mag Was Good

On the occasion of, I don't know, Kevin Garnett returning to Minnesota (okay, not really, it's because reader Chris emailed us to remind us of its existence), watch this 1998 commercial for the launch of ESPN The Magazine, featuring KG and then-Wolves teammate Stephon Marbury. » 2/27/15 3:49pm 2/27/15 3:49pm

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

How ESPN's Body Issue Hides The Naughty Bits

It's time once again for ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue, with which you furiously masturbate to Prince Fielder while telling yourself you're just admiring his athleticism. But they sure don't make it easy, obstructing the various pudenda and (female) nipples. Which is an art and a science in itself. » 7/08/14 11:17am 7/08/14 11:17am

Is Tim Tebow's NFL Career Over? His Camp Is Torn

In a story in ESPN The Magazine's upcoming issue, writer David Fleming goes long on the NFL's casting out of Tim Tebow and questions whether the free agent quarterback still has a future in the NFL. The answer Fleming comes up with: probably not. » 6/01/13 1:25pm 6/01/13 1:25pm

ESPN The Magazine goes long on former Minnesota State football coach Todd Hoffner, who lost his reputation and his job after being falsely accused of possessing child pornography. "I would have been better off if I'd shot somebody," Hoffner said. [ESPN] » 5/28/13 6:07pm 5/28/13 6:07pm

This Week's Signs Of The Apocalypse

For nearly two decades, Sports Illustrated has stirred the tea leaves to discern a weekly Sign of the Apocalypse. Deadspin salutes the magazine's ongoing effort to cover the end of times but declines to cede the scoop on the biggest event in world history. » 11/17/12 2:10pm 11/17/12 2:10pm

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… » 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

That "White Michael Vick" Issue Of ESPN The Magazine Is Up For An Award

Remember this edition of ESPN The Periodical? It's been nominated for a National Magazine Award in the "single-topic issue" category. As you know, the issue touched on of the one of the great faultlines in our culture today: bad Photoshop. [ASME] » 4/03/12 1:00pm 4/03/12 1:00pm

No, ESPN The Magazine Columnist Was Not Comparing The Marlins' New…

You probably know Chris Jones from Esquire, Grantland, or his busy Twitter feed, but it's his column in ESPN: The Magazine that has ticked off legions of his countrymen. Jones, like the angry mob needlessly chasing him online yesterday, is Canadian. » 12/30/11 4:52pm 12/30/11 4:52pm

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

Here's Clay Matthews In The ESPN Nudie Issue Butt-Naked Watering The…

I think that's Clay Matthews. Some people over here at the office think it could also be his brother Casey. But if any of you sharp-eyed readers can help us positively identify this person send it along to The winner gets a prize from our desk. [ESPN Nudie Issue] » 10/05/11 2:45pm 10/05/11 2:45pm

Hope Solo And Friends Grace The Covers Of ESPN The Magazine's Nudie…

ESPN The Magazine debuted its annual Body Issue today. Good news, aspiring suitors: Hope Solo is on one of the four covers, in some kind of warrior yoga pose—one that is, of course, intended as "a celebration and exploration of the athletic form." » 10/05/11 12:35pm 10/05/11 12:35pm

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

ESPN The Magazine Decides That Michael Vick Is White Again (UPDATE)

OK. We give up. ESPN has murdered our mole and made Vick white again. Evidently, they are entitled to their own truths. » 8/25/11 2:55pm 8/25/11 2:55pm

ESPN The Magazine Replaces White Michael Vick With Black Michael Vick

Yes, Michael Vick is black again. The weird white photo illustration has been replaced with the above shot. Commend yourselves, people of the blogs and Twitter. You've vanquished ESPN stupidity in record time. » 8/25/11 1:19pm 8/25/11 1:19pm