Scenes From North Korea's Marathon

Yesterday for the first time in the 27-year history of the Pyongyang marathon, North Korea allowed foreign amateur and professional runners to take part. Competitors from 27 countries ran in front of crowds gathered in Kim Il Sung Stadium and around Kim Il Sung University in part to celebrate Kim Il Sung's 102 birthday … » 4/14/14 5:57pm Monday 5:57pm

Dancing And Kicking Ass: The Photography Of John Goodman

In his first solo exhibition in New York, photographer John Goodman combines images he's taken of boxers and ballerinas Most of his work was made backstage at the Boston Ballet and out of the legendary, now defunct Times Square Gym. He has shared some of the stories behind some his work with us. If you're in the New… » 4/09/14 3:58pm 4/09/14 3:58pm

Where Are The Tight Satin Men's Basketball Shorts Of Yesteryear, Damn…

So much has changed since the Long Island University Blackbirds were a force to be reckoned with in men's college hoops. But surely the gear — specifically, the oh-so-short shorts, the BDSM-ready knee pads, the grimy sneakers and such — worn by the lads is way up there among the many features of the sport that have… » 3/21/14 3:51pm 3/21/14 3:51pm

For Some Stupid Reason, Everyone Was Shocked When Clay Beat Liston

Fifty years ago tomorrow, in Miami Beach, 22-year-old Cassius Clay beat the hell out of Sonny Liston and took the world heavyweight crown from the Big Bear. According to the great New York Times sportswriter Robert Lipsyte, "only three of 46 sportswriters covering the fight had picked Clay to win." And who can blame… » 2/24/14 7:59pm 2/24/14 7:59pm

Tony Kubek Once Brought A Camera To Spring Training, Then Mantle Farted

In the 1960s, the likelihood of taking at least one photograph of Mickey Mantle ripping — or pretending to rip — a fart during spring training was, evidently, quite high. Perhaps LIFE magazine's editors weren't aware of this, because in February 1961 they handed 25-year-old shortstop Tony Kubek a professional-grade… » 2/18/14 3:34pm 2/18/14 3:34pm

Unpublished Super Bowl I Photos Suggest Smoking Bad, Winning Good

Here's the Chiefs' Len Dawson sucking hard on a cancer stick at halftime of the 1967 AFL-NFL World Championship Game, a.k.a, Super Bowl I. It's a compelling picture, if only because it depicts a Hall of Fame quarterback looking sort of badass for reasons that have nothing to do with his on-field skills. » 1/29/14 9:20am 1/29/14 9:20am

Two Boys Kissing: How Our Favorite Sports Photo Of 2013 Came To Life

In January, photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice was on assignment for Sports Illustrated when she went to a San Francisco gay bar, HiTops, during the 49ers-Falcons NFC Championship game. She was assigned to get a photo that would accompany a story about the diversity of 49ers fans. Her photo, above, was a dream shot: Two… » 12/23/13 2:00pm 12/23/13 2:00pm

How A Life Photographer Got This Ridiculous Shot Of 14 NFL QBs In 1961

"I had a local high school football team come to the studio every day for that week," photographer Ralph Morse, now 96 years old, tells Ben Cosgrove, "and we practiced all sorts of scenarios until we had one that worked—the guys in front tossing the ball underhand, the guys in back throwing overhand. We also set up a… » 11/27/13 9:50am 11/27/13 9:50am

Halloween Special: Madness! Torture! Applause!

The legendary Grand Guignol Theater in Paris was not a haunted house, but a serious dramatic enterprise that put on gruesome, faux-blood-splattered shows year-round for decades. It featured staged killings, mutilations and scenes of depravity and torture so realistic that audience members often fled the theater in… » 10/31/13 11:36am 10/31/13 11:36am

Ballet For Dorks: The Awkward Beauty Of Bowling

Bowling is a ritualized behavior that requires strength, coordination and an often decidedly idiosyncratic technique in order to aestheticize a communally sanctioned exposition of controlled violence. Orrr . . . maybe it's just a fine example of the sort of loud, explosive fun that humans sometimes get up to indoors.… » 10/23/13 9:37am 10/23/13 9:37am