In a heartbeat. And I think you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone in sports media who wouldn't, though you might ask Richard Sandomir over at the Times once he's done fondling his beads and contemplating the mysteries. You say it "speaks to the state of sports journalism." I dunno. The first magazine story the sainted… » 7/12/14 10:21am 7/12/14 10:21am

Germany played in an important game on Tuesday that at some point the Brazilian soccer players will realize was supposed to have involved them, too. Billy Haisley posted images of sobbing fans; Tim Burke made a funny video of the seven German goals as called by legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross. And while… » 7/11/14 9:11pm 7/11/14 9:11pm

The Best Story Ever Written About Losing

In keeping with the day's theme, below is a classic Esquire profile of Floyd Patterson after his second devastating loss to Sonny Liston, which we reprinted a year ago on The Stacks. No athlete has ever talked so frankly about his own shortcomings as Patterson did with author Gay Talese. He confesses at one point to… » 7/08/14 7:46pm 7/08/14 7:46pm

Mike Florio, partner at the law firm of Schmuck, Hack, and Gasbag LLP, gives the football-media equivalent of the birds-and-the-bees talk to Johnny Manziel: "But if something happens between a sufficiently overage male and an underage girl, the overage male can go to jail even if the underage girl convinced him that… » 7/02/14 1:01pm 7/02/14 1:01pm

I love Chuck Berry. Chuck Berry is president-for-life of the America in my soul. I think Chuck Berry is 10 times the writer that Springsteen is (and I would say that even if Springsteen really were the grease-monkey Dos Passos he's made out to be). But for my money there is no bigger groaner of a sports lyric than… » 7/01/14 2:14pm 7/01/14 2:14pm