How Davone Bess's Career Collapsed In 12 Months

The Browns announced this morning they have cut ties with receiver Davone Bess. It's not a surprise; Bess missed the final two games of the season for "personal reasons," and in January was arrested for assaulting an officer during a breakdown at a Florida airport. If the man needed help before, he's not about to get it… » 3/05/14 10:48am 3/05/14 10:48am

Gallery: All The Tacky Crap MLB Teams Gave Mariano Rivera This Season

It's looking pretty likely that Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer and one-pitch pitcher in MLB history, will play his last game this Sunday. He holds the saves record at 652, but this only scratches the surface of his statistical dominance. His 2.21 ERA translates to a park- and era-adjusted ERA+ of 205, which is the … » 9/23/13 3:56pm 9/23/13 3:56pm

Infographic: Are College Sports In The Midst Of A "Shaq Boom"?

Over on his blog, Ken Pomeroy makes a convincing case that we're in the midst of a "Shaq Boom." The babies named "Shaquille" that were born in O'Neal's heyday in the '90s are now turning 18 and entering college basketball. The name "Shaquille" first entered the list of top 1,000 baby names in 1991 (720th) and peaked in 1993… » 9/17/13 5:00pm 9/17/13 5:00pm

Brandon Marshall Is Better Than Drew Brees, And Other Fantasy Truths

Fantasy football may not have all the blood and sweat and violence and trauma of the game as it's played on the field, but there's at least one way in which it's just like the real thing: as John Madden put it, "usually the team that scores the most points wins." How you get those points may be very different—as we'll… » 9/03/13 4:33pm 9/03/13 4:33pm

Infographic: The NFL's Puny Concussion Settlement, Visualized

As Peter King first reported earlier today, the NFL has agreed to pay out $765 million over 20 years to settle the concussion lawsuit brought by 4,500 former players. (More will likely be added to settle the players legal fees.) Lots of people have pointed out that $765 million is less than 10 percent of the NFL's… » 8/29/13 4:14pm 8/29/13 4:14pm

Topps Puts Pitcher's Season-Ending Injury On His Baseball Card

This photo comes from last June, a steamy summer night in Atlanta. Daniel Hudson, the Diamondbacks' young starter, was scared for his season and his career. He had just blown out his throwing arm, and was removed from the game in the second inning. It's a moment that would be immortalized on his damned baseball card,… » 3/25/13 3:52pm 3/25/13 3:52pm

Dead Letters: We Are Not Here To Tell Tebow Jokes

Welcome back to Dead Letters, the feature in which we reprint our favorite fan mail from throughout the week. It's like Deleted Scenes, but without all the scuzz money. We should take this moment to remind you that all emails to Deadspin and its editors are on the record unless otherwise specified. Now for your… » 3/30/12 6:22pm 3/30/12 6:22pm