Here Is The Insane Playbook For Jason Whitlock's "Black Grantland"

Earlier today, we published “How Jason Whitlock Is Poisoning ESPN’s ‘Black Grantland’,” where, among other things, we take a look at the plans Jason Whitlock has outlined for his upcoming site in a document called “The Playbook.” It’s worth reading in full, and you can do so below. » 4/27/15 5:55pm 4/27/15 5:55pm

How Jason Whitlock Is Poisoning ESPN's "Black Grantland"

Two months ago, just after the end of a long holiday weekend, Jason Whitlock convened a morning meeting at the Los Angeles offices of his ESPN-backed black-interest site, The Undefeated, which is slated to go live this summer. Five days before, to coincide with the NBA All-Star Game, the site had introduced itself… » 4/27/15 3:23pm 4/27/15 3:23pm

This Is the Interview About His Ancestor Ben Affleck Tried to Suppress

Ben Affleck really didn’t want people to know that one of his distant ancestors owned slaves—going so far as to lobby celebrity genealogy TV show Finding Your Roots to suppress the segment in which that ancestor is discussed. But we got our hands on a copy of the script—and now you can read the mild interview that… » 4/23/15 9:46am 4/23/15 9:46am

Gannett Posts, Deletes Audio Of Reds Manager Saying "Fuck" 77 Times

Earlier this evening, the Cincinnati Enquirer, a Gannett paper, posted excerpts from a transcript of Reds coach Bryan Price going off on reporters in a rant that included the word “fuck” 77 times. The report originally said that audio of the rant would be posted soon, but that promise was soon excised from the piece. » 4/21/15 12:30am 4/21/15 12:30am

BuzzFeed Deleted Posts Under Pressure from Its Own Business Department

Earlier this week, BuzzFeed launched an internal review of any posts that its editors or writers had deleted from the site since editor-in-chief Ben Smith was hired in January 2012. In an interview on Friday, and a memo sent to staff on Saturday, Smith revealed that the review has already uncovered three instances… » 4/18/15 6:07pm 4/18/15 6:07pm

The Next Three Weeks Of Game Of Thrones Recaps, Spoiled

Over the weekend, the first four episodes of Game of Thrones leaked onto torrent sites. In one day, they were downloaded more than a million times. And yet on an Internet that mainlines recaps, teasers, spoilers, and breakdowns, no one seems to want to talk about them, at least beyond the odd mealymouthed appeal to… » 4/16/15 2:19pm 4/16/15 2:19pm

Why Is Katie Couric Letting Floyd Mayweather Smear His Victims?

Katie Couric is a serious journalist. She was the first woman to anchor a network evening news broadcast without a male co-host. She has been a frontline star for all three major television networks. Her interview with Sarah Palin in 2008 may have singlehandedly changed the course of American history. She knows what… » 4/15/15 9:39pm 4/15/15 9:39pm

Reporter Asks Hernandez Jury About Book Deals; Juror Gives Her Stinkface

The jurors who just convicted Aaron Hernandez of murder had to sit through an awkward post-trial interview with collected members of the press this morning, and they were asked a lot of stupid questions. One of those stupid questions, about whether any of the jurors will now be seeking book deals, received a… » 4/15/15 1:30pm 4/15/15 1:30pm

Basketball's Most Influential Pick-and-Roll Turnover Ball Handlers

Today, Politico shared a list of bloggers ranked by influence by a proprietary survey conducted by an analytics firm called StatSocial. This seems useful, in its way. Similarly, Deadspin would like to share some data from Synergy Sports, a sports analytics firm. Here is a list of NBA players, ranked by… » 4/14/15 5:59pm 4/14/15 5:59pm

No, But Seriously, Dove Soap Is Bad

So yesterday, BuzzFeed's editors, in a super duper blatant breach of the tenets of their Editorial Standards And Ethics Guide, deleted a post in which staff writer Arabelle Sicardi criticized toiletries brand Dove for its sleazy, exploitative advertising. Dove, you see, is owned by Unilever—the multinational… » 4/10/15 12:16pm 4/10/15 12:16pm

Don't Believe The Hype: Mayweather-Pacquiao Is Not Good Vs. Evil

The many failings of Floyd Mayweather to follow the basic rules on how to be a good human being are well documented. He’s a serial woman beater who once evicted his father and pleaded no contest to threatening his children. His odiousness speaks for itself. But his competitor, Manny Pacquiao, is busy (via his… » 4/09/15 2:43pm 4/09/15 2:43pm

Presenting: The In-Progress Deadspin Style Guide

I was terrified my first night writing for Deadspin. I wanted direction: somebody to tell me what to write about, how to write about it, and then to edit it when I was done. Instead, I was thrown into the deep end and basically told "if you see something interesting write about it, or don't, whatever." I didn't know… » 3/27/15 4:25pm 3/27/15 4:25pm

Don Lemon Is Great At His Job

Last night, Don Lemon took to his show, CNN Tonight, to host a discussion of, as he put it, The N-Word. It wasn't the first time he'd done so; nearly two years ago, he devoted an entire special to this topic. Famously, note cards were used, and the question of whether the words "cracker" and "nigger" hold the same… » 3/17/15 3:07pm 3/17/15 3:07pm

Retiring From NFL To Juggle Grenades Is A Bad Idea, Says Mike Florio

Bright and promising 24-year-old 49ers linebacker Chris Borland announced his retirement yesterday, after just one season in the NFL. He wants to preserve his neurological and cognitive functioning, and figures a decade of smashing his head into things isn't the best way to do it. Seems reasonable! Might I… » 3/17/15 11:57am 3/17/15 11:57am