Israeli Basketball Is Kind Of Insane

This is what happened at the close of last night's chapter of Israel's biggest rivalry, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Tel Aviv. After a close away win for Maccabi, center Sofoklis Schortsanitis—a former Clippers draft pick—charged into a hostile crowd to try to beat up a Hapoel fan. You can see the fan, in white with a… » 4/08/14 1:07pm 4/08/14 1:07pm

Bigoted Israeli Soccer Fans Walk Out After Muslim Player Scores For…

Beitar Jersualem, one of Israel's most popular soccer teams, added two non-Israeli players to its roster this year. Zaur Sadayev and Dzhabrail Kadiyev are both Chechan Muslims and are two of the five non-Israeli players to have ever suited up for Beitar throughout the team's existence. Unsurprisingly, a right-wing… » 3/05/13 1:45pm 3/05/13 1:45pm

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

Iranian Olympian Comes Down With Mysterious Infection To Avoid Facing…

For 33 years, Iranian athletes have forfeited or withdrawn to avoid matching up against Israeli athletes in international competition. It was all supposed to change in London. Earlier this week, Bahram Afsharzadeh, the head of Iran's Olympic committee, said "we will be truthful to sport. We just follow the sportsmanship … » 7/27/12 6:20pm 7/27/12 6:20pm

The IOC Won't Recognize The 40th Anniversary Of The Munich Massacre, So …

This slipped under the radar a bit this weekend, but NBC Olympics host Bob Costas told The Hollywood Reporter that he plans to acknowledge the 40th anniversary of the Munich Olympic massacre with a minute of silence as the Israeli national team enters Olympic Stadium during Friday's Opening Ceremony. » 7/23/12 12:40pm 7/23/12 12:40pm

Cat Gets Loose During Basketball Game, Evades Dog Mascot

Israel is full of stray cats, so pure numbers say it was a matter of time before one of them ended up on the court during a Maccabi Tel Aviv game. The cat panicked, unable to handle the transition game and the slippery floor, and was set upon by Donny the Dog, Maccabi's mascot. Kitty escaped, though; it's a Warner… » 3/27/12 4:50pm 3/27/12 4:50pm