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The Forgotten Story of the Whizzinator: America’s Favourite Fake Plastic Penis

Former NFL player Onterrio Smith's 2005 airport arrest for possessing the drug-test-beating "Original Whizzinator" generated national headlines and punchlines, but the device's strange saga was just getting started.
Aaron Gordon
4.27.17
JFK

When JFK Fat-Shamed America's Youth

In 1960, President-elect John F. Kennedy wrote an article for Sports Illustrated titled "The Soft American," warning that the nation was producing too many large, doughy boys. For better and for worse, his ideas continue to resonate.
Aaron Gordon
3.17.17
FIGHTLAND

Remembering The Flamboyant Ring Entrances Of Prince Naseem Hamed

If there was one aspect of Naz’s boxing career which defined his fighting persona, it was his ridiculous and brilliant ring entrances. Here, we take a look back at the very best.
Will Magee
2.4.17
the black arrow

Remembering Gil Heron, The First Black Footballer To Play For Celtic

Nicknamed ‘The Black Arrow’ by his fans, Heron made a significant cultural impression on Scotland. That has been somewhat overshadowed by the exploits of his son, Gil Scott.
Will Magee
1.9.17
festive goalfests and boxing day batterings

Remembering the Greatest Boxing Day in the History of English Football

With Boxing Day one of the most important dates in the domestic football calendar, we expect it to produce some serious entertainment. In 1963, expectations were exceeded by an absurd margin.
Will Magee
12.22.16
the absolution of anthony joshua

Remembering How Anthony Joshua Fought His Way From Troubled Talent to Olympic Gold

From the grand platform of London 2012, Anthony Joshua launched himself to stardom. Things could have gone very differently, however, with controversy nearly ending his career.
Will Magee
12.8.16
el clasico

Double Disaster in El Clasico: The Mutual Humiliation of Barca and Real

In the mid-nineties, Barcelona and Real Madrid embarrassed each other in El Clasico with uncanny symmetry. It was a reminder that even the loftiest champions must learn the value of a humbling defeat.
Will Magee
12.1.16
Formula 1

​The Formula 1 Hopeful Who Played Getaway Driver For The Great Train Robbery

London-born Roy James was an aspiring Formula 1 driver who raced against a young Jackie Stewart. But while the Scot was winning world titles, James was serving a 30-year prison sentence for his role in the Great Train Robbery.
Jim Weeks
12.1.16
FIGHTLAND

Patterson vs. Ali, the Culture War That Wasn't

The 1965 heavyweight title fight between Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali was billed as an intraracial battle between a good guy and a dangerous black radical. Like much in Patterson's life, the truth was disguised.
Brian Blickenstaff
11.25.16
FIGHTLAND

Penance For The Prince: Remembering Naseem Hamed’s One, Humbling Defeat

While nobody could deny that Prince Naseem had style, he was also a man of monumental hubris. That finally came back to bite him when he fought Marco Antonio Barrera in 2001.
Will Magee
11.25.16
one world war and one european cup

Liverpool and The Liberation Of Rome: Remembering Bob Paisley’s Italian Campaigns

When Liverpool won the 1977 European Cup final in Rome, Bob Paisley had been there before. That was just over 30 years previous, when he rode into the city on the back of a tank.
Will Magee
11.17.16
Donald Trump

Jesse Ventura On Trump, Weed, Kaepernick, And Governing Minnesota

Twenty years after he stunned the political world by becoming Minnesota's governor, the iconoclastic former wrestler sounds off on the presidential election, third party politics, and how a tax on legalized gambling could pay for sports stadiums.
Brian Blickenstaff
11.3.16