The Brilliant Dirty Tricks Behind Esquire's Famous Ted Williams Profile

Below you'll find Alex Belth's fun story about the making of Richard Ben Cramer's famous Esquire profile, "What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?" We shared this over earlier today, but I wanted to draw your attention to one section in particular. It's about Cramer's efforts to restore 1,500 words that had been cut from… » 3/31/14 8:27pm 3/31/14 8:27pm

Columnist Angry At The Imaginary Murders DeSean Jackson Has Witnessed

You thought Phil Mushnick couldn't get any more Mushnick on your ass than he already has? Ohhhh, people. Oh, how you underestimate that cagey old fucker. Because today, Mushnick hopped into the Andy Rooney machine and set it to Full Bushy Eyebrow. Join me as he carefully evaluates the plight of… » 3/31/14 2:31pm 3/31/14 2:31pm

There Are Already Dumb Things Being Written About Yasiel Puig

This has to be some kind of record. The Los Angeles Dodgers are just two official games into the season, and the Los Angeles Times' Bill Plaschke has already fired off his first "Yasiel Puig is tearing this team apart!" column of the year. It doesn't make any damn sense. » 3/26/14 11:57am 3/26/14 11:57am

​Relax, the United States Will Not Dismantle Our Perpetual War Machine

The front page of today's New York Times has astonishing news for a nation accustomed to life on an eternal war footing: Defense secretary Chuck Hagel has proposed shrinking the United States military to a size, as the subheadline puts it, "Equal to That of 1940." Online, where the subheads are more expansive, the paper… » 2/24/14 5:59pm 2/24/14 5:59pm

Baltimore Is One Step Closer to Being a Zero-Newspaper Town

It's not even possible to get mad at the Baltimore Sun now. The Baltimore Sun is a nursing home where newspapering goes to die, or to sink into terminal urine-soaked frailty and confusion. Yesterday it announced it had received the commitment papers for City Paper, the city's alternative weekly, b. 1977 – d. TK But… » 2/21/14 3:36pm 2/21/14 3:36pm

Why Is The NFL Getting In Bed With Football's Infamous Troll Scout?

This afternoon, an article underneath former Pro Football Weekly senior editor Nolan Nawrocki's byline was published on NFL.com. The article is, ostensibly, a listicle detailing the "character issues" of a few top NFL draft prospects, and in its irresistible clickiness, in its eagerness to be argued with, the damn thing… » 2/17/14 6:35pm 2/17/14 6:35pm

How I Accidentally Became Part Of The Anti-Russia Conspiracy

Here is a report from a Russian news site (Google translated version here) that claims I intentionally damaged my Sochi hotel room, and as a result have been stripped of my credentials to cover the Olympic games. This was news to me, because I've never been to Sochi in my life. » 2/10/14 3:07pm 2/10/14 3:07pm

​Who Wants to Remember Bill Cosby's Multiple Sex-Assault Accusations?

The thing about Dylan Farrow's open letter accusing her father, Woody Allen, of sexual abuse is: There was not much really new about it. It was new that Dylan Farrow herself was signing her name to the accusations, but Vanity Fair had covered the case, in grim detail, more than two decades ago. » 2/04/14 5:40pm 2/04/14 5:40pm

Here's The Worst Thing Written About Marshawn Lynch This Week

Well, it's official: Sportswriters getting huffy about Marshawn Lynch not wanting to talk to the press is officially the worst thing about this particular Super Bowl week. Just check out CBS New York's Jason Keidel's column ("From 'Beast Mode' To 'Least Mode,' Mute Marshawn A Shame") for a prize exemplar. Somehow, the… » 1/31/14 3:11pm 1/31/14 3:11pm

Wes Welker Had The Worst Time During This Interview

Yesterday, Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker sat down for a remote interview with Off The Record host Michael Landsberg—whom we've seen conducting strange interviews before—and he did not have a very good time. After reluctantly answering a handful of questions, Welker just got up and left. » 1/31/14 10:46am 1/31/14 10:46am

"The Big Game" An Unnecessary Super Bowl Synonym, Thanks To The NFL

The Super Bowl doesn't need a nickname. It's the fucking Super Bowl. Alas, as an ever-litigious NFL cracks down on businesses that use those trademarked words in advertising without paying King Goodell an appropriate amount of gold, "The Big Game" has become a go-to for industries that aren't official league… » 1/31/14 9:45am 1/31/14 9:45am

Sources: ESPN First Take Boss In Talks With NBC To Produce Today Show

ESPN vice president Jamie Horowitz, the midwife of Bristol's "Embrace Debate" era that made us all a little dumber, has been approached by NBC to take control of the Today show, according to two sources. A deal appears likely, we're told, though Horowitz still has to extract himself from his contract with ESPN. At the… » 1/27/14 4:00pm 1/27/14 4:00pm

The Journalist and the Con Artist

It wasn't even a well-executed story about a golf club. Most people agree now, broadly, about Grantland's failings toward transgender people in its telling of—and creation of—the tragic story of the golf-club inventor Essay Anne Vanderbilt. Bill Simmons, the founder and editor-in-chief of the prestige-sportswriting… » 1/22/14 9:03pm 1/22/14 9:03pm