Let's Crack Open the "TMZ Vault"

Buzzfeed's story about the history of TMZ quickly gets to the foundation of TMZ's power: It's often not what the gossip site does publish, but what it doesn't. Early on in the article, writer Anne Helen Petersen makes mention of the "TMZ Vault," the affectionate name for Harvey Levin's trove of scandalous,… » 7/29/14 10:22am 7/29/14 10:22am

Why Would Any Country Host the World Cup?

There should be a sense of pride and revelry overtaking the nation of Brazil, where the World Cup starts today. Yet residents in cities across the country are protesting with transit strikes and tent occupations, hoping to draw attention to the extreme costs and unfinished facilities stunting the sluggish economy. » 6/12/14 2:13pm 6/12/14 2:13pm

How 19 Giant Earthmovers Carved Dodger Stadium Out of a Mountain

They literally moved mountains to create Dodger Stadium. Between 1959 and 1962, an army of construction workers shifted eight-million cubic yards of earth and rock in the hills above downtown Los Angeles, refashioning the rugged terrain once known as the Stone Quarry Hills into a modern baseball palace. » 5/06/14 6:02pm 5/06/14 6:02pm

Rams Owner Buys Stadium-Sized Site In Los Angeles

There have been so many rumors and pie-in-the-sky dreams about a Los Angeles football stadium that we won't believe it's happening until they actually cut the ribbon. But so far, nothing has come to nothing because those dreams were held by rich men hoping to lure an NFL team to L.A. This one's different. The man who… » 1/31/14 9:19am 1/31/14 9:19am

No One Notices The Spurs Because No One Notices San Antonio

Here's a working barstool-grade theory as to why, during its dynastic run to four (perhaps soon five) titles since 1999, America still embraces the San Antonio Spurs with a yawn and a why are you still here? squint. This phenomenon has flustered if not baffled sports cognoscenti for years. But they play pure,… » 6/08/13 4:11pm 6/08/13 4:11pm

Los Angeles Got Its Football Stadium, Now It Just Needs A Team

Reuters reported yesterday that the Los Angeles City Council approved a plan that would put a $1.2 billion football stadium in downtown L.A. called by 2016. Called "Farmer's Field", the stadium will be adjacent to the Staples Center, potentially threatening L.A. Live's status as one of our most underrated places to… » 9/29/12 6:55pm 9/29/12 6:55pm

Holy Shit Los Angeles, You Might Have The Worst Sports Fans In America

First, a fan tries to rush the court at the Staples Center. Then we read about a group of Dodgers fans stalking and beating Giants fans after last night's game, critically injuring one. Eight years ago, the same sort of incident ended in murder in the parking lot. Stabbings in Anaheim. Another murder there in 2009. » 4/01/11 12:25pm 4/01/11 12:25pm

Your Balls Are Not Ready For This Most Manly Of MMA Events

Because two people kicking the shit out of each other in a semi-sanctioned bloodsport wasn't nearly hardcore enough, now we're doing it with only combatants with criminal records. Are you ready for Cages Vs. Cons, an upcoming event from the minds that brought you Felony Fights™? No, of course not, no one could be… » 3/29/11 3:15pm 3/29/11 3:15pm

Get Ready For The Los Angeles Saints In 2009...Maybe?

An unidentified partner of the man trying to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles told a local paper earlier in the week that he had "no doubt" that the city would be home to a pro team in 2009. And we report that with all apologies to USC. Of course, no team has been identified by the league (or anyone else) as a… » 8/30/08 6:05pm 8/30/08 6:05pm