Greatest Inbounder, Dumbest Guy, And Other Unsung Heroes Of Showtime

My interview with Jeff Pearlman, author of Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, which was recently excerpted on Deadspin. We spoke about Pearlman's complicated portrait of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the "historically dumb" Mark Landsberger, why Kurt Rambis was the greatest inbounder… » 3/21/14 10:29am 3/21/14 10:29am

The Marlins Are So Bad, Showtime Canceled The Franchise Early

The profanity-filled televised examination of a miserable baseball season that was The Franchise: Miami Marlins will come to a premature end Wednesday as Showtime airs its final episode of the series, one producers hoped might show the ins and outs of a pennant contender but ended up being organizational ruin porn. » 8/20/12 1:48pm 8/20/12 1:48pm

Last Night's The Franchise: Miami Marlins Distilled Down To Its…

The Miami Marlins all-access curse-fest that is The Franchise premiered last night on Showtime, and the first episode made for enjoyable viewing (more enjoyable, at least, than the ESPY Awards, which it ran against). Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria bet the house on the 2012 season, hoping a new stadium, new geographic… » 7/12/12 4:10pm 7/12/12 4:10pm

Ronda Rousey Mangles Arms And Mean Mugs With The Best Of Them

If you only watched the main event of the Strikeforce event on Saturday, you would have seen judo Olympian Ronda Rousey turn Meisha Tate's arm into a bucatini noodle. But you might have missed Rousey scare the bejeezus out of Showtime host Heidi Androl before the fight. Look at that death stare. Clubber Lang could… » 3/06/12 2:05pm 3/06/12 2:05pm

Chris Arreola Responded To Don King's "Wetbacks" Comment By Calling King…

Chris Arreola knocked Eric Molina out in the first round of their heavyweight bout this weekend in Corpus Christi, then sent Showtime ring reporter Jim Gray reeling with a closing statement on Don King. » 2/20/12 4:00pm 2/20/12 4:00pm