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  • 16 years ago

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is back in the NBA and back in Los Angeles. The basketball legend has achieved a long-sought-after goal, having recently landed a coaching slot with a pro team. Eleven years after he retired from the Lakers, Kareem's post-playi...

  • 16 years ago

    It's the Holy Grail of jock journalism. It's the shit that all the Oscar Madisons want to step in. It is the Super Bowl press pass. In addition to the rather coveted seat that it secures its bearer (a $350-plus value), a Super Bowl credential also...

  • 16 years ago

    No matter how intense the action on the field is, you are compelled to look up. It is inevitable. Capturing your attention, as it splutters slowly into your peripheral vision, is a tiny single-engine plane straining valiantly against the wind. Beh...

  • 16 years ago

    Plopped down in the heart of a roiling, beer-soaked, half gay, half frat-rat urban neighborhood, precious, rickety Wrigley Field, where the Mets play this weekend, is one of baseball's last great houses. It's also the site of one of baseball's ter...

  • 17 years ago

    A naught's a naught/And a figger a figger/All for the white man/And none for the nigger. — from a "widely circulated ditty," circa 1890 General Ulysses S. Grant was in the stands. And so was William "Boss" Tweed. They were joined by some 25,0...