The Unnatural Shooting Of A Baseball Player By A Silly Teenage Honey

Excerpted from Eddie and the Gun Girl, a Kindle Single about the shooting of Eddie Waitkus, the real-life event that's best known as the fictional pivot of Bernard Malamud's The Natural. Annotations by the author appear throughout. » 4/02/14 2:05pm 4/02/14 2:05pm

Confessions Of A Tonya Harding Apologist

I was 5 years old when I fell in love with Tonya Harding. The year was 1988, and I had just taken up figure skating. My favorite aunt, Julie, had recently moved from my Maryland neighborhood to Portland, Ore., and I was determined to find something to like about the state. Tonya, a scrappy Oregonian underdog, was the… » 1/17/14 12:30pm 1/17/14 12:30pm

Infographic: How Should I Feel About The Latest Sports Scandal?

You can't pick up a magazine or turn on the radio these days without hearing about a new scandal in the world of sports. This player's career was a front for a massive interstate drug smuggling operation; that league's games were fixed for the benefit of gamblers; players and owners from that other league were sniffing … » 9/11/13 6:00pm 9/11/13 6:00pm

Texas Assistant Coach Major Applewhite Was Disciplined For…

Former University of Texas quarterback and current UT co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Major Applewhite (that's his first name, not his rank) was disciplined in 2009 by the University of Texas for an infraction now being described as, if we're accurately connecting the very clear dots—"inappropriate,"… » 2/02/13 10:45am 2/02/13 10:45am

Dan Marino Fathered A Love Child With A CBS Production Assistant

Today's New York Post features a story about former NFL quarterback and current CBS football analyst Dan Marino impregnating a former CBS Sports production assistant. Marino, who has been a CBS pregame analyst since 2003, had an affair with Donna Savattere at some point in 2004, which led to Savattere giving birth to a … » 1/31/13 9:26am 1/31/13 9:26am

Lance Armstrong Lied To Oprah, Is Being Sued By People Who Bought His…

Lance Armstrong was motivated to do the Oprah Winfrey interview that made everyone hate him in part because he thought "coming clean" would be the first step toward reducing his lifetime competitive sports ban. Unfortunately, Travis Tygart, the head of the USADA and the person who could adjudicate that ban, says… » 1/26/13 12:30pm 1/26/13 12:30pm

Alleged High School Hockey Team Sex Tape Leads To No Consequences, One …

Last Saturday, Minneapolis/St. Paul's City Pages reported that Maple Grove high school, in a suburb of Minneapolis, had suspended much of its hockey team and its head coach for reasons that have gone undisclosed in the intervening week. A source told City Pages the rumor that Maple Grove hockey players make sex tapes… » 1/26/13 10:15am 1/26/13 10:15am

How Do Recovering Cheaters Comply With NCAA Regulations?

While the NCAA has a vested interest in keeping premier programs strong, the Urban Meyer hire at Ohio State may still have been disheartening to those in charge of keeping the school's football team in line. Five months after paragon Buckeye Jim Tressel resigned in the wake of a non-compliance scandal that vacated a… » 10/13/12 6:15pm 10/13/12 6:15pm

Oscar Pistorius Lost The 200m Final At The Paralympics, And Everyone's…

Here's Oscar Pistorius, who seemed well on his way to an overwhelming victory in the men's 200m at the Paralympics, losing to Brazil's Alan Oliveira. Oliveira finished the race in 21.45 seconds, .07 seconds faster than Pistorius. The video above is worth watching if only for the deafening silence that greets… » 9/03/12 2:45pm 9/03/12 2:45pm

Girls High School Basketball Coach Probably Shouldn't Be Allowed…

Chicago's SouthTown Star has the story of Bryan Craig, once the coach of Rich Central High School's varsity basketball team, now unemployed. Craig resigned after the board at the high school where he worked found out that he wrote and self-published a book called It's Her Fault (!), which featured chapters on "graphic… » 9/01/12 3:55pm 9/01/12 3:55pm

Want To Increase Donations To Your Charity? Stop Contesting Those…

Why did Lance Armstrong's decision to stop fighting doping allegations—and thereby consent to being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles—drive up donations to his charity so sharply? Armstrong gave up the ghost Thursday; on Friday donations to the Lance Armstrong Foundation rose by a factor of 25. » 8/26/12 5:00pm 8/26/12 5:00pm