Sports

The Cult of the General Manager

Can we go back to worshiping athletes already?

Aug 2005
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The Magician

The world’s best pool player sees shots no one else can.

Mar 2005

The Maniac Next Door

What turned a friendly neighborhood marathoner into a badass adventure-race champion? Just a thirst for something wild—and a workout routine from Mars.

Sep 2013

The Winner-Takes-All Society

Competition drives our sports, our arts, and our lives. It doesn't need to be that way.

Mar 2014

Never Gets Old Tom

The oldest player at the Masters says he can no longer compete at Augusta National, but you can bet he doesn't really believe it.

Pitchers’ Duel

Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, and Hall of Fame standards in the steroid era.

Jul 2009

In the Soulful 70’s, Real Men Played Tennis

Rackets made out of space-age materials have destroyed the beauty of the game.

Wrestling on a Mountain in Turkey

A trip for a cup of tea was interrupted by a village wrestling match.

Ladies’ Man

Jimmy Connors learned to play a “woman’s game” to beat men. Apparently it wasn’t enough to help him last more than one match as Maria Sharapova’s coach.

Off to the Races: Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn

With her injury behind her, and Tiger Woods on her team, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn has finally found balance in a life spent constantly on the move.

Jul 2013
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One Celtic’s Formula: Control, Contain, Curtail

No forward in the NBA does a better job on defense than Boston’s Satch Sanders. Still, come each September, Satch wonders if playing defense is going to be enough.

Feb 1967
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Dick Butkus: Happy Hero

The Bears’ middle linebacker is doing exactly what he always hoped he would. As long as people let him play his violent game in peace, he has few complaints.

Aug 1966

On to the Derby

“… For a jockey, Seattle Slew is the kind of horse you wait a career for, the horse you dream about from your first gallop …”

May 1977

Time Out

Living with concussion-induced melancholy.

Jul 2012

The Wetsuit Revolution

Two unlikely entrepreneurs are transforming cold-water surfing.

Mar 2012

Requiem for Bookie and Holocaust Survivor “Alvin”

He’s a Holocaust survivor who ran one of the area’s most successful sports books. But clever as he is, he kept getting caught. Here’s a surprising look inside a gambling life.

Mar 2006

The Team That Invented College Football

Just 22 years after the Battle of Wounded Knee, the Carlisle Indians, coached by Glenn (Pop) Warner, transformed a plodding, brutal and dull sport into the fast, intricate and exciting game we know today.

The Burden Of Being Boris

At the age of 25, Boris Becker enters his 10th Wimbledon with an erratic game and a weary soul.

Shannon! Jaycie! Dominique! And Again!

As gymnastics stages its own Ice Capades, six showgirls tumble for adulation and the chance to defer adulthood a little longer.

Return to Power

Bats of backstop guys are more at the forefront than any time since Gerald Ford.

Into the Unknown

The author and her husband train for the open-water Alcatraz swim in the ultimate test of their bodies—and their marriage.

Apr 2011

A Twist after the Tornado

Greensburg, Kansas, was all but wiped off the world, but the high school golf team played on.

Aug 2007

Facing the Fall Line

When Stephen Koch set out to snowboard the insanely steep Hornbein Couloir on Everest, he knew he might die trying. He chose life.

Mar 2004

Supreme O

It all started with a pair of sunglasses. 441 patents later, Oakley hopes its sports gear will make extreme history.

Dec 1999