The Secret Of The NHL's Greatest Call: Location! Location! Location!

Howie Rose was never one to use a canned line, but this called for something special, something that would convey the size of the moment. On May 27, 1994, as the Rangers clung to a 1-0 lead over the Devils late in the third period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, words began to form in the radio… » 5/21/14 1:28pm 5/21/14 1:28pm

What I Learned From Gary Smith

I can pinpoint the moment I realized I was never going to be Gary Smith. This was back in the spring of 2005, shortly before I graduated college. The campus paper had just published the best thing I thought I'd ever written. My profile of George Washington University basketball player J.R. Pinnock was a source of… » 5/02/14 2:49pm 5/02/14 2:49pm

Both Mike Milbury and Chris Ford lived in my hometown in the early '90s. They once organized a fundraiser where literally every single Bruin and Celtic signed autographs for hours. We got Polaroids with Parish and McHale (who my brother claims said, "Don't be shy, I don't bite."), but the only thing that I can find… » 4/09/14 10:15am 4/09/14 10:15am

The Kiss Cam And American Sports Fans: The History Of A Romance

To tell the story of the Kiss Cam, let's start with a kiss that happened off camera. On Aug. 8, 2000, Danielle Goldey and Meredith Kott attended a game at Dodger Stadium. At one point, as couples are wont to do, they smooched. Before long, security guards arrived, removed the women from their seats, and escorted them… » 2/14/14 4:31pm 2/14/14 4:31pm

How A Stoned Canadian Changed Sports History

Ross Rebagliati was happy to piss into a cup. He was proud to do it. The Canadian snowboarder had just completed an epic Olympic gold medal-clinching giant slalom run, and he welcomed the drug screening. It made things official, in a way. After all, this was early 1998. His still-fringe sport was brand new to the… » 8/01/13 3:00pm 8/01/13 3:00pm

A Brief Oral History Of The Best Jump Ball Of All Time

On Tuesday night, Matt Bonner and Zach Randolph combined to create the above piece of comedic gold. I caught up with Bonner, who claimed he still hasn't seen the replay of the play, although he plans to now. "I have a sense of humor," he said. "Someone told me that Jeff Van Gundy was joking about it being the lowest… » 5/24/13 10:15am 5/24/13 10:15am

And who would lead this group of superhuman athletes? Dr. Charles Xavier would be the best fucking player's coach on the planet. William Stryker would work, too, if, like most big-time football programs, you want a manipulative sadist at the helm. If you go with the latter, expect Nike to quickly debut its Pro Combat… » 5/23/13 1:30pm 5/23/13 1:30pm

"The Faint Tinkle Of Broken Dreams": Roger Ebert, Teenage Sportswriter

When Roger Ebert died last week, sportswriters were among the many to pay tribute. The beloved movie critic's words, Will Leitch wrote in the Chicago Sun-Times, "felt like LIFE." As it turns out, Ebert’s writing life started in sports. In the late 1950s, the News-Gazette, Ebert’s hometown paper in Champaign, Ill.,… » 4/12/13 11:15am 4/12/13 11:15am