Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Log In Feature Grimy, daring and deadly, dirt-track racing is has become a magnet for fans — and a threat to the Nascar status quo. Sprint-car racing on dirt at Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania. Credit Credit Devin Yalkin for The New York Times Supported by ByRachel Corbett Oct. 18, 2018 The air was heavy with exhaust and motor oil at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina as I waited for Tony Stewart to arrive. Charlotte was hosting the 2017 championship weekend for the World of Outlaws, the premier dirt-racing series in the country, and all 60,000 tickets had sold out well in advance. Stewart, the ex-Nascar star, was late — running on “Tony time,” a handler told me — so I went for a walk along the dusty pit road to look at the scores of racecars lined up. “You’ll probably have to run at some point,” I was warned. “And … [Read more...] about The Culture Wars of Car Racing
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a reset. In August, the Philadelphia sharpshooter finally pulled the plug. He erased his once-beloved social media apps—Twitter and Instagram. He deleted all of his accounts—including his private Instagram account that only his close family and friends knew about. All of it, gone. Why would an NBA player in 2018 do such a thing? "It's a dark place," he says of social media. "It's not a healthy place. It's not real. It's not a healthy place for ego"—he pauses slightly—"if we're talking about some Freudian shit. It's just this cycle of anger and validation and tribalism. It's scary, man." Not long ago, Redick says, he reflexively pulled up social media without thinking about it or even realizing it. Too often he caught himself staring into his phone around his wife and two young sons, constantly refreshing Business Insider, HoopsHype and Twitter to satiate what he calls "Information FOMO." (Redick also pays a monthly subscription to Basketball Reference to get an … [Read more...] about Is Social Media Addiction in the NBA Out of Control?
Welcome back to THIS WEEK IN SCHADENFREUDE, your tour of the most upset and desperately conspiratorial in college football internet. This week’s tour spends most of its time in one place and then takes a quick whip-around other corners of the sport. When Tennessee hired Jeremy Pruitt at the end of the world’s most chaotic coaching search last December, patience was one of the words of the month. The Vols’ fanbase understood that Pruitt had a long rebuild after the carnage wrought by Butch Jones. Let’s see how that mindset’s holding up, with a visit to the VolNation.com message board. Should AD Phillip Fulmer fire Pruitt and replace him with himself? Yes. No Way Out - Let’s Burn it Down With Phil Tennessee football is over. We can’t recruit in Knoxville. We can’t run it on ETSU. We won’t win a game in the SEC for two years in a row. It will be a decade or more before we see a 10 win team. So let’s give the keys back to … [Read more...] about THIS WEEK IN SCHADENFREUDE, Vols have ‘nothing left to burn down’
Getty Images Before the Chiefs and Steelers met Sunday at Heinz Field, Pat Mahomes the dad met Patrick Mahomes the son for their traditional pre-game hug. Pat Mahomes the retired baseball pitcher and Patrick Mahomes (yes, “Patrick;” his mom has decreed the son will be called a different name than the father) the young Chiefs quarterback have been doing this since seventh grade. If dad is at the game, he’s hugging his son and saying the same thing on this breezy 80-degree afternoon at one of the coolest places to play pro football—the confluence of the Three Rivers—that he’s said before youth, high school and college football games. “Players make plays,” Pat Mahomes said to his son. “Go out there and have fun.” Pat Mahomes’ 11-year major-league career ended just down the street 15 years earlier—his last MLB stop was with the Pirates in 2003—but he wasn’t thinking much about that sitting in his … [Read more...] about FMIA Week 2: Players Make Plays, and Patrick Mahomes Has Made a Perfect 10 For The High-Flying Chiefs
All of the women covering NBA teams for SB Nation’s team brands have had unique experiences covering basketball. You can meet all of the women we’re featuring in this series in the first post, which you can find here. Learn about how they fell in love with the game in our second post, and read about the challenges they’ve faced in this field in the third post. The fourth post covers the other women in the industry they look up to. In this fifth installment of our series celebrating these women, they discuss their favorite experiences covering the NBA for SB Nation’s team brands. Bailey: I’ve covered Dirk Nowitzki’s charity celebrity baseball game twice, and that is probably my best experience with SB Nation. My proudest accomplishment is the piece I wrote in February detailing the ways in which the Mavs’ toxic work culture — uncovered by Jessica Luther’s investigation for Sports Illustrated — was a betrayal to the women who … [Read more...] about Meet the women of SB Nation’s NBA team brands and learn about their favorite experiences