The Piggyback Bandit, aka Sherwin Shayegan, is the bogeyman of high school sports. As chronicled by Grantland's Bryan Curtis, the 31-year-old Shayegan has spent the last few years showing up randomly at sporting events, pretending to be a player, manager, reporter—anything to get close enough to the players to hop on…
When I met Jeffrey Maier, he was Coach Maier and I had no idea who he was. Of course I remembered the boy who stole an out from two feet above Tony Tarasco's glove and turned it into an eight inning, game-tying home run in the '96 ALDS. The Yankees would win the game, and the series, and the championship.…
Maybe Steven Tyler's performance of the Star Spangled Banner before the AFC championship game was the worst rendition ever, maybe not. It's on the list, anyway. And the list jogged my memory: On Jan. 21, 1993, I was in Brendan Byrne Arena when Carl Lewis sang the National Anthem.
On Aug. 31, 1996, I drove my Toyota Corolla onto the infield of Darlington Raceway. It was an import, driven by a guy from the North, but I done didn't care. From all accounts, the Southern 500 was a grand time in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina. All accounts were correct.
Here's a good one from the #iwasthere section. Continue to add your own concert/music memories throughout the weekend.
Spain won the World Cup yesterday, and as with every place ever that has won a large sporting event, the fans there took to the streets with an assortment of alcohol, chanting, pyrotechnics, and team-colors-wearing.
In our #tips section, we received a purported firsthand account from someone sitting in the same section as Matthew Clemens, the New Jersey man accused of throwing up on an 11-year-old girl. We reprint it here for your reading pleasure.
Here's an unexpected submission. One of the young men selected to carry Paris Hilton during MTV's Cancun Spring Break shitshow emailed his experience and, I must say, it is something else.
In 2007, "Lyle" went to Puerto Vallarta for his last college spring break, this is his story.
Yesterday we published a somewhat ridiculous Spring Break story from a reader named Kevin that featured an odd cameo from MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds. Shockingly, Reynolds claims the story is bogus.
In 1999, Kevin and a group of friends spent their Spring Break in Orlando, for reasons that surpasseth all understanding. ESPN's Harold Reynolds was there, too. Slapstick ensued. Here is Kevin's story:
A very special Spring Break story, considering it's my own. Yes, your humble editor was once a student, and a fool. The Bahamas were very welcoming of both.
In 2008, Chaz went to Panama City Beach for Spring Break with 10 friends. He found an 11th one night — a very friendly young man in a car. Chaz's story:
Andy E. Lin was three rows behind the bench the day James Forrest launched the improbable heave that sent USC home.
For our next #iwasthere, we hear from Alejandro de los Rios, who spent 12 hours in New Orleans Arena during yesterday's first round, when Notre Dame went down and Kentucky brought Steve Zahn for moral support.
Reader Michael P was there the night a relatively unknown Dwyane Wade of Marquette University went off on Kentucky in the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Here's his recap.