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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…

How An Inner-City Minnesota High School Built a Girls’ Badminton Dynasty How An Inner-City Minnesota High School Built a Girls’ Badminton Dynasty

Bao Nhia Thao is maybe 5-foot-2, with an enigmatic smile—smooth and benign.

SB Nation Is Still Exploiting Workers, But In A Kinder, Gentler Way

In the nine months since Deadspin reported on how SB Nation’s business model relies on underpaying and not paying workers across its sprawling empire of more than 300 sports sites—“team sites,” as the jargon goes—bosses at SB Nation and its parent company, Vox Media, have put in a lot of work to make clear to people…

The NWSL Hasn't Had A Commissioner For Over A Year, And It's Getting Left Behind The NWSL Hasn't Had A Commissioner For Over A Year, And It's Getting Left Behind

On March 2, 2017, Jeff Plush stepped down as commissioner of the National Women’s Soccer League.

What It's Like To Navigate The NFL's Concussion Settlement Hellscape What It's Like To Navigate The NFL's Concussion Settlement Hellscape

George Andrie has always been a devoted father to Mary Brooks and her six siblings. But with the benefit of hindsight, Brooks also sees that something was always a bit off about her dad, going back to when she was a child. The outgoing guy she always knew suddenly became less socially engaged in the early 1980s, about…

I Beat Up My Own Brain At The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament I Beat Up My Own Brain At The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

I once read an essay from which I can remember a single thing: that the author, a white man entering his forties, was no longer afraid to commit acts of minor to moderate civil disobedience in the service of righteous causes, or for just for shits-n-gigs. Send him to jail? Sure. Whatever he had to pay, literally or…

Jamie Lee Curtis, On The Eve Of A Flop, Searches For Her True Self Jamie Lee Curtis, On The Eve Of A Flop, Searches For Her True Self

Originally published as “How to be Jamie Lee Curtis” in the July 15, 1985 issue of US magazine, this profile appears here with the author’s permission.

How One Rich Man's Weird Dream Transformed A British Pro Soccer Team How One Rich Man's Weird Dream Transformed A British Pro Soccer Team

Outside the 3500-capacity AGP Arena in the modest suburban town of Billericay, Essex, a 100-foot-long, 20-foot-high mural depicts Glenn Tamplin’s dream. It begins with the Mayflower setting sail for the New World, jumps ahead somewhat to the formation of Billericay Town FC in 1880, and quickly addresses the club’s…

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