The Moment A D-I Basketball Coach Stumbled Out Of A Crackhouse

In 1986, Kevin Mackey led the Cleveland State men's basketball team to a stunning upset victory over Bob Knight's Indiana Hoosiers in the NCAA tournament. Four years later, he came wobbling out of a Cleveland crackhouse into the waiting arms of the police. The local news station was also there, capturing the whole… » 4/08/14 6:49pm 4/08/14 6:49pm

The Art Of The Insult: How To Win A Swearing Contest With Dignity

A few years ago, Joe Posnanski—formerly a Kansas City sportswriter, and today famous as a JoePa apologist—interviewed me about one of my books and posted my answers on his blog. He asked me whether, if I'd become a major league pitcher, I still would have become a writer. I emailed, "No. I would have continued… » 3/06/14 9:40pm 3/06/14 9:40pm

The Hit King: Pete Rose In Purgatory

Originally published in the July 1997 issue of GQ. Reprinted here with permission of the author, whose annotations (as told to Alex Belth) appear throughout the story. Illustration by Sam Woolley. » 8/08/13 6:53pm 8/08/13 6:53pm

Scott Raab is taking last night's result better than we imagined he would: "The Miami Heat, beloved of the bath-salt zombies lurking under every overpass from Coconut Grove to Biscayne Bay, heroes to the half-wits who prefer gold to goodness, have won another crown." » 6/21/13 11:03am 6/21/13 11:03am

If You're In NYC Tomorrow Night, Come Listen To Some Esteemed…

Time for another installment of Gelf's splendid Varsity Letters reading series, and this time it's particularly timely: Harvey Araton, Henry Abbott, and our man Scott Raab, will be reading and waxing about the NBA's return. 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Le Poisson Rouge, Bleecker St. between Sullivan and Thompson. Go hear… » 11/30/11 7:10pm 11/30/11 7:10pm

Why Philip Roth Declined To Blurb Scott Raab's The Whore Of Akron

Philip Roth, American literary titan. He's prolific, evocative, and controversial. LeBron James, American basketball titan. He's prolific, evocative, and controversial. Scott Raab, occasional Deadspin contributor. He hates LeBron James and loves Philip Roth. » 11/23/11 10:50am 11/23/11 10:50am

How Delonte West's Mental Illness Affected LeBron's Final Year In…

I started working on The Whore of Akron in June 2009, before LeBron's walk year began. No one at that time saw much evidence that he was actually going to walk, not until after the Cavs lost to the Celtics in the second round of the playoffs and he started talking about "my team" in reference to the geniuses who… » 11/18/11 1:31pm 11/18/11 1:31pm

My Peach-Cobbler Hallucination About LeBron James, PCP, Outlaw Bikers,…

When LeBron James stood up the Cavs live on ESPN last season, Esquire writer Scott Raab took his 50-plus years of sad-sack Cleveland sports fandom and became a one-man hate machine. For those of you annoyed by Raab's anti-King James Twitter rantings last year, you'll be happy to know his new book is nothing like that.… » 11/15/11 1:30pm 11/15/11 1:30pm

In Case You Were Interested In A Book That Calls LeBron James A Whore

Esquire has the first excerpt from Scott Raab's The Whore of Akron, on sale Nov. 15. We'll have more later in the week. For now: "Lord. This is where LeBron James wants to play basketball, in front of sun-dried cretins who must be bribed to act as if they care about the game and the team. ... For as long as I've been… » 10/18/11 3:35pm 10/18/11 3:35pm

Why Yes, One Cleveland Writer Did Offer Up A Nazi Death-Camp Gas For…

And it was Scott Raab (yesterday). Oh, don't get all "How dare you belittle millions of deaths for a joke the morally depraved community doesn't even so much as giggle at?" He apologized 13 hours later, while nobly driving page views to a story he wrote last year about retired U.S. autoworker/convicted Nazi… » 5/18/11 10:30pm 5/18/11 10:30pm

Scott Raab Shaved "QUITNESS" Into His Head For LeBron's Return

Esquire's Scott Raab, whose LeBron Watch here chronicled Cleveland's inevitable doom last summer, still is not quite cool with LeBron James, the Whore of Akron. » 3/30/11 1:15pm 3/30/11 1:15pm

Telestrator Dong And Balls Run The Triangle Offense

Because no one reads the newspaper, and SportsCenter's anchors are too perky for this early in the morning, Deadspin combs the best of the broadsheets and internets to bring you everything you need to know to start your day. » 12/01/10 9:50am 12/01/10 9:50am

LeBron Watch, Day 55: Dan Gilbert's Top Secret Second Letter To…

The Cavs owner has already racked up a $100,000 penalty for ripping LeBron James, and now, in the wake of Zydrunas Ilgauskas's departure for Miami, he appears to be gunning for a second fine.


Dear Cleveland, all of Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Cavaliers supporters wherever you may be tonight, and residents of Kaunas,… » 7/14/10 12:15pm 7/14/10 12:15pm

LeBron Watch, Day 50: What ESPN Should Have Asked LeBron James

On a night when LeBron James became the most hated man in basketball, only one network had a chance to ask him tough questions about a decision that will shape the future the NBA. And, of course, they didn't do that. » 7/09/10 11:40am 7/09/10 11:40am

LeBron Watch, Day 49: The Day We All Became Witnesses

At 9 p.m., the long-running soap opera over LeBron James's free agency will end, cementing the fact that the King's ego — not the things he does on the court — has become his defining characteristic. » 7/08/10 12:30pm 7/08/10 12:30pm

LeBron Watch, Day 42: Two Reasons LeBron Can't Leave Cleveland

Turn off ESPN. Fold the newspaper. Ignore talk radio. Until LeBron signs somewhere, all of the experts are going to blather on that they "know" where LeBron is going. Save your time. Read this instead.

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LeBron Watch, Day 34: The "LeBron Leaves Cleveland" Doomsday Scenario

In a little more than a week, LeBron James could be a Knick. He could be a Bull. And if he is anything but a Cav, the impact on Cleveland could be staggering. One passionate fan's ultimate nightmare scenario for his hometown. » 6/23/10 1:30pm 6/23/10 1:30pm

LeBron Watch, Day 26: Why Tom Izzo Isn't Man Enough To Coach The Cavs

Last week, the Cleveland Cavaliers offered Michigan State's Tom Izzo the chance to coach in the NBA. The deafening silence since proves Izzo ain't ready. » 6/15/10 1:15pm 6/15/10 1:15pm

LeBron Watch, Day 21: If He Leaves, It Ain't Cleveland's Fault

Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cavaliers, has bent over backwards to appease his preening star, who has repaid Gilbert by bending him over in public. Plus: Will Tom Izzo coach the Cavs? » 6/10/10 12:30pm 6/10/10 12:30pm