Batman On Steroids: How The NFL On Fox Theme Song Was Born

It was March 1994, and Fox Sports president David Hill was on the phone with a new employee. Hill himself was something of a new employee. The network was only a few months old at that point, being built on the fly after Rupert Murdoch had unexpectedly outbid CBS for NFC broadcast rights. Hill was known, if he was… » 1/31/14 2:16pm 1/31/14 2:16pm

A Map of the Weirdest Sex Laws in the United States

Is your sex life against the law? Better make sure. We've painstakingly compiled a map of all the most biarre and unnecessary laws regulating what you do, with whom, and where. Check out our complete map of all the weirdest laws regulating sex in America below. » 12/17/13 2:36pm 12/17/13 2:36pm

Take A Tour Of English Soccer History With These Cool, Old-Timey Photos

This year is the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association, which was formed in 1863 with the aim of codifying all the different rules that governed the sport in different localities, and immediately devolved into a series of arguments in a bar. To commemorate the occasion, Getty has posted a collection of… » 10/25/13 3:45pm 10/25/13 3:45pm

In 1908, The Chicago Cubs' Mascot Was A Terrifying Squirrelbeast

OK, so I'm pretty sure that this abomination is supposed to be a bear (cub?), but you can't convince me that it doesn't look more like a nightmare squirrel that was spawned in the deepest pit of Hell. In fact, I don't think it's posing in this picture at all. I think the bloodthirsty beast is actually lurching toward… » 10/17/13 5:10pm 10/17/13 5:10pm

The Hidden History of the MLB Playoff Team Logos

This afternoon, postseason baseball will commence as the Cardinals take the mound against the Pirates. But in a different time, it would have been the Brown Stockings versus the Alleghenys. Here's how they—and the other six playoff teams—got where they are today, as told by their ever-evolving logos. » 10/03/13 1:24pm 10/03/13 1:24pm

Remembering 9/11: An Educational Pageant

On this September 11, another year further removed from the events of 2001, many Americans have seemingly lost focus on the significance of what happened. As the attacks move toward history's horizon, like the Civil War and Thanksgiving before them, Gawker offers an educational resource to help America's schoolteachers … » 9/11/13 4:09pm 9/11/13 4:09pm

Baseball Video Games Don't Decide Who's Left, Only Who's Right

Yesterday a reader sent me a screenshot in MLB 13 The Show of Nick Markakis, the Baltimore outfielder, taking his position at shortstop after pinch-hitting for J.J. Hardy. To a casual fan, it sort of sits there, waiting for you to guess what's wrong. Here's a hint: In real life, Markakis throws lefthanded. » 7/24/13 11:28pm 7/24/13 11:28pm

The Worst of White Folks

Way back in the day when Twitter was a bootleg reindeer name, David Rozier invented farting during Mass. A few minutes before we marveled at the six Catholics at Holy Family Catholic School sipping out of one gold goblet, and right after Father Joe suggested we offer each other “a sign of peace,” David tapped me on my… » 7/24/13 1:13pm 7/24/13 1:13pm

You Can't Play A World Cup In A Hospital: Brazil 2014, Argentina 1978

On June 30, Brazil dismantled Spain before a rapturous home crowd in the final of the Confederations Cup, the test run for next year's World Cup. The hosts' surprise win—and what it augurs for 2014—temporarily displaced massive protests as the story of the tournament. June saw hundreds of thousands of Brazilians take… » 7/18/13 3:30pm 7/18/13 3:30pm

That Famous Jackie Robinson Photo With The Cute Kid? It Was Staged

The photo above, in which Jackie Robinson looks bemusedly at a young autograph-seeker just before stepping onto the field and breaking baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947, has long been one of the game's most iconic and enduring images. I mean, just look at how cute that kid is! There's only one problem with it, … » 4/15/13 11:20am 4/15/13 11:20am

The Story Of "Wrong Way" Willie And The Buzzer-Beater That Lost A Game

It was March 3, 1978, the sectional semifinals of the Indiana high school basketball tournament, in the teeth of what they call Hoosier Hysteria. George Washington was playing Northwest, a team it had already beaten twice that season. Washington was up, 61-60, and had the ball. A second remained. David Donald, a senior … » 4/05/13 2:18pm 4/05/13 2:18pm

AP: Upstart Regional School Has The Honor Of Playing Notre Dame For A…

Yes, there is no higher merriment in college football than making fun of Notre Dame. But let's not overlook the joys of taunting the other side of the BCS championship matchup. If only there had been a giant sphygmomanometer hooked up to the deep Confederacy last night, to record the mass blood-pressure spike when the… » 12/03/12 11:30am 12/03/12 11:30am

Marvin Miller, The Man Who Beat Some Sense Into Baseball

He was in the phone book. That's the thing that always got me about Marvin Miller, the former head of the MLB players association and the man who pulled baseball out of its crude prehistory. You expect your heroes to be unlisted. You don't expect to find one of them in the white pages, right there between a Marva and a … » 11/28/12 5:45pm 11/28/12 5:45pm