Report: Buffalo, Washington, And Houston Are Potential Hard Knocks Teams

Thanks to new rules instituted after HBO and the NFL had difficulty finding a team to appear on Hard Knocks, the league can now force teams to take part if they meet certain criteria. Nine teams fit the bill: The Browns, Redskins, Giants, Buccaneers, Vikings, Texans, Rams, Titans, and Jaguars. Most of those,… » 5/22/15 10:40am Yesterday 10:40am

Game Of Thrones Is Gross, Exploitative, And Totally Out Of Ideas

At this point, it’s disingenuous for anyone to complain about Game of Thrones being too violent or disturbing—the series’ five seasons have had a fair share of rape scenes and tremendous acts of violence—but the final frames of last night’s episode, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” were emblematic of everything that has… » 5/18/15 3:31pm Monday 3:31pm

We Live In The Golden Age Of Sports Documentaries

A piece in this week's SportsBusiness Journal is nominally about how HBO Sports has lost its preeminence in the sports documentary biz, and sure enough, it has gutted its in-house doc unit in recent years. But it's heartening to realize that even as the former biggest player scales back, the sports documentary scene… » 7/23/14 6:03pm 7/23/14 6:03pm

HBO's Majestically Bleak The Leftovers Finds God Everywhere, and Nowhere

Organized religion doesn't show up much in prestige television. Which is surprising, given the genre's tendency toward Big Existential Questions, and given how thoroughly Christianity is baked into how America thinks about itself, and given the ways the Christian Right and Mormonism and Scientology perpetually flit… » 6/27/14 2:38pm 6/27/14 2:38pm

I Can't Stop Laughing At This Guy's Game Of Thrones Video Recaps

My colleague Samer just discovered this funny video of a southern gentleman giving his thoughts on the USMNT drawing Portugal. It turns out that this guy also posts quick video reviews of Game of Thrones episodes on his YouTube channel, and each one of them is a ridiculous treasure. I present a handful here, along… » 6/23/14 2:21pm 6/23/14 2:21pm

Report: NFL Won't Get To Force A Fun Team To Appear On Hard Knocks

After two seasons of scrambling to secure a team, the NFL added a new wrinkle to this year's Hard Knocks selection process: The league can compel teams that meet certain conditions to appear on the HBO/NFL Films documentary series. That opens the possibility of a marquee franchise being forced into opening its… » 5/07/14 2:01pm 5/07/14 2:01pm

The NFL Can Force These Eight Teams To Appear On Hard Knocks

After the NFL and HBO had a devil of a time finding a team to agree to be on Hard Knocks, owners passed a new rule. Now the league can force a team to admit HBO cameras into their training camp unless that team a)has a new head coach, b)made the playoffs in one of the previous two seasons, or c)already appeared on… » 1/20/14 4:42pm 1/20/14 4:42pm

The NFL Can Now Force Teams To Appear On Hard Knocks

After peaking with the Jets, Hard Knocks has had a hell of a time finding teams to go under the documentary microscope for training camp. After a string of refusals the 2012 edition settled for the boring Dolphins, and though the Bengals stepped up this year, it was another forgettable season. But thanks to a new rule… » 10/08/13 1:37pm 10/08/13 1:37pm

Yes, Jim Lampley's Glasses Have Real Lenses

It's recently become an odd topic of speculation that HBO boxing commentator and occasional bad decision maker Jim Lampley wears glasses on-air that don't have any lenses in them. This speculation, indeed, has come up inside the Deadspin offices. After all, they're so damn clear! There's no glare! We want to believe… » 12/19/12 9:35am 12/19/12 9:35am

Game Of Thrones House Sigils, As Re-Imagined By A Nike Designer

Darrin Crescenzi is a Portland-based graphic designer, and something of a go-to guy for Nike. He's responsible for, among other things, the Team USA Olympic jerseys, Nike's Livestrong campaign, and various logos and brandmarks going back half a decade. These are all corporate things that are hard for anyone who's not… » 9/07/12 2:45pm 9/07/12 2:45pm