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You're in charge, pal. Just look at the size of your commemorative knife

Commemorative championship bullshit is a cottage industry that's latched onto sports both professional and amateur, not unlike a remora on the bottom of a shark. Only this remora wants to sell you a team-branded divot tool and adjustable baseball cap made of Chinese newspaper shreds: Which Alabama Commemorative Championship Knife Are You?
posted by everybody had matching towels on Apr 8, 2016 - 18 comments

Greatest Living Americans Bracket

"America is home to more than 100 people. These are the 64 greatest and most important. We did not forget anyone. Fill out the bracket, hit Submit, and find out how correct you are."
posted by KathrynT on Mar 17, 2016 - 106 comments

Dave, The Bracket

There are more than 100 Daves or Davids in the world! Here are 64 of them.
Narrow down this bracket to the best Dave, hit Submit, and find out how right you are. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Mar 15, 2016 - 101 comments

Two stories of Holmes County basketball

In The Gyms of Holmes County, Matt Tullis explains that, "In Holmes County, they get this idea of teamwork. And it starts with the Amish and Mennonite communities that call the county home." In Higher Education, Gary Smith writes, "Berlin's new basketball coach, the man with the most important position in a community that had dug in its heels against change, was an unmarried black Catholic loser. The only black man in eastern Holmes County."
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 1, 2016 - 2 comments

"There is no qualification: it was a complete failure."

Longform sports news and commentary website SB Nation, one of the websites under the Vox Media banner, has developed a reputation as being a location for well written and thoughtful commentary on not just sports, but society as well. Which is why it was surprising when they wound up publishing a disastrous longform article about former cop and convicted rapist Daniel Holtzclaw that wound up being little more than a racially charged hagiography. [more inside]
posted by NoxAeternum on Feb 18, 2016 - 94 comments

His grotesquely swollen jaw had healed by this point.

Jon Bois (Breaking Madden [previously], The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles [previously], Pretty Good) recounts the oral history of the successful 1996 presidential campaign of Ken Griffey, Jr. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Jan 7, 2016 - 12 comments

the charming tale of a young boy with a singular dream

"It was me. I did it. I was the first person to fart in the Sydney Olympic Pool. I can't completely verify that nobody farted in the Olympic pool before me, but I'm fairly certain nobody farted in it until I did. This is my story, the story of a 10-year-old boy with a flatulent dream."
posted by everybody had matching towels on Nov 2, 2015 - 19 comments

It Scared My Toddler

In reality the Washington D.C. football team has a racist name, an asshole owner, and ruined one of the most promising rookie quarterbacks to ever play in the league. Jon Bois uses Breaking Madden to get fictional revenge by burning Washington to the ground. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Oct 12, 2015 - 41 comments

Welcome to 2015, gentlemen. Everyone is on their phone all the time.

After a pair of baseball announcers roasted a group of selfie-taking women, members of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority at Arizona State University, in the stands at an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game, SBNation fires back: Taking photos at sporting events isn't worthy of ridicule. It's simply how fans in the 21st century document moments of their lives.
posted by everybody had matching towels on Oct 2, 2015 - 203 comments

Take Me Out to the Brain Game

Baseball, perhaps more than any sport, is always straddling that delicate line between old school and new.
posted by MoonOrb on Aug 15, 2015 - 5 comments

The Tough Birchers Paddle 445 Miles in The Yukon River Quest

"Jenny Who’s Been Around the Block had six seats, hard fiberglass benches that we’d padded with yoga-type mats, and there were eight of us to fill them. Carmen was in the bow, with a narrow bench to herself, and a second Carmen alone behind her. Then came Anna and Syd, on a wide middle bench, and Jacqueline and me behind them. Cristi, alone in the second-to-last seat, and Vanessa, in the stern, rounded out the lineup... Jacqueline, by coincidence, was my closest friend in the boat, and we had joked that sharing a canoe bench for 50 or 60 hours was likely to make or break the relationship." By Eva Holland for SB Nation
posted by valkane on Aug 13, 2015 - 10 comments

HEY HEY PITCH THAT BASE CATCH THAT BAT WHO CARES

Jon Bois uses the science of crowdsourcing to create the perfect game of baseball.
posted by Navelgazer on Jul 18, 2015 - 17 comments

Ceiling boar is watching you shop

In the fine tradition of ceiling cat, ceiling boar. [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on May 13, 2015 - 17 comments

scouts say hot dog opinions could be an issue

The NFL Draft is here and once again you are not in it. Rude! You like football, too. You at least deserve a scouting report just like the soon-to-be pros. Enter the SB Nation Bullshit Draft Scouting Report Generator.
posted by everybody had matching towels on Apr 29, 2015 - 23 comments

A Fraction of a Death

TEN YEARS TO MIDNIGHT. Jon Bois (previously) follows up on last year's agonizing, slow death of the NBA with its perfect, beautiful opposite. [more inside]
posted by creade on Apr 28, 2015 - 14 comments

When In Roma

The unveiling of a new sporting venue is, in and of itself, not terribly out of the ordinary. In fact, there have been numerous new stadium projects proposed for Rome over the years, though none have made it past the mock-up stage. There is a sense on this day, however, that something is different. It is because of the two suited figures sitting at the center of the room, businessmen known throughout Rome simply as gli Americani — the Americans.
posted by ellieBOA on Apr 16, 2015 - 7 comments

DO NOT ABUSE OR ENJOY THE BILL BELICHICK OFFSEASON SIMULATOR.

BILL BELICHICK OFFSEASON SIMULATOR. "This must be emphasized from the outset: The Bill Belichick Offseason Simulator is a tool, and not a toy. It does not exist to amuse you. It is meant to train prospective football coaches in the art and science of managing the travails of the offseason. Any fun you may have, or amusement you may find, while piloting this simulator is purely accidental, and should be reported as a software bug." (From Jon Bois, in case it's not immediately apparent.)
posted by kmz on Mar 31, 2015 - 20 comments

"The March Madness of Internet Garbage"

The Worst Internet Things Bracket [more inside]
posted by alby on Mar 18, 2015 - 102 comments

The Carver Mobb: New York City Street Football

Essentially two-hand-touch taken to bloodsport level, with two 25-minute halves, a mostly running clock, and referees to nominally control the mayhem, it's the closest these weekend warriors will come to professional sport, though many are high-caliber athletes.
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 24, 2015 - 7 comments

Y'all just had to get one last shot in, didn't you?

A eulogy for RadioShack. With hopes for a turnaround plan fading, RadioShack will now join other stores in opening on Thanksgiving. Jon Bois (previously) looks back on his time working for "strange, craven, five thousand-fingered strip-mall monster from a forgotten age."
posted by zabuni on Nov 26, 2014 - 166 comments

It was born in the stables. It died in the snow.

The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles Jon Bois (previously) writes what Spencer Hall called "the world's first CFL-seaventure-GIFstory novella" covering Tim Tebow's future as a Toronto Argonaut and a whole lot more.
posted by creade on Aug 18, 2014 - 50 comments

The many crimes of baseball's Mel Hall

"What was his weapon? Trust. Over and over again, he shook the hand of a parent and said, 'It's OK. I'll take care of them. I'll make her a better person.' Instead what he did was rob them of their innocence and change the scope of their lives."

SB Nation on Mel Hall - "a flamboyant baseball player, a charismatic coach, and a sexual predator."
posted by porn in the woods on Jul 18, 2014 - 15 comments

Do you hear the echoes of Carlos Boozer?

All is lost. Jon Bois (previously) bears witness to the slow, miserable death of the NBA.
posted by creade on Jun 3, 2014 - 29 comments

No Relation

It's easy to explain why you love a conventionally excellent player, but way, way more fun to try and explain the appeal of a top-flight athlete whose every step and twitch appeared to be bringing him dangerously close to death itself. You had this guy, St. Louis, and he was awesome and everything, but every time he hit a triple he'd pop up and have the saddest look on his face like everything he loved had died, and left him with the soul of an ancient, sad, and immortal Golem. It was like watching Buster Keaton play centerfield, and he was like that every time he played.
SB Nation Reviews: Willie McGee
posted by davidjmcgee on May 16, 2014 - 43 comments

Who knew Beeftank was a two sport athlete?

The Return of Beeftank Football legend Clarence Beeftank gives basketball a try.
posted by drezdn on May 2, 2014 - 40 comments

He is tremendously tall and has a wonderful haircut.

It's been over a month since our last Jon Bois post, and longer then that since the end of Breaking Madden, so feast your eyeballs on his newest series, NBA Y2K. In this first installment, he aspires to take the Philadelphia '76ers to an 0-82 season.
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 9, 2014 - 29 comments

Bah Gawd, That's Ghostride The Whip's Music!

Legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross adds a flourish to any occasion, even when it's not wrestling. After four decades in wrestling, he's moved on. SBNation takes a look at the man and his career.
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Apr 2, 2014 - 17 comments

there's no reason to have a boat on a basketball court

Inspired by video games such as NBA 2K14, SBNation's sports blogger Jon Bois decided to create a sports video game of his very own. It went terribly.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 28, 2014 - 30 comments

Breaking Madden

This NFL season, Jon Bois has been on a weekly mission to turn Madden 25 from a reasonably accurate video game simulation of football into strange and wonderful things using only the character editor and rules options already present in the game. He's created BEEFTANK, an unstoppable 400 pound quarterback/bowling ball. He turned off the offsides rule in a quest for 60 fumbles. He demonstrated to us all that Pat McAfee is the Destroyer of Worlds. He's proven that you can NEVER count out Touchdown Tom. Today, he ended the season with a Super Bowl for the ages. In short, he has Broken Madden. (previously) [more inside]
posted by Copronymus on Jan 30, 2014 - 86 comments

Wilderness Women

Every year, women come from all over North America to prove themselves in Alaska's wildest competition [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 14, 2014 - 4 comments

It’s hard to imagine this boxing gym without Pacquiao being a part of it

One of the oldest sayings in boxing, the first warning every aspiring fighter hears long before they've ever entered a ring, is that the most dangerous punch, the one to fear most, is the one you never see coming. While the cliché is certainly true at the start of a career, it rarely holds up toward the end. This is because almost none of the great fighters in history ever stopped after that punch — and the history of the sport suggests that few can ever escape it. Manny Pacquiao, despite earning a reported $174 million since 2009 from boxing and endorsements deals, is no different. Why? Because, of course, boxing's not so well kept dirty secret is that, financially, most fighters can never stop. Requiem for a Welterweight.
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Nov 20, 2013 - 17 comments

Schiano Schiano Schiano

Breaking Madden: Greg Schiano, Greg Schiano, Greg Schiano, and Greg Schiano. Greg Schiano, the head coach of the still winless Buccaneers said earlier this season that the solution to their problem was more Greg Schiano. To test this theory, Jon Bois (previously) tinkered a bit with Madden to reproduce this week's Bucs-Jaguars game with Greg Schiano as every player on the Bucs.
posted by kmz on Oct 25, 2013 - 35 comments

There was a chance the Basketball Gods would smile down on him

It's the ultimate gamble. If the young man is successful, he comes home a hero, and becomes important. His life has meaning and purpose. But in order to succeed, he must first completely open up his soul to the consequences of failure, knowing there may be no way back out. This, above all else, is the hardest thing to do. 20 Minutes at Rucker Park.
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Oct 16, 2013 - 21 comments

Guess it's time to look at some Shane Victorino gifs

SB Nation's GIF Oracle is here to help you find the animated sports GIF you desire.
posted by troika on Aug 7, 2013 - 47 comments

"Shoot, we have enough crap in the garage. We can build a combat robot."

An Oral History of the Birth and Death of BattleBots
posted by Copronymus on Jun 18, 2013 - 32 comments

Seriously, KRS-ONE and Rockapella in the same half-hour.

Having already taken on the dreaded Temple Run, Jon Bois turns his nostalgic criticism to Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego and the nearly-impossible Africa Map.
posted by Navelgazer on Apr 4, 2013 - 19 comments

"I guess if you were to approach me in the street and ask me how to play QWOP, I'd tell you to take a more experimental attitude in your life, and not to rely so much on the hard work of others."

An interview with Bennett Foddy, the creator of QWOP, in which, to the surprise of no one, he states, "I don't feel any sympathy for people who find a video game hard. At all. It never occurred to me to try to modify QWOP so that it was easier to play." [more inside]
posted by Copronymus on Oct 8, 2012 - 44 comments

And you thought one logo and one client was hard? Pfft.

Time to make the logos. Take 300, yes 300, fan blogs with all kinds of inconsistent, homemade, clip-art, crappy logos and re-design ALL of them to be consistent with one over-arching look and feel. Oh... and do it in 7 weeks. [more inside]
posted by pixlboi on Sep 24, 2012 - 28 comments

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