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Oakland A's Fans Love Their Team, But Don't Trust Its Owners Oakland A's Fans Love Their Team, But Don't Trust Its Owners

Sixteen games into the Oakland A’s historic 20-game win streak back in 2002, Mike Davie realized how cheap team ownership truly was.

How Celebrity Nutritionist Alan Aragon Used His Status To Prey On Young Women How Celebrity Nutritionist Alan Aragon Used His Status To Prey On Young Women

This May, Carolina Belmares traveled to Kansas City to attend the 2018 Fitness Summit, an annual conference that was co-headlined by nutritionist and author Alan Aragon. Belmares says she was looking forward to the event as a way to build relationships with other people in the industry, noting the “laid-back vibe”…

Darren Sproles Is Everything He Shouldn't Have Been Darren Sproles Is Everything He Shouldn't Have Been

The start of any given NFL season features plenty of players returning from major injuries; violence is an inescapable part of a game built on armored super-athletes ramming into each other. This year’s list of comeback hopefuls, though, feels especially lengthy, and its members especially prominent. The quarterback…

There's Nothing Candid About LeBron's The Shop There's Nothing Candid About LeBron's The Shop

When you’re watching porn, especially one of those gauzy-lensed sensual ones, you generally do not find yourself thinking, Boy, that porn star fellow must be quite the gentleman at home.

The Big Ugly Battle Over The World's Largest Rubber Duck The Big Ugly Battle Over The World's Largest Rubber Duck

SANDUSKY, Ohio — There is more than one enormous rubber duck. I did not know this when I decided to travel to Sandusky to see one, but I can’t unlearn it now. Though there was once a bigger duck in Saint-Nazaire, France, the monstrosity anchored in Sandusky comes with a registered trademark: it is the “World’s Largest…

Sex, Steroids, And Arnold: The Story Of The Gym That Shaped America Sex, Steroids, And Arnold: The Story Of The Gym That Shaped America

When did the modern-day fitness movement really begin in the U.S.?

All It Takes To Make A 49ers Game Fun Is A $12,500-A-Year Field-Level Leather Recliner All It Takes To Make A 49ers Game Fun Is A $12,500-A-Year Field-Level Leather Recliner

A floor seat at a basketball game has a powerful cultural weight. It helps that it’s the best and most exciting way to watch a basketball game, but it’s appeal goes beyond that. Those seats are where celebrities and investors go to see the game and be seen watching that game—a badge of wealth and prominence that’s…

Big League Bullying: The Conspiracy To Humiliate MLB Umpire Steve Fields Big League Bullying: The Conspiracy To Humiliate MLB Umpire Steve Fields

Baseball consensus holds that umpires only get noticed when they make a bad call. Steve Fields’ career as a major league ump was bookended by two calls that put him in the spotlight. But he went to his grave insisting both were right.

The Sherpa Of New York The Sherpa Of New York

“This was the original price,” Serap Jangbu Sherpa assured them as he pulled down a waterproof jacket from the rafters, “but now you get 35 percent discount.”

SafeSport, The USOC's Attempt To Stop Child Abuse, Is Set Up To Fail—Just Like It Was Supposed To SafeSport, The USOC's Attempt To Stop Child Abuse, Is Set Up To Fail—Just Like It Was Supposed To

As he was questioned by lawyers in 2015 over and over again about what he did and did not know about sexual abuse suffered by Olympic athletes, then-U.S. Olympic Committee lawyer Gary Johansen made a choice. No matter the question, no matter which lawyer asked it, Johansen did not say “child abuse,” he did not say…

Brooke Shields's Sweetness Was Matched Only By Her Denial Brooke Shields's Sweetness Was Matched Only By Her Denial

Originally published as “Brooke on the Brink” in the October, 1990 issue of New York Woman, this profile appears here with the author’s permission.

Fox's John Strong Is America's Voice For An America-Free World Cup Fox's John Strong Is America's Voice For An America-Free World Cup

John Strong was eating at Jake’s Famous Crawfish, a Portland, Oregon institution since 1892, when Portland Timbers President of Business Mike Golub offered him his dream job. Strong, who was 25 years old at the time, jumped at the chance to become the voice of his hometown soccer team as it moved up into Major League…

The Fight For Peace Has Never Been Easy

This piece is part of a recurring series that aims to be a complete guide to the laws of war. You can read previous entries here.

What It Meant To Be Young And Homeless In Old New York What It Meant To Be Young And Homeless In Old New York

This feature originally appeared as “The Young and the Homeless” in the September, 1987 issue of New York Woman, and appears here with the author’s permission.

Down And Out With Art Schlichter, Football God Turned Con Man Down And Out With Art Schlichter, Football God Turned Con Man

Originally published as “The Long, Slow Fall of a Gridiron God” in the December, 1988 issue of GQ, this profile appears here with the author’s permission.

What I Found At The Bottom Of My Father's Huge Collection Of Baseball Stuff What I Found At The Bottom Of My Father's Huge Collection Of Baseball Stuff

“Did he still have The Brooks Room?” one of my dad’s old friends asked me at his wake last July. It wasn’t the first time I’d heard the question that day. The Brooks Room was what his friends called the small basement room in Queens where he kept his collection of baseball cards, programs, figures, pins, bobblehead…

The Legend Of Mitch Green The Legend Of Mitch Green

A note before starting: This piece contains a lot of conversations that took place many years ago. They’re not word-for-word quotes, but they are pretty motherfucking close. The phone answering machine messages are exactly what was spoken.

Your Guide To The CONIFA World Cup, The World Cup For Not-Quite-Countries Your Guide To The CONIFA World Cup, The World Cup For Not-Quite-Countries

LONDON — “We have nothing against FIFA,” CONIFA General Secretary Sascha Düerkop told a tittering press corps on Wednesday. We were all sitting in the basement of a student accommodation block in North London. “They are very great to learn how not to do things.”

The NCAA Is Running Out Of Excuses On Brain Injuries The NCAA Is Running Out Of Excuses On Brain Injuries

When it was time to change her husband Greg’s diaper, Deb Ploetz followed a routine. First, she would lead him to the bathroom of their rental house in North Little Rock, Arkansas, where they had moved to in February of 2015—in part to be closer to Deb’s family, and in part because memory care facilities in Texas and…

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