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Past articles by John:

Inside the Fight Over the Fastest-Growing Sport: Pickleball

The Major League Pickleball billionaire battle you have to hear about. → Read More

Talking Ortolan, Chicken Legs, and ‘Succession’ With Matthew Macfadyen

The British actor behind Tom Wambsgans previews Season 3, breaks down some of his favorite scenes, and explains what it was like devouring chicken in front of Brian Cox → Read More

What Does Life After ESPN Look Like for Kenny Mayne?

For years, he was the court jester of ESPN, the wisecracking kid in the back of the ‘SportsCenter’ class. Now, after a very public breakup, Mayne is trying to figure out what life after Bristol looks like. → Read More

“Violently Stupid and Insane”: The Oral History of ‘Pros vs. Joes’

Fifteen years ago, Spike TV launched the ultimate fantasy: a show in which amateurs could compete against sports legends. The final result was as absurd as the premise. → Read More

“I Think It’s Bullshit”: Trying to Define Cult Movies With Ron Perlman

The baritone-voiced actor has definite cult films like ‘Cronos’ and kind-of-but-not-really cult films like ‘Hellboy’ and ‘Drive,’ so if there’s anyone who can provide clarity on this Hollywood genre, it’s him → Read More

What Happened to Tiger Tracker, Golf’s Most Beloved Twitter Account?

Tiger Tracker has been an integral part of online golf and Tiger Woods fandom since 2012. Who was behind it—and where did it go? → Read More

‘Maybe Next Year’ Captures Eagles Fandom’s Strange Relationship With Success

The documentary about the team’s improbable, title-winning 2017 season humanizes one of sports’ most caricatured fan bases while also reveling in its eccentricities → Read More

How Did MTV Become the ‘Ridiculousness’ Network?

The channel once known as a home for music videos and, later, reality television, has reinvented itself again by broadcasting a comedy clip show for hours each day. But...why? → Read More

What Happened to Milorad Cavic?

At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Serbian lost the 100-meter butterfly to Michael Phelps by one one-hundredth of a second. Or maybe he won and there was a timing error. It depends on who you ask, what parts of the internet you read, and how deep down the rabbit hole you go—a place Cavic still finds himself 12 years after one of the closest and most controversial races in history. → Read More

The Sixers Tried to Cut Staff Pay, Then Had to Do a 180

Philadelphia was the first franchise to try to save money amid the coronavirus-halted season by docking the most vulnerable members of its organization. But even after reversing course after widespread backlash, the team is still restricting working hours. → Read More

Where Does Allen Iverson Fit In?

As other members of his generation move into prominent media and NBA front office jobs, the Philadelphia 76ers legend’s job is to be Allen Iverson. And, as he and those around him will tell you, that’s a complicated occupation. → Read More

You’re Never Going to Believe This, but the Knicks Have Fired Their Head Coach

Add David Fizdale to the long list of coaches who have come and gone under team president Steve Mills’s reign. Where does New York go from here? → Read More

Muck Dynasty: The Bleak Outlook for the Curry-Less Warriors

Golden State’s star point guard has a broken hand, and suddenly the NBA’s crown jewel could be sliding toward competitive lows that were recently unthinkable → Read More

Daryl Morey’s Hong Kong Tweet Has Put His Relationship With the Rockets in Limbo

The Houston general manager came out in support of the protest movement in Hong Kong, and the backlash from Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, the Chinese government, and Chinese business interests have rocked the franchise and the NBA → Read More

A Tailgate With the Energetic and Uniquely Weird Bills Mafia

A segment of Buffalo fans spend their Sunday mornings drinking alcohol out of bowling balls and spraying ketchup on each other. We did our best to understand the ins and outs of the group’s rituals. → Read More

How Worried Should We Be About Team USA?

Two international basketball enthusiasts discuss the lackluster squad the United States is sending to the FIBA World Cup and what might be ahead if it wins—or loses—the tournament → Read More

The Great Tanking Debate: Sashi Brown or Sam Hinkie?

Hinkie pioneered the Process and revolutionized the NBA. Sashi shook the NFL and helped resurrect the Browns. Which cult hero’s effort was more impressive? Two writers have it out. → Read More

The Sixers Overhauled Their Roster—Again—to Remain Contenders in the East

By shipping out Jimmy Butler for Josh Richardson and acquiring Al Horford, Philly is going big on another reboot → Read More

The Kevin Durant Achilles Injury Ripple Effects

The loss of KD for the foreseeable future has ramifications for the Finals—but looking beyond that, it could be one of the most significant injuries in NBA history → Read More

The Raptors Were Trying to Tell Us They Were Great, We Just Weren’t Listening

Throughout the postseason, non-Jurassic fans and media have been doubting Toronto’s title chance. It happened against Philly, it happened against Milwaukee, it happened coming into the Final with Golden State. Now, up 3-1 on the Warriors, no one doubts the North. → Read More