MTV Spring Break Used To Rule

Long before Harmony Korine made spring break synonymous with Gucci Mane and bikini-clad robbers, that school-free week of bliss in March was all about something else: MTV. The quasi-holiday inspired some of the best TV programming of the entire year, as the hedonism-obsessed channel decamped its entire lineup of… » 3/19/15 10:16am 3/19/15 10:16am

A Grown-Ass Man's Guide To Super-Hard Old Nintendo Games

This is a thing about playing old NES games that I couldn't beat as a kid to see if I could beat them now as an adult, but let me tell you this first: I had sex while wearing a Power Glove not that long ago. It's maybe the most impressive thing that I've ever accomplished in my whole entire life. The backstory to pull… » 6/13/14 10:01am 6/13/14 10:01am

The Super Bowl Ends With a Safety, Says Tecmo Super Bowl

Yesterday Madden NFL 25 gave its prediction for Super Bowl Ex El Vee Eye Eye Eye, handing it to Denver, 31-28, on a field goal in overtime. Today, the guys keeping alive 1991's Tecmo Super Bowl offered their own version of events: another OT game, with Denver winning on a goddamn safety. » 1/28/14 2:10pm 1/28/14 2:10pm

Remembering a Miracle in the Early Days of Sports Video Games

The score was 4 to 3, two outs in the ninth, when I woke up on the couch. No one was on base. "I don't need to see this," I said. "Nah, stick around," Dad said. I had two games that day, the World Series on TV, and Hardball! on my Commodore 64. If the Los Angeles Dodgers didn't win one, I'd make them win the other. » 10/15/13 8:00pm 10/15/13 8:00pm

Watch Bill Murray And Harry Caray Kick Off The Cubs' First Night Game

Twenty-five years ago today, the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies played the first-ever night game at Wrigley Field. After having only played day games since claiming the park as home in 1916, the Cubs finally succumbed to pressure from MLB, which threatened that if the team ever won a pennant they'd have to… » 8/08/13 4:55pm 8/08/13 4:55pm

Ten Years Later, Michael Vick Would Have a Harder Time Breaking Madden

Michael Vick may, for the rest of his life, remain a contemptible stereotype to much of the public: A brutal or stupid man. A laughingstock. A guy who did federal time. Still, there is one aspect of his football career that cleanly escapes the wreckage of his personal scandal, that lives on almost as a separate… » 8/04/13 5:30pm 8/04/13 5:30pm

Baseball Video Games Don't Decide Who's Left, Only Who's Right

Yesterday a reader sent me a screenshot in MLB 13 The Show of Nick Markakis, the Baltimore outfielder, taking his position at shortstop after pinch-hitting for J.J. Hardy. To a casual fan, it sort of sits there, waiting for you to guess what's wrong. Here's a hint: In real life, Markakis throws lefthanded. » 7/24/13 4:00pm 7/24/13 4:00pm

Blue Ice. The Star. Roenick. NHL ‘94 Lives Again in ‘Anniversary Mode’

Wait, before you ask it, he already knows your first question. "No," says Sean Ramjagsingh, the producer of NHL 14, "you cannot make Gretzky's head bleed." » 7/11/13 10:00am 7/11/13 10:00am

The Last Sports Stars of Video Games' Cartridge Era [Corrected]

Monday, Jason Kidd gave the NBA his retirement notice. He and Grant Hill were the only active players this year that appeared in NBA Jam: Tournament Edition from 1994. Like veterans of a long-ago war, day by day we are losing the athletes of video gaming's cartridge era. These are the last of them. » 6/05/13 5:30pm 6/05/13 5:30pm

The NHL is Down to Three Active Players Who Appeared in NHL '94

Hyping the cover vote for NHL 14, the league reached back to that old 16-bit crowd-pleaser, NHL '94, to make this adorable video. It's appropriate because one of the finalists is the New Jersey Devils' Martin Brodeur, the only active goalie whose NHL career is older than the video game. » 5/28/13 10:20am 5/28/13 10:20am

Throwing Up Dip And Learning About Blowjobs: Deadspin's Notes On Summer…

I went to Camp Deerhorn in Rhinelander, Wis., every summer for the majority of my adolescence. It was an awesome camp. We got to fire guns. We got to shoot arrows. We got to go on horseback rides. (I've never shit my pants with more direct force than the first time I was on a horse and it went from trotting to… » 8/15/12 5:04pm 8/15/12 5:04pm

MC Hammer: Rapper, Activist, Entrepreneur, And A Motivational Speaker…

MC Hammer has never strayed too far from the sports. He is, after all, a former sports blogger. Over the years, Hammer has helped the 49ers' sign Michael Crabtree in '09, he's done commercials for the Atlanta Braves, he's written open letters to Barry Bonds, and he even had his very own bobblehead night in Oakland… » 10/26/11 6:00pm 10/26/11 6:00pm

Manny Ramirez Hit A One-Handed Homer At 18, And Other Revelations

Sara Rimer, a former reporter for the New York Times, returned to the paper's pages yesterday with a lovely, nostalgic piece about following the George Washington High School baseball team during its 1991 season. Manny Ramirez, then an 18-year-old on his way to signing with the Cleveland Indians, quickly became her… » 4/26/11 2:00pm 4/26/11 2:00pm

Old Hoss Flipping The Bird, And More: An Opening Day Retrospective

Peter Nash, resident baseball historian and former 3rd Bass prime minister, has pulled together some Opening Day memorabilia porn for your viewing pleasure. Like this 1886 Opening Day photo from Boston featuring Old Hoss Radbourn (top left) expressing joy about having his picture taken. Dive in. » 3/31/11 3:55pm 3/31/11 3:55pm

Most 1990s Sale Ever: Scottie Pippen Some Lady Auctioning Off Beanie…

Pop your En Vogue tape in the Aiwa, kids, and head on over to Scottie Pippen's estate sale in Highland Park, where you can buy (seriously) some Rubbermaid receptacles full of literally priceless worthless keepsakes. » 3/16/11 2:05pm 3/16/11 2:05pm

Searching For Big Country: An Outsize Guide To The New NBA Jam

This is a story about the new NBA Jam for the Nintendo Wii. It is also a story about the 1990s, the NBA's waning cultural cachet, Bryant "Big Country" Reeves, Asian-Jewish relations, Roenick in NHL '94, nostalgia, and God. » 10/28/10 2:45pm 10/28/10 2:45pm