RIP Kroll Show, The Meta Sketch Comedy TV Needed

Last night was the series finale of Nick Kroll's Comedy Central series, Kroll Show. It was short but sweet—just three seasons of sketch comedy television parody. It took us into the alternate TV Universe of Nick Kroll's weird brand of comedy. It was a cable TV universe that is much like the one that exists in reality,… » 3/25/15 2:40pm Wednesday 2:40pm

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

Former Blue Jays beat writer Alison Gordon, who in 1979 became the first woman admitted to the BBWAA (her membership card read "Mr. Alison Gordon"), died yesterday in Toronto. She was 72. » 2/13/15 8:45am 2/13/15 8:45am

Watch An Unaired Ol' Dirty Bastard Interview From 1997

MTV is unearthing a bunch of old, obscure interviews with fixtures in New York hip-hop from the late '90s and posting them on Genius. First up is one from the Ol' Dirty Bastard (RIP), where he talks about his kids, his wife, and his struggles with sobriety. It's very frank and, to be honest, a little bit sad. » 1/29/15 2:17pm 1/29/15 2:17pm

"Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks Is Dead

Ernie Banks, who starred in the Negro Leagues and in the U.S. military before joining the Chicago Cubs and slugging his way to a Hall of Fame career, died tonight at the age of 83. » 1/23/15 10:59pm 1/23/15 10:59pm

RIP, Dick Butt

This obituary appeared in the Spokesman Review last weekend. Richard A. Butt must have been a very cool guy, because anyone who willingly goes by the name Dick Butt for 93 years can't really be anything else. » 9/05/14 3:34pm 9/05/14 3:34pm

How Red Klotz, 14,000-Time Loser, Beat The Harlem Globetrotters

Red Klotz went out on a 43-year losing streak. The founder, owner, and longtime coach of the Washington Generals died over the weekend in Margate, N.J. He was 93. » 7/15/14 11:40am 7/15/14 11:40am

The "Average Professional Baseball Player" Who Changed Sportswriting

Jim Brosnan, the pitcher whose book about his 1959 season offered an uncommonly candid look at life within baseball, died last month at the age of 84. In 2007, Brosnan was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals. Writer John Schulian gave the following speech on Brosnan's behalf. » 7/07/14 5:54pm 7/07/14 5:54pm

Legendary Shark Puncher Louis Zamperini Dies

Louis Zamperini died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 97. You may remember Zamperini from Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling biography of him, Unbroken, which everyone read and then yelled at you to go read. There are many completely insane things that happen in Unbroken. Zamperini becomes a famous collegiate track… » 7/03/14 3:25pm 7/03/14 3:25pm

I Was Tony Gwynn's Bat Boy

The baseball-card collection I had as a teen—145,000 cards in all when I last bothered to count, 800-count box after 800-count box, all of them occupying a dusty bookcase in my bedroom—was sold years ago. Some random stranger now owns that collection of 400 Tom Glavine rookie cards I bought on speculation at $.04… » 6/17/14 3:26pm 6/17/14 3:26pm

Frankie Knuckles, Disco's Revenge, and Gay Black Music's Triumph

If you didn't understand how much Frankie Knuckles meant to people before last night, when news of the 59-year-old DJ and producer's death started spreading on social media, by now you probably do. If you need a lesson in what he meant to the world, watch the clip from the 2001 U.K. documentary about house music, Pump… » 4/01/14 5:15pm 4/01/14 5:15pm

The Best, Most Deranged Story About Gwar You'll Ever Read

Gwar frontman Dave Brockie, known professionally as Oderus Urungus (that's him on the left), was found dead Sunday evening in his Richmond, Va. home. He was 50. In his honor, let us revisit this delightfully unsavory late-2010 profile from Decibel magazine. RIP. » 3/24/14 11:43am 3/24/14 11:43am

Todd Christensen, RIP: He was a five-time Pro Bowl tight end who twice won the Super Bowl with the Raiders in the 1980s. The official cause of death was complications from liver transplant surgery. He was 57. [AP] » 11/13/13 5:35pm 11/13/13 5:35pm

Lou Reed's Secret Chord

Aw hell. Lou Reed is dead. There's a live version of "Sweet Jane" from 2003 that I can't find online right now but is worth a listen today, in the man's honor. Reed is noodling around with the song, working through that famous riff, more of a shuffle now than the strut you remember from the album. Just as the audience… » 10/27/13 4:09pm 10/27/13 4:09pm

Bill Mazer dead at 92: "The Amazin'," a sports-talk radio pioneer with a freakish knowledge of trivia, spent more than 60 years in broadcasting before retiring in 2009. [NY Times] » 10/23/13 5:02pm 10/23/13 5:02pm

L.C. Greenwood: The Smiling Badass Of The NFL's Baddest Front Four

The Steelers of the 1970s had the scowl of Mean Joe Greene and the gap where Jack Lambert's four front teeth should've been. But there was nothing quite like the menace presented by the smiling L.C. Greenwood, who died Sunday of kidney failure at the age of 67. A smile on that front line was like a fresh rose on a… » 10/01/13 4:26pm 10/01/13 4:26pm