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

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 5:27pm 4/01/14 5:27pm

Mariano Rivera's Goodbye Turns Us All Into Blubbering Children

It was perfect. I mean, it was all wrong: the Yankees were losing, and the Yankees weren't playing for anything, and he came on in the middle of an inning, and left before the job was done, but maybe all of it is what made everything right. Maybe the complete unreality of the night made the whole thing, down to the… » 9/27/13 9:00am 9/27/13 9:00am

Tell It To Your Analyst: The Raging Genius Of Earl Weaver

The first and obvious thing about Earl Weaver, for me, was that he was terrifying. I lived about seven blocks from Memorial Stadium, depending on how you walked it, and Junior Orioles packages were cheap, so my parents took my older brother and me to games all the time, from our youngest days. This meant that when I… » 1/23/13 4:45pm 1/23/13 4:45pm

Marvin Miller, The Man Who Beat Some Sense Into Baseball

He was in the phone book. That's the thing that always got me about Marvin Miller, the former head of the MLB players association and the man who pulled baseball out of its crude prehistory. You expect your heroes to be unlisted. You don't expect to find one of them in the white pages, right there between a Marva and… » 11/28/12 5:45pm 11/28/12 5:45pm

Here's The Canadiens' Gary Carter Tribute That Didn't Air In The United…

For reasons that baffle the mind, NBC Sports Network elected not to show you this touching tribute to Gary Carter that preceded tonight's Devils-Canadiens game in Montreal. Carter—one of Montreal's true sports legends—was given a hero's au revoir that deserves to be seen by a wider audience, so here it is. [CBC] » 2/19/12 7:06pm 2/19/12 7:06pm

Here's Video And A Transcript Of Nike Chairman Phil Knight's Vehement…

At today's public memorial for Joe Paterno, Nike's Phil Knight called Joe Paterno his "hero" and launched a counterattack against Penn State for the manner in which the university fired its head football coach. Here's the video (from BTN) and the broadcast transcript (unedited) from Knight's eulogy. » 1/26/12 3:54pm 1/26/12 3:54pm

A Nick Charles Tribute, Featuring The Greatest Play You've Never Seen

While trolling YouTube for video of Nick Charles, who passed away over the weekend, I stumbled across this, uploaded by Mike Lortz after being found in a pile of VHS tapes: a CNN year-end best-of countdown. His interplay with Fred Hickman here is typically good-natured, and it wasn't an act: they genuinely liked… » 6/27/11 11:30am 6/27/11 11:30am

The Bulging, Feces-Filled Sacs In Brock Lesnar's Colon As Metaphor For…

Dana White and the UFC convened an emergency conference call yesterday to announce that human orca Brock Lesnar has come down with diverticulitis for a second time and will pull out of his fight against Junior Dos Santos at UFC 131. What, you may ask, is diverticulitis? The National Center for Biotechnology… » 5/13/11 1:40pm 5/13/11 1:40pm

Woody Durham, The Vin Scully Of North Carolina: An Appreciation

One of Tobacco Road basketball's lesser-touted but nonetheless enduring traditions is the hatred at all four schools of television announcing. Raycom or ESPN, Dan Bonner or Mike Patrick, Dick Vitale or, especially, the execrable Billy Packer — depending on your household, they're all either utterly biased against… » 4/20/11 6:45pm 4/20/11 6:45pm