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After Friday Night Lights

Twenty-five years after Friday Night Lights, Buzz Bissinger lovingly details his relationship with running back Boobie Miles, whose career-ending injury was the centerpiece of that classic story.

Friday Night Lights

The oil-patch town of Odessa, Texas, lives for one thing: the start of the high school football season.

Shattered Glass

At 25, Stephen Glass was the most sought-after young reporter in the nation’s capital, producing knockout articles for magazines ranging from The New Republic to Rolling Stone. Trouble was, he made things up—sources, quotes, whole stories—in a breathtaking web of deception that emerged as the most sustained fraud in modern journalism.

Sep 1998

Gone Like the Wind

None of them had ever seen a horse like Barbaro: the speed of a rocket, the spirit of a champion in his eyes. After the horse’s devastating injury at the Preakness, with the world watching, they would struggle to save him. But Barbaro was betrayed by his own Thoroughbred body.

Aug 2007
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Darkness in August

Duncan, Oklahoma, takes pride in its homespun image and churchgoing values—though, like many American towns, its soul has been swallowed by chain stores and fast-food restaurants. The old Rock Island tracks literally divide the haves and have-nots, in an increasingly unbridgeable split. Buzz Bissinger discovers how a killing crossed that line, on August 16, laying bare the desperation of three young lives, and ending a fourth.

Feb 2014
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Don’t Ask, Don’t Kill

At around two A.M. on July 5, 1999, in the beer-soaked barracks of Delta Company, an exemplary young soldier named Barry Winchell was murdered—attacked with a baseball bat while he slept—in the wake of a male malevolent gay-baiting campaign by his roommate, Justin Fisher. Both Fisher and Calvin Glover, who was convicted of wielding the bat, had serious alcohol problems as well as past troubles with the law. At Fort Campbell, Buzz Bissinger investigates Glover’s horrifying metamorphosis from soldier to killer, Fisher’s psychological manipulation of Glover, and the Catch-22 of Clinton’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” military policy.

Mar 2005
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My Gucci Addiction

My name is Buzz Bissinger. I am 58 years old, the best-selling author of Friday Night Lights, father of three, husband. And I am a shopaholic. Confessions of a man with a $587,000 habit.

Apr 2013
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America’s Latest Renaissance Man

Who would have thought Dennis Rodman could change world diplomacy?

Mar 2013
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America’s Golden Girl

It’s obvious that Gabby Douglas’s world will never be the same. But the 16-year-old, who this summer became the first black woman of any nationality (and only the fourth American) to win gold in the individual all-around in women’s gymnastics, didn’t get there by living a normal life.
Oct 2012
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“I Still Believe in Lance Armstrong”

To hell with the doping charges. Lance Armstrong performed miracles. Stop tearing down our idols. Why I still believe.

Aug 2012
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The Goodbye

An apartment, Central Park, a father, a mother, a son.
Apr 2012
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“You’re 21, Not 6”

The author comes to terms with a son who can never grow up.

May 2012
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Takedown at the Ballgame

The search for the Pure Sports Experience is spoiled at the N.C.A.A. College World Series in Omaha.

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Dying the Dream

The death of Terrence Kiel, the former San Diego Chargers defensive back who died at age 27 in a car accident, was a tragedy and waste.

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For Love of DiMaggio

Perhaps no figure in 20th-century America was worshiped like Joe DiMaggio, and perhaps none had a more tortured relationship with those who loved him. There was only one man whose devotion outstripped the legendary ballplayer’s distrust: Morris Engelberg, the lawyer who attended to DiMaggio’s every whim, built him a fortune, and was privy to his deepest hatreds (Clinton, the Kennedys, and Sinatra) and his greatest love, Marilyn Monroe.
Sep 2000
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A Darker Shade of Rose

For years, Tommy Gioiosa was devoted to baseball legend Pete Rose, even going to jail in 1990, rather than betray his hero, when Rose was investigated for tax fraud, betting on the game, and involvement in cocaine. Now Gioiosa tells his story of the dark symbiosis between them.
Sep 2001
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LeBron’s Band of Brothers

The N.B.A.’s biggest star recalls the team that made him: five kids who challenged themselves, one another, and their community, going all the way to the bittersweet final game that would make them National Champions.
Sep 2009
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To Bean or Not to Bean

It’s accepted as part of the game: a way for a pitcher to claim the inside part of the plate, retaliate for an attack on a teammate or cool down a hot hitter. Yet it is the rare manager or pitcher who owns up to intentionally hitting a batter. St. Louis Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa, for one, spoke openly about the strategy and psychology of plunking hitters.

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When the Yankees Mattered …

Watching the finale at Yankee Stadium recalls memories of distant times, great players, and all the many games shared as children with fathers.

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Nick Saban’s Fine Print

The lucrative contracts of college football coaches like Nick Saban of the University of Alabama shed light on how the United States needs to readjust its priorities.
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Bench the Parents

Too many youth sports coaches and parents care about winning more than they care about the kids trying to do the winning for them.
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All-Stars and Layoffs

While All-Star players collect $392 million in salaries for the 2008 season, workers at General Motors learn their pay and benefits will be slashed.
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Ruthless with Scissors

Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs’s memoir of a shattered childhood, has spent more than two years on the New York Times best-seller list, spawned a Hollywood movie, and earned him literary stardom. It has also drawn a lawsuit from the Turcotte family, with whom he lived, and who are challenging the truth of his brutal, shocking portrait of them.

Jan 2007
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Inventing Ford Country

The 1939 movie Stagecoach created three icons: John Wayne, John Ford, and the 30,000 acres of glory on the Utah-Arizona border known as Monument Valley. It was a pioneering rancher, Harry Goulding, who brought Hollywood to his home, and helped shape America’s vision of the West.
Mar 2009