TL;DR's posts - Japanese uPOST

Can Breaking Become An Olympic Sport And Still Keep Its Soul? Can Breaking Become An Olympic Sport And Still Keep Its Soul?

If you missed the debut of breaking as an event at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina last week, you missed another first—the crowning of a gold medalist named Bumblebee. The other medalists were also mononymous. The silver medalist was Martin from France. And in third place there was Shigekix…

The Perfect Wrestler The Perfect Wrestler

By March 2015, wrestler Kyle Snyder was used to winning. He had gone 179-0 against high school competition and won the world under-20 championships at just 17. Then, in 2015, his freshman year at Ohio State, Snyder lost the NCAA 197-pound* final to Iowa State senior Kyven Gadson. Immediately afterward, Snyder…

Fame And Fantasy In The Heavyweight Battle Of The Atlantic Fame And Fantasy In The Heavyweight Battle Of The Atlantic

A note before starting: Much of this was written before the Saturday, Sept. 22nd heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Alexander Povetkin held at Wembley Stadium in London, hence the two parts to the piece—before Wembley, and then upon arrival and afterwards. There is a lot of speculation in the piece…

The Atlantic Follows LeBron's Lead By Hiring Jemele Hill To Talk About Sports And Politics The Atlantic Follows LeBron's Lead By Hiring Jemele Hill To Talk About Sports And Politics

In a Monday article in the Hollywood Reporter by James Andrew Miller, a man who at all times knows what’s going on at ESPN precisely an hour after anyone cares, former ESPN personality Jemele Hill officially announced her plans for the future. Seeing as the chickenshits who run her old shop have been made afraid of…

Rhea Butcher's Podcast Is For Baseball's Overlooked Fans Rhea Butcher's Podcast Is For Baseball's Overlooked Fans

Before the 2014 postseason, Rhea Butcher had barely watched baseball in the 21st century. It was the 1997 World Series that did it: Butcher was 15 when the Cleveland Indians, division champions for the third consecutive year, squandered an early Game 7 lead and lost to the Marlins in extra innings. The Fish became the…

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…

FanSided, Sports Illustrated's Slimy Appendage, Reeks Of Exploitation FanSided, Sports Illustrated's Slimy Appendage, Reeks Of Exploitation

In 2015, Time Inc., the listing titan of 20th-century publishing, bought FanSided—a network of more than 300 sport- and team-centric blogs producing the sort of easily digestible and SEO-friendly posts that exist purely to show up near the top in Google searches—and attached it to their legacy publication, Sports…

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.

More TL;DR's posts »

Language