Tag: Sports

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The Heart of Football Beats in Aliquippa

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.

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Playing Doc's Games

Surfing San Francisco with a true believer.

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Friday Night Lights

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.

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Federer as Religious Experience

On the joys of watching the winningest tennis player of all time play live at Wimbledon.

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Raising the Dead

When deep sea diver Dave Shaw reached the bottom of Bushman’s Hole, he discovered the body of Deon Dreyer. Though Dreyer had been gone for 10 years, Shaw was determined to bring him back.

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Reversal of Fortune

A BASE jumper emerges from a coma after a bad fall and sets about rebuilding his body and his life.

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The Curious Case of Sidd Finch

A profile of a previously unknown rookie pitcher for the Mets who dropped out of Harvard, made a spiritual quest to Tibet, and somewhere along the line figured out how to throw a baseball much, much faster than anyone else on Earth.

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The Days and Nights of an NBA Groupie

The pecking order of All-Star Weekend sex-with-basketball-player-or-rapper hopefuls.

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The Ride of Their Lives

Rodeo bulls and the boys who ride them.

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Marathon Man

The strange case of Kip Litton, road race fraud.

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Gone Like the Wind

After one of the most decisive wins in Kentucky Derby history, Barbaro broke his leg at the Preakness, ending a promising career and beginning a herculean effort to save his life.

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The Bull on the Mountain

A hike gone terribly wrong.