Finally, A Stadium Shaped Like A Crocodile

I'm as baffled as you are that it's taken so long, but it seems someday we still might get the stadium we've all known architecture really needs: Turkey's Burasapor soccer team, nicknamed the "Green Crocodiles," could soon be getting an architectural masterpiece, a structure that will rival the greatest palaces of the… » 4/11/14 6:42pm 4/11/14 6:42pm

Got Thanksgiving Cooking Questions? Come Chat With Some Food Types

We're pleased to be joined by Sarah Sprague of KSK, Spilly of SB Nation, and Amanda Hesser, former food editor of The New York Times Magazine and founder of Food52. Jolie Kerr, Will Gordon, and I are here, too. We're all hanging out down below in the discussion, awaiting your Thanksgiving food and drink questions.… » 11/27/13 12:00pm 11/27/13 12:00pm

With No Tickets, Turkish Soccer Fans Try Burrowing Into Stadium

For Tuesday's sold-out Champions League match at Schalke, a group of Galatasaray supporters came up with an ingenious idea. Just before the match began, they attempted to dig through frozen ground, underneath a fence, to sneak into the Veltins-Arena. By "ingenious" we of course mean "stupid." » 3/13/13 5:42pm 3/13/13 5:42pm

Turkish Soccer Fans, Banned From Stadium, Manage To Launch Flares Onto…

Istanbul club Fenerbahçe's Europa League match last Thursday was a sight to behold. The game was played in an empty stadium as punishment for a December match in which fans hurled fireworks onto the pitch, so the team set up a large viewing screen outside. Fans launched dozens of flares attached to small parachutes… » 2/27/13 5:25pm 2/27/13 5:25pm

Holy Crap, These Dogs Interrupting A Soccer Match Are Adorable

OK, we're done. Lance Armstrong could fess up to drinking freshly-harvested stem cells, Bill Belichick could kill a hooker, Derek Jeter could fail a steroid test, and this would still be the biggest sports news of the day. A Galatasaray-VfR Aalen friendly in Istanbul was invaded by two perfect dogs doing perfect dog… » 1/14/13 3:35pm 1/14/13 3:35pm

The Portugal-Turkey Friendly Featured A Portuguese Flag Tifo Using…

While Portugal's Euro 2012 tune-up with Turkey didn't produce the expected result (Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty kick and Portugal lost 3-1) they can take pride in the display shown during "A Portuguesa," the Portuguese National Anthem. Thousands of tablet computers (possibly iPads, though it's difficult to tell… » 6/04/12 1:00pm 6/04/12 1:00pm

Deron Williams's Turkish Club Retired His Jersey After 15 Games

Let it be known that no one shall ever be issued the number 8 jersey for Beşiktaş, in tribute to the weeks and weeks of service of one Deron Williams. Hailed as a conquering hero when he arrived this summer, the end of the NBA lockout forced Williams to bid farewell to his Turkish team. He remains the biggest name… » 11/29/11 3:50pm 11/29/11 3:50pm

What The Hell? Soccer Club Sacrifies Actual Lamb On The Pitch Before…

This is Turkish side Sivasspor posing with a restrained lamb before their friendly with FK Rad Belgrade. The camera cuts away, something happens, and the Sivasspor players are covering themselves with fresh lamb's blood for luck. It worked. The Serbs were scared shitless, and the Turks won 4-1. I'm no PETA nut and I… » 8/10/11 6:25pm 8/10/11 6:25pm

How Soccer Fans Thank Their Team In The Middle Of A Match-Fixing Scandal

Turkish champions Fenerbahçe are embroiled in a huge match-fixing scandal that could see their team stripped of their title and relegated. Hours before yesterday's friendly with Ukranian side Shakhtar Donetsk, club chairman Aziz Yıldırım (who currently sits in jail) announced he would resign. So it's not a huge… » 7/22/11 4:40pm 7/22/11 4:40pm

Who Wins If Deron Williams Goes Overseas?

When the currently out-of-work Williams announced his deal with Istanbul club Beskitas, the instinctual reaction was to chalk it up as a labor victory for the players. I don't need you to get paid, he seemed to be saying to the owners. But as FIBA and the Nets and all of us had time to think about it, the narrative… » 7/14/11 12:30pm 7/14/11 12:30pm