The Necessary Cruelty of Facts

Binjamin Wilkomirski's story was very sad and quite remarkable. In 1995, the Swiss clarinetist published a memoir titled Fragments: Memories of a Wartime Childhood, detailing his youth during the Holocaust, including time spent in two concentration camps. The book was met with awe and acclaim. It was called "morally… » 12/12/14 10:11am Friday 10:11am

Pete Prisco Very Adamantly Does Not Understand Probabilities  

The most impactful decision in tonight's heinously boring Thursday Night Football contest between St. Louis and Arizona came with 6:10 left in the game. St. Louis, down 12-3, had 4th and goal on Arizona's 1-yard-line. In a situation where the Rams needed both a touchdown and a field goal to win, Jeff Fisher opted to… » 12/12/14 1:02am Friday 1:02am

Peter King Is A Goddamn Embarrassment

SI.com's Peter King, the most powerful NFL writer in the business, sees his job as flattering other powerful people so that they'll allow him to uncritically pass on whatever they'd like to have passed on. He's very good at it, as the incredible correction buried a couple of thousand words into his latest column shows. » 12/01/14 3:45pm 12/01/14 3:45pm

Lindsey Vonn Is Just As Dumb And Humorless As Her Boyfriend Tiger Woods

Yesterday at The Players' Tribune, "Tiger Woods" "wrote" the dumbest fucking thing in response to a satirical, obviously fake piece that ran in a recent issue of Golf Digest. All Woods's blockheaded complaint did was alert the world to how much of a dense, robotic dolt he is, and now his girlfriend, Olympic skiier… » 11/19/14 12:32pm 11/19/14 12:32pm

Some Guy Scooped The Baseball Media On The Biggest MLB Contract Ever

Details about the contract Giancarlo Stanton is signing with the Miami Marlins have started to leak out, and they're staggering: $325 million over 13 years, $50 million more than Alex Rodriguez's landmark 10-year, $275 million deal signed in 2007. The deal also includes a no-trade clause and opt-out clause, all… » 11/14/14 5:50pm 11/14/14 5:50pm

That Whole ESPN Report On RGIII Was Kind Of A Mess

On Sunday, ESPN had a big Trouble-in-Landover report that was actually two stories rolled into one. The juicier one, a claim that a locker-room outburst was proof that Robert Griffin III had "alienated" his teammates, was quickly disputed by a whole bunch of reporters who were in the room. Now the second story is… » 11/05/14 4:43pm 11/05/14 4:43pm

The Radio Host Who Wouldn't Stick To Sports

Matt Jones, host of Kentucky's highest-rated radio program and co-founder of the scrappily independent Kentucky Sports Radio blog, describes himself as a "somewhat liberal, mountain, Eastern Kentuckian white guy." He adds, "There aren't a lot of those." This puts him at odds with his listeners, whose politics he… » 11/04/14 7:04pm 11/04/14 7:04pm

Auburn Newspaper Defends Publishing Photo Of Laquon Treadwell's Injury

One of the most crucial and dramatic plays in college football this year also featured a season-ending injury that remains painful to look at. How do you weigh the import of the moment with sensitivity to the injured player? If you're one Alabama newspaper, you put it on the front page of the sports section—and you… » 11/03/14 1:55pm 11/03/14 1:55pm

How Deadspin Fucked Up The Cory Gardner Story

On Wednesday, Deadspin published a story questioning the football bona fides of U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican who's running for the Colorado Senate seat currently occupied by Democrat Mark Udall. We fucked up. After the story was published, the main source we'd relied on reversed himself on a key point, and… » 10/16/14 3:01pm 10/16/14 3:01pm

Penelope Cruz Fucks a Steak

Penelope Cruz, breasts on radiant display, covers the November issue of Esquire, the storied magazine for men who wear statement socks. She is, for the moment, the Sexiest Woman Alive. But the article about her, by two-time National Magazine Award-winning journalist and Deadspin Good Writering Award winner Chris… » 10/13/14 1:56pm 10/13/14 1:56pm

Emails: Vice Requires Writers to Get Approval to Write About Brands

At most media organizations, there's a "Chinese wall" between editorial and advertising operations—each department operating independently of one another. At Vice Media—marketing shop first, editorial brand second—that's not quite how it works, according to a series of emails published to Twitter by recently departed… » 10/02/14 12:32pm 10/02/14 12:32pm

The Association For Women In Sports Media Will Keep The NFL's Money

Well, this is awkward. Since 2011, the NFL—no great friend to women, including the ones who work in sports mediahas been a sponsor for the convention for AWSM, the Association for Women in Sports Media. How much does the NFL give? The league's last IRS tax form available online, from 2012, lists a $15,000 donation to… » 9/24/14 6:15pm 9/24/14 6:15pm