Andrew Heisel

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: ​Willie Burton's 53-Point NBA Game And The Likeliness of Unlikely Greatness

Willie Burton's 53-point game for the Philadelphia 76ers on December 13, 1994 is all the more remarkable given what he went through to accomplish it.
Andrew Heisel
12.10.15
history

Are Football Players Really Modern-Day Gladiators?

Comparisons between American football and Roman gladiator games are common. Do historians think they're apt?
Andrew Heisel
12.4.15
Apple Watch

Biorhythms: The 1970s Fad That Won a Super Bowl, Killed Clark Gable, and Made America Gaga for Computers

Long before copper bracelets and nanobubbles, the sports world—and America, too—went all-in on the pseudoscience of biorhythms.
Andrew Heisel
9.15.15
angry mascots

Who Pissed Off All the Mascots? An Investigation

Teams have found out that angry mascots appeal more to fans than friendly mascots.
Andrew Heisel
6.20.15
Football

"Everybody Messed with the Ball": A Former NFL Star Speaks Out on Deflategate

Jeff Blake was a star quarterback in the NFL and he says that ball deflation is both commonplace and a distraction from the NFL's real problems.
Andrew Heisel
5.8.15
actual racism

The Last Two Minutes of NBA Games: A History of Racism, Money, and Boredom

There has always been a debate over the last two minutes of NBA games—too exciting or too dull, too slow or too fast. It hasn't always been a great conversation.
Andrew Heisel
4.21.15
nba

The Plot to Kill the Slam Dunk

For decades, one of basketball's most beloved techniques has been under assault by ardent old-schoolers who want the dunk dead and buried.
Andrew Heisel
2.12.15
Football

NFL Kickers Talk about Playing with Their Balls

We got a bunch of NFL kickers to talk about all the ways they used to doctor game balls because investigative journalism is what we do here.
Andrew Heisel
1.26.15
Football

The NFL Wants You to Blame Its Players for the Brain Trauma Crisis

The "Heads Up" program is supposed to make football safer, but all it's doing is shifting blame onto players for the NFL's brain trauma crisis.
Andrew Heisel
1.21.15
Football

That Time an NFL Team Used Truth Serum on an Injured Player

The same drug used in lethal injections and CIA mind-control plots was used by an NFL team to determine if a player was faking an obvious injury.
Andrew Heisel
12.3.14
Football

NFL Players Didn't Know the Dangers of Playing Football and Neither Did Anyone Else

The argument remains that NFL players knew the dangers of playing football, but decades of reports show that no one—players included—knew the full scope of the danger.
Andrew Heisel
10.31.14