Higher and Higher

Defensive end Shawn King was the 36th pick in the 1995 draft. His career with the Carolina Panthers didn’t turn out as planned.

Saturday, January 30


A Guy Like Me

John Scott is a hockey enforcer — he makes his living fighting, not scoring goals. Scott wasn’t supposed to make the NHL. He certainly wasn’t supposed to make the all-star game. But when the fans voted him in, the league tried to keep him on the bench.

Thursday, January 21


The Joy of Cam Newton

A profile of the Carolina Panthers quarterback, this season’s likely MVP.

Monday, January 18



A bicycling love story.

Saturday, January 16


The DIY Scientist, the Olympian, and the Mutated Gene

How a woman whose muscles disappeared discovered she shared a disease with a muscle-bound Olympic medalist.

Tuesday, January 5


The Wall Dancer

Ashima Shiraishi is the most talented rock climber in the world. She’s also 14.

Friday, January 1


Behind The Photo That Changed The Boston Marathon Forever

A photographer captured the moment when a race organizer confronted a woman who’d snuck into the race.


Thursday, December 31


Snakes Alive!

The Rattlesnake Derby is like a bass-fishing tournament, except you really don’t want a bite.

Sunday, December 27


The Higher Power of Russell Wilson

On the quarterback everyone loves to hate.

Friday, December 25


The Day Bobby Blew It

Bobby Fischer unravels before the 1972 World Chess Championships, a.k.a. the “the Match of the Century.”

Wednesday, December 23


How the Hero of Friday Night Lights Won and Lost His Good Name

Brian Chavez was supposed to be the one who made it out of Odessa. It didn’t turn out that way.

Previously: The original "Friday Night Lights" article, from 1990, reprinted on Longform.