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 Friday 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 3:05pm 3/17/15 3:05pm

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

How Jordan Cameron Used The NFL Media

Whatever Happened To That Dez Bryant Video?

It's impossible to prove a negative, but with each passing day, it seems more and more likely that the Dez Bryant video—the subject, over the last two weeks, of rumors so intense that they were, in themselves, semi-legitimate news—simply doesn't exist. » 3/04/15 4:22pm 3/04/15 4:22pm

Here's a thing, by Cathal Kelly and about Phil Kessel and the importance of being nice to reporters, that a lot of people are talking about. You're a smart sports fan. I bet you have an opinion, too! » 3/04/15 9:37am 3/04/15 9:37am

So This Is How It's Gonna Be For A-Rod, Huh?

Here's the back page of today's Daily News, the morning after the Yankees took part in a six-inning, totally informal, intrasquad "game," without actual human pitchers: » 3/03/15 1:55pm 3/03/15 1:55pm

"Sports Analytics" Is Bullshit Now

The 9th annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference takes place this weekend, and you've likely noticed all the coinciding and ongoing coverage of the analytical side of sports. Some of these stories are illuminating explanations of what's going on at the vanguard of sports analysis; others bitch, correctly, about… » 2/27/15 1:46pm 2/27/15 1:46pm

Alabama News Station Reports That Water Freezes When It's Cold

Okay, yes, this is an incredibly silly thing to base a news report on, but please try to remember that these people live in Huntsville, Ala., where the current temperature being 20 degrees is probably making a lot of residents feel like they have been transported to some strange ice planet. It's a crazy time! » 2/19/15 1:31pm 2/19/15 1:31pm

What Exactly Did Yahoo Publish That Got Dan Gilbert So Angry?

On Thursday, we reported that Quicken Loans and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, and his lawyer, called Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer last year to complain about a line in a blog post authored by Kelly Dwyer. This happened the day after Yahoo and Quicken Loans signed a major brand agreement. Mayer immediately… » 2/16/15 3:15pm 2/16/15 3:15pm

David Carr, Your Best Friend

There are hundreds and hundreds of people out there who believe that, secretly, they were David Carr's favorite. And maybe we all were. He had the rare emotional capacity to make each of us his favorite, one by one by one. » 2/13/15 10:44am 2/13/15 10:44am

Dan Gilbert Didn't Like A Yahoo Blog Post, So Yahoo Deleted It

Quicken Loans is a predatory lender. It's impossible to read the numerous lawsuits against the mortgage company and conclude otherwise. So when Kelly Dwyer, the editor of Yahoo's popular NBA blog Ball Don't Lie, made an offhand joke about that fact in a post last year, he would have had no reason to think twice. » 2/12/15 2:55pm 2/12/15 2:55pm

Mike Florio Calls Out David Letterman For Being A Comedian

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was a guest on The Late Show last night, and the segment was lighthearted and puffy, as are most of the interviews David Letterman conducts on his show. Obviously, Letterman made some jokes about the Ballghazi scandal, because David Letterman is a comedian and that's what… » 2/12/15 1:24pm 2/12/15 1:24pm

We Are Watching Brian Williams’ Entire Career Implode

For more than a decade, NBC News anchor Brian Williams told a grand tale to his viewers, interviewers, and talk-show hosts about riding in an Army helicopter over occupied Baghdad when it was struck and forced to land by a rocket-propelled grenade. Earlier this week, after the helicopter’s crew members told Stars &… » 2/06/15 2:58pm 2/06/15 2:58pm

SI Nobly Accepts Ad Money To Put Normal-Sized Woman In Swimsuit Issue

Sports Illustrated has revealed the cover of its annual issue of Boobs: The Great Subsidy, and all the predictable heavy breathing that comes on a day like this has been joined by another kind of "buzz," as one might call it. Between now and the issue's publication date, you are probably going to see SI receiving a… » 2/05/15 9:58am 2/05/15 9:58am

Report: NHL Suspended Referee For Meeting In A Bar With Hockey Blogger

NHL referee Tim Peel met with his fiercest critic Thursday night in New York City: Yahoo Sports NHL blog Puck Daddy's editor-in-chief Greg Wyshynski. Wyshynski feels that Peel is the one of (if not the) worst referees in the NHL, and has written a series of articles on calls he believes Peel blew with titles like " » 2/03/15 12:43am 2/03/15 12:43am

The Players' Tribune Censors Darnell Dockett's "Unfiltered Voice"

The Players' Tribune—the number one sports website for boring, ghostwritten first person accounts from athletes—is having (or perhaps more accurately, had) Darnell Dockett tweet from their Twitter account today: » 1/31/15 5:17pm 1/31/15 5:17pm

Rolling Stone Publishes, Then Unpublishes, Column Criticizing The NFL

Friend of Deadspin Jeb Lund (also known as monstrous, deceased dictator Mobutu Sese Soko) published a column today under the headline "Screw the Super Bowl: The Big Lies of the Big Game" on Rolling Stone's website. You can't read it on RollingStone.com anymore, though, because it mysteriously disappeared shortly after… » 1/30/15 6:19pm 1/30/15 6:19pm