Why do all the head lines on Deadspin have every word capitalized? As a student who was good in language arts it gets me every time.


I’m sure once upon a time I knew the actual answer to this question, but I do know the general answer to every Deadspin style question: Because Leitch/AJ/Craggs decided it should be that way for whatever reason, and that is the way it has been ever since.

Plus, capitalizing every word in a headline makes things easy and consistent.


When was the last time someone smoked a cigarette on the sidelines of an NFL game? Surely darts were hacked on the sidelines in the 60’s and 70’s… I’m thinking early/mid-80’s, maybe?


Are we talking about players only, or also coaches and other team personnel? For players, I think sometime in the 1980s is right. While football players weren’t necessarily the fitness freaks they are now, terrible sports pundits were the same and I can hear them screaming about the INTEGRITY OF THE GAME if a player were puffing on the sideline.

Part of me thinks a coach had to have snuck a smoke within the last few years. Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is out here chomping on cigarette butts during games; is it that much of a stretch to think a football coach would smoke on the much more expansive NFL sideline? On the other hand, the smell of cigarette smoke would be so foreign and noticeable on the sidelines that it would be very hard to get away with.


I’m going to go with 1990s for a coach, with the caveat that I can almost assure you there is a coach vaping on an NFL sideline right this moment.


I found out the other day that the main reason for the whole ‘Florida Man’ thing is that Florida’s arrest records are public, so it’s easy for reporters to go through them on a slow news day to find crazy shit:

My question is: If every state had the same policy of public arrest records as Florida, which state would have the most ‘Florida Man’ stories?

At first I thought it would be a deep South state like ‘Bama, but I now think New York is a dark horse contender. New York City is huge and full of crazy people, and there are also many truly backwater areas upstate where some dark stuff is bound to be going down. Also: Bills fans.


This is true, and something Florida Woman Diana Moskovitz herself taught me. She also taught me the useful heuristic that red states generally have much more open police and court records than blue states. Always listen to Diana.

To answer the actual question, assuming we are controlling for population size here, the answer is obviously Arizona. Arizona is a wild place. It’s got crazy politics, a quasi–Old West spirit, Texas influence, weird border shit, high plains drifters, and the Phoenix suburban sprawl can drive anybody insane. I’ll believe literally any story you tell me if you say it happened in Arizona.



I’m 30. I have not been into sports since I was a kid in the 90s. I remember watching the greatest period for the NBA and arguably the greatest time to be a fan of the Mariners. I feel that as a 30 year old male, I need to be sports knowledgeable. I am not anymore. I live in Seattle, so we don’t have a basketball team anymore and lolmariners. I feel like if I focus on basketball, I’ll have a fighting chance


You can just be you and not know anything about sports, Kevin, if you really want to. But if you do want to get more into sports, I suggest going to a few live sporting events. The magic of 20,000 people, or 70,000 people, all collectively losing their minds almost forces you to care, even if you don’t.

In Seattle, your best bet is probably to attend any Seahawks game, or a Sounders game against the Timbers or one of the top teams in the league. If you want to watch some other sport, go to a bar for big games. I’m sure there is a great basketball bar, or SEC football bar, somewhere in Seattle.



I know 99 percent of Twitter is a hellscape, but I have a special distaste for Coach Twitter. It’s filled with misattributed inspirational quotes about leadership, terrible sports takes, and a rural Wyoming-level of Trump support. I’m a sports reporter, so I often have no choice but to see a retweet of a Vince Lombardi tribute account in my timeline. What’s the worst segment of Twitter that you, on some level, cannot avoid due to work or some other obligation (Political Twitter seems like the easy answer, but at least news and some humor sneaks in there)?


Look, Twitter is obviously a blight on humanity, rots the brain of anyone who spends more than a few minutes on it, is run by a guy who can’t even come up with acceptable responses to questions that really shouldn’t be that difficult to answer etc. But just don’t follow bad people on Twitter. It’s not that hard.

Does someone’s tweets bring you distress? Unfollow. Infuriate you? Unfollow. Clog up your timeline? Unfollow.


I am a sports business and media reporter, so you would assume I follow Darren Rovell and Richard Deitsch. Of course I don’t! Why would I subject myself to that? Besides, Deitsch blocks me. There are co-workers I really like and friends that I don’t follow because they’re bad at Twitter. You don’t owe anybody anything!

Find accounts that tweet the relevant information you’re interested in without all of the bad stuff, or just bookmark websites or set up some RSS feeds like it’s 2008. It is very easy to dramatically improve your Twitter experience and yet for some reason people feel like they’re obligated to opt in to a hellscape.


Drew story of the week!

At the Gizmodo Media Group and its predecessors, there is always some catastrophe. During my two-and-a-half years alone there was the trial, the verdict, the unionization process, the 20 percent nicer Gawker, the auction, the sale and the indemnity fight, among others I blacked out during and thankfully don’t remember.


After one of these (I think it was the sale) Drew, McKenna and I repaired to a bad DuPont Circle bar to commiserate. Drew is a BIG-TIME BOOK AUTHOR and writes for a men’s fashion magazine—he was going to be okay. He could’ve divorced himself from much of the misery inflicted upon his co-workers.

But he didn’t. He never did. Instead he bitched and moaned and agreed this was the apocalypse, while also telling us it would be okay in a way that isn’t cheesy but actually made us (or at least, me) feel that it was indeed going to be okay. And it was.


Drew’s a good friend.

Email of the week!


Is Steph Better? Or more explicitly, is Steph a top __ guy all time?

Steph is, in fact, better. He is the best player in the NBA, and will end his career as a top 5 player of all-time.


Come fight me.