NL Longform: Sports

Athletes, the sports industrial complex, underdogs, overdogs and everything in between. Let's do it. Longform editorial: Sports.

Retro, 1992: Playboy Interviews Michael Jordan
"You like to play golf, but there’s no sport with a richer history of exclusion. Do you think that has irritated some in the black community, that you play at exclusive clubs in spite of their policies?"
  25 Minutes - by Taffy Brodesser-Akner for GQ


Twilight of the Bomb
One of the last surviving Manhattan Project scientists returns to the crater of the first nuclear bomb on its 70th birthday.
 
25 Minutes - by Brian Merchant for Motherboard


The Curious Case of Sidd Finch
A profile of a previously unknown rookie pitcher for the Mets who dropped out of Harvard, made a spiritual quest to Tibet, and somewhere along the line figured out how to throw a baseball much, much faster than anyone else on Earth.
  25 Minutes - by George Plimpton for Sport Illustrated


Nick Kyrgios: Talent to Burn
On the formerly overweight, asthmatic kid who is now one of Tennis's genius players and personalities.


  by Tom Junod
 35 mins
Pity The Kicker
Life in the NFL when your job requires an impossible level of perfection, and a lot of waiting around.


  by Marin Cogan
 15 mins
In The Beginning, There Was A Nipple
Ten years ago, 90 million people watching Super Bowl XXXVIII saw Janet Jackson's breast for nine-sixteenths of a second. Our culture would never be the same.


  by Susan Orlean
 27 mins
(Retro) Life's Swell: The Story That Inspired Blue Crush
1998: On the envy-inducing lives of the female professional surfers of Maui.


  by Kurt Streeter
 30 mins
Jim Thorpe: The Spirit of a Legend.
Jim Thorpe was the first Native American to win a gold medal. Known as one of the best athletes of all time, he played pro football, baseball and basketball.  63 years after his death, his sons believe he's still not at rest. 


  by Elizabeth Weil
 15 mins
Mikaela Shiffrin Does Not Have Time for a Beer.
What it takes to be the best alpine skiier in the world.


  by Maureen Dowd
 25 mins
Tom Brady's Most Dangerous Game 
The Patriots legend thinks he can play until he's 45 without sacrificing body, mind or integrity. But his future is not just in his hands.


  by Paolo Uggetti
 11 mins
Skinny Love: Why Players Across the NBA Are Slimming Down 
The days of bulk and big muscles are gone. Today's NBA is all about speed and space, and players are rapidly cutting weight to fit in. 

  by Joe Flaherty
 24 mins
The Woeful Life of Jake LaMotta (RIP) 
"LaMotta’s fortunes and misfortunes have been so cosmic they could be considered godlike if it weren’t for the sacrilege implied. The ruin he has heaped on himself, and on many of those who’ve come in contact with him, seems pagan." 

  by Mina Kimes
 25 mins
The Search for Aaron Rodgers
Winning isn't everything. After Super Bowl XLV, Green Bay's hero QB has been on a journey to found out what is.

  by Jay Caspian Kang
 32 mins
The End of Don King: Boxing's Most Controversial Promoter
The crumbling of an American Icon. (This article was named one of 2013's top 10 articles by Longform.org)


   by Flynder Boyd
 14 mins
Impossibly True Stories of the Incredible, Unbelievable, Unstoppable Conor McGregor
With potentially the biggest combat sporting event of all time occurring next Saturday, Bleacher Report releases one of the first solid profiles of the Irish superstar athlete who will face one of the best boxers of all time... in his first boxing match ever. 


  by Laura Wagner
 35 mins
How SB Nation Profits Off an Army of Exploited Workers
Valued at $1billion in 2015 after a $200 million round of funding from NBCUniversal, it is a vast operation read by millions of people every month and powered by unpaid and underpaid labor.


  by Jamail Yogis
 10 mins
Is Surfing More Sport or Religion?
Even hardcore devotees disagree, though many acknowledge there’s something profoundly spiritual about catching waves—a feeling scientists attribute to the power of being in the water.


  by Patrick Scott
  9 mins 
Free Diving is the Lung-Crushing, Mind-Altering Path to Inner Peace 
How the high-risk, high-reward extreme sport helps conquer your fear of the deep through meditation.


  by Lee Jenkins
 17 mins
SI Cover: How Allen Iverson Finally Found His Way Home 
“You probably thought I was sitting in a corner in my boxers with a pistol in my hand ready to blow my damn brains out.”


  by Vithushan Ehantharajah
 20+ mins
Frenemies Forever
The cricket game of India vs. Pakistan is one of the biggest rivalries in sports. That game is today.


    by Allison Glock
 15 mins
Do You Really Still Hate Ryan Lochte?
"In consideration of fireworks, massages, Olympic gold, reality TV, marriage, fatherhood & that incident in Rio."


 by Darry King
 14 mins
There Will Be Blood: The First Person Story of One of the Wildest Hockey Fights of All Time
"I didn't know my face was caved in, but I knew it wasn't good."