“The concussion that led Borland to retire came on a routine play, and that’s precisely his point.”
Wednesday, August 26
How three generations of a Brazilian family evangelized for and fought over the sport of Gracie jiu-jitsu as it moved from the Amazon to Hollywood to the UFC.
The story of a small town just outside Pittsburgh that has suffered through a half-century of economic decline, racial tension, and endless crime. Despite that trajectory, or perhaps because of it, Aliquippa has also produced an astounding number of NFL players.
Saturday, August 22
How a Texas university eagerly accepted a top football player as a transfer even though he had just been kicked off another school’s team for a previous incident of violence involving a female student.
Friday, August 21
The running back’s life since he was indicted on charges of beating his son and suspended from the NFL.
Tuesday, August 18
“In an industry in which millions of people are invested in his success – in which he’s constantly being advised, praised and berated, often by total strangers – Revis’ tranquillity might be his greatest asset. He isn’t just an island. He’s a fortress.”
Monday, August 17
On the start of the high school football season in Odessa, Texas. An adaptation published alongside the release of Bissinger’s 1990 book of the same name, which led to the movie and the show.
Wednesday, August 12
“Richard Williams raised her to go to war with the world. Post-tennis, she plans to live in it.”
Monday, August 10
A trip to learn about Myanmar’s traditional sport, chinlone, goes awry.
Friday, August 7
A broke agent hustles on the extreme fringe of pro basketball.
Sunday, July 26
The baseball game that launched a career in fiction.